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Kevin DueckKevin Dueck
Class of 2016
Western University

(Behind a curtain in the Emergency Department)

He grabbed me...
how could I be so stupid.
Grabbed my ponytail...
cries
and... and slammed me into the doorframe.
No one was around... I curled into a ball... tried to protect my head.
wipes tears
I was almost to the door... Oh God!
With my training... why didn't I see it coming? ...continue reading

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is a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK.

 

This week, with  the newspapers full of health scares, doping controversy and the anticipation of all sort of problems in the run-up to the Rio Olympic games, let me tell you a good news story….

It was the height of the troubles in Belfast, in the midst of the hunger strikes, with frequent riots, shootings and bombs. I had just qualified and was completing junior doctor jobs in a hospital a few miles from our home in west Belfast.  Running to and from the hospital, I often passed the still smouldering debris of last night’s burnt out cars.  Our local athletics club met not far from our home, and the surgery where I was to practice as a GP for 30 years. It was a club without premises, track, or any permanent home. We met in the evening at the local day centre, and we'd run through the streets of west Belfast and beyond.

I don’t know how many members there were but it seemed like hundreds of young people gathered there on winter evenings. ...continue reading

Breslin_cropJonathan Breslin, PhD, is an Ethicist at the Southlake Regional Health Centre and Mackenzie Health in Ontario

 

Following the recent passage of Canadian legislation governing assistance in dying many might ask whether the law should be amended in the future to allow for request for medical assistance in dying in advance of becoming mentally incapable of doing so. This question is most relevant to people diagnosed with conditions like Alzheimer dementia (AD). The federal government made a commitment to study advance requests prior to passing Bill C-14. There are a host of problems with advance requests for medical assistance in dying that .

At first glance the idea of allowing advance requests for medical assistance in dying seems intuitive. ...continue reading

Paul Dhillon is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

 

Twenty-two physicians from across Canada recently left their examination rooms and operating theaters behind for a unique opportunity to represent Canada internationally at the in Barcelona, Spain.

The championships have been occurring annually for 22 years with an associated medical sports and health symposium offered concurrently. This was to participate. Canada was represented from coast to coast with physicians from Halifax to Vancouver selected for the team (see a full list of players below).

We began the tournament in a difficult group that contained the eventual runners-up, Sweden, and the 4th place finishers Australia ...continue reading

is Digital Content Editor at CMAJ and a graduate of the Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto

I attended the Association of Medical Illustrators’ (AMI) in Atlanta, GA, last week. Atlanta is home to Emory University Hospital (and its Ebola experts), the Centers for Disease Control and prevention - CDC - () and the Coca Cola Headquarters Museum (where you go if you’re in the mood for serious brainwashing).

The members of the work in a large variety of specialties. There are professors and lecturers, freelancers, researchers, animators, interactive storytellers, illustrators, virtual-reality developers, sculptors and so on. We all have the same goal: to visualize medical concepts. ...continue reading