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Vital Signs | October 2018

We Live in Changing Times…Or Do We?

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) held its inaugural Health Summit along with its annual General Council (GC) in Winnipeg in August. As an AMA delegate to the meetings, I feel fortunate to have been a part of the events. read more


Vital Signs | September 2018

Beginnings and Endings

September seems a time of new beginnings. Whether or not we have children in our homes, the “back-to school” mindset is upon us. The relaxed pace of life over the summer gives way to an urgency to pick up where we left off in June, when sunny skies and warm weather beckoned more than our workplace to-do lists. read more

How to Give to Charity in a Strategic and Meaningful Way

More and more, people want to focus their volunteer time and money on charities that are close to their hearts, and they want to know their gifts are making a difference. And physicians are no different.
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Vital Signs | July 2018

Transitions

The refined transitions of management and flow of information will lead to better outcomes for both patients and providers throughout the province. However, as transitions in systems do bring opportunity, they to come with questions regarding accountability and responsibility.
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Management A Leading Question?

Transitions involve change. Management and leadership are crucial to the success of individuals, teams, and organizations during times of change. Individuals need encouragement and direction; teams need plans and resources; organizations need vision and measurable objectives.
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Vital Signs | June 2018

“Call a Code!”

“Call a Code!” For most of us who are clinicians, that call brings a surge of adrenaline and an instinctual leap to act. As the familiar scene of chest compressions, airway management and crash carts plays out, the Code Team comes together at their cue to perform the dance of resuscitation.
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Are You Ready?

Some of my colleagues have — either willingly or quite unexpectedly — entered into trauma scenes. Some brave souls have signed up for missions, service projects or military duty in conflict zones. Others have been going about their usual work, only to have fire or flood break out upon their community, causing them and those around them to quickly evacuate.  read more


Vital Signs | May 2018

Time is muscle: Central Alberta Community Cardiac Awareness

“TIME IS MUSCLE”; the longer the delay in opening blood vessels, the larger the heart damage and higher the mortality and disability. The best therapy for opening occluded cardiac arteries is Percutaneous Coronary Angioplasty (PCA).  
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Vital Signs | April 2018

Things They Didn’t “Teach” in Medical School — or Did They?

Medical Administration — Ahhh! — The specialty that most physicians love to hate and some, like me, hate to love! All of my medical administrative experiences have been challenging, exciting, humbling and rewarding all at the same time. These opportunities have spanned the city, the province and now multiple international arenas..  read more

Managing Compassion Fatigueis an Organizational Responsibility

Compassion fatigue. That niggling feeling like, “How can I care for anyone else if I can’t even keep myself together?” Maybe you think you’re not legitimately cut out to be a caregiver. Maybe you feel like you signed the Oath of Hypocrites rather than Hippocrates.
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Vital Signs | March 2018

Technology, Freud and the Overtaxed Ego

My teachers lied to me. I’m sure they didn’t mean to — but think about it. When we were learning multiplication tables, they said, “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket.” We had to learn to spell words correctly, even tricky words like pneumonia. And then there were all the countries and their capital cities.
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Interventional Pulmonology

When my colleagues ask me about my specialty, I explain that I am trained in interventional pulmonology. Many have not heard of this specialty and inevitably ask me what specifically I do. In essence, interventional pulmonology is a maturing sub-specialty of pulmonary medicine using minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat a variety of pulmonary diseases.
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