• Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Navigating Culture & Bias in the Development of a Social Pediatrics Program

    As we move through the first iteration of the Social Pediatrics Curriculum Program, we have spent many hours thinking, observing, and having conversation with residents and faculty alike about their perceptions of providing care. Care that is compassionate. Care that is both equitable and inclusive. Person and family-centred care. Care that is customized for diverse…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Watching Someone Die and Feeling – Nothing

    The first time I witnessed a death, I was a third year medical student and at  the very beginning of my training. My patient was older – in his late 70s – and all alone. His family dropped him off at the emergency department and were not reachable by phone. One of my first nights…


  • Change Day

    Change Day Ontario: The difference is you

    To improve any health care system change must occur. Change can be incremental or dramatic but without it we cannot improve the quality of the health care system in Ontario or the health of those who live here. Individuals and teams who work within the health care system must feel empowered to make changes that…


  • Compassionate Care Curriculum

    Creating a lexicon for compassion: A student’s reflections on a critical discourse analysis

    In 1927, Francis W. Peabody published an article in JAMA titled “The Care of the Patient”. It was republished in the same journal in 2015, echoing an almost century-old preoccupation with care and compassion — and how it can be taught to the next generation of physicians: “The most common criticism made at present by…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    The Serendipitous Gift of Imperfection

    Working in healthcare is challenging. We spend all day every day soaking up the sorrow of others. Far too often, we neglect to take the time to practice self-care. What is even more challenging is when we are faced with personal adversity, we are so driven by our compassion for others that the concept of…


  • History of Medicine

    What is a Canadian Public Health Artefact?

    As an AMS postdoctoral fellow studying the material culture of public health, my goal was to use  artefacts to understand the emergence and development of this important aspect of Canadian health history. The project took place at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) at the University of Toronto.  Founded in 2008, the DLSPH…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Sick Patients Need Healthy Doctors

    When I took up my new position in Ottawa a couple of years ago, The Ottawa Hospital ‘vision’ was to be seen literally everywhere: To provide each patient with the world-class care, exceptional service and compassion that we would want for our loved ones.  That reminded me of the moment I was asked that question…


  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    The Privilege of Practice

    For me, it was always Geriatric Medicine.  Therefore, it came as no surprise when I discovered only many years later that my childhood friend in Glasgow turned out to be the son of the late Bernard Isaacs, one of the true giants of modern day Geriatric Medicine. It was Bernard Isaacs who coined the phrase…


  • Patient Engagement

    Spaces and Places: Can Organizations be Compassionate?

    I don’t see patients the way I used to. By that I mean I don’t have a clinical practice where I see patients as an occupational therapist.  But, of course, I see patients. And families and caregivers. I see them in our shared spaces as I walk to my various meetings and they go to…


  • History of Medicine

    The Trials of Psychedelic Medicine: LSD Psychotherapy in the United States

    The focus of my AMS postdoctoral fellowship has been completing the manuscript for my book, “The Trials of Psychedelic Medicine: LSD Psychotherapy in the United States.” The book explores the rise and fall of research into the therapeutic potential of the psychedelic drug LSD in psychiatry from the 1950s until the 1970s. It argues that…