Archive | October, 2012

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Music of Hope and Redemption: Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony

Posted on 26 October 2012 by Hao Li (Meds 2016)

Whenever I would like to introduce someone unversed in classical music to the world of symphony, I try not to start with Mozart. Listening to Mozart tends to make you feel old; at least that’s what some of my classically-trained friends say. (I, on the other hand, do not agree.) Beethoven also does not make an ideal opening, for while his Whip of Nine Lashes contains unbelievably powerful themes, it requires intensive training to actually tap into that majestic and often deadly energy. And Mahler, definitely not Mahler! Yes, his symphonies are among the most grandiose of the literature, but they contain undeniably ugly sounds. Every dedicated musician will eventually reach a point in their musical life when they can appreciate an ugly piece of music for its inner beauty; but it usually takes years to get there.  Continue Reading

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Chew on this

Posted on 18 October 2012 by Jimmy Yan (Meds 2015)

So today I had the chance to present with several 2016s at the London Youth Action Centre on the topic of healthy eating and fitness. During the discussion it was mentioned a number of times that one of the largest challenges perceived along the way of eating healthy is that it costs too much. While the thought that healthier foods are more costly and less convenient is a common obstacle that stymies the efforts of many people who make the effort to eat healthier. Certainly many students can relate to this, operating off narrow budgets, and pressed for time, all the while stressed with studying. Continue Reading

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Humanities Proposal

Posted on 12 October 2012 by Josh Tobe (Meds 2015)

The advent of cutting-edge technological advancements used to diagnose and treat ailing patients has revolutionized modern medicine. Scientific progress, both biological and technological, has vastly improved our quality and longevity of life. With the prevalence of chronic disease surpassing that of acute illness, the patient-physician relationship must be one groomed for long-term success; establishing a propitious patient-physician relationship will be more critical now than ever before. Continue Reading

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Gemütlichkeit

Posted on 09 October 2012 by Jimmy Yan (Meds 2015)

Returning back to London after a great Thanksgiving long weekend. One filled with rest, fun, good food, and quality time with old friends. While I could not be back home in BC for this weekend, I am extremely fortunate to have the warmth and support of some friendships that have lasted throughout the years, from my childhood to present. Continue Reading

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CFMS AGM 2012, a recap

Posted on 03 October 2012 by Jimmy Yan (Meds 2015)

Hey everyone, Jimmy here (first post..woot) and I guess I might as well start off with something that’s pretty current (even though it’s a bit belated…apologies).

I’m going to start off with a bit of a promotional plug: check out the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) website at CFMS.org. Sign up for an account (using the passcode 2012cfmsmed). The site has a lot of good resources, discounts, recommendations for textbooks and several tools for Sr. Medical students (CaRMS and electives related). Continue Reading

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