To Each Their Own Journey

15. December 2017 Uncategorized 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 Uncategorized 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 Uncategorized 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 ...

How to Wear Your STETHOSCOPE with HIJAB!

How to Wear Your STETHOSCOPE with HIJAB!
 As a first year medical student I struggled with trying to get my stethoscope on without compromising my hijab. Looking back, I had to experiment with the weirdest tricks until I was able to finally come up with a fairly good method of wearing the hijab comfortably with easy access to my stethoscope! I know ...

How to Survive the Operating Room as a Hijabi!

How to Survive the Operating Room as a Hijabi!
I used the different disposable head covers that they had at the hospital to make my own disposable hijab cover for the operating room. The good news is that it only takes about a minute to get ready. The great news is nobody can say anything because you\'re literally all covered, and at less risk of contaminating the sterile field than any of them.