Nov
29

Cannabis Resources for Physicians in Canada

Cannabis for medical purposes has been legal in Canada since 2001, when individuals with certain illnesses such as HIV/AIDS were authorized to grow their own marijuana or obtain it from authorized producers or Health Canada. This was a relatively small number of Canadians who had the legal right to possess the drug.As of October 17, 2018, cannabis ...
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Nov
20

Ontario’s New Super Health Agency

Ontario has unveiled its new integrated public health care system called Ontario Health. Last February the Ontario Health Minister announced that there were plans in the works, and now we are seeing those changes begin to integrate. The Ontario government started by merging nine of the province's fourteen Local Health Integration Net...
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Oct
17

Holiday Spotlight in Saskatchewan

Winter is coming and thoughts of warming up by a cozy fire in a lodge after a day of activities brings me to the discovery of one of Reader's Digest Magazine's must-visit Canadian Winter Resorts. And for good reason. Elk Ridge Resort is just a couple hours outside Saskatoon in the heart of the boreal forest. It is truly an all season playgroun...
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Oct
02

Holiday Spotlight in Newfoundland & Labrador

This stunning retreat is Newfoundland's best kept secret. The pictures instantly relax and inspire one to begin making vacation plans, even if just in your mind. Trust me, it will have that effect on you too.The aptly named Doctor's House Inn & Spa is located in Green's Harbour, and is one hour from the capital city of St. John's. A secluded 30...
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Sep
24

Combating physician fatigue early on

Physician fatigue is not new. Nor will it likely be completely eliminated. But one thing that is important to recognize is that there are tools that can offer practical skills early on in a physician's career that can mitigate stress and offer the much needed support. The development of the Resident Doctors of Canada Resiliency curriculum...
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Sep
18

Deadline approaching! Submit your paper on residency topics soon.

The Canadian Medical Education Journal (CMEJ) is looking to engage authors for an upcoming special issue," Residency Career Choices, Selection, and Matching". No doubt this will be a very interesting issue, encouraging dialogue on a range of important topics. Some of the questions that the CMEJ special issue would like to encourage perspective...
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Sep
10

MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam is a hit!

The results are in. The MCCQE1 Preparatory Exam that launched this spring is proving to be a valuable resource for those looking to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam.  The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part 1 is a computer-based test that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-...
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Sep
03

Congratulations to Dr. Angela Enright!

Dr. Angela Enright, B.C.'s very own anesthesiologist is the recipient of this year's Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. The prestigious Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award has a wonderful history, and you can find out more about the ambitious humanitarian couple the award is named after in our article here."Arguably t...
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Aug
26

Elections 2019 and Healthcare

Ahead of the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, healthcare is one of the top three issues on the minds of Canadians, along with cost of living and climate change concerns. As leading parties continue to make their intentions clear, here are some of the medical community's efforts to make votes count on the important topic of health care.&nbs...
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Aug
19

The Future of Virtual Care in Canada

A major topic of conversation for both health care providers and patients alike is the frustration of health care delivery not aligning more quickly to our lives. We are using technology at our fingertips for so many things in our daily activities and workplaces, and yet that seems to halt at healthcare access. A very interesting survey by Del...
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Aug
11

Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Lucille Teasdale

Dr. Lucille Teasdale became one of Quebec's and Canada's first female surgeons in 1960. An incredibly accomplished female surgeon and humanitarian, Dr. Teasdale is one of our Canadian medical pioneers and heroes.  By 1961, she found herself in Lacor, Uganda, after accepting an offer from Dr. Piero Corti to help run a clinic that desperately ne...
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Aug
06

How can clinics help recruit & retain doctors?

This question comes up over and over again. With a global doctor shortage, how do we recruit and retain physicians without having to lock them into unrealistic commitment restraints?

The answers are really quite simple. And proven effective. 

1. Be a Tour Guide!

Whether it’s yourself directly, or others in the company or community, provide local knowledge, show the physician (and family) around, give them a tour of your facility, but also the highlights and charms of your community. What kind of information would you be looking for if you were moving to a new town, city, or perhaps country? What would you want to know? If you are a small community, give them the unique info they won’t find on TripAdvisor.ca. Is there a local secret spot for the best breakfast in town? A unique Sunday drive location to take the family? What excites you about your community will surely delight newcomers. This is your chance to show off your community!

 

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Jul
29

Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Gustave Gingras

Dr. Gustave Gingras is one of the greatest names in Canadian medicine history. What he has done for the advancement and quality of life of persons with disabilities during his lifetime is inspiring. During his medical career, he became known as the ambassador for persons with disabilities in Canada and around the world. He was a pioneer in the...
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Jul
22

Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Wilder Penfield

One of Canada's foremost neurosurgeons, Dr. Wilder Penfield is known for the development of a surgical treatment for epilepsy known as the " Montreal Procedure", and the maps of the sensory and motor sections of the brain created from this technique are still used today. The famous, " I smell burnt toast!" comes from his surgical discovery, and is ...
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Jul
15

Physicians in Canadian History - Sir Frederick Banting

Sir Frederick Banting is most known for the incredible discovery of insulin, one of the most important medical breakthroughs of the twentieth century, for which he jointly received the Nobel Prize along with Dr. J.J.R. Macleod. He was the youngest man to receive the Nobel Prize in medicine.Sir Frederick Banting's discovery came after his hypothesis...
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Jul
08

Physicians in Canadian History - Sir William Osler

Sir William Osler is known as the Father of Modern Medicine. He was a charismatic physician, professor, speaker and author, and by the time of his death, he was one of the most influential and best-loved physicians in the English speaking world. He obtained his medical degree at McGill University, and served as a member of the McGill Medical Facult...
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Jun
29

Physicians in Canadian History - Dr. Emily Howard Stowe

​A true pioneer in Canadian medical history, as well as Canadian women's rights history, Dr Emily Howard Stowe is the first feature in our 6 part series honouring notable Canadian physicians.In fact, this feature highlights three trailblazing women in medical history in Canada, with Dr. Emily Howard Stowe at the forefront. Dr. Emily Howard Stowe ha...
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Jun
29

Pioneers in Canadian Medical History

​In honour of Canada Day, we are featuring a 6-part series highlighting our most notable pioneer physicians in Canadian Medical History over the coming weeks. Our series will feature the trailblazing Dr. Emily Howard Stowe, Sir William Osler, Sir Frederick Banting, Dr. Wilder Penfield, Dr. Gustave Gingras, and&nbs...
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