Medical Narcissism.

In Commentary, Opinion by Robert OLeave a Comment

Medical narcissism is a term coined by John Banja in his book, Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism. Banja defines “medical narcissism” as the need of health professionals to preserve their self-esteem leading to the compromise of error disclosure to patients. In the book he explores the psychological, ethical and legal effects of medical errors. He talks about our need as physicians to constantly assert our competence and how this can cause otherwise capable, and even exceptional, professionals to fall into narcissistic traps. He claims that: “…most health …

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The Google Hospital: What healthcare can learn from Google

In Commentary by Nick CostainLeave a Comment

According to a Google spokesman, the company’s overarching philosophy aspires “to create the happiest, most productive workplace in the world”. After reading a little about their lofty goals, I thought to myself: boy, we should do that at the hospital. That would be awesome. A Google Hospital! Now, like all of you, I’ve had my fair share of fantasies about getting a job at the Googleplex. If you don’t know what this is, Google …

Disaster Medicine: Access Block in the ED

In Commentary, Opinion by George MastorasLeave a Comment

Bed pressure: anyone who has worked in the Emergency Department has felt it. I make a routine practice to come in for my shifts 15 minutes early and find a dark corner of the ED where I can “take the temperature of the department” and get a sense of the day’s pressures. On a day with heavy bed pressure there’s a frenetic buzz in the air, a tension that is almost palpable – …

Healthcare in Canada vs the United States: Which is Better for Patients?

In Commentary, Opinion by Ashley KrywenkyLeave a Comment

Despite their geographical proximity, their similar cultural milieux, and their comparable per capita economic standings, health care in Canada and the United States are vastly different. Is Canada too cost-conscious, putting the inevitable but seemingly insurmountable needs of the many over the immediate needs of the few? Has the United States become too client-centered, putting the needs of the privileged or particularly litigious few over the needs of the many? Which is better …

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Connectivity and Care: The Ontario Healthcare System Experience

In Commentary, Opinion by Nathan HechtLeave a Comment

In a time where banking can be done securely from all over the world by phone application, why are we stuck relying on pieces of crumpled paper from a patient’s wallet for their medication list? In the dire time when a person requires resuscitation efforts it would be critical to know if that person is beta-blocked, or a had prescription for TCA’s or INH in an overdose situation. A provincial-wide electronic medical record could …

The True Value of Universal Healthcare

In Commentary, Opinion by Michael O'BrienLeave a Comment

Recently, Toronto doctor Danielle Martin achieved YouTube fame by appearing in front of a United States senate hearing where she was asked to defend Canada’s single payer healthcare system to a largely partisan audience. The video shows a composed Dr. Martin outlining the benefits of Canada’s universal healthcare structure and contrasting it with the American one, while noting the strong public support in Canada for access to care that shouldn’t depend on one’s …