An Interview with Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Simpson

Interview by Austin Lam, a medical student at the University of Toronto Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Simpson, MBChB, BMedSci, FRANZCP, is Chief of Forensic Psychiatry at CAMH. Additionally, Dr. Simpson is Associate Professor and Head of the Forensic Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Simpson has extensive experience in … Continue reading An Interview with Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Simpson

An Interview With Dr. Ayelet Kuper

Interview by Ben Shachar (2T1), a medical student at the University of Toronto I recently had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dr. Ayelet Kuper (MD, DPhil). Dr. Kuper is a Staff Physician and Scientist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Wilson Centre. She is also an Associate Professor and the Co-Lead … Continue reading An Interview With Dr. Ayelet Kuper

Looking to Paintings: Exploring the Arts in Medical Education – An interview with Dr. Lisa Richardson

Interview by: Kara Hounsell Dr. Lisa Richardson is a general internal medicine physician, with a research interest in integrating non-biomedical, Indigenous, and feminist thought into medical education. Together with Dr. Jason Pennington, she is a Co-Lead of Indigenous Health Education at the University of Toronto. Prior to the interview, I had the opportunity to attend … Continue reading Looking to Paintings: Exploring the Arts in Medical Education – An interview with Dr. Lisa Richardson

Choices by Eugene Leung

Choices Eugene Leung Medical Radiation Sciences (Radiation Therapy) Year 2 Patient just laying there, head first into the machine. No voice, just grunts and hand gestures. Not that if he wanted to talk he could. Hole in his throat, post-total laryngectomy. He winces as he takes out his tracheostomy tube Phlegm and mucus gathering in … Continue reading Choices by Eugene Leung

This month’s student submission: Choices by Eugene Leung

Choices Eugene Leung, Medical Radiation Sciences (Radiation Therapy) Year 2 Patient just laying there, head first into the machine. No voice, just grunts and hand gestures. Not that if he wanted to talk he could. Hole in his throat, post-total laryngectomy. He winces as he takes out his tracheostomy tube Phlegm and mucus gathering in his … Continue reading This month’s student submission: Choices by Eugene Leung

“To A Young Doctor” – A Poem by Dr. Allan Peterkin

To A Young Doctor Make every diagnosis a poem The words you choose will never matter more (or be less forgotten) Arrows and missiles to unseen targets a reverberation of souls For you another organ or limb or brain for them the only one Your words do not just foretell the odds of life or … Continue reading “To A Young Doctor” – A Poem by Dr. Allan Peterkin

“The Choice” – Annie Wang (1T8)

"The Choice" - Annie Wang (1T8) Author's Note: When I first submitted this piece to ArtBeat, I asked the ArtBeat Team to feature it anonymously. As a first-year student entering this new world of medicine -- a world that perhaps had unwritten rules and unspoken codes I didn't yet know about -- I was afraid … Continue reading “The Choice” – Annie Wang (1T8)

How We See Dementia: A Discussion with Dr. Marlene Goldman by David Dorian, 1T7.

My Opi (grandfather) has dementia, and has been in a steady cognitive decline for several years. Once a highly intellectual and fiercely independent man, he is now ushered between my parents’ car and backyard where he sits, and vacantly stares at the trees swaying in the wind. Many people might say that he is not … Continue reading How We See Dementia: A Discussion with Dr. Marlene Goldman by David Dorian, 1T7.

“A Caregiver Speaks Out” by Peter Farag (1T7)

Author's Note: It was to be a straightforward client visit as part of the CCAC field activity in DOCH 1. Arrive at 2pm, ask the questions outlined on page 101 , and return to MAM by 5pm. What we did not expect is how the client's caregiver would turn this visit into an opportunity to passionately advocate … Continue reading “A Caregiver Speaks Out” by Peter Farag (1T7)

This Month’s Faculty Feature: “R.D. Laing” – A Poem by Dr. Ron Charach

Author Bio: Psychiatrist Ron Charach is the author of nine books of poetry and one of political essays.  Most recent poetry titles are Selected Portraits and Forgetting the Holocaust.  His close encounter with R.D. Laing was a high point in his first year of psychiatry residency. R.D. Laing Into the Glaswegian staidness of our psychiatry centre, seminar room adoring with trainees, came … Continue reading This Month’s Faculty Feature: “R.D. Laing” – A Poem by Dr. Ron Charach

This Month’s Student Submission: “Motherhood” (Paige Zhang, 1T7)

Author’s Note: This piece was inspired by the most recent reading “It May Be Her Eggs But It’s My Blood”: Surrogates and Everyday Forms of Kinship in India by the Social Studies of Medicine Reading Group. I was interested in the fluid meanings of “motherhood”, the work that goes into human kinship, and how this all ties into … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: “Motherhood” (Paige Zhang, 1T7)

Monthly Theme, February 2015

This month’s readings, “Things Taken” and “Pathology Report” offer insight into the disparity between the physician and patient perspective on hysterectomies. The loss of these female organs leave the characters feeling devoid of the trait which plays a role in defining their femininity; the private and unique capacity women have to experience the rhythmic cycling … Continue reading Monthly Theme, February 2015

This Month’s Student Submission: A Traveller’s Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5)

  A Traveller's Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5) Description: A glimpse of a remembered or anticipated experience, influenced sometimes by our foundations of knowledge and societal expectations, but rooted always in a sense of adventure. Through a metaphorical depiction of a traveller on the road, this painting explores one's travels through a career in medicine, whether that … Continue reading This Month’s Student Submission: A Traveller’s Vista (Painting by Annie Liu, 1T5)