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Anecdotal evidence: what’s the harm?

In Editorial, Opinion by Shahbaz Syed3 Comments

Anecdotal evidence is data garnered from stories or experiences. In a medical context it is often based on one (or more) patient interactions [1]. After seeing a rare disease, or missing a potentially dangerous diagnosis, we are naturally inclined to over-investigate that entity, regardless of what the evidence would suggest we do.

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Waves of FOAM: Does the discussion of quality and impact suggest #FOAMed’s maturation?

In Commentary, Counterpoint, Featured by Teresa Chan6 Comments

The founders of the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM; #FOAMed) have described the phenomena as a movement. Historically, social movements have come in multiple waves. Feminism, for instance, is thought by many scholars to have at least 3 waves (some would argue 4), each with its own characteristics and stance on how to achieve its ends. If FOAM is a movement, it is likely to have similar waves of FOAMites with variable perspectives …

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Physicians as Humans: Supporting #BellLetsTalk

In Opinion by Teresa Chan1 Comment

Mental health is an area that is wrought with stigma. As healthcare practitioners, we all know that “we should know better” than to fall into the trap of perpetuating stigma and misunderstandings about mental health… but sometimes we forget to be as kind to ourselves as we are to our patients and clients. The CanadiEM team is hoping to foster a national conversation about the struggles physicians face (including mental health!) with our healthcare colleagues. At …