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  • Patient Engagement

    Our Humanity is the Greatest Healing Power we can Offer

    The personal experience of excellent, compassionate care convinces me that our humanity is the greatest healing power we can offer. When my Mom developed significant cognitive deficits, it became obvious that it was impossible for her to stay in her home. She had lived there alone for over 30 years, far from neighbours and the…

  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Stressing over Compassion

    “Watching Someone Die and Feeling – Nothing”  writes Dr. Seema Marwaha. I’ve been thinking a lot about the stress she described over the lack of emotional response she had in the face of a patient tragedy. I was struck with the magnitude of her aspiration to find a balance between managing the needs of her…

  • History of Medicine

    How Smallpox Impacted the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia from 1800-1867

    “…We were strong but you were stronger, and we were conquered. …Before you came we had no sickness…now small pox, measles and fevers destroy our tribe…The whole of our people in Nova Scotia is about 1500. Of that number 106 died in 1846, and the number of deaths in 1848 was, we believe, 94. We…

  • Healthcare Professional Burnout and Resilience

    Is Healthcare Innovation Simply an Act of Compassion?

    Northern Ontario covers 87% of Ontario’s land mass, is inhabited by 6% of the province’s population, and has the highest rates of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory disease in Ontario. Disease prevalence is highest in the 13% of Indigenous Northerners. Providing Northern Ontario health care in the future will be challenging as the lifestyles of…

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