Category Archives: Thoughts

How We Should Die

A quote from a beautiful piece that has been going around the web by Ken Murray titled “How Doctors Die“ It’s not a frequent topic of discussion, but doctors die, too. And they don’t die like the rest of us. What’s unusual about them is not how much treatment they

A Minimalist Life

A month ago, I came upon a collection of articles that challenged my ideas about time management. Being in medical school, there’ s often an endless list of activities to do – clinical duties, studying, research, volunteering, student groups. You get comfortable juggling multiple tasks, ambitious to do more. You

The Patient’s Family

Looking through my old drafts, I found a post written when I was starting medical school that was never published. (Written September 28th, 2008) I’m glad to see I still agree with the feelings and thoughts I had then. Published now three years later as I am about to graduate

Can the Physical Exam Help Decrease Health Care Costs?

If physicians and doctors in training were trained better in the physical exam, could that translate into health care dollars saved? I’ve written about the Physical Exam and how it’s often at odds against newer technologies in medicine. In today’s world, where labwork, xrays and CT scans are so readily

Why Being Rejected from McMaster Health Sciences is Good for You

If you’re never heard of McMaster University’s Bachelor of Health Sciences Program, you should know it is one of the “elite” undergraduate programs in Canada. With an applicant pool of over 2000 students for 150 spots, getting into McMaster’s Health Sci program is as competitive as getting into medical school.

Mystery Tuesday Visitors

One of the neatest things about running a website/blog is all the interesting information you can extract from your visitors. Whether it’s how many people are visiting your website, what search terms they used to find your site, or who’s linking back, Google Analytics let’s you track this all easily.

A Malaria Vaccine at Last!

In case you haven’t heard yet, they announced today in a paper published in NEJM that scientists have created the world’s first malaria vaccine. This is a landmark paper that will mark a major victory against malaria. The vaccine called RTS, S/AS01 Mosquirix was developed by Joe Cohen, a GSK

Would You Still Be a Doctor if You Didn’t Get Paid as Much

Would you still pursue medicine if the pay was much less? What if it paid nothing at all? If money wasn’t an issue, would you still be doing what you are doing today? This is a question I came across today and had me thinking. Right now as a medical

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Giving It Your Best

I’ve been quite irked at people/humanity lately. I’m not angry with patients, the sick or their family members, more like people that work in the service industry. I’m not sure if it’s burn-out or the fact that I’m giving my clinical work my best effort everyday, but I find it