Towards Continuous ‘Medical’ Inspiration

by David J. Elpern, M.D. Abstract: Physicians waste too much time mired in our pedantic and mediocre professional literature. There is no way one can keep up with it and most of the articles are forgettable and sadly will prove to be inaccurate. It is better to spend time with the arts (literature, music, fine art, film) that are more important to one’s personal and professional development. They provide the Continuous Medical Inspiration that trumps Continuing Medical Education. Keywords: medical education, canon, personal canon, literature, fine art, music, William Osler, medical literature, CME Each week physicians and other caregivers peruse their professional literature.   We also gather regularly at Grand Rounds … Continue reading

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My Goals in Medicine

by James W. Foong I was asked to present this topic to a group of physicians and researchers at a medical conference in West Vancouver, British Columbia. What can I offer them that they do not already know? I felt that my talk could seem very self-centered, arrogant even. Such were my insecurities but out of sheer necessity, I began organizing my thoughts in an orderly manner for the presentation. What I realized was that the very reason we’re in this field gets lost amidst our hectic lives and the daily struggles that make us lose sight of our goals. Every once in a while, we may need a reminder … Continue reading

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The Doctor, the Patient and 21st Century Medicine

by Boluwaji Ogunyemi, M.D. Abstract: The public’s perception of the medical profession in Canada has suffered as a result of well-publicized cases of professional malpractice and large-scale healthcare system fiascos. In addition, there appears to be some tension in the regular interactions between physicians and patients. Specific cases of malpractice and healthcare scandals from the provinces of Newfoundland and Manitoba are described. From early in our clinical training, the adoption of a patient-centered paradigm for interactions between clinicians and patients can help to re-establish patient trust in the healthcare system. Medical school curricula and medical school admission requirements are systematically changing in a directional that places value on the appreciation … Continue reading

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