Focus & Exam Preparation

“Therefore, if we conclude that all behaviours are prompted by a desire to escape discomfort, that means that time management is pain management. That the latest life hacks and gurus’ techniques don’t work unless we fundamentally understand this fact that time management is pain management. If we do not deal with the reason why we are looking for escape, why we are getting distracted in the first place, why we want to take our mind off of this emotional discomfort, we will never escape distraction.” ~ Nir Eyal

With exam preparation and scholar projects on the go, here are a few tips to maintain focus and concentration during this busy time.

#ContinuousPartialAttention #MythOfMultitasking #TheFiveMoreRule #Meditation #WatchingTheClock


“Telehealth involves a range of tools that are each optimally useful in different settings and should accordingly be selected when most applicable. Ultimately, the goal is to bring people closer together when they are geographically separated. Enhanced timely access to high-quality generalist services, improved outcomes and experiences for patients, and enriched relationships between all stakeholders are some important end points that coincide with the goals of the Triple Aim Initiative. Ideally, telehealth modalities will be incorporated collectively into a holistic, multi-dimensional, patient-centred communication strategy. The relationship between technology and medicine is evolving. As we think about the future, it actually becomes difficult to envision a health care system without telehealth modalities used to support patient-centred care and enhanced relationships.”

More on Telehealth and patient-doctor relationships in rural and remote communities (2016) by Toh, Pawlovich, & Grzybowski via Canadian Family Physician.

During our most recent storm, I thought about how we can best deliver care when roads and transportation are inaccessible. The implementation of telehealth is one alternative.

Know before you head out on the roads and drive safe. Here are a few resources to check our current weather & road conditions.

Warm regards,


Conference: Creating Space 10

Canadian Association for Health Humanities Conference
Creating Space 10: What’s in a Word: Exploring the Multiple Meanings of Humanism in Contemporary Healthcare & Health Professions Education

“Creating Space was launched in 2010 with a desire to ‘take the pulse of our shared work from multiple disciplines…as they intersect with health-care experiences in various settings’. In the years that have followed, the conference has annually brought together artists, writers, scholars, clinicians, activists, students and many others to consider the intersections of arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) disciplines with medical sciences and health professions education. Ten years on, it is clear that that pulse is stronger than ever. From coast to coast to coast, ideas are circulating, dialogues are unfolding, and innovation and scholarship are changing health professions education. As perhaps the latest sign that the health humanities have arrived in force, the 2020 Canadian Conference on Medical Education’s (CCME) theme is ‘weaving humanism into medical education’. The timing could not be better; educating for humanism in the contemporary world offers a powerful reminder that the lives of others are inextricably bound up in our own.”

This conference will be held in Vancouver on April 17-18, 2020. The Call for Proposals is available here. Abstract deadline extended to January 20, 2020. Registration is now available here.

CMAJ Freely Available

“Starting today, all new Canadian Medical Association Journal content is now freely available online, with older material becoming available on March 1, 2020.

Previously, CMAJ research articles, editorials and news stories were freely available, and other content including commentaries and practice articles were only fully available after one year.

Dr. Andreas Laupacis, editor-in-chief of the journal, says providing immediate free access to content will make the journal more relevant to discussions about improving Canada’s healthcare system.

‘Some of the material in CMAJ that is useful to public discussion around important issues with our healthcare system were only available to CMA members and I think they are of broader interest to members of the public, patients and policymakers,’ he says.

With more accessible content, Laupacis hopes to attract new voices to CMAJ, including those of patients. ‘It’s hard to say to patients that we want you to be involved in our work, but you have to pay to see it,’ he says.

Learn more here.

Revitalizing Ways


Presented by UBC Learning Circle: Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

“Join us as we welcome Daryl, Carla, and Megan to share with us their thoughts on traditional foods, land-based actions, and the ever-more important question of food sovereignty for Indigenous people. Additionally, we will discuss ways in which non-indigenous people can stand in solidarity with Indigenous people for food sovereignty.”

Date: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Videoconference OR internet webinar.
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Registration: To register for webinar or videoconference, please visit here.