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Michaela Spence

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 17:45

Thank you Max for the wonderful summary and to Dr. Mullen and Dr. Swan for their engaging presentations.

We covered two very important topics during our discussion after grand rounds last week; obesity and social media. Both of which are not going away any time soon.

I found it very surprising that close to 64% of Canadians over the age of 18 are overweight or obese (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-li…) and yet Dr. Mullen mentioned during her presentation that there is a lack of funding supporting treatment. Socioeconomic status plays a large role in the development of obesity as we discussed after rounds. I feel that until we make healthy food more accessible to all members of the community, obesity will only continue to increase in prevalence. I wonder if available funding should be focused more on trying to stop obesity from developing in the first place, if we cannot successfully fund the treatment once it has already become a problem. 

Dr. Swan did a wonderful job inspiring me to seek out help with optimizing my social media presence. Like Kassandra, I also hope to be able to partake in a training program similar to that of the Nephrology Social Media Collective internship that Caitlyn attended. I believe that this training is an asset to anyone either entering or already in the health care field. Acknowledging that social media can be a helpful tool for educating the general public is one step in the right direction for the medical community. Also it will help us to better prepare our own social media posts in a way that facilitates learning and helps mitigate the misinformation circulating the internet.

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Michaela Spence

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