My COVID-19 Journal – Day 65

I have published this blog every day, but I never know who’s reading it. I am grateful for every reader, but each person who tells me that they read what I am writing is an amazement to me. I have had neighbours approach me, whom I’ve never met, who tell me that they’re reading my…

Nurses and My Life

My prize for having the highest marks in my Grade 3 class at Joliette English School was a copy of the book Florence Nightingale by Jeannette Covert Nolan. At about the same time, my mother began to decide that I should become a nurse. Her sister was a nurse, as was her sister-in-law and my…

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…

Black Box

What happens when memories are triggered when you least expect them? In my current life, practicing psychiatry, I usually think of triggering as something negative and difficult, but what happens when something positive and affirming is recalled? This week, I was in Montreal on a cold November evening for the first time in thirty years.…

#MeToo

Over the past week, the systematic victimization of women in Hollywood by a serial sexual predator has caused many women to look at their own life experience and consider whether they have also been the victims of sexual harassment, or worse, in their workplace. Today I have been watching the intensity of the #MeToo campaign…

Seria Una Cruz Verde?

I am watching the news from the Venezuelan election and wondering what I would do if I were a doctor in Venezuela today. The election is the most recent assault on the people of Venezuela by their President, Nicolas Maduro. By the end of the day, or within a few more days, he will become…

Finale

In my last moments as Chair of the Ontario Medical Association Board, I thought of the five remarkable doctors, my former colleagues on the Executive Committee ,who have been my inspiration for the past six months. They embody the compassion, devotion and civility that epitomize physician leadership. I have learned so much from them. Like my colleagues, despite…

Physician Activism: The Ontario Medical Student Bursary Fund

The average medical school tuition in Ontario is now over $23,000 annually. With the average overall pay for a woman in Ontario being approximately $40,000 annually, one can appreciate that studying medicine could easily be beyond the reach of most Ontario students. (Reference: http://www.payequity.gov.on.ca/en/pdf/wagegaps.pdf) This raises the question of what can be done to make…