2020

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Sanitation, Sanity, and (Moral) Suitability: The History of the Medical Inadmissibility of Immigrants into Canada

27 May 2020 | Clare Fogarty
As the understanding of human health has changed with history, so too has the basis for the exclusion and deportation of Canadian immigrants for medical purposes. Physical, mental, and moral health were key criteria in the first century of Canadian immigration policy, highlighting Canada’s history of anti-immigrant sentiment through the medicalization of specific social groups.

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Healing starts with understanding: Addressing language barriers in patient care through medical student interpreters

23 May 2020 | Xinyu Ji, Kenzy Abdelhamid, Darya Naumova, Ellen Chow, Juan-Carlos Chirgwin
Language barriers, a common problem in diverse healthcare environments, pose a considerable challenge when providing care. The need for adequate and accessible interpretation services is discussed.

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Stories of institutional and local policy change from Harvard’s Cambridge Health Alliance

07 May 2020 | Debra Ann Dawson
Debra Dawson looks at social accountability, as it relates to Cambridge Health Alliance. She discusses how the culture of the population influence the care, and how to sustain care centers for vulnerable populations.

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16th Annual Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Research Day

09 April 2020 | EBOH: Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
Selected abstracts from the 16th Annual Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (EBOH) Research Day. The event was held on March 13, 2020, and was led by the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Student Society.

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Training Global Surgery Advocates: Strengthening the Global Surgery Voice

23 March 2020 | Xiya Ma, Dominique Vervoort, Dan Poenaru
Two-thirds of the world’s population lack access to essential surgical, obstetric and anesthesia care when needed. Interest in global surgery is growing exponentially, but the availability of a structured global surgery curriculum for medical trainees is lacking. Here, we present a novel, three-day workshop aimed to equip trainees with knowledge and advocacy skills and help develop future generations of global surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and obstetricians.

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Impact of a family medicine-based transitional care intervention on readmission and length of stay: a pilot study

20 February 2020 | Genevieve Arsenault-Lapierre, Bernardo Kremer, Nadia Sourial, Justin Gagnon, Mina Ladores, Isabelle Vedel
Transitional care interventions, often led by hospital specialists, have mixed impact on reducing readmissions. Interventions led by family physicians may be more promising. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of a family-medicine-based intervention in reducing the incidence of emergency department (ED) visits, hospital readmissions and the length of stay (LOS) of older patients. A quasi-experimental pilot-study was conducted at a Family Medicine Group (FMG) in Montreal.

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The Family Medicine-Based Virtual Ward: Qualitative Description of the Implementation Process

31 January 2020 | Justin Gagnon, Bernardo Kremer, Genevieve Arsenault-Lapierre, Araceli Gonzalez-Reyes, Mina Ladores, Isabelle Vedel
The family medicine-based virtual ward involves case management and multi-disciplinary follow-up care to patients transitioning from hospital to home. The aims of this study were to provide a description of the intervention, as adapted by the Montreal Jewish General Hospital family medicine group, and the process surrounding its implementation.