Measuring Up

It is forty years since I graduated from McGill Medical School in 1978. Forty-four years since I first walked into the Pine Avenue entrance of the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building. It was a bright, warm September morning. I remember that the auditorium was already dark when I entered, and steep-pitched. I took a seat on…

Every Parents’ Questions

Last week, I spoke at the Central Asian Regional Congress of Medical Women’s International Association on the topic From Texting to Talking: 3 Proven Strategies for Connecting With Your Teen. After the talk and over the course of several days, participants approached me with their questions and concerns. Thailand is completely on the other side…

The Best Family Doctor

Every weekday at noon, I grab a cup of tea and a pile of charts and cozy up to my speaker phone. Thus prepared, I begin to call the family doctors who have referred patients to me. I speak with about 15 family doctors in the two hours between noon and 2 p.m., reviewing assessment…

Packing

Late last week, on my morning walk, I saw an item out on my neighbour’s curb that reminded me of heading off to McGill University forty-five years ago. The navy blue, hard-sided box was fitted with a lock as well as some supporting struts wrapped around its width. Everyone I knew in residence came with…