A conversation about social emergency medicine would have sounded incredibly dry before I became a medical student and a mother living through a global pandemic. Now, as I contemplate my own future, as well as the reality of Canadian families navigating complex challenges facing our health and livelihoods, the conversation feels deeply personal. I often wonder how I will practice differently in the future because of what my mentors and teachers are learning …
Using quality appraisal techniques to find trustworthy content in the FOAM universe
The COVID-19 Pandemic has highlighted the vast amount of information exchange that happens over the internet for healthcare providers. Learn to judge quality in Free Open Access Medical Education!
The Problem with Mandatory Wellness
Introduction “Medical School is bad for your health” – a direct quote from orientation on my very first day of classes. Along with this statement came a myriad of statistics highlighting the risk of burnout, depression, anxiety, and suicide for medical students, residents, and physicians. My excitement for my first day started to be replaced by a feeling that I was not so comfortable with, like catching a fish that is too big …
Learning to fly in #PGWHY5: Five tips for survival in the exam year
Five practical tips on surviving the Emergency Medicine Royal College Exam!
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Fighting Fire With Words: Journaling and Physician Wellness
Burnout and physician wellness are two sides of the same coin. With the use of journaling, one can flip the coin with the odds in their favour. Burnout, a prevalent term in emergency medicine, is defined as a mix of emotional exhaustion, lack of control, and depersonalization.1 Importantly, studies demonstrate that 65% of emergency physicians may experience burnout for a portion of their career1. This staggering rate is, in fact, more than double the …