Ilana Birnbaum is a medical student in the Class of 2020 at the University of Toronto.
This work represents some of my reflections during my 6 week Surgery rotation as a third year medical student. While I enjoyed this rotation and learned a great deal about surgery, and clinical care more broadly, I largely felt anonymous. I felt hidden away behind my surgical mask, cap, gown, and gloves.
Even when I was not physically wearing this personal protective gear, I felt as though there was a distance of sorts between myself and the patient. This lack of identity seemed reciprocal. As I felt anonymous to my patients, they too had an element of anonymity in my eyes. My consults in the emergency department were focused, follow-up appointments in clinics were concise, and rounding on inpatients in the mornings was reduced to a few yes or no questions. The majority of my time spent with a given patient was when the patient was under anesthetic.
Imaan Javeed is a medical student at the University of Toronto.
Warming up my dinner in the microwave, I habitually open the YouTube app to see what's going on in the world. Before the microwave can finish whirring, though, it suddenly occurs to me: do I even like this stuff?
I’m talking, of course, about politics.
I must, right? For a pill I take religiously every day, multiple times a day, which occupies an embarrassingly large chunk of my attention, you'd think it would be something I at least enjoy. The thing is, though, for me, it doesn't feel like a choice. It's not voluntary, nor is it just a hobby or a game. It's an obligation.
Anser Daud is a medical student at the University of Toronto. He enjoys writing about health advocacy and human rights issues.
“We’re dealing with a situation that’s not far from here, this is serious,” said Toronto Raptors sportscaster Matt Devlin as he interrupted the proceedings of the championship ceremony at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on June 17. Those present—perhaps 2 million people by some estimates—began to wonder if their worst fears were beginning to materialize. Videos on social media show ...continue reading
Editor’s note: this is an edited version of a eulogy delivered by Ilse Treurnicht on February 19, 2015
John Evans’s legacy in Canada is so large, so multifaceted that it is impossible to do it justice. But about John Evans, two things can safely be said. No other Canadian has contributed in such a meaningful way to so many important aspects of life in our city, our province and our country over the last 50 years. And no one so prominent has ever been so disinterested in the limelight. ...continue reading