A Reflection on Rural Medicine

I was in Perth, Ontario on Thursday evening for the Lanark County Medical Society Annual General Meeting and will be in Renfrew County Monday evening for that AGM. These meetings allow me a chance to catch up with the way of life of small town doctors, struggling with the disadvantages of rural medicine. I grew…

Is this Health Literacy?

Today I happened upon an unnamed skill absolutely necessary in negotiating our health care system. I am not sure what to call it; it could fall under health literacy but it probably belongs to its own category, a category that I will call “bureaucratic literacy” until someone tells me the correct term. I will add that…

Unanswered Questions

Two weeks ago, a twitter town hall was held to canvass issues of importance to Ontario doctors in the elections for an Ontario candidate for CMA President. This is my response to five questions left unanswered at the end of the town hall. The leftover questions included some questions on global health, mental health and…

The Power of Purple

This week I want to raise awareness for D.I.F.D.:Do It For Daron. This is a youth-driven program run out of my hospital to raise awareness and funds for youth mental health education at The Royal. D.I.F.D. was created by the friends and family of Daron Richardson who sadly took her own life in November 2010.…