Physician Wellness

Imagine you are a first-year medical student and just moved across the country to start your training. It is a stressful time, adjusting to a new city, a school and new people. How do you find your way around campus? Do you need a car? Who should you contact if you need help?

As part of their mental health month in-Training included an article about the design and lessons drawn from Western Vitals (mentioned here), a medical student wellness initiative I co-founded. The project includes a website, awareness activities, and targeted workshops to support medical students at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Check it out: Check Your Vitals

Handsome Cat

Cocooned in her blanket

She asks again

If I’ve seen the kitten’s photo

Framed at her bedside

Honored to have my poem Handsome Cat (opening lines above) appear in the Poetry and Prose section of BMJ Medical Humanities

On mobile devices the line formatting may be incorrect, it is presented as intended in the free PDF version.

The Human Touch

Western recently put out a collection of poetry, writing, photography, and visual art from its medical students. Great to see the work of peers and those in the years above and below me.  The collection includes two of my works. Learning From Experience was previously posed elsewhere, a piece of visual art about the sacrifices of patients for our learning.  The other piece, Solo, is about my first time skydiving.

Being There

“After breakfast, we all get dressed, I pack my daughter’s lunch, and the three of us suit up for the trek to the bus stop. March 2 marks one year since CaRMS Match Day, and rather than being on call or spending time in clinic, I’m on paternity leave.”

A reflection on the year since Match Day, priorities, and the decision to take pat leave.  LINK

Part of the in-House s/p The Match series of reflections looking back on the year since Match Day.

*** Reposted as ‘This physician delayed residency to take paternity leave’ on KevinMD

Contentment

“Come Match Day there will be many cheers and tears of joy, there will also be private anger and disappointment. This is a stressful time in the lives of medical trainees. Should so much joy and sorrow hang on the pursuit of a specialty?”

A reflection on specialty choice, our privilege to study medicine, and fulfillment. On The Muse Magazine’s blog:  LINK

So Long…

Stepping off the ride for a while.

Balancing my family life and medical training have been challenging the last few years, especially during clinical rotations.  We welcomed our third child as I started residency and this fall I began looking into taking parental leave. The more I thought about it the more it made sense.  When I first brought it up those in medicine I expected resistance, instead I found strong support from my program, preceptor, and mentors. Everything is set up, all the paperwork submitted, as of today I’m taking 6 months of leave to enjoy with my family.

Thanks everyone that reads the blog and follows on Twitter.