Alison Bruni is a resident in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto
“We’re so relieved that our child will be healthy.”
A pair of expectant parents voiced this sentiment in their family physician’s office after receiving normal amniocentesis results. Of course, this is a natural response to testing; all parents want their child to be healthy. However, there is grave misunderstanding inherent here: our prenatal screening and diagnostic tests are not infallible, and parental expectations for a “perfect” child, even given normal results, are unrealistic. As health care providers, we play a vital role in clarifying these misunderstandings. Providing comprehensive and balanced information about prenatal testing not only benefits our patients, but also our society at large, including the people who live with the conditions we test for. ...continue reading
is a Dermatology Resident Physician in Vancouver, BC, and a freelance writer for the Huffington Post, Ubyssey Newspaper, and the Online Journal for Community and Person-centered Dermatology
As one of my last off-service rotations in residency, I completed an elective rotation in refugee primary care. I was attracted to the idea of a global population placed locally, because I plan to work internationally as part of my future practice, and I enjoy cross-cultural aspects of medicine.
It would turn out that I received a lot more than I had bargained for! ...continue reading
The January 6th issue summary podcast is presented by Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief, and Dr. Moneeza Walji, editorial fellow.
Dr. John Fletcher, editor-in-chief, CMAJ
Dr. Moneeza Walji, editorial fellow, CMAJ
Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Walji discuss the following topics:
- Diversity of ethnic groups and socioeconomic barriers in medical education
- Testing for group A streptococcal infection in children
- Harms from amoxicillin
- World region-specific birth-weight curves
- Drug interactions in HIV-infected patients
- Case of recurrent rheumatic fever
- Venous thromboembolism in IBD
Abdullah Nasser is a medical student at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, in London, Ontario
The lecture hall slowly came to life. Notebooks in hand, the students filed in to take the front rows. They spoke in hushed tones, ready to put those notebooks to use at any minute. I have not seen a crowd of students so eager to start. But this was not your average university lecture. In fact, it was not a lecture at all. It was a premedical symposium intended to introduce them to medical schools and the application process.
As the symposium got underway, the various steps of the application process were explained in true medical fashion — with an alphabet soup. You write your MCAT, and then start your OMSAS. If you don’t mind being an IMG, you might also consider filling out your AMCAS or UCAS, just in case. Be prepared to do your MMIs if you they call you in for an interview.
The students seemed unfazed. They know medicine is their true calling. “I’ve wanted to be a doctor ever since I was five,” one of them told me with a mixture of pride and determination.
That was until we got to the financial section. ...continue reading