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Supporting One Another: Interpersonal Wellness and the Science of Kindness

By. Dr. Kieran Steer BEEP BEEP BEEP – my pager squawks at an hour of the night that no human eyes should know. I pull away from the gummed-up keyboard tied to admission notes to answer the page. I return to my note. Another page rings, “we have a new admission, can you get to it ASAP.” This renowned cycle of the on-call junior resident physician pounds through the night – soothed only by the comfort of stale saltine crackers and vending machine diet Coke. But, as the smiling sunlight rises and the new welcomed workday floods the hospital halls, Read More …

Looking Ahead in 2021

By Dr. Hamna Tariq It is finally 2021 and I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say we have been waiting all year for this. I think we can all let out a collective sigh. To be perfectly honest, while I feel like I should be happy, I’m currently struggling with balancing positivity with negativity. As happy as I am that what feels like the worst part is over, there is still a lot of frustration about how 2021 has gone so far. It is still very early on in the new year however and a new year brings Read More …

These Are a Few of my Favourite (2020) Things

By Dr. Annie Duan Okay, so 2020 has been tough. There’s been a plethora of missed weddings and graduations, canceled vacations and holidays and a general sense of loneliness as a whole generation of PGY-1s moved across the country during a pandemic. When I was asked to write a reflection of 2020, I started with a month-to-month play of 2020, which turned into a shockingly miserable diary of complaints. So scratch that – in the spirit of Julie Andrews, these are a few of my favourite (2020) things instead: Lack of morning traffic jams There are two things in this Read More …

A Journey into Rural Practice – The Medicine and Beyond

By Dr. Landon MacGillivray Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference… – Robert Frost In the early days of medical school, the prospect of pursuing a rural family medicine residency program was unfathomable. Frankly, rural medicine was simply NOT on my radar. Throughout my life, I resided in larger cities throughout British Columbia (Kamloops, Victoria and Kelowna). How and why then did I choose to take the path less traveled by? The How: As part of the UBC Clerkship year, medical students were required to complete Read More …

A journey through time and space

By Dr. Aquila Gopaul IMGs come in all shapes and sizes I am sure you are familiar with the phrase “IMG”, International Medical Graduate, or CSAs, Canadians studying abroad – or maybe you aren’t. But after doing electives across Canada, a one-year research fellowship, and beginning my residency training here in Calgary, I do know one thing: everyone has a preconceived idea of a “typical” IMG. Whatever image the word “IMG” conjures for you, I can assure you that it does not encompass the spectrum of individuals who wear that badge. In the Calgary family medicine program alone, we have Read More …