Physician Passion Projects: Episode 1

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Episode overview

  1. Introduce the Physician Passion Projects podcast series, hosts, and future direction
  2. Highlight Susan Thouin and Roberta Hood’s work on Voices Rock Medicine – a choir comprised of all female physicians

Physician Passion Projects

  • An exciting podcast series hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Shih (Twitter/Instagram: @jshihmd) and Rana Kamhawy (Twitter: @ranakamhawy) highlighting Emergency Physicians’ Passion Projects outside of their clinical practice. 
  • Puts a spotlight on some of the great initiatives that Emergency Physicians have spearheaded and are involved with.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Shih is an Emergency Physician and Lecturer at the University of Toronto. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic and Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Yale University. He is the Program Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program at the Scarborough Health Network in Toronto, and is actively involved with FOAMed through his involvement with Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, Life in the Fast Lane, and CanadiEM.
  • Rana Kamhawy is a third year medical student at McMaster University with an interest in technology in medicine, refugee and immigrant health, and quality improvement.

Dr.  Susan Thouin

  • Lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters
  • Practiced Emergency Medicine for 10 years and recently changed her scope of practice to include Palliative Care which she practices in the community
  • She loves to spend her summers at the cottage with her family in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Dr. Roberta Hood

  • ER physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Lecturer at the University of Toronto
  • She has a strong interest in physician wellness and enjoys teaching POCUS
  • Has worked in stadium medicine for concerts at the Rogers Center, worked in Ethiopia with the TAAC-EM program, and has done wilderness medicine on the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp

What is Voices Rock Medicine?

  • A choir of female physicians started in September 2019
  • They have raised money for the children of Dr. Elana Fric and wore white ribbons in memory of all women who were victims of domestic abuse
  • After the COVID-19 pandemic, they put together a virtual video, “Rise Again”, as a means of hearing themselves sing together virtually. 
  • It soon became viral and gave people a sense of home at the beginning of the pandemic when everything was uncertain.
  • They plan on continuing to meet virtually and rehearse several more songs in the future. 
  • The choir has since spread to Calgary and Vancouver!

Produced by Dr. Kevin Dong and the CanadiEM Podcast Team

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Rana Kamhawy

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Rana Kamhawy is a second year medical student at McMaster University. Her interests include quality improvement, technology in medicine, and hiking Hamilton’s waterfalls.
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Dr. Jeffrey Shih MD, RDMS, is an Emergency Physician at The Scarborough Health Network and The Hospital for Sick Children (‘SickKids’) in Toronto, Ontario, and Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. After completing his Emergency Medicine residency training at Mayo Clinic, he pursued an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Yale University. He currently serves as Program Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program at The Scarborough Health Network.
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