Depression and Assisted Death

Last night I read Medical Assistance in Dying: A Patient-Centred Approach. This is the Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying. In particular, I focused on those recommendations that were related to patients suffering from psychiatric illnesses. Like others in the mental health field, or those who have had loved ones who suffered…

A Bad Day

One day this week, I had a bad day. Much of what happened can really not be spoken about at all. Actually because of psychiatric terminology, some of it would be incomprehensible to anyone but other psychiatrists. That was one worry. The other worry was more ethical and moral. Because of that, it may only…

The ER Choice

After a CTV report last week outlining how many adolescents in Ontario have to get care from Emergency Rooms, I decided to evaluate how care is in one outpatient program, the one where I work. My goal was to try and get an impression of what it was like to be a patient in the…

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…

A Good Time to be a Doctor?

Physicians in Ontario have had a difficult week – more cuts from the government they’d like to be able to work with, and division among themselves. A number of doctors have been through difficult times before and know that, in the end, this will pass. The government will realize that it cannot run a health…

Physician Activism: I am not alone!

With the government’s announcement of more cuts to physician services, I am going Toronto for several meetings including the Ontario Medical Association Board. After my last blog, however, I wanted to make sure readers knew about other physician bloggers and a few letter writers whose work engages both physicians and the public in some debate…

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…

Which Doctor Do You Want?

Last Saturday, May 2, 2015, Dr. Michael Toth was installed as the 134th President of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). Mike is a comprehensive Family Physician from Aylmer, Ontario. Aylmer is a town of 7500 in Southwestern Ontario. He told the guests at his Installation Gala that his patients range in age from newborns to…