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Creativity Abounds.....check out what this Goat created!

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:30am
Friday, April 28, 2017

Everyone once in awhile there is an example of taking the initiative and exceeding all expectations....

Stress, Resilience and Medicine

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Thu, 03/16/2017 - 8:40am
Thursday, March 16, 2017

You know this already... there is no doubt that resilience is a trait we are focused on... intensely focused on.  It is the subject of two research projects initiated by your colleagues in med school and is the topic of numerous literature searches.  Is it immutable?  Does it change after an exam?  Is it inherent or can it be learned?  Is it present on a scale unique to each person but only without a certain range?

It's heating up out there.....

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Thu, 02/16/2017 - 8:50am
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just like the weather, rural politics are bound to heat up nationally this next week.  The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) and the Canadian College of Family Practice (CFPC) have been at logger heads forever it seems when it comes to training for rural communities.  The SRPC is very close to calling for a separate rural college like what happened in Australia when rural split from the national college there.

Plus Ça Change…

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 9:05am
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Over the years I’ve observed many attempts at recruiting to rural communities.  Believe it or not, there was a time when communities as large as Lethbridge and Red Deer were certainly underserviced.

Medicine: Trade or Calling

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:54pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016

At its heart, medicine is a moral enterprise and I want to believe that the majority of medical students still enter medicine to make a difference. But, my faith in that belief is eroding over time.

Generalism in the age of increasing Specialization

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:07am
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

-Robert A. Heinlein

The Country Doctor

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 6:47pm
Monday, August 1, 2016

The image of the “country” doctor, the “old school” doctor, the Marcus Welby if you will, persists in the minds of practitioners and as a modern myth in the minds of learners.  Did doctors really see patients in their homes?  Did they really have that much availability?  Did the patients respect the doctor as much as it sounds like they did?

Well… yes… and not that long ago.  A colleague of mine was completing a house call in Nanton this week on a palliative consult and I still do house calls in the city here.

Learning and Discomfort

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:18am
Monday, July 18, 2016

“true learning takes place when we are a just a bit out of our comfort zone”                  

Many medical students feel very much out of their depth early on in these first few weeks and months of medical school.  The “Imposter” Syndrome flares and we are left just on the verge of the treadmill of life; left wondering: “How did I get here?”

New Beginnings!

Submitted by AssociateDean.local on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 8:31am
Monday, July 4, 2016

July is always a time of new beginnings in the Cumming School of Medicine: a new class starts up and there is excitement and anticipation in the air. There are the fun things like Med-Olympics in O-week, wondering what name the class will be christened/burdened with, wondering what your jersey name will be and also, what colour will those massive backpacks be this year!

 

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