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Everything You Wanted to Know About Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) But Were Afraid to Ask. A guest blog by Dr. David Taylor with introduction by Stephen Archer

November 20th 2017 | No Comments

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon’s (RCPSC) has a new model for postgraduate medical training that is called Competency by Design (CBD). The program that realizes CBD is referred … Continue reading

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Cognogens—Disease-Causing Beliefs Can Be Addressed Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

October 4th 2017 | 4 Comments

Definition*: Cognogen—Cog-no-gen: A belief that contributes to psychological or physical pathology*The term cognogen is a neologism. We are all familiar with the idea of diseases being caused by bacteria and … Continue reading

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The Oft Forgotten “Innovation” in Patient Centred Care: Curing Atrial Fibrillation through I-PCC

September 5th 2017 | No Comments

Atrial fibrillation affects 350,000 Canadians and triples risk of stroke–Heart and Stroke Foundation Patient Centred Care (PCC), a phrase that means different things to different people. Too often it is … Continue reading

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Creating a Live Renal Donor Program: Overcoming the 4 hurdles to achieve excellence

June 28th 2017 | No Comments

This is the story of how we are beginning to perform live donor renal transplant (LDT) at Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC). Like many of the stories in this News … Continue reading

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Bone Marrow Transplantation: Who, What When Where Why and How

May 26th 2017 | No Comments

Q: What could be worse than having leukemia? A: Learning that there are long delays in accessing potentially curative therapy (and/or that to be treated you must go to the … Continue reading

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Claire and the House of Miracles

May 11th 2017 | No Comments

Despite the flaws and frustrations of our health care system and the challenges faced by our crowded hospitals, we should not lose sight of the miracles that are accomplished in … Continue reading

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Home Made Treatment for Congenital Heart Disease-Aymara Women Knit Devices to Close the Patent Ductus Arteriosus

March 27th 2017 | No Comments

“The most complex problems in our time can be solved with simple techniques, if we are able to dream.” – Dr. Franz Freudenthal The ductus arteriosus is a vital fetal blood … Continue reading

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The Accidental Feminist

February 21st 2017 | 2 Comments

Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes A series of apparently unrelated events led to the writing of this blog. It is … Continue reading

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Science, Medicine and Syrian Apple® pickers: How Mr. Trump’s immigration ignorance will hurt America

February 3rd 2017 | 6 Comments Mr. Trump, can I offer you some friendly advice, as a former US resident alien and taxpayer. I suggest you consider three unintended consequences that will almost certainly result … Continue reading

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Citizenship: The 5% that makes all the difference

January 18th 2017 | No Comments

It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great … Continue reading

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Dr. Archer, Dept. Head
Dr. Archer, Dept. Head