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Journal Cover UBC Medical Journal
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   ISSN (Print) 1920-7425 - ISSN (Online) 1920-7417
   Published by UBC Homepage  [4 journals]
  • From Vision to Action: An Analysis of BC’s Mental Health and
           Substance Use Plan

    • Authors: Alan Rheaume
      Abstract: Formerly titled:Mental Health: Policy Issues Affecting Marginalized Populations in BC and Canada
      PubDate: 2016-04-19
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Prison Health: Interview with Dr. Ruth Martin

    • Authors: Clara Tsui
      Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Point-of care ultrasound in undergraduate medical education: a survey of
           University of British Columbia medical student attitudes

    • Authors: Ross Prager, Jessica McCallum, Daniel Kim, Andrew Neitzel
      Abstract: Objectives: Ultrasound is a low cost, rapid, and safe imaging modality with expanding roles across many specialties. Integration of ultrasound into undergraduate medical education is concomitantly becoming more common, particularly to enhance regional anatomy and as an extension of the physical examination.  In this study, medical students were surveyed after attending a hands-on ultrasound symposium to investigate their views on ultrasound in undergraduate medical education.   Methods: We surveyed 59 University of British Columbia (UBC) medical students after attending a 4-hour ultrasound symposium.  A likert scale was used to query students on perceived comfort with ultrasound before and after the symposium, the effect of ultrasound on anatomical knowledge of the scanned areas, and opinions on ultrasound training in undergraduate medical education. Results: Students indicated that attending the symposium significantly improved their comfort with obtaining basic abdominal, vascular, pleural, and cardiac ultrasound images. As well, anatomical knowledge of the scanned areas was significantly improved. Collectively, students appear to strongly support the integration of ultrasound into their medical undergraduate education. Conclusions: Ultrasound appears to be a potentially valuable medical undergraduate learning resource, and UBC medical students would support integrating ultrasound into all years of their undergraduate medical training.  
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • The meaning(s), barriers and facilitators of Anishinaabe health:
           Implications for culturally safe health care

    • Authors: Kian Madjedi
      Abstract: Research Letter
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Dying with dignity: Bringing an essential service to Toronto’s
           marginalized homeless and vulnerably housed

    • Authors: Christopher Cipkar, Naheed Dosani
      Abstract: Homeless persons and the vulnerably housed live significantly shorter lives and experience higher rates of chronic disease, mental illness and polysubstance abuse. Despite the high mortality and morbidity, this vulnerable and marginalized population continues to have difficulty accessing essential services such as palliation and end-of-life care. More needs to be accomplished in this area, as dying with dignity is a right that all Canadians should share. 
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Moving towards a more compassionate approach to obesity management

    • Authors: Devyn Parsons
      Abstract: Obesity is one of the most significant public health challenges in the world today. It is well known that obesity is a risk factor for many diseases, and thus places a tremendous burden on both individuals and the health care system. Less often discussed is the immense stigma carried by obesity, and the detrimental effects of this stigma. This commentary aims to discuss this stigma and its adverse effects. It will also address the inefficacy and unintended harm of traditional obesity interventions, as well as a novel and more compassionate approach to obesity management.
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Screening for Interpersonal Violence: Understanding SAFE

    • Authors: Pretty Verma, Mona Maleki
      Abstract: This article aims to go over the acrynom SAFE as a tool for health care professionals which hope to engage in a conversation around Initimate Partner Violence with their patients.
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Are Electives in the USA Worth Pursuing'

    • Authors: Majd Mustafa, Michael Stein
      Abstract: Considering both the limited pre-CaRMS elective time students are allocated and the drive for students applying to competitive medical specialities to maximize their elective time across the country within these specialities, there seems to be little incentive for the applicant to peruse electives in the United States when they don't participate in the US match.Herein, we explore the utility of such electives by documenting two first hand reports of medical students completing pre-CaRMS electives in the US, both whom ultimately applied to competitive CaRMS entry position in Canada (Plastic Surgery and Ophthalmology).
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Cultural immersion placements as a tool for cultural safety education for
           medical students

    • Authors: Rukhsaar Daya
      Abstract: As medical students, understanding and appreciating the diverse histories, identities, aspirations, cultures, and values of Aboriginal peoples is a crucial first step in the delivery of culturally-safe health care. Cultural immersion placements in Aboriginal communities represent one emerging initiative in helping medical students better understand how to deliver health care in culturally safe ways to and with Aboriginal peoples. Medical students across Canada would therefore be well served by the establishment (or expansion) of cultural immersion placements in partnership with Aboriginal communities through their home faculties of medicine.  
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Mental Health: Policy Issues Affecting Marginalized Populations

    • Authors: Alan Rheaume
      Abstract: Can be written upon request.
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Could you please just go away' A first-hand perspective on HIV in

    • Authors: Ciarán Patrick Collins Galts
      Abstract: NA
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Problems and Solutions in the Health of Older Adults

    • Authors: Alvin H. Ip, Kenneth M. Madden
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • On the Path to Equitable Health Care for Immigrants and Refugees in
           Canada: Barriers, Proposed Solutions, and Positive Changes

    • Authors: Stephanie Lake
      Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Trans Canadians’ health and access to health care: what are the

    • Authors: Andrea Marie Jones
      Abstract: No abstract - news article.
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • How are Canada’s Doctors being trained to Address the Needs of
           Marginalized Populations Across the Spectrum of Medical Education'

    • Authors: Marc Jutras
      Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)
  • Cultural Competency in Medicine

    • Authors: Vincent Fung, Patrick Hemmons
      Abstract: Each year, dozens of students from the UBC Faculty of Medicine embark on travel abroad with the goal of improving health, and education to people in developing countries. Students, armed with their newly acquired clinical skills and medical comprehension, leave the country excited to bring their knowledge to a remote part of the globe to help patients, families and communities. This article explores how medicine in a global setting challenges our ability to adapt to unique situations and why it is important to utilize our medical education in a contextually and culturally appropriate manner. 
      PubDate: 2016-03-03
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2016)

    • Authors: Rebecca Zivanovic, Evan Wood, Seonaid Nolan
      Abstract: In North America, and Canada in particular, the harms associated with the increased use of prescription and illicit opioids constitute a serious public health concern. Further to this, the recent emergence and increased availability of fentanyl in illicit drug markets has contributed substantially to an increasing number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths.  Awareness of the clinical presentation, management options and preventative measures for opioid overdose are important universally for clinicians if we are to help combat this growing epidemic. Here, we provide a brief review of the scope of the opioid problem, discuss how to make the diagnosis and provide evidence-based care for an individual presenting with an opioid overdose. We also review several important harm-reduction strategies that can be utilized to prevent future opioid-related harms with a focus on those utilized in Vancouver, BC.
      PubDate: 2016-01-05
      Issue No: Vol. 7, No. 1 (2016)
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