​How Do I Know if I Want Psychiatry…     

(I wrote this for a friend who was setting up a resident psychiatry blog in his program, but that ultimately fell through. So I figured I might as well post it here! It answers the question that senior year medical students, who are considering specialties to apply to, might ask.) Well. You don’t. Knowledge is […]

Predicting Disaster

This post would have been much more topical in January of this year, but it still illustrates the worst that can happen. The lead up to the potential tragedy is something I regularly encounter, as the psychiatry resident on call. In January of 2017, a man with PTSD went to the ER in Antigonish. It […]

Flashback

Hey, remember that surgical ethics podcast I did back in the days of yore? Well, now it’s been legitimized by being put on the Surgery 101 website. Go and check it out, and while you’re there, you can listen to other podcasts and learn all sorts of wonderful things about surgery, and medical education.

Bittersweet

Things can always get worse. This is one of the cries called out now, reminding us that, even though the world may be poised for mayhem, the bottom is never rock. Conversely, things might not be so bad, or at least, there may be some value in this time. My personal experiences are pretty mundane […]

Not Going Away

  So. Missing and Murdered aboriginal women in Canada. This last weekend, I was working on a podcast that touches on issues in Canadian health care. During discussion with my co-hosts, the topic of aboriginal Canadian health came up. Naturally, colonialism followed close behind. In the wake of recent political events, and an apparently radicalizing […]

Barely Cogent, Broadly Applicable

I made it! Well, I made it six months ago. But the hours still be long for this doc. I’m now a PGY-2 (Post Graduate Year 2) resident, which means that I’ve successfully survived the dreaded first year of residency. Like every new MD, I got to spend a year rotating through largely off-service specialties, […]