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Daniel Rivera

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 09:49

I think both Dr. Ovtcharenko's and Dr. Poon's talks were very interesting, particularly that they challenges some of the day-day thinking that is regular/routine.

I think Dr. Ovtcharenko's did a wonderful job in having the audience reflect on the very important, but not-so-often thought of, roots of health disparities present in the indigenous population in Canada. I think she was able to convince others that when a patient presents with an illness at hospital practicing western medicine, it is beneficial to consider the unique needs of indigenous patients and in doing so and accommodating these requests, in rejection of paternalistic treatment, indigenous patient ownership of their healthcare and better experiences are supported.

Dr. Poon was also able to challenge the thinking amongst the audience and touch upon the roots of why physicians, particularly residents, may over-order tests. From wanting to avoid malpractice to trying to demonstrate thoroughness, various expensive tests may be ordered - but do these lead to better outcomes? I think Dr. Poon was also able to advocate for physicians to critically evaluate the decision process they are using in order to determine which tests are necessary.

Overall, two great talks that I think challenges regular routines and prompted some great reflection!

Daniel Rivera

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