Year in Review: Looking Back and Moving Forward

By Dr. Kwadwo Mponponsuo It is that time of year again when the days and nights get colder, the days shorter and those of us that are susceptible to cold, like myself, bundle up for winter. Some bundle up to hit the slopes or the ice; others do it to stay warm for activities where most of the time can be expected to be spent upright instead of face-down in the snow. With this change, however, comes the excitement of the holidays, fam jam time and a new year. For many, the end of a year is a time of Read More …

Human Connection: The Value of Listening

By Dr. Mim Fatmi November brings a somber reminder that the days will get shorter, that the craze of pumpkin-flavoured everything is over and that most folks will retreat indoors under layers of blankets as the world outside gets blanketed in snow. Winter is often a time when people keep to themselves, preoccupied with getting through the work day and looking forward to cozy nights at home with their loved ones. When I started residency in psychiatry, I don’t think I truly appreciated what I was getting into. To me psychiatry was a medical specialty like any other where I Read More …

Life as a Physician/Mom

By Dr. Joy Adekanmbi  Sometimes I see myself going crazy. People ask me, “How do you do this Joy? How do you balance three kids, residency, being a Chief Resident and PARA?” No, I am not crazy; I learned to cope by loving what I do and using my support systems. I have three wonderful and active kids (a teenager, a fourth grader and a kindergartener), who I almost have to tie around myself every time we go out since they love to play and keep me on my toes. My husband is a big help, but my kids are multiple Read More …

From Junior Clerk to Junior Resident Physician

By Dr. Nabeela Nathoo The first residency program originated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, created by none other than the great Canadian physician Sir William Osler in the 1890s. At the time, resident physicians were also called House Officers, living in the hospital and basically putting aside the rest of their lives to focus on their medical training. Although much has changed in the last 125 years, some things have not. As resident physicians in the present day and age, we still carry significant responsibility, and in essence, we are the primary care providers of patients on our services overnight Read More …

A Day in the Country Life

By Dr. Adam Mildenberger So I start my day off like any other day – I wake up at the crack of dawn, pull on my best plaid shirt and my old cowboy boots, eat my stone-cut oats, and ride to the hospital on my trusty steed. Joking aside, there’s not much difference between rural residency and urban residency. Patients get sick in roughly the same ways and residents help take care of them with the same long hours. But there are some perks to rural residency: for one thing, a bad day of rush hour traffic means it takes Read More …