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The Th.D. and Innovation at University Hospitals: Advice From The Wizard of Oz

March 3rd 2015 | No Comments

The Th.D. and Innovation at University Hospitals: Advice From The Wizard of Oz Wizard of Oz: Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature … Continue reading

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Skin in the Game: Research, Education and Mohs Surgery-Queen’s has it all

February 10th 2015 | 3 Comments

Spoiler alert-this is a good news story (but it starts out with some depressing facts) When I was in Medical school (1977-81), Queen’s University had 3-4 dermatologists. When I returned … Continue reading

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China in 2015-A SWOT Analysis

January 21st 2015 | 1 Comment

Cantonese Opera-in the park in Guangzhou Robert Heinlein wrote Stranger in a Strange Land in 1961 about Mr. Smith, who emigrates to Earth from Mars. This stranger interacts with and … Continue reading

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Who is Mr. Fezziwig: A Carol for Queen’s University Department of Medicine Upon the Eve of Our Holiday Party 2014

December 16th 2014 | No Comments

Who is Mr. Fezziwig: A Carol for Queen’s University Department of Medicine Upon the Eve of Our Holiday Party 2014 Jorkin: “Mr. Fezziwig, we’re good friends besides good men of … Continue reading

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North Sea Myoclonus and Vasodilator-Responsive Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH): How Defining Deep Phenotypes Drives Disease Discovery

November 19th 2014 | 5 Comments

We teach medical students, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses”. This is sage advice, designed to focus them on recognizing common diseases. However if the galloping beast has cutaneous … Continue reading

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Resolute: Standing on Guard for Canada in an Age of Ebola and Terrorism

October 23rd 2014 | 2 Comments

A brave man dies once…a coward a thousand times-Chinese proverb Two events occurred on, Oct 22nd 2014, that brought to mind the word resolute, meaning determined or unyielding. I was … Continue reading

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Application of Lean Methodology to Reducing Emergency Room Wait Times: Have Canadian Hospitals Adopted the Best Parts of the Mr. Toyoda’s Philosophy?

October 21st 2014 | No Comments

“Be kind and generous, strive to create a warm, homelike atmosphere,” Sakichi Toyoda Sakichi Toyoda was born in the year of Canada’s confederation, 1867. He invented of a variety of … Continue reading

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The Ebola Epidemic of 2014 – The Revenge of Die Fledermaus

October 1st 2014 | 1 Comment

“It may be that without a vaccine, we can’t really stop this epidemic” … Peter Piot, a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus in 1976 and director of the London School … Continue reading

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The Pearls for Achieving a State of Aequanimitas

September 9th 2014 | 1 Comment

  I was recently part of a group of faculty members asked to talk to the 4th year Medical Students at Queen’s University as part of a Pearls of Practice Session … Continue reading

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The Politics of Apathy: What Canadians and Canadian Physicians Need to Know

June 24th 2014 | 2 Comments

Editorial Assistance: Anya Archer “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just … Continue reading

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