Stories In Family Medicine

Stories in family medicine    Welcome! These are our stories about the meaning of being a family physician, and the contributions of family medicine and family physicians to the history of medicine, health care and life in Canada. Supported by AMS and the CFPC Research and Education Foundation.

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Blessed to see Death

Tatham, Barbara; 2015. As I was driving away from the long term care facility after pronouncing an elderly woman dead, to a pub to meet colleagues for celebratory drinks and our staff christmas party, I couldn’t help but be struck by the dichotomy of my day.


    A Week in Wollaston

    Kapur, Ankit; 2015. My sleep was rudely awoke by a robotic voice screaking throughout the cabin of our small plane; “PULL UP, PULL UP, TERRAIN, TERRAIN”. As a medical resident, working in the north, my training had ingrained in me a reflex response to all sudden and shocking situations, and so I instinctually applied it; like a well-used mantra I repeated to myself, “Stay calm, assess the situation – whatever you don’t appear panicked”.


      Call of the North (aka The Uninvited Guest)

      Dossa, Fahreen; 2015. I swallow the bile in my throat as the tiny 9-seater plane lurches in the air and dips low into winter cloud.


        Saturday Night at St. Mary’s

        Joshi, Sapna; 2015. You know the drill. When you are fresh out of training as a family doctor, and your teachers offer you a job in ER, you take the shifts that no one else wants and are grateful for the privilege. In 1976, permanent Saturday nights were all mine at St. Mary’s in Montreal.


          A Boy, a bike and Bubble

          Kljajic, George; 2015. A few years ago, I worked as a general practitioner in the suburban areas 1700km north of Vancouver, in a small Aboriginal Community called New Aiyansh.


            Laisse passer le docteur

            Charbonneau (Perry), Katerine; 2014. Me voilà, finissante en médecine familiale, soulagée de mettre la résidence derrière moi et un peu appréhensive envers ce qui m’attend comme nouveau...


              How to Learn Completely

              Coll, Neasa; 2014. I’m wearing my regular off-duty uniform of scuffed leather ankle boots, jeans that haven’t seen the inside of a washing machine in weeks, a fluorescent orange hoodie that...


                She Didn't Fall

                Caldwell, Paul; 2014. She has a fractured hip – I’m sure of it. She’s lying on the floor in her bedroom, face up, arms out at her sides, fingers clawing at...



                  Bhayana, Bhooma; 2014. Ayesha is not her real name. It is a generic name for women from her part of the world. Hers might even be a generic story. Certainly, when I open the pages of the...


                    The Gift (Tim Troughton)

                    Troughton, Tim St John; 2014. She trundled into the consulting room, the soulful brown eyes, the jaded coloured garments and the ambience of sadness and loss. Her little daughter was...

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