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Principles of Bioethics (University of Washington)
This is an education medical ethics site by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine. It focuses on topics, cases, and principles focused on bioethics. This is the best free resource online recommended by all our staff. We believe it is superior to Doing Right by Hebert.
Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health by Dr. Danielle Martin
Dr. Danielle Martin tells the story of her grandfather, Jacques Elie Shilton, a hard-working Egyptian immigrant who, months after arriving in Montreal with 10 family members, suffered a devastating heart attack.
Canada's Policy and Programs for Employment and Social Development
Many MMI stations will call upon the applicant to propose a health policy that would improve the country. Knowing more about government initiatives to reduce health inequities will always be beneficial, especially with regards to high-yield topics like Indigenous health, rural health, and homelessness. I would recommend checking out all of the links under the "Social development" heading. My personal favourite is the "Housing First" approach under the Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy link; it's a radical but convincing way to end homelessness in Canada while improving social capital and resources for people experiencing homelessness.
Canada's Policy and Programs for Employment and Social Development
Familiarize and get comfortable with what the qualities of Canadian physicians and how you can become one. Medical Expert (integrating role), Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar, Professional
Social Determinants of Health (Health Canada): All applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the social determinants of health (SDOH). Understanding the SDOH is especially important when it comes to discussing public health issues.
Dr. Brian Goldman takes you on both sides of the gurney, from the perspective of the patient and clinician, in this excellent medical podcast. Learn the varied perspectives of healthcare providers on relevant healthcare issues. The podcast features many guest speakers, ranging from other physicians to members of the community, to provide an insider perspective.
Recent developments in the search for the children of residential schools have shown that there is much work to be done in terms of truth and reconciliation. Medical schools are similarly placing a higher emphasis on justice for indigenous communities. It's crucial that all applicants understand the Calls to Action, the disparities that indigenous communities face, and how to improve the healthcare system for indigenous peoples.
Canadian book with clinical cases of bioethics. This book provides a solid introduction to moral principles and ethical reasoning, but we consider it to be low-yield and rather difficult to read. It requires some basic clinical understanding to best understand the resource. We recommend starting with the University of Washington Bioethics site.
Canadian Guide to Med School (Made by volunteer medical students)
The Canadian Guide to Med School is an incredible resource. Written by 70+ medical students studying at all 17 Canadian medical schools, it provides advice and resources for every stage of interview preparation. There are several full-length MMI circuits, loads of MMI questions with follow-ups, and other helpful documents.
You are playing the card game hearts, and your partner is demonstrably less skilled and experienced than you.
After a few hands, you both are down by over 100 points as a team, mostly because your partner keeps apologizing for making stupid mistakes during the game. What do you say to your partner?
It sounds really bad. You are on an airplane and after you have taken off for a 4-hour flight, a baby sitting right behind your seat starts to cry.
As time goes on, even while you have earphones, the screams don’t stop. The parent accompanying the child keeps trying to quiet the baby down but to no avail. For every passing minute, the screams get louder and louder. What do you do?
A lot of people you work with have noticed that many random things which they own are going missing.
It appears that some personal items that are not extremely valuable have gone missing over the course of the last two months. Regardless, many of your co-workers are concerned. What suggestions would you bring to an upcoming meeting with your co-workers about finding a way to address this issue?
A physician picked up a car accident victim from the street and brought him to the ER in his car. He did not want to wait for an ambulance because the patient’s condition was critical. Physical examination in the ER reveals quadriplegia. Is the physician liable for this consequence?
Our health care system is supposed to be comprehensive, but it does not cover many services offered by optometry, dentistry, nutrition, and other components of health.
What is your opinion on this and what is your solution to improve it?
A drug formulary is a list of generic and brand name prescription drugs covered by your provincial health insurance.
With a finite provincial budget, how would you determine which drugs should not be included in the drug formulary (not covered by health insurance)?
Orphan diseases are diseases whose rarity means there is a lack of a market large enough to gain support and resources for discovering treatments for them.
What is your approach to treating orphan diseases?
People infected with COVID-19 variants are experiencing a spectrum of symptoms with some suggesting that it can be compared to the flu or common cold. Some believe that the risk of vaccination side effects (e.g. inflammation of the heart) may outweigh the risk of contracting COVID.
Discuss your stance on vaccination decision making when factoring side effects and contracting the disease.
In healthcare, mandatory vaccinations has been met with mostly support. With COVID-19, mandatory vaccinations and booster shots have been further explored ethically and pragmatically.
Discuss your perspective on mandatory vaccinations for COVID-19 compared to others (e.g. flu).
Your friend tells you that he wants to take an "Introduction to Spanish" course to boost his GPA even though he is a native Spanish speaker. Native speakers are not allowed to take the course. What do you tell your friend?
Your little cousin needs to complete 40 hours of volunteering for his school. He thinks volunteering is useless and serves no purpose since you don't get paid for it. What would you say to convince him of the benefits of volunteering?
You are an attending physician who works at a busy hospital. Patient X frequently ignores the medical advice given by you and seems to dislike being in the hospital. How would you go about handling such patient encounters?
You started your clerkship rotations coincidently with your best friend. In your conversations, he often mentions patients by name and gives details on their conditions as well as their behaviour. What are some ethical issues that may arise in such a situation?
Physicians are using social media to grow their network, showcase their lifestyle, and share medical tips and tricks. What are some positives and negatives of this increased exposure of physicians on social media?
Can you tell me about an amazing adventure you had? Take a moment to really visualise it. Pause to feel the emotions you experienced during key moments and do your best to relive your story. I'd love to hear it!