Interpretation in the Medical Setting: Tips & Resources

09. September 2018 TIPS & TRICKS 0
Interpretation in the Medical Setting: Tips & Resources
 A few weeks ago I was pulled out of my clinic to interpret for an elderly unilingual Arabic speaking refugee who had a widespread aggressive cancer. She knew little about her condition. Perhaps most importantly, she didn’t understand that her only remaining option was palliation. I was given the daunting task of explaining this to ...

A Letter to Myself: Dear Future Doctor…

A Letter to Myself: Dear Future Doctor…
 Dear future Doctor, If I may, I would like to endow you with a few pearls of wisdom, as you embark on this transformative journey. I pray that this will help mold you into the best physician you have the potential to become. After all, simply having potential does not suffice. You must know how ...

To Each Their Own Journey

15. December 2017 The Narrative 1
To Each Their Own Journey
 I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible mentors over the past few years. Each and every single one has gifted me with invaluable pearls of wisdom. For this, I am eternally grateful. Among these pearls, I now recognize, was always a common theme: It’ll all be OK in the end. One way or another, ...

What of PTSD in Refugees & Asylum Seekers?

27. September 2017 The Narrative 0
What of PTSD in Refugees & Asylum Seekers?
 Ms. K had recently arrived from a rural area in a West African country seeking asylum in Quebec, Canada. She was raised in an impoverished household with many siblings. At a young age she was married off to a man decades her senior. She felt trapped between providing her family with a source of income ...

I don’t want to die, she said

10. September 2017 The Narrative 0
I don’t want to die, she said
 I walk into the room and introduce myself. She is sitting across from me with her teenage daughter.   She was last seen 3 months ago and has been in remission for over a year now. I explain that her lab results were normal so far. Some are pending. No recent imaging. “So, how are ...