Archive | July, 2012

Student Submitted Essays

Posted on 21 July 2012 by Yin H.

Below are the short listed papers for the Family Medicine Essay Prize 2012

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Learning and Grades

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Anurag Bhalla (Meds 2014)

An academic institution is regarded as a place where an individual obtains knowledge to be an informed and contributing member of the society. Medical school is one of these places where students gain medical knowledge and skills necessary to be a competent clinician. Whether a person has been successful in attaining a set standard of proficiency is often measured by a standardized examination. The more time I spend in educational institutions, the more I come to realize the inherent flaw in such an objective measurement of performance. Continue Reading

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The Value of Experience

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Chantal Forristal (Meds 2014)

The spring of 2011 was a very difficult time for my family and I, as both of my remaining grandparents passed away. Although their actual passing was very difficult, the years of illness prior to their deaths were equally painful. From the time my grandpa was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s my mother struggled to provide her parents with quality care. This task was made more difficult since my parents were living in Calgary trying to care for my grandparents in Montreal. Going through this with my family I was able to experience the effects of illness on family members and to witness the impact of failing health on both caregivers and patients. I believe that having watched my grandparents struggle with Alzheimer’s, strokes, cancer, pneumonia, and finally palliative care will make me a more understanding, empathetic doctor as I help both patients and families through similar ordeals. Continue Reading

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A letter to incoming medical students

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Sarah O’Connor (Meds 2014)

As my classmates and I eagerly await the results of our clerkship lotteries, I can’t help but think back to the beginning of medical school two Septembers ago. I was so eager to embark on this terrifying and exhilarating journey, convinced the years ahead would be the best time of my life.

At the risk of sounding jaded, there are a few things I’ve learned in the last two years that I would love to pass along to you. Things I wish someone had mentioned to me when I was in your shoes, having just been cloaked in that prestigious white coat, thinking fondly to the years ahead. Continue Reading

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An Open Letter to Premed Students

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Linna Li (Meds 2014)

“He had made a simple calculation: In one hour he could make thirty forged documents. If he slept one hour, thirty people would die”

– Sarah Kaminsky, regarding her father

Dear premed student,

You may think that I am writing to you about the tips and tricks for getting into medical school: how to calculate your average GPA, what extracurriculars you need to do, and other such questions you might have. But no—all these things is easily available elsewhere, and I will not repeat them here. Continue Reading

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Family Medicine and Keeping in Contact

Posted on 18 July 2012 by Robyn Sambrook (Meds 2014)

Since the time I was about halfway through elementary school, my family doctor’s practice has never been based in the city in which I’ve lived. It speaks to his skills as a physician, and the close doctor-patient relationship my family and I have with him, that he continued to be our doctor even after we moved to a different, more distant city. The distance obviously made it more difficult to see him with frequency, but annual check-ups were always attended, and we took more urgent matters to a local walk-in clinic. The arrangement worked for a number of years.  Continue Reading

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