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Nauman Malik is a Radiation Oncology Resident (R1) at the University of Toronto


As I finish my first year of residency in Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto, I find myself getting used to the routine: join a new team every few weeks, exchange contact information, and perhaps make a team group chat to stay on top of things. The days go by — rounding on patients, keeping up with the flow of operations and emergency consults — and the nights are spent trying to stay afloat amidst a barrage of pages and tending to sicker patients. At the end of the rotation, you sit down to discuss your experience with your staff, receive feedback, and move on to the next adventure. Often, goodbyes are kept brief and formal.

However, every so often in this sea of strange faces, you notice your team really starts to come together. ...continue reading

71adae95-6d80-451a-97d8-91fc72182e3cRichard Hobbs is Director at the National Institutes of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), and Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at Oxford University in England


Structured academic training opportunities for clinical and non-clinical scientists is seen as a key deliverable by UK research funders. Each of the big national funders (MRC, Wellcome, NIHR) therefore have schemes for early career applicants on pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, more established researcher grades, and even at professorial level. There are differences between funders in what the schemes expect and what they offer (such as what topics are accepted, how long the fellowship operates for, what element of clinical work can be added, whether research funds are also provided, etc). However, there are broad similarities ...continue reading

forgie_2014_2Prof Sarah Forgie is a pediatric infectious disease physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and associate professor in the University of Alberta’s Department of Pediatrics

I asked a few colleagues, “You have a monthly meeting scheduled in ten minutes…how do you feel?”

“Dread…because I’m not really sure why I am there or what I am contributing.”

"Frustration…it feels like my time is being wasted.”

“Stressed…because I have all of this work to do but I can’t get to it because I have to go to a meeting…and then when I get back to my office there are 400 more emails waiting.”

“Annoyed, you are just getting on a roll and then you have to break for a meeting.”

Interestingly, I did not even specify which meeting – it seemed to be a universal feeling.

A colleague once told me that the true cost of attending a meeting (the opportunity cost) is the cost (time, other more productive work, or money) of what you have given up to attend. That can be substantial. But I think that a few small changes to meetings could reduce those opportunity costs ...continue reading