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Is it ethical to use an experimental treatment for patients with the Ebola virus?

August 19th 2014 | 2 Comments

Is it ethical to use an experimental treatment for patients with the Ebola virus? In the wake of one of the most feared epidemics in recent memory, a controversy has … Continue reading

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How breaking old rules improved patient care at KGH

August 12th 2014 | 5 Comments

In 2010, KGH made a bold move: the hospital eliminated visiting hours, allowing patients’ loved ones to be at their bedsides at any hour of the day. Though this trend … Continue reading

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The Electronics of Staying Fit

August 5th 2014 | 4 Comments

My friends Ron and Edda Laxer were visiting in Kingston this weekend. Ron and Edda are both very fit, and Ron is increasingly finding ways to stay in shape. He … Continue reading

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On Vacation

July 7th 2014 | 4 Comments

After a long few months, I am on vacation! I am leaving the dean’s office in the capable hands of my Executive Vice Dean, Iain Young, and I’m taking off. … Continue reading

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Physician Assisted Dying

June 30th 2014 | 6 Comments

In June the Canadian Medical Association released its preliminary findings on the issue of physician assisted dying.1 The report calls for “creation of a national palliative-care strategy to ensure people … Continue reading

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You are your bugs

June 23rd 2014 | 4 Comments

The last few years has seen an explosion of interest in the bugs that live in or on our bodies. It is amazing that the average person has more than … Continue reading

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An important talk in Ottawa about mental health

June 13th 2014 | 3 Comments

This week I had the great pleasure of co-hosting the annual Bell Lecture on Mental Health and Anti-Stigma in our nation’s capital. This event was the second of five annual … Continue reading

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Mixed Gears: Writing and Art by Medicine and Literature Students

June 3rd 2014 | 6 Comments

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Sadiqa Khan, M.D. Sadiqa is a graduate of the Queen’s M.D. program, an award-winning writer, and a certified Art Therapist. She … Continue reading

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Academic freedom collides with university administration: A sad week for University of Saskatchewan

May 26th 2014 | 2 Comments

It has been quite the week for the University of Saskatchewan. It’s hard to imagine, a dean gets fired and his tenure stripped. Tenure was then re-instated. A provost resigns. … Continue reading

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A record-breaking achievement. Thank you.

May 21st 2014 | 1 Comment

I often say that I never failed to be impressed by the great affection for Queen’s University that I see on campus, at events, in the alumni and friends that … Continue reading