Having just spent a beautiful weekend with family and friends reflecting on all I am thankful for, my thoughts turn to reflecting on giving thanks in my work environment.
Geneviève Moineau, MD, FRCPC, is President and CEO of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC). She is an MD graduate of the University of Ottawa and completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children. Dr Moineau is Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Ottawa and practices Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Congratulations! You’ve finally made it to Clerkship. After years of school, university courses, doing everything else it takes to get into medical school, and then hours of lectures and studying for Pre-Clerkship exams, you have finally reached the moment you’ve been waiting for: Clerkship. You will now be caring for patients as part of a health care team. As someone who has been through all this a long time ago, but still remembers it as though it were just yesterday, I will share with you a few tips that I wish I had been told at the onset.
This week is an opportunity to think about what it means to be Canadian as we prepare for our 150th birthday. There are so many reasons to be proud such as our country's reputation for diversity and inclusion, global engagement, peace keeping efforts and a forward facing innovation agenda. Particularly to live in a truly free country where for the most part, human rights are upheld and basic necessities are available to most. As a physician I'm also very proud of our healthcare systems.
A generation ago, as a medical student, I remember that I went from deciding I would be a psychiatrist in year 2, then a family doctor in year 3, and then in my final rotation of my fourth year I confirmed that my true passion was pediatrics. And off I went to my rotating internship…