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World AIDS Day

Posted on 01 December 2015 by Zara Zalnieriunas

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 individuals knowing their HIV status, 90% of those people to be receiving treatment and 90% of people being treated to have viral load suppression to the level where they are no longer infectious (the 90-90-90 goal) by 2020 and a similar 95-95-95 goal by 2030. Along with this, they are aiming to have new infections in adults down to 200 000 by 2030 and having zero discrimination is a goal throughout.
These are ambitious goals, but we have already seen proof of the amazing progress that can be made in this fight against the AIDS epidemic when world organizations come together to meet a target. We must continue with increased effort or risk back tracking as Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, has stated, “We have bent the trajectory of the epidemic. Now we have five years to break it for good or risk the epidemic rebounding out of control.”
Here is Michel Sidibe’s 2015 World AIDS Day Message:
For more information on the Fast-Track Strategy including materials to share on social media to show your support for the initiative: http://www.unaids.org/wad2015/

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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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