A few woefully underfunded academic health sciences centres are responsible for providing complex care to patients with life-threatening illnesses as well as training future doctors and testing the latest in new surgical techniques.
Canada's systems of health funding, medical training and physician compensation need an overhaul – to support vital centres of medical research and complex care.
To become a qualified physician in Canada, medical graduates must complete a two- to six-year medical residency. Competition for spots is becoming increasingly intense.
Thousands of medical graduates across Canada are waiting nervously to find out whether they will secure a coveted residency spot in the area of their choice.
We shouldn’t have to wait for a disaster to make sure anaesthetics are properly regulated.
After the tragic death of a young woman undergoing a cosmetic procedure, people are rightly asking who should be able to administer anaesthetics.
We tend to consider certain people or roles as privileged and resilient.
If we want doctors to listen, be empathetic, solve complex problems, we need to invest seriously in their well-being.
If you live in a rural area, you would never think Australia had too many doctors.
Australia has more doctors per population than most comparable countries, yet many living in rural and remote areas don't receive the care they need. Changing the way we train doctors will fix this.
Long term monitoring of mental health in medical trainees is urgently required.
About a quarter of medical students show symptoms of depression, and one in ten report suicidal thoughts.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough.
Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
Bullying is not just a problem for women, or surgeons or even just the medical profession.
'At Their Mercy' Four Corners
The widespread bullying of doctors during training is not just an issue for surgeons, or women. It's a problem for all medical professionals – and it poses a risk to patient safety.
If you need doctors to work in the country, you need a selection system that picks people with those values and commitments.
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Three features of a medical school help predict where medical students will eventually work as doctors: selection, the curriculum, and the professionalism of the newly-qualified doctors.
Some doctors will struggle to adapt to a less deferential society in which they are expected to be humble and human team-players.
Medical culture's hierarchical and autocratic nature harms not just patients and students but doctors too. The good news is that change is in the air – but it won't be easy.
Fewer than one in three surgical trainees are women and the numbers fall as doctors reach advanced training.
In a high-pressure surgical environment, where older male consultants dominate, and there is great competition for training positions and jobs, women are vulnerable to sexual harassment.
Physician assistants provide high-quality care and can help fill Australia’s rural doctor shortage.
At a ceremony in Townsville today, four people will graduate from James Cook University’s physician assistant program. They will be Australia’s first bachelor’s graduates in that field. This is an important…
Socrates: not going gently.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. I usually begin my end of life ethics lecture with one of Dylan Thomas’ best-loved…
Great at the job: can we test for that?
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Television documentaries such as Tough Young Teachers and Educating Yorkshire have shown how a teacher’s “soft skills” are key for success in the classroom – both for novices and veterans. Audiences followed…
Taking a fresh look.
Very few, if any, medical students would say their reason for wanting to become a doctor is so they can face death on a regular basis. Yet it is a crucially important part of the job, especially when patients…
Medical graduates need to complete a hospital-based intern year before they gain full registration.
Amid Australia’s ongoing doctor shortage, the health system risks losing dozens of Australian-trained, foreign-born doctors because of a shortage of intern places. The Australian Medical Students Association…
Researchers who analysed more than 5,000 complaints resolved by the medical board have found that international medical graduates…
Broadcasting live surgeries in Australia is not only possible, it’s already happening.
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The promise of technology is under-utilised in the medical profession but that’s hopefully about to change. Existing audiovisual equipment within hospitals is being used to fill training gaps and reach…