When Doctors Fear Doctors

By Dr. Veronique Ram I recently had a meet and greet with my new family doctor in Lethbridge. It had been a long time since I met with a doctor for the first time who would be treating me as a patient, other than my OB nearly five years ago. I sat there 15 minutes before my appointment, feeling my heart race and my palms get sweaty. I was nervous and anxious. What if she didn’t like me? What if she thought I was an annoying waste of time? I sat there and imagined numerous meet and greet scenarios in Read More …

Resident Physicians – We are Human

By Dr. Suhair Bandeali “It’s a culture that implies you should strive to be perfect even though you’re human – one that encourages you to run from your feelings even though you can’t hide from them”. – Brian Goldman address to University of Toronto graduating medical school class of 2014 A profession that exists for the sole purpose to improve the human condition and alleviate suffering, inside it is a culture of just that: suffering. We expect constant perfection, achievement, and “resilience”, but what about our compassion for each other through long hours and criticism, our understanding that we are Read More …

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 …