September The city felt lonely. I walked aimlessly down the busy streets as a tourist analyzing the city as a potential home. It was hard to imagine moving my entire family to this foreign place: much more urban, a different language, no friends or family to be heard of. Knowing that they were across the… Continue reading The Lunch Bag
Be Kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.~Ian Macleran Somewhere along the path of humanity, we have forgotten how to be kind. it is easy to be anything else: confident, strong, a leader, an advocate, determined, hard working, right... But even with all these things, one can still be… Continue reading The Missing Kindness
There are a few cliché statements that I have heard numerous times over the past few weeks: "When it rains, it pours." "God only gives us what we can handle." "Experiences like this build character." "When this is all over, you'll look back on this time..." Let me tell you, I will never look back… Continue reading Thirty Days of Gratitude – #17 – Perseverance
Today I attended a talk that discussed some interesting and controversial issues about medicine and health care delivery. I only mention it because the presenter quoted some study on patient perceptions of their doctors. In 2003 in America (and likely can be extrapolated to Canada), about 75% of patients surveyed said they felt their physicians… Continue reading Is Empahty Only Expected of Physicians?
Have you ever wondered how doctors get to become doctors? I mean, obviously they go to medical school... But what does that mean? If you think that medical school is just about going to lecture and learning about disease, and then following patients and learning about the diagnosis and treatment of disease, then you're really… Continue reading Are We Raising Humane Physicians Through Inhumane Training?