Canadian medical students graduate with up to $200,000 in debt, and burnout rates are high.
A 'learn local' strategy, along with increased residency positions and the return of a rotating internship could go a long way towards improving Canada's system of medical training.
A robot’s hand holds an artificial heart.
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Health care relies on increasingly sophisticated devices for implanting into the body or monitoring it. Yet most med school graduates are not versed in engineering. That needs to change.
Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia is the first to recommend exercise as part of regular cancer care.
From weekend walks with your doctor to free gym memberships, there is a global movement afoot.
Surgeons in Switzerland use the robot da Vinci to aid a hernia operation. Over a third of US hospitals have at least one surgical robot.
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There are more robots than ever in the operating room – but that's led to fewer opportunities for surgical trainees. Now, some new doctors are teaching themselves in secret.
Doctors have to deal with death every day. It’s not easy to come to terms with it.
Teaching students to care for the dying requires specific skills that the student may not encounter in their ordinary clinical teaching.
A new model of ‘competency based’ medical education is gaining popularity globally, in which trainees are assessed on skill rather than mere time invested.
A radical new model of "competency based" medical education emphasizes trainee skill over time invested. Queen's University is the first in Canada to fully embrace this shift.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes.
We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
Private medical schools in the Caribbean promise low fees and tropical beach locations, amongst other benefits.
Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
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.
Research shows that Wikipedia is one of the most read sources of medical information by the general public across the world.
Medical entries on Wikipedia are widely consulted across the world. Doctors and medical researchers need to make efforts to ensure the content on the online collaborative encyclopedia is accurate.
Medical student and child at Minnesota Indian Health alternative spring break experience.
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The sustainability of academic medical centers and the value of a liberal education have both been under attack. Both are essential and integrated components of our best U.S. institutions.
More medical experts should contribute to Wikipedia to ensure its health pages are accurate.
The academic medical community largely views Wikipedia with suspicion. But some traditional journals are starting to take the site more seriously – and some journals work very closely with it.
A little girl in Sudan gets treated by physiotherapist Fatima Mohamed.
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Many medical disciplines have started encouraging their students to embrace lessons from the arts and humanities. Physiotherapy is lagging behind.
There is a skewed distribution of skilled staff and an imbalance of skills.
If South Africa's complete health workforce is tallied, there is not a critical shortage of human resources to provide health care services.
A racially diverse medical workforce leads to better quality of care.
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Ban on affirmative action across eight states has led to a drop in minority students at medical schools.
‘Clean up the U-bend and bish, bash, bosh.’
After a top Scottish medic recently claimed that medicine was too highly rated among the professions, here's the case for the status quo.
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…
Reforms to make body donation safer also redoubled demand.
The medical school at the University of St Andrews in Scotland is among those that still dissects human cadavers. Each year we allocate one body to between 12 and 15 undergraduates in first, second and…