Public healthcare is unfair.

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Might as well say it up front: our public healthcare system is not fair. Yes I know, you’re going to try and throw the Canada Health Act in my face, quoting the infamous “…insured persons must have reasonable and uniform access to insured health services, free of financial or other barriers. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of such factors as income, age, and health status.” – Canada Health Act, …

Uphill both ways … in my dad’s pyjamas!

In Education & Quality Improvement by Nadim Lalani6 Comments

Imagine being at a conference where 1 in 3 attendees are depressed and 1 in 5 wish they were somewhere else …  fun conference? I was reflecting on my residency when I wished that an attending would have stuck up for me just once when I was getting abused – three particular nurses, two residents and one physician stand out. I made a promise never to let that happen in front of me. …

Miraculous self cure for stroke! (and other internet lore)

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One of the privileges (or annoyances, depending on who you ask) of being a medical professional is having your family and friends coming to you for anything that is medically related. They no longer trust their own family doctors; they question all the new medical advice they see on television; and they will simply not start any medications or go through any medical procedures without a phone conversation with you to see if …

From Full Code to No Code.

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As the saying goes, there’s only two certainties in life: death and taxes. While it is true everyone will die someday, modern medicine has advanced to the point where we can keep people physiologically alive well beyond the point of any meaningful functional recovery. But just because we can potentially restart patients’ hearts after they die and make them dependent on ventilators and vasopressors, does that mean we should? Descartes’ famous cogito ergo …

This Just in! BIBEMS suppositorium stat! [LOL]

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My good friend and colleague Mark Wahba [read his brilliant ideas here]gave a talk at half day … he referred to a patient as a “BIBEM“. … I am thinking ” what’s a BIBEM? [as in Justin Bieber]” – NO!  … turns out that this stands for Brought In By EMS. Later that night I was charting “No ROS; Note S/S Infxn and RTER; Scar teaching √” These are what we call “Acronyms” …

The doctors Strike back.

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Workers in Canada going on strike seem to occur so often these days that we barely bat our eyes at it anymore. As you casually flip through the morning paper, you read about another Air Canada strike. You shrug your shoulders and grudgingly expect your next flight to be delayed. The post office is walking out? Better send that birthday gift by FedEx. The city garbage/recycling services are protesting? You mentally prepare for …