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The importance of identifying our values in residency

By Dr. Darby Ewashina As a senior psychiatry resident physician who has additional interests in meditation and mindfulness practice, the idea of “values” comes up quite often in my work. But what exactly are values and why should we as resident physicians care about them? Well for starters, working as a resident physician places us all at risk of burnout which heightens emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. As resident physicians we often have both personal and systemic factors that add to our risk of burnout. Time demands, long work hours, lack of control over work Read More …

New Year, New Mentality

By Dr. Michele Foster The beginning of each year marks a fresh start.  I, like many other people, am guilty of setting numerous (often unrealistic) New Years resolutions related to personal health and fitness, nutrition and career goals. Many of these are abandoned within the first month, after a busy night on call, when all I can think of is stopping at the McDonalds drive-thru for my morning egg McMuffin, or when I get home from a stressful day and would rather be distracted by the latest Netflix offering than read up on Psychopharmacology. Residency is hard; by nature, we Read More …

Going for the Goal

By Dr. Daniel Friedman My current to-do list looks something like this: Prepare presentation for case rounds Submit manuscript for review Email elective coordinators Review 3 guidelines per week Finish questions for next Royal College study group Call mom Buy gift for Luke’s birthday Order black sweater Get milk and eggs Fix block 8 call schedule The list can easily, and often does, go on with a disorganized collection of personal, clinical and research tasks. It is always changing, never looking the same from day to day, even hour to hour. Great, I just finished this PowerPoint, but I was just Read More …

She.

By Dr. Kaylynn Purdy Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work alongside many great leaders in medical education. I was especially fortunate to have met several fantastic female leaders in medical education, women who are forging ahead to improve Canadian health care, often in rooms surrounded by men. These female physician leaders have inspired me to dream bigger, to see myself in leadership positions that come with titles such as “Dean” or “President” in the future. They have allowed me to make mistakes, allowed me to learn, allowed me grow, gave Read More …

Comfort Always

By Dr. Hana Yu It was an ordinary day in the Emergency Department. Bluntly put, most of my day involves seeing and listening to patients’ suffering. A frail voice called from behind me as I was intensely charting at a desk. “Nurse! Nurse, I need some help!” To be completely truthful, the immediate emotion that struck me was irritation. This is not to undermine out patients’ needs or the exceptional service our nursing colleagues provide; however, being assumed to be a nurse, as a female in scrubs, has become one of my pet peeves after three years of hospital training. Read More …