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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)

In Editorial, Opinion by Francis Bakewell1 Comment

Very soon, the law against assisted suicide in Canada will cease to exist, but exactly what happens next remains to be seen. On April 14th, the federal government tabled Bill C-14 in an attempt to legalize the process of medical assistance in dying (MAID). The bill is currently making its way through Parliament, but may not be ready in time for the June 6th deadline [1]. The legalization of MAID has been called a ‘sea …

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An open letter to ER nurses

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed2 Comments

I would like to think that we do a reasonable job recognizing and acknowledging nurses for all of the hard work that they do, compassion, caring nature and dedication to their work. We often talk about what nurses do for patients and their positive impact upon the healthcare system, but as we enter the busy holiday season, I would like to take a moment to reflect upon their contribution and influence on my life as an …

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Tragedy of the Commons: A Healthcare Perspective

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed3 Comments

The Tragedy of the Commons is by no means a new theory, nor it is an novel discussion point within the healthcare system. It is, however, quite alarming that despite our awareness of the phenomenon, we continue to exploit it with little consideration for the future of healthcare. Tragedy of the Commons The Tragedy of the Commons was first described by Garrett Hardin [cite num=”1″] as a theory to explain what happens when individuals rationally utilize …

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Professionals should dress professionally

In Editorial, Opinion by Edmund Kwok14 Comments

What would you prefer your doctor to be wearing when examining and treating you or your loved ones? Most would likely reply with something along the lines of “it doesn’t really matter, as long as they are competent and do a good job“. Except it does matter, apparently. So much so that there have been hospital/nation-wide policies surrounding the issue, and a recent surge in publications studying this phenomenon – some of them hinting …

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Competency Based Medical Education (CBME): What is it?

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed2 Comments

If I had a dollar for every time somebody mentioned Competency Based Medical Education (CBME), I could forget about the Royal College exam next year, and find a nice island to settle down on. Since nobody seems willing to contribute to my retirement fund, I am instead left wondering what CBME really is. It seemingly has become a buzz word amongst the medical education community, but many outside of this bubble (including myself) …

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Counterpoint: Talking about service and education

In Counterpoint, Opinion by Kaif Pardhan0 Comments

As we continue to develop educational models within medicine, old paradigms need to be examined and discussed. In a recent post on the ICENet Blog, Dr. Lynfa Stroud discussed perceptions on service and education in residency training programs. Dr. Kaif Pardhan (@kaifpardhan), a staff Emergency Physician at the University of Toronto, and recent FRCP graduate, provides an counterpoint and some further considerations to Dr. Stroud’s arguments. Service and Education: Two separate issues? Dr. Stroud raises an interesting point as it relates to service …