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A glimpse of the future

Posted on 05 November 2013

Today I was a medical student observer at the PARO General Council. PARO stands for the “Professional Association of Residents of Ontario”, sort of a student union but for the medical residents throughout the party. It was quite an experience sitting in this 5 hour meeting in a swanky business suite on the 19th floor […] Continue Reading

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Music in Medicine

The Passionate:

Posted on 14 October 2013

The orchestral writing of Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), all of which set in the context of a composition for piano and orchestra, has often been criticized as “lacking”. Opponents attack his style of directing most of the spotlight at the piano while the orchestra serves as a “mere background”. But such radical departure from convention is […] Continue Reading

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Student Life

Those Post Call Days

Posted on 14 October 2013

So for those keeping track at home, right about now marks just past the 1 month point since the actual beginning of clinical rotations. By now we’ve probably have had a decent exposure to a range of clerk responsibilities, including…(dramatic drum roll)…call. Yes, call, that one word that make your average preclerk pull off a […] Continue Reading

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Music in Medicine

The Haunting:

Posted on 23 September 2013

The image chosen for this essay is a black-and-white reproduction of Arnold Böcklin’s 1880-1886 painting Isle of the Dead. Böcklin was a Romantic Symbolist painter whose works often portrayed the grotesque and the fantastical, and the Isle of the Dead was an epitome of such style. This painting was the source of inspiration for Sergei […] Continue Reading

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Here and there

At the brink

Posted on 23 September 2013

In a few short hours, clerkship will have started for me. I realize that this past week was the official start of 3rd year, but as it was largely an instructional week about some of the “how-tos” regarding clerk duties (“how to access powerchart”, “how to do a sign off”, “how to dictate”…) – a […] Continue Reading

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Music in Medicine

The Music of Heaven

Posted on 01 June 2013

Heaven is one of those concepts that cannot be described in words; only through deeply inspired spiritual imagery can one even begin to evoke a picture of it. So powerful is the human desire to seek Heaven that whether one is religious or non-religious, one will be profoundly touched by the thought of Heaven sometime […] Continue Reading

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