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Replacing the Aortic Valve Without Surgery: Queen’s and KGH Enter the Fray

February 22nd 2013 | 3 Comments

You can learn a lot form your siblings. In this case, I learned How to Save a Life. My brother, Brian Archer (Queen’s Meds ’88) is a radiologist at the … Continue reading

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Stroke’s Quantum Jump: The Interprofessional Team

February 11th 2013 | 3 Comments

There is a moment in the management of a disease when a quantum jump lays bare the futility or wrong mindedness of past therapies. These rare, hard-won moments occur when … Continue reading

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The Loving of the Game: Lessons from Johnny’s Ice House

February 1st 2013 | 7 Comments

I recently received an unusual email from a friend in Chicago. The attachment was a photograph showing a cardiac surgery operating room….. with a hockey trophy prominently displayed at the … Continue reading

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Why We Still Need Medical Grand Rounds

January 16th 2013 | 8 Comments

Medical Grand Rounds has been the premiere education event of Departments of Medicine since the foundation of the modern Department of Medicine. Historically, patients were presented and their cases carefully … Continue reading

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A Report on Influenza From The State of Denial

January 3rd 2013 | 4 Comments

Did you get your flu shot this year? Yes, I am asking you….More importantly, Canadian icon Rick Mercer and I are asking you, but read on. Influenza has a disarming … Continue reading

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To Remain or Retire: Advice For Physicians From Leonard Cohen

December 18th 2012 | 6 Comments

Leonard Cohen’s “Old Ideas” Tour stopped in Kingston this December and 5000 fans filled the K-Rock Center to hear 78-year old Cohen.  He sang the entire repertoire, from So Long … Continue reading

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Preventing colon cancer: it’s not that hard a pill to swallow

December 6th 2012 | No Comments

If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too … Continue reading

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Africa Calling: How A Cellphone Can Cure Cervical Cancer

November 29th 2012 | No Comments

When I last visited Africa I had the privilege of visiting Kruger National Park. I indulged my love of photography and captured some great photographs of the magnificent countryside, good … Continue reading

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The Guessing Tube and the iPad: A new iPad program coming to Queen’s Department of Medicine

November 22nd 2012 | 10 Comments

A great story begins with a compelling opening line. In 2012, the opening line in the story of a physician’s visit to a patient’s bedside is being rewritten much like … Continue reading

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Come back When You’ve Learned About Life… The A.A. (Tony) Travill Debate

November 15th 2012 | 4 Comments

Freshly returned to Queen’s I find myself in Richardson Amphitheater for the 14th annual A.A. (Tony) Travill Debate,   Be it resolved that…compensation for Canadian physicians is too high.  Several … Continue reading

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Dr. Archer, Dept. Head
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