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Inspiration comes in various forms and at unexpected times.  For me, it came recently and quite unexpectedly during a brief getaway in Prince Edward Island with three great friends.  Although the trip was structured largely around golf (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), we took the opportunity one evening to attend a concert, the first in an annual series that’s known … Continue reading

For this week’s article, I’ve asked Renee Fitzpatrick, Director of Student Affairs, to write to us about a topic of critical importance. Indeed, the issue of student wellness and risk should be a major concern of both individuals and institutions engage in the education and development of young people. As she points out, our efforts in this regard need to … Continue reading

The ongoing and rather turbulent journey that is the American presidential election provides many opportunities to despair for the future of democratic institutions. However, a lone beacon for optimism arising from the whole spectacle may be the completely unanticipated appeal of one Mr. Bernie Sanders.   Mr. Sanders, the 75-year-old Brooklyn born son of Polish-Jewish immigrants and current junior senator … Continue reading

This week, I’ve invited one of our soon-to- be-graduating students, Elizabeth Clement (Meds 2016), to report on the LEAD (LEadership Enhancement and Development) program, an initiative she and a group of her colleagues have conceived and completed over the past year. When Liz, Alia Busuttil and Graydon Simmons first came to me with this idea, I must admit to thinking … Continue reading

The Masters Tournament is almost too perfect. The golf course itself is pristine and picturesque – every vista a postcard. The golfers are skilled, the spectators robotically well behaved, the commentators obsequious in their adulation of the players, the course, the “tradition”. Even the caddies are required to dress in the same white overalls, seemingly to blend in and not … Continue reading

This past month, a software program designed to play an ancient game called Go defeated Lee Sedol, a South Korean gentleman who is an 18 time world champion, widely acknowledged to be the leading human player of the game. The event didn’t attract much attention, probably because it was seen as a predictable, perhaps inevitable development. After all, computers have … Continue reading

Imagine it’s just before 8:30 on a Monday morning in the School of Medicine Building. The class is assembling for the first session of the day – a lecture to be delivered by a clinical faculty member who teaches perhaps 4-5 times each academic year. The session has been prepared based on objectives assigned by the Course Director. This material, … Continue reading

What our students are experiencing, and how to help them get through it For medical students in Canada, there are three days in the course of their career that stand out above all others: the day they receive their letter of acceptance to medical school; convocation (when they officially become graduate physicians); and Match Day. The most emotionally charged by … Continue reading

Imagine you’re responsible for planning a public health response to a virulent disease that is expected to kill 600 people. You have to choose between two management programs: If Program A is adopted, 200 people will be saved. If Program B is adopted, there is a one-third probability that all 600 people will be saved, and a two-thirds probability that … Continue reading

An “apprentice” is someone who works for a fully qualified individual for the purpose of learning a trade. Although the term has taken on a somewhat negative connotation of semi-indentured servitude, the word itself, interestingly, shares entomologic roots with French verb apprendre (to learn), and the Latin apprehendere (to “grasp” or understand). It would seem then that apprenticeships are intended … Continue reading

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Island Inspiration
Published Mon, June 27, 2016

Inspiration comes in various forms and at unexpected times.  For me, it came recently and quite unexpectedly during a brief getaway in Prince Edward Island with three great friends.  Although the trip was structured largely around golf (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), we took the opportunity one evening to attend a concert, the first in an annual series that’s known … Continue reading

From Bookends to Bookcases: On Finding Some Great Summer Reading
Published Mon, June 20, 2016

Oh hello! Still in that hammock from our last blog? Well don’t worry—this time I’m not here to get you up to plan next year’s courses. 🙂  I do have more to say about bookends, but that can wait until closer to September, when you start planning your classes. For now, I’m here to help with your summer reading list … Continue reading

End of Classes and Bookends
Published Mon, June 13, 2016

Whew! Classes are over, summer is beginning, the students are off on a well-deserved vacation, and so are you! It’s time to relax, kick back,have an umbrella drink, perhaps mow the lawn occasionally, right? Wrong! What I’d like to suggest that now is the time to plan your next course.That’s right—while the course is fresh in your mind, and the … Continue reading

Navigating multiple paths to service-learning projects
Published Mon, June 6, 2016

Anyone with their ear to the medical education ground in the past year will know that service learning is a very, very hot topic. Ever since the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) endorsed service-learning as an important (but optional) element of the education of future physicians, medical schools across the country have sought to incorporate this as … Continue reading

Canada’s Medical Schools collaboratively engaging the issue of Student Wellness.
Published Mon, May 30, 2016

For this week’s article, I’ve asked Renee Fitzpatrick, Director of Student Affairs, to write to us about a topic of critical importance. Indeed, the issue of student wellness and risk should be a major concern of both individuals and institutions engage in the education and development of young people. As she points out, our efforts in this regard need to … Continue reading