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Clarrisa Wallace, Sue Mills and Fahreen Dossa
January 24, 2020

Learning from each other: A Peer Coaching Program

In preparation for teaching a Clinical Skills session, we diligently reviewed the tutor guide and video ahead of time.  However, we sometimes wondered how other teachers were translating the advice from the guide into their teaching. read more...

Dr. Breay Paty
January 21, 2020

Appropriate testosterone testing for male hypogonadism

The therapeutic use of testosterone has increased dramatically in the last two decades. The reasons for this appear to be increased frequency of testing and marketing of testosterone replacement for middle-aged and older men. While men with unequivocally low testosterone levels usually benefit from hormone replacement, the risk/benefit ratio for men with equivocal ("borderline") levels is not clear, especially men who desire fertility. read more...

Dr. Dan Bilsker
January 8, 2020

Hiding in plain sight: men’s mental health

It is well-known that men die on average 3-4 years before women - but why? We identified three main factors contributing to Years of Life Lost by men compared to women: cardiovascular disease, suicide, and motor vehicle accidents. As a psychologist, I was intrigued by the substantial contribution of suicide. read more...

Dr. Steve Wong
December 18, 2019

Letter from the editor

This week’s cover picture is me with Piper, the puppy that changed my practice. We got a puppy this year that made me take time to go for walks with my wife in the mornings before work and spend more mindful downtime with the family. She turned out to be a great balancer to the stress and bustle of an over-scheduled professional life. read more...

Dr. Lisa Nakajima
December 4, 2019

Use of endometrial aspirators as a uterine sound for IUD insertion

One of the risks of IUD insertion includes perforation of the uterus. Although uterine perforation is relatively uncommon and often does not cause long-term harm, it does increase the risk of unplanned pregnancy and often requires surgery. I have chosen to use endometrial aspirators that are commonly used for endometrial biopsy sampling as a sound for IUD insertions, instead of the traditional metal sounds. read more...

Trana Hussaini Pharm D and Eric M. Yoshida MD FRCPC
November 13, 2019

You too can help eliminate Hepatitis C by 2030

For the first time, since the identification of hepatitis C virus, the goal of HCV elimination is a tangible and achievable target mainly due to the availability of highly efficacious and well tolerated DAA regimens. read more...

Dr. Alice S Chang, Dr. Michael J Diamant, Dr. Margot K Davis, and Dr. Krishnan Ramanathan
October 30, 2019

New insight into “HFpEF” – cardiac amyloid no longer a zebra diagnosis?

Cardiac amyloidosis (CA) is an infiltrative disease that is being increasingly identified in those with HFpEF. Amyloidosis is a group of heterogeneous disorders characterized by the deposition of misfolded protein that aggregates into fibrils, affecting multiple organs including the heart, neural tissues, kidneys, and the gastrointestinal tract. read more...

Dr. Eileen Murray
October 16, 2019

Using topical corticosteroids safely and effectively

Topical corticosteroids are the most frequently used topical medications for treating skin diseases. They are cheap, extremely efficacious and almost completely free of side effects when used appropriately. read more...

Dr. Alisa Lipson
September 25, 2019

“Girls on the Spectrum”: Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Girls

Now in 2019, we are learning that the incidence in girls is higher than previously thought. The girls are catching up to the boys. What is that about? Turns out that the girls are better at hiding their disability but it is there. So, we have to look harder. read more...

Dr. Amin Javer
September 11, 2019

Sinusitis: appropriate diagnosis and management

Sinusitis is a commonly encountered condition for the Canadian family physician. Chronic sinusitis has worse quality of life scores than COPD, CHF or angina. The total cost of diagnosing and treating sinusitis remains one of the most expensive chronic disorders experienced by the North American population and continues to increase yearly. read more...

Dr. Tahmeena Ali
August 21, 2019

ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): One Family Physician’s Experience

I now ask all patients, young and old, new to my practice and established for years, male and female, to complete an ACEs questionnaire in my clinic. I garner a new level of respect for my patients' resilience and for the ongoing turmoil many of my young patients face. I make finding supports for these young vulnerable patients one of my top priorities—as important as a referral to a specialist or for diagnostic imaging. read more...

Dr. Miguel Imperial
July 30, 2019

Practice Tip: Cutaneous larva migrans

Once I diagnose a patient with CLM based on a compatible travel history and characteristic serpiginous rash, I continue to treat the itch and inflammatory symptoms symptomatically if indicated, but I am able to much more readily offer systemic therapy with ivermectin since it no longer requires a Health Canada Special Access application. read more...

Beata Chami
July 10, 2019

Presenteeism

Have you ever felt unable to make it to work, but disregarded the idea completely? These days, a common question either asked or assessed by healthcare organizations is to uncover the reason behind why doctors become unwell in their professional roles. read more...

Dr. Janet Simons
June 26, 2019

Correcting the Myth of Calcium Correction

Formulae to adjust total calcium for the albumin concentration should be abandoned. The use of these formulae overestimates ionized calcium in patients with hypoalbuminemia, causing false negatives for hypocalcemia and false positives for hypercalcemia. Measurement of ionized calcium is now relatively inexpensive and is available in most hospitals and many outpatient settings. read more...

Dr. Daniel Ngui
June 12, 2019

Facing a College Physician Practice Enhancement Program Assessment? What you need to know in 2019?

The Physician Practice Enhancement Program Assessment is highly educational and it helps physicians enhance the quality of their patient care through a peer review. It provides valuable feedback and creates opportunities to guide professional development and lifelong learning. read more...

Drs. Nawaaz Nathoo and Samir Nazarali
May 29, 2019

Dry Eye Syndrome

Much difficulty is faced by clinicians in identifying DES as there is no single diagnostic tool to indicate the condition. Furthermore, patient symptoms do not always correlate with clinical exam findings. Rather, when diagnosing DES, the clinician must consider the full constellation of patient history combined with various clinical findings. read more...

Dr. Joanna Cheek
May 8, 2019

The myth of the “Manipulative Personality Disorder”: taking the blame out of the illness

View personality disorder symptoms as important treatment targets in themselves. Be curious about each patient’s story, validate PD symptoms as coping mechanisms, focus on collaborative problem solving, set proactive regular visits, and also be mindful of your own emotional reactions providing compassion and empathy while setting clear boundaries. read more...

Dr. Ed Weiss
April 17, 2019

Anal cancer: information to get you out of the dark!

We know that the diagnosis of anal cancer in Canada is often delayed: ano-rectal symptoms such as pain and bleeding are often attributed to hemorrhoidal disease and clinicians are often hesitant to perform a digital ano-rectal examination (DARE). read more...