To all about to see these letters, greetings.

So, I’m a doctor now. I’ve spent a lot of time moving towards this goal: about a third of my life spent in post graduate education moving towards getting this one piece of paper.  But, surprisingly, I spent very little of that time actually imagining what it would feel like to finally get there.  …

Anticipation

I like anticipation. I’ve found, as I get older, I enjoy anticipation more.  Christmas is the obvious example: you have all the build-up, all the the time and thoughts spent on that one day and then … it comes. And goes. That too, is another thing I’ve found as I get older.  The more you…

Dear Zachary

A couple of weeks ago, during consult psych rounds, in the middle of a discussion on when psychiatrists had a duty to report mental illnesses in other medical professionals – a very interesting conversation, I should mention – one of my preceptors mentioned that she’d been a classmate of “that murder suicide.” Now, I’m not…

Do what you love

People come into medical school one of two ways; they’ve got some type of medicine they think they really want to practice and med school is either going to prove them right or wrong, or they come in having no idea and are there to figure it out. I’m in the former group.  Picture this;…

Getting back on the horse vs waiting to be ready

So, I bought a thing. Now, I’m 26 and this is my first car…but it’s also really my first time as a full time driver. Let me explain. So, story time.  In Canada, you can get a learner’s permit to drive at the age of 16, and then get a license that has a grading…

Life and death on the periphery

So, this week I had an interesting contrast occur to me: 2 deaths of celebrities I really admired, and one update on a life. Now, I’m always cautious with the terminology I use to describe my feelings about celebrity deaths.  I think “grief” and “mourn” are incorrect terms: I didn’t know Alan Rickman or David…