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  UBC Medical Journal
  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
   ISSN (Print) 1920-7425 - ISSN (Online) 1920-7417
   Published by University of British Columbia Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Key Trends in eHealth to Propel Health Transformation and Education

    • Authors: Kendall Ho
      First page: 6
      Abstract: n/a
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Extending the Reach of Medical Care for Remote First Nations Communities:
           Beyond Technology

    • Authors: John Pawlovich, Marie-Pierre Dallaire
      First page: 9
      Abstract: As British Columbia’s life expectancy (81.1 years) continues to increase for the majority of the population, historically, it has been significantly lower (74.7 years) for First Nations, Metis and Inuit populations.[[1]] Suicide, traumatic injuries, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, complications of diabetes, and heart disease are general culprits.[[2]] Despite obvious needs in terms of primary and specialty care, recruitment and retention of physicians in remote communities remain a systemic challenge. While the life expectancy differential cannot be accounted for solely by the difference in healthcare providers’ distribution, the physician–to–patient ratio is an internationally recognized index of general health. Moreover, the literature recognizing the effect of the ratio of primary care providers to population as a main contributor to general population health is abundant.[[3],[4]]
      PubDate: 2014-01-17
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Evolutionary Medicine: An Academic Elective

    • Authors: Cory R Weissman
      First page: 12
      Abstract: This article describes an academic elective that I partook in during the summer of 2012.  The elective was a one-week course in evolutionary medicine, a growing field that is guiding exciting new advances in medical research and clinical practice.  The course took place in the beautiful setting of Mount Desert Island in Maine, with a small group of learners of various ages and academic backgrounds.  Leaders in the field were present to discuss the bright future of this young discipline.  Through this elective, I was able to develop new perspectives on my approach to medicine.  I recommend academic-style electives to other med students looking to extend their scientific knowledge base.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Three concrete tips for teaching clerkship medical students

    • Authors: Neil Dinesh Dattani
      First page: 14
      Abstract: Medical education and specifically the training of future physicians is given a lot of importance, for good reason. Current teaching paradigms aim to teach medical students the principles of adult learning, which in this context refers to the ability to access resources and learn independently to meet self imposed knowledge expectations. While emphasizing adult learning is effective at making students aware of the role they play in their own learning, clerkship students are not yet independent practitioners, and thus are supervised by numerous residents and staff physicians on any given rotation. There is enormous potential for learning to take place in supervisor-student relationships. However, teaching in these settings is often ineffective for a number of reasons. This paper summarizes the recent research literature in clerkship medical education, and then presents three concrete tips for residents and staff physicians to keep in mind when supervising and teaching clerkship medical students.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • A Tip to Pre-Med Students: Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Science

    • Authors: Michael James Horkoff
      First page: 16
      Abstract: Every year in Canada, over 10 000 students apply to medical schools across the country (1). Each of these applicants has a unique story to tell about why they’re perusing medicine as a career, but all of them are trying to figure out the best academic pathway into the program.  Arguably, it is the academic pathway that will provide them with the most successful career in medicine that should be of more importance. Undergraduate studies are a grossly underutilized resource by many pre-med students who seem content focusing solely on Science when in reality, the majority of what’s taught has little to no utility in their prospective futures.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)

    • Authors: Fareed B. Kamar
      First page: 17
      Abstract: A commonly prescribed antidote for the depressed mood, antidepressant medication continues to prove its efficacy and worth in primary and psychiatric healthcare. Its ubiquity in society behooves its administrators and users to reflect on its function not only as a mood enhancer, but perhaps also as a modifier of the human self. Inspired by Peter Kramer’s Listening to Prozac, this commentary discusses the ethical and social implications of antidepressants and the connotation of cosmetic psychopharmacology.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Benefits of open-source technology in medicine: OSCAR McMaster as a case

    • Authors: Matthew Toom
      First page: 21
      Abstract: Open-source technology offers alternative solutions to traditional closed-source medical software solutions provided by private corporations. This article is a commentary on the benefits of open-source in general, but also a look at the OSCAR McMaster Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system as a case study to demonstrate how open-source is making an impact on improving delivery of healthcare in Canada. Specifically, the quality, cost-effectiveness, security and data interoperability of the OSCAR EMR system are discussed.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Smartphone Use in the Emergency Department

    • Authors: Kerry Walker
      First page: 24
      Abstract: After unexpected cell phone-wielding patients are encountered in the Emergency Department (ED), a medical student opens the discussion on the potential benefits and detriments of allowing cell phone use in the ED. A brief look into current policies and practices reveals that there may be a shift in attitudes occurring at both the individual and hospital levels. The student’s conclusion is that cell phones can be beneficial to patient care and thus should be allowed in these instances; otherwise they pose an unnecessary risk to patients and staff.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Medicine in the fast lane

    • Authors: Shelly Xuelai Fan
      First page: 26
      Abstract: The advent of social media is reshaping the face of evidence-based medicine (EBM) with plentiful and easily obtainable health information.This article discusses the pros and cons of this phenomenon and how physicians can help build a better online medical community.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Maintaining professionalism online: An interview with Dr. Kevin Pho

    • Authors: Kiran Dhillon
      First page: 27
      Abstract: N/A
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Medeo: Connect with a BC Physician Online

    • Authors: Pretty Jyoti Verma
      First page: 29
      Abstract: not needed in NL
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • ...On the future of open access

    • Authors: Kabir Toor
      First page: 30
      Abstract: News article.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Developing Digital Educational Tools for Medical Students: An Interview
           with Dr. Stan Bardal on the UBC Formulary App

    • Authors: UBCMJ Staff
      First page: 31
      Abstract: Not applicable as this is a News article.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
  • Dispatch: Waiting at the Doorstep - Learnings from India

    • Authors: Saama Sabeti
      First page: 32
      Abstract: Gender disparity is a major issue pervading many aspects of life in India, particularly education. My volunteer experience at a school in India enabled me to understand the problems caused by lack of access to education by rural women in particular, and the importance of the empowerment of women in any global health effort. Education increases the likelihood that women will gain income, promote healthy decision-making in the household, and ultimately contribute to better health outcomes for their families and communities.
      PubDate: 2014-10-21
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2014)
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