Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in schools this fall? Ontario’s 1982 legislation spurred organized opposition
This blog was written by AMS Healthcare History of Medicine and Healthcare Program 2020 project grant recipient Catherine Carstairs and her colleagues from the University of Guelph. It very nicely supports the AMS Healthcare concept that History of Medicine research can and does act as a source of lessons that shape or inform the Canadian…Read More
AMS Podcast: Good Tech, Compassionate Healthcare
Podcast: Good Tech, Compassionate Healthcare We host conversations between leading researchers, scientists, and healthcare providers as they confront the challenges in our healthcare system, especially in the face of the pandemic. All Episodes Digital Monitoring of Stress Responses Among Nursing Professionals Welcome to our conversation titled, Digital Monitoring of Stress Responses Among Nursing Professionals. A…Read More
The core of compassionate care
I spend many hours every day thinking, writing, and meeting about care. Compassionate care. Equitable care. Person-centered care. Diverse providers of care. Care for diverse populations. How to teach compassionate care. How to teach social justice-oriented care. Whether curriculum can promote reflexive care. How to get faculty members to prioritize person-centered care. How to get…Read More
Is compassionate leadership an antidote for health care burnout?
Can health care be a toxin for those providing care to others? The drive for cost savings, the increasing complexity of care, the menace of electronic medical records and the emotional challenges of responding to patient suffering put health care professionals at high risk for burnout. Today, burnout is common among all members of our health…Read More
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…Read More
How I choose to repair the world
I’m often asked why I do what I do. Actually, it’s rare that someone questions my decision to look after sick people as a physician. People also rarely wonder why I chose to get married or to have children. On the other hand, my academic interests – the focus of my research and educational work…Read More
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…Read More
Ensuring culturally safe care for Indigenous peoples
When we think about the health and care needs for Indigenous peoples in Canada, we often are drawn to the mental and emotional challenges resulting from the intergenerational trauma of residential schools. The fallout of this trauma, as we are familiar with and have heard in the media, includes increased substance misuse and addictions. It…Read More
How can we decolonize our medical schools?
Can we decolonize and indigenize our medical school? I have been thinking about this question over the last few years. It underpins my AMS Phoenix fellowship to teach medical students about cultural safety. It also foregrounds a larger challenge about how to make our health care systems welcoming places for all patients, including those who…Read More