Dr SteynDaniela Steyn is a Family Physician in Ontario

 

Alumni of The Graduate Institute Geneva include former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan. It seemed to me to be the obvious choice for a course on Global Health Diplomacy. Geneva hosts many of the well known international organizations in the world, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. I joined a group of 30 executives from all over the world who got together to learn and share on the topic of Global Health Diplomacy.  There were participants from government sector as well as the private sector, Ministers of Health and of Finance, diplomats and doctors, academics, clinicians, policy developers, philanthropists and activists.  In a relatively short period of time we got to know each other, learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds, and build relationships. ...continue reading

charlesyinCharles Yin in a MD/PhD Candidate at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University

 

On June 18, 2015 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced that it would be withdrawing funding support for the nation’s 14 MD/PhD programs by the 2016/2017 academic year. This announcement caught program directors and trainees across the country by surprise, and was at odds with the recommendations of two advisory panels commissioned by the CIHR, both of which identified a particular need to improve upon how clinician scientist training in Canada. Although the cutting of the CIHR funding was a blow to MD/PhD programs across the country, it looks like these programs won’t be shutting their doors for the foreseeable future. Rather, this development provides us as clinician scientists, physicians, researchers and policy makers with an opportunity ...continue reading

doanRichard Doan is a Psychiatrist with Inner City Health Associates and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario

 

During my physical assessment course as a medical student more than three decades ago in Connecticut, the surgeon generously serving as our preceptor introduced us to a patient with a post-operative infection.  He mentioned treatment with an antibiotic, and I asked the mechanism of action.  He gave me a bemused look: “I don’t know how it works, it just does!”  A year later I used to eat my lunch in a small hospital sandwich shop, frequented by Attendings and known as the “Republican Club”.  I learned there that male physicians of a certain age (and almost all were male) mainly talked about golf and money.  Many years later, I find myself basically giving the same answer to my students about drug mechanisms, though thanks to the internet I can say that I am following current treatment guidelines.  However, I don’t golf, and I never really talk about money. . . until now. ...continue reading

020_ALEJANDRO LUCIAAlejandro Lucia is Professor of Physiology at the European University of Madrid. He has a particular research interest in endurance sport and exercise physiology

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Carl Foster is Professor of Sports Medicine and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

 

In the past week we've watched the Olympic track and field events play out. Sprinting champions are likely to be Jamaicans or African Americans, whereas long distance champions tend to be Kenyans or Ethiopians, or from someplace not too far from the East African highlands. Do these seemingly typical talents and abilities for the relatively simple motor task of running reflect that some populations have a basic genetic endowment to excel in certain sport specialities? ...continue reading

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Headshot - Jeremy DevineJeremy Devine is a 3rd year Medical Student at The University of Toronto

 

On May 15th, 2016 the Conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease took place in Ottawa. A 30-day online consultation was launched on June 1, 2015 to inform the development of the Framework. Although ostensibly mandated by legislation, the conference was largely the work of Canada’s chief Lyme advocacy group: The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation (CanLyme) and the patients they represent. CanLyme advocates for more liberal diagnostic and treatment guidelines ...continue reading

Adriano MollicaAdriano Mollica
University of Toronto
Class of 2019

I look at you, and I wish
there was some sort of incantation to whisper
that could string together all the fickle words
grazing around the summit of my throat
and instill a frenzy in their small limbs
so they may leap across the oceanic void
that is the silence between my mouth and you being healthy again. ...continue reading

Bill CuddihyBill Cuddihy is a former Chief Medical Officer of Athletics Ireland and has been a member of the Anti-Doping Committee of Irish Sports Council since 2007

 

The doping problem is slowly killing many sports, especially Olympic sports like Track and Field Athletics. Major changes are required in how we tackle these problems. But how far away are we from Standardisation and Harmonisation in the world of anti-doping? The answer is, a long way.  ...continue reading

mike loosemore by clare parkMike Loosemore is Lead Consultant Sports Physician at the English Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health; he is currently at the Rio 2016 Olympics

 

Have you noticed that the male competitors in Boxing don’t have to wear head guards at the Rio 2016 Olympics? This may seem odd, perhaps. However, the requirement to wear head protection has been removed for the first time since it was introduced in 1984 at the Los Angeles games. In the lead up to the 1984 Olympics, concerns about brain damage as result of boxing led to a strong anti-boxing feeling within the medical profession. It was under pressure from the medical profession to make boxing safer that head guards were introduced. ...continue reading

DMacA_3Domhnall MacAuley is a CMAJ Associate Editor and a professor of primary care in Northern Ireland, UK.

 

As the world focuses on the Olympics in Rio, I visited the Allan McGavin Sports Centre at UBC to hear the views of some current and future opinion leaders in Canadian Sports Medicine. Dr Jack Taunton is a legend in Canadian Sports Medicine. An athlete who competed at the highest level, he was a leader in the development of clinical sports medicine in Canada and a pioneer in teaching and research. He co-founded the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre in 1979 and is a Professor in Sports Medicine at UBC, where I visited him recently to talk to him about what it takes to provide medical care for the Olympics.  Jack was Chief Medical Officer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Chief Medical Officer for Canada at the Sydney Olympics, two Pan American and two World Student Games.  He was also Women's Team Physician and Association Coordinating Physician for Field Hockey Canada for over 25 years. Jack was a co-founder of the Vancouver Marathon, the Vancouver Sun Run and, most recently, the UBC Grand Prix of Cycling.

Here's my video interview with Dr Taunton. ...continue reading

Although physicians generally recognize that social determinants influence the health of their patients, many are unsure how they can intervene. Dr. Anne Andermann, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University in Montreal and founding director of the CLEAR Collaboration, discusses how physicians and allied health care workers can address social determinants in their day-to-day practice. She wrote a review article (subscription required) published in the CMAJ.

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