Living the Dream

I have not written in about ten days. I have been busy living a dream. On May 2, I began a new job as the Director of Youth Psychiatry at The Royal. This is truly a dream come true for me: to provide guidance to the best team of mental health professionals and to consider…

Words, Words, Words

“Dr. Beck, do you make $6.6 million a year?” My 16 year old patient asked me as I weighed him in the examination room in the outpatient department where I work. I looked up suddenly and used every bit of my strength not to laugh or appear to shocked. “I don’t make nearly that much…

More on Safe Injection Sites

The debate on safe, supervised injection sites is intensifying in Ottawa, with a lot of media interest. On Tuesday morning I was interviewed on CBC Ottawa Morning regarding this issue. I was pleased with how fairly I was interviewed by Robyn Bresnahan. She really elicited all the concerns in this complicated issue. Here is the…

Public Health Hero

I first met Dr. Isra Levy sometime around 2000 when he and I crossed paths at the Academy of Medicine Ottawa but I really got to know him from 2002-2004 when he and I both worked at the Canadian Medical Association. At the time, he was the Director of CMA’s Office for Public Health and…

Adoption

Once again, I was honoured to have been asked by The Scientific Parent to submit a blog on adoption. What was most gratifying was that my niece, who was adopted by my sister and her husband at birth, believed that the views I expressed did in fact reflect her own experience. That’s an expert review. Here…

Intransigent

It is certainly a difficult time to be a doctor in Ontario. It is two years since we’ve had a contract with the government. The population of the province continues to grow and age. The stress of living in a province with a burgeoning deficit and the additional burden this places on citizens does take…

A book that rethinks cancer

Book: Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths by Alanna Mitchell (Toronto: ECW Press, 2015) Cancer is one of the mythological illnesses and in this spare, riveting book Alanna Mitchell confronts the myths that surround cancer diagnosis, treatment and living with cancer as few writers have done. To do this she uses the premise provided by Susan…

Medical Professionalism II

I read this op-ed by Dr. Louis Francescutti on Tuesday evening after a long day. Perhaps it was because I had spent the day trying to convince adolescents’ parents that scolding never works, perhaps this tone still grates on me since I was an adolescent, but whatever the reason, Dr. Francescutti’s nagging that my work…