Trust the Process

“Trust the process” – a promise that our assistant Program Director (PD), Jen Leppard, makes on our first day of the EM year. I am new here, and I am nervous. But, as I walk into the ED, this feeling quickly vanishes, as I am reminded of what drew me to Ottawa in the first place – the teaching. Throughout […]

Learning during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the challenges facing residents is continuing to receive high-quality learning during their training. Difficulties such as transitioning to a virtual platform, protecting residents from certain aerosol-generating procedures, and decreased patient volumes make it challenging for learners compared to the pre-COVID era. Here, we explore some strategies to help ensure that residents are progressing along […]

The Unwritten Rules of Mentorship

I’ve recently spent some time thinking about what it means to be a mentor. We’re often thrust into this role – with very little training on how to actually do this. I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by a plethora of excellent mentors and residents, and have noted some clear observations on what seems to work well, beyond the evidence. This […]

Flow Hacks for the Emergency Physician

One of the questions I am asked most frequently by learners is how they may improve and optimize their flow of patients in the Emergency Department (ED). I found through my education that this was not something implicitly taught, but absorbed by watching more senior staff work in the ED. Many things have been previously described and studied, such as […]

Low Back Pain – a management guide

A primer on this article: it is intended for use by healthcare professionals and patients. Many of the insights on therapy and non-medical management for patients with low back pain are provided by our guest author Halli Pedlow, a Registered Physiotherapist, with a handout available at the end of the article for patient care.  Low back pain is one of […]

Mindfulness: a guide to understanding and minimizing stress

Forget everything you’ve heard about mindfulness and “living in the moment.” These common phrases are overused, and at this point are laden with misunderstandings. Forget the pop-psychology one-liners about mindfulness, the cute little sayings, the iPhone apps, one week challenges and everything else you’ve heard. For the moment, forget everything you’ve ever heard about burnout and wellness. Forget about all […]