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High-Value Care: An essential concept in residency education

In both Canada and the US, controlling rising health care costs are considered national priorities. The genesis of these rising costs is multi-factorial, and includes important issues such as the aging demographic, increases in the use of costly technologies, the increasingly expensive cost of in-patient hospital care, and the costs of drugs. There is a consensus that many of the expenditures emanating from the ordering of tests may not be warranted.

From Blogging to Tweeting to Facebook

There is nothing like a millenary milestone in social media to bring about reflection on just what purpose your hundreds of 140-character tweets have served. After reaching 1,000 followers on Twitter a few weeks ago, I got to thinking about how we use social media in the health care field, and why it is so pertinent today.

Study shows advantage to baccalaureate-trained nursing staff

A recent study published in The Lancet showed that hospitals that have a higher proportion of baccalaureate-trained nurses have a lower mortality rate. The same study showed the nurse to patient ratio, on a surgical ward, was an important factor in hospital-related mortality.1

“Our Roger” – Royal Society Inducts Vice Dean Research

This week I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Roger Deeley is one of nine professors at Queen’s to be named a Royal Society fellow.1 I would like to congratulate Roger on achieving one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon an academic in Canada; an honour that is well-deserved.

Introducing Queen’s Meds 2018

Thank you to Tony Sanfilippo, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, for his guest blog, below, welcoming the new Meds 2018 class.

With the all-too-soon end of summer comes the beginning of a new academic year. This week we welcome members of Meds 2018, the 160th class to enter the study of Medicine at Queen’s since our school opened its doors in 1854.

A few facts about these new members of our learning community:

They were selected from our largest ever applicant pool – 4366 highly qualified students submitted applications last fall.

Apologies in Medicine

“Never apologize, mister, it’s a sign of weakness.”

-John Wayne

Saying you’re sorry isn’t always easy. But an article recently published in CMAJ highlights an important cultural shift that is happening in medicine: a shift towards communicating medical errors to patients. Research subsequent to the seminal Institute of Medicine report “ To err is human” suggests that disclosing adverse events is a key element to disclosure practice.1 Many believe that establishing a culture of apologizing will ultimately improve patient safety.

I took the ice-bucket challenge for Bernice

Like many throughout Canada and the U.S., I took the ice bucket challenge today. As we all know, this is for a great cause; people around the world are supporting research efforts directed at finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also know as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

There is, as well, a very personal reason for my taking this challenge. My mother-in-law, Bernice Mackay, is currently suffering from ALS. It is a very difficult time for Bernice, as well as for my father-in-law, Bob, my wife, Cheryl, and her sisters, Susan and Janice.

Is it ethical to use an experimental treatment for patients with the Ebola virus?

Is it ethical to use an experimental treatment for patients with the Ebola virus?

In the wake of one of the most feared epidemics in recent memory, a controversy has been brewing as to whether the administration of untested antivirals is ethical. My vote is an unwavering yes!

How breaking old rules improved patient care at KGH

In 2010, KGH made a bold move: the hospital eliminated visiting hours, allowing patients’ loved ones to be at their bedsides at any hour of the day. Though this trend had taken off in the United States, few hospitals in Canada had taken the leap.

Since then, 20 other Canadian hospitals and healthcare facilities have followed suit, and many other institutions easing restrictions on visiting hours.

The Electronics of Staying Fit

My friends Ron and Edda Laxer were visiting in Kingston this weekend. Ron and Edda are both very fit, and Ron is increasingly finding ways to stay in shape. He introduced me to a product called ‘Fitbit’, which is a small device worn on your wrist to track your activity: your steps, your calories burned and much more. It communicates through Bluetooth with any smart-like device; an iPhone, an iPad or equivalent.

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