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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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”.


    The Path to an End

    Ricella, David; 2015. As I cautiously wandered into the dimly lit hospital room, I could feel my pulse gently rising, my heart accelerating to the swift pace of a Monteverdi scherzo.


      Putting Laughter in our Medical Tool Bag

      Barclay, Sarah; 2015. She had me at the joke about her dog. My 88 year old newly widowed patient with the lilting Irish accent, smiled at me broadly, obviously relishing a chance to talk about something other than her grief.


        A Sin, A Crime, An Occupational Hazard

        Joshi, Sapna; 2015. The phone call came as I was going through my routine “condoms, condoms, condoms” talk for a patient who was busy swallowing azithromycin pills for chlamydia.


          Unité d’enseignement

          Phane, Viviane; 2015. Femme 36 ans, admise pour tuberculose pulmonaire Dossier révisé...


            Going to Sleep

            Lepp, Amanda; 2015. I was apprehensive about my first home visit with the palliative care nurse for the region where I was doing my clerkship family medicine rotation.  


              Something Healing This Way Comes: The Power of Being Heard and Held

              Montgomery, Carla; 2015. CANCER. It strikes such fear and has a wily way of unearthing the past.


              There exists, in truth, three simple words that strikes dread into the hearts of every physicians... Do. You. Remember.

              Yan, James; 2015. This phrase was introduced to me in the middle of 1st year. I was killing time in my medical student lounge when a link popped up on my Newsfeed to this TED talk by Dr. Brian Goldman, an Emergency Medicine doc from Toronto who hosts the radio/podcast show White Coat Black Art as well as author of the book The Night Shift.


                Dangerous Judgement

                Doko, Magbule; 2015. I printed my list and started rounds. I noticed that my 28 year old female patient with alcoholic cirrhosis had been transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) last night.


                  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...

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