Ariane Litalien is a medical student in the Class of 2020 at McGill University
I was about halfway through my second year as a medical student at McGill University when—for a variety of health-related reasons—life decided I needed to take a break from my studies. I packed up my short white coat, Littmann stethoscope, and practice suturing tools in a square box, wrote “transition to clerkship” in tidy Sharpie letters on the top flap, and started looking for a full-time job.
Like Vancouver and a handful of European countries, Montreal’s public health agency (CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal) was on the verge of opening four supervised injection sites for intravenous drug users across the city. Given my professional experience related to social work and HIV, I decided to apply for a position as an outreach worker. ...continue reading
Interview with Dr. Michael Hill, neurologist and Director of the Stroke Unit at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary, and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Calgary. In a review article published in CMAJ (subscription required), Dr. Hill and colleagues compare ischemic stroke with acute coronary syndrome. Both are caused by sudden arterial occlusion and time to treatment is a critical factor affecting outcome. Stroke care should be designed around efficient, coordinated systems and dedicated care units to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Also, interview with Dr. Mark Tyndall, infection disease specialist, Professor of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Executive Director of the BC CDC. In a commentary published in CMAJ (subscription required), Dr. Tyndall draws attention to the fact that although new treatments for hepatitis C virus are much more effective, we must not forget to address the social drivers of the disease, especially amongst people who inject drugs. IV drug users, both current and past, make up the majority in the second wave of HCV infection.
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