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Motherhood and Medicine

By Kiran Dhillon, MD, CCFP I’m going to have a proud new parent moment here, and show off my 15-week-old baby, Josh. Yup, I’m now a mom… it still feels a bit strange to say that to be honest. I know of so many of my friends and colleagues who decided to start their families…

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Consulting the Online “Hive”

By Michelle Chow, MD, CCFP, NCMP, BSc (Hons) As a physician in your first five years of practice, it can sometimes be a daunting experience to navigate all your new responsibilities. You may find yourself in scenarios where you are unsure how to proceed, both in the professional and personal realm. It may be something…

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Keeping Well and Self Care

By Charissa Ho, MD, CCFP Wellness. It’s a word that is getting thrown around a lot these days. From medicine, alternative health practices, to gyms and juice bars, wellness is a concept that is highly advertised. So what exactly is wellness and how do we achieve it? Wellness, as defined by the Webster Dictionary, is…

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The How and Why of Going Back to Residency

By Cathy Lu, MD, CCFP After 3 years of working as a full-fledged family physician with special interest in the elderly, I decided to return back to residency for further training in Care of the Elderly. It took a great deal of deliberation to make that decision, including consideration of financial sustainability, how would resident…

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Helpful Tools for Family Docs

By: Islam Elawadly, MD, CCFP In this technology driven world, there are numerous resources available to assist in your practice, to help teach your patients about their health, and to further your own education. Below are some of my favorite resources: Clinical Tools Cardiovascular AspirinGuide – http://www.aspiringuide.com/ (Web/iOS/Android) – A tool to help decide on…

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Reflections One Year Into Practice

By Kiran Dhillon, MD, CCFP It’s amazing how quickly the first year in practice can fly by! Adjusting from residency to independent practice comes with a few challenges at the start, but just as with any life or career transition, a bit of time and experience will help you find your feet. Here are a…

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Building a Patient Panel: Meet and Greets

By Jovita Beyer, MD, CCFP So, you are finally done, ready to dive into family medicine and your clinic! You get to see all your own patients now and get to know them… but the task can seem very daunting to start from scratch. Or maybe, you are taking over from a retired physician with…

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Locums 101

Whether you are an early-career physician, or one nearing retirement, being a locum is a great way to transition into (or out of) clinical practice! Some people enjoy the flexibility of locuming so much so that they make an entire career out of it. In this blog post I will use my experiences and the…

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Taking on Learners in your Early Years of Practice

By: Kiran Dhillon For physicians in the early years of practice, it can seem a bit daunting to start taking on learners. As a new in practice physician myself, who has just started to have medical students in my clinic, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the reasons why I think taking on learners…

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Navigating the World of Insurance

Insurance—it’s a complicated subject that most medical students and residents leave on the back burner during training. However, there are many different types of insurance to consider as you make the transition to becoming a staff physician. Depending on your specific situation, here is a list of the most common types of insurance purchased by…

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