Category Archives: Thoughts

Are We Training Too Many Female Doctors?

Sorry for the controversial title but the topic of women in medicine is becoming quite a hot issue in recent years. Especially since over 50% of Canadian and US medical students are now female, one has to wonder about future work force implications, especially when these female docs decide to

Golden Weekend

There is a term coined by medical residents known as the Golden Weekend. It refers to a weekend when a resident is not on call and where you are not expected to be working. A weekend where you get Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday off. In other words, a Golden

Human Factors in Patient Safety

Just A Routine Operation from thinkpublic on Vimeo. A recent comment asked about sleep deprivation and patient safety. Should we trust doctors who have been up more than 24 hours in a row, when we know their decision making might be impaired? The debate on medical student/resident work hours is


Although I don’t do any rock climbing, I found this video quite inspiring. It’s crazy to imagine what the human spirit can accomplish. There’s something about setting lofty goals and achieving it. Hope this video adds some motivation to someone out there!

Physician Hypocrisy

In cardiology we know that there are several risk factors for developing cardiac heart disease: (1) Age (2) Gender (3) Family History (4) Hypertension (5) Smoking (6) Hypertension (7) Diabetes (8) Dyslipidemia. Age, Gender and Family History are non-modifiable risk factors, things we cannot change. The rest we can do

Public Health Care Inefficiency

Wanted to post this yesterday, but the server was down. I’m all for voting and all. The results were surprising to me, especially the complete collapse of the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois. But DAAAAAAAAAAMN, lines were long. Elections Canada really has to hire more efficient staff. There were people sitting

The Velluvial Matrix

This commencement speech by Atul Gawande at Stanford has been making it’s way around the internet. I enjoyed reading it and it made me think about my future in medicine. Just a sample below. You come into medicine and science at a time of radical transition. You have met the

Acute on Chronic Disease

As a medical student, high acuity cases initially scare you. Nothing like a patient decompensating on the ward while you are on call to get the adrenaline and anxiety going. Intubations, crashing patients, emergency surgeries, life-saving decisions are all big unknowns to a new medical student. Luckily, as you see

Posting Consistency

I’ve been inspired by my friend Josh over at and his recent challenge for 30 Posts in 30 Days Challenge. Another post on Youtube Success also pointed out the importance of consistency. So in light these recent inspirations, I am committing myself to at least one post a week,

Knowing Something

Matt Might made a illustrated guide to a Ph.D that I saw a couple months back. It very much applies to medicine too. If you’re interested in science, and you haven’t decided between grad school or medical school, go check out his blog. There’s lots of good reads that will