Physician Human Resources – Getting It Right

I suspect I was as bewildered as anyone when I read an article from the Toronto Star this weekend outlining that the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care in Ontario intended to cut the number of residency positions in Ontario. http://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2015/08/08/ministry-of-health-plans-to-cut-50-residency-places-angering-doctors-in-training.html Both Ali Damji, the Chair of the Ontario Medical Students Association, and Dr. Michael…

Eating Frogs

I spent much of today eating frogs. Let me explain what I mean. I was very struck by this article on productivity from Friday’s Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-managing/how-successful-people-work-less-and-get-more-done/article25412227/ This is a list of ways in which very productive people work differently than the rest of us. In general, I follow most of this list but…

Genius in Working Clothes

I have not written a blog in two months after I began to worry that I ought to consider whether any of my opinions might reflect badly on either of the organizations I work with. I am a member of the Ontario Medical Association Board (OMA), the Honorary Treasurer in fact, and the President of…

Getting Blood from a Stone

My consideration today is on the government practice of cutting back in healthcare, specifically on hospital and physician services in Ontario, and the impact this has had over the past few years. Let’s begin with the hospital cutbacks. This month, in my community, three hospitals have announced staff reductions in order to match this year’s…

Medicine is Not About Money

Last night I spoke to the physicians of the Montfort Hospital in Ottawa about the unilateral cuts that the Government of Ontario has made to physician services in Ontario. Resolute, solemn, confused: these were the expressions on their faces as I described the cuts to the Physician Services Budget, the budget for doctors’ fees that…