Her name was Dorothy N.
She used to visit us occasionally with problems with her nerves and palpitations. She seemed to have no relatives, or none that cared for her. She was sometimes hungry and moved between shelters and apartments. The words of a colleague at the hospital summarized her plight: “She carried her home in […]
For current medical students I ask, what have you learned in medical school so far? For the experienced medical professional, I ask what would you change if you could change just one thing about your medical education?
What I would have learned in medical school
Personally, I would have wished to learn forgiveness, humility, humour, honesty, encouragement, […]
Why would I say that giving and receiving negative feedback is a duty? Another chance to digress on an anecdote will help me illustrate.
I was feeling chuffed with myself. Why wouldn’t I? I was six months into my medical practice in a town in Northern Alberta and all was going well. I had just learned […]
It is difficult to stop one’s mind from wandering. When seeing a patient, the physician can be distracted by the constraints of time – speeding to get to the next one. Isn’t it easier to be vigilant to the task-at- hand when one’s self interest is involved? For example, walking in water studded with jellyfish. […]
- Your Theory of Error Matters
- Meditate on death to live more fully.
- Tolstoy’s Ivan Illyich asks, “how have I lived?” A Cautionary Tale.
- Ivan Illyich’s Doctors treat his disease but neglect him.
- The Elephant in the Dark House
- “Needless” Mr. Lemond’s reflection on end of life gasping for breath.
- We see what we expect to see.
- The ageless conquest of oneself
- The Inner Game of Golf- of Medicine
- What advice would you give to a medical student?
- “That was a curious incident – the corneal abrasion did not pain.
- Poems to jolt when humanity has flat-lined in the hosptial
- Heard at a Journal Club On “the Difficult Encounter”
- Brochure for upcoming CME event: Staying Tuned La Malbaie, May 8th, 2016
- Staying Tuned CME May 8th at La Malbaie QC
- Percocet (oxycodone): This White Collar Heroin is a dog collar. Who will escape?
- Is Cynicism pernicious to your health?
- Should the privileged get privileged care?
- Antoine Saint de Exupery (or The Carpenter and his Block of Wood)
- Heartsink is a better term than Difficult Patient?
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