World AIDS Day

On this World AIDS Day we celebrate progress that has been made and we push to meet new goals to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This year the UN reached their target of treating 15 million people with HIV by 2015. In their new Fast-Track Strategy, they aim to have 90% of HIV infected

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What’s Stand Up for Health?

What’s Stand Up for Health & Why is it in our curriculum? Health Canada recognizes 14 determinants that influence the health of Canadians including income, education, employment status, race, and gender identity, to name a few. As a student body we are familiar with social determinants of health, but often find learning their relevance in

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Indigenous Health in Medical Education

As a Métis medical student, Indigenous health is a topic close to my heart. Indigenous populations of Canada (which includes First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples) have unique health barriers and concerns largely based on historical, geographical and social factors. In order to address the specific health needs of Indigenous peoples, many medical schools have

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Untranslatable Words

Welcome to my first post for the Procrastination Compilation, which is intended to entertain you, the reader, and me, the sleepy clerk, as we all learn about things that have little or nothing to do with medicine. My first post is about untranslatable words- ideas condensed into a single word that has no single equivalent

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How Mohs Surgery Transformed From Surgical Quackery Into a First-Line Treatment of Skin Cancer

Mohs surgery is currently considered ideal treatment for many types of skin cancers, the most common form of cancer affecting North Americans today.[1] Cancer patients who undergo Mohs surgery can expect excellent survival rates, extremely small recurrence rates and pleasant cosmetic results. However, time and place matter with regards to how and why medicine is

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