i've got the cure for you

November 13, 2010, 6:52 pm
Filed under: the educated imagination

Sitting at the hotel waiting for the banquet dinner to begin soon. All the way at Queen’s University, far from home (realistically only 3 hours from Toronto). Attending the Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Healthcare (CUCOH) this year and also presenting a poster on research I did just the past summer.

Last night’s social event was simply plain awkward as I tried my best to socialize with others. Don’t you just hate it when the other person just give nothing for you to feedback on? It just makes it all the more worse. The venue was nice at Zappas Lounge, and a little dance floor that barely anyone one of us waltzed to. I am quite impressed, however, at just how many people from other Canadian universities actually came to attend the event as opposed to simply coming to just compete. In fact, I haven’t met more than 1 person that will also be presenting. Odd.

Today’s itineary is was just full of speakers. Francesca Grosso was the first keynote speaker of the conference and she has a great sense of humour. It must be her Italian background and her ability to reenact her father’s words. The message I think she wanted everyone to bring back home is:  the key to navigating the healthcare is to not navigate at all. And in some sense, I find that I do agree with her. The individual responsibility of keeping records of key medications that we take, organizing a proper team such as having nurse practitioners, good dietians, etc, and also bring someone with you to the hospital. The latter I find especially true, the hospital can be quite hectic and things can be easily dismissed and you honestly need someone there to be persistent for especially if you’re in no state to make coherent statements. Self-management is such an important key aspect. We may spend only a few visits to a doctors office for checkups or medication, but the rest of the 90% is all up to us. She also posed an interesting stance on ehealth which I won’t further comment because I barely know anything myself at the moment.

The second seminar I chose to attend was nice integrated participant discussion but I wasn’t particularily interested nor felt like I was able to take anything really from it. The last seminar that I just got back from by Dr. Jacalyn Duffin was extremely enjoyable to sit through. The origins of healthcare was the main topic and she started with a great history of father of medicare, Tommy Douglas. It was definitely a good knowledge to finally gain. She even had the 1939 Time Magazine featuring Henry E. Sigerist, a well acclaimed socialist physician at the time, which I got to flip through and enough time to snap a few photos. She even brought the Hall Commission documents stored at Queen’s library. Truly amazing.  She makes me wants to go to Queen’s just for her classes.

And I end this post with just enough time to make it to the dinner. Bon appetit.

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