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 ...

When We Listen

When We Listen
It was a Wednesday morning. The air was crisp. The sun decided to grace us with its brilliance. I made my way to the emergency room where I was working for a two-week period on the cardiology consult service. There was much to learn and I relished every opportunity to hear a murmur, to help diagnose an NSTEMI, and to rush the patient to the cath lab for what I understood was a life-saving procedure. The learning experience was thrilling. My neurons were firing, happily.

Medical Apps on My Phone

Medical Apps on My Phone
 Whether you’re in the hospital on the wards or in the clinic, your smart phone is your best friend. Use it wisely! Here’s a quick overview of some of the apps I have come across so far. All of the mentioned files and applications are free unless otherwise mentioned.   These are some of the medical ...

How to deal with “DIFFICULT” Patients!

How to deal with “DIFFICULT” Patients!
 In my experience so far, patients are often labelled as “difficult” in two separate but similar contexts. Patient is refusing further treatment/investigations or not following physician’s recommendations. Patient is very emotionally charged and it is extremely difficult to reason with them. So I thought I would make a video describing examples of each of these ...