Homecoming

I am a Governor at the Community College in the city where I live. It is a regional college and has two satellite campuses, each in a small town in the region. One of these campuses happens to be in the small town where I was born. I was slow getting my act together last…

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…

Magic

Over the weekend, I finished a quilt I had started last year. The quilt had been meant for a friend’s baby who was stillborn shortly before I completed it. I have become superstitious about quilts because, in the past five years, I have started several quilts with specific people in mind only to have that…

Journalism and the Scientific Method

Three years ago, I reviewed Seth Mnookin’s book The Panic Virus. In that review, I noted the importance of science reporting in assisting the public’s understanding of scientific research and science in general. Keeping this in mind, I want to highlight an article from the Ottawa Citizen by Elizabeth Payne, a Postmedia health reporter. The…

The Patient’s Medical Home and Me

Last week, after I posted my blog on my concerns regarding “Primary Care Pediatrics”, Shereen Miller responded thoughtfully, asking, “Who is the quarterback of each person’s health care?…Should someone be in charge, connecting all the dots…” This question is immediately answered for me by the Patient’s Medical Home, as described by the College of Family…

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…