Volume 9 Number 1 In This Issue
As the calendar turned to the new year, it seemed that the common greeting was “May 2023 be better than 2022!” For many of us, last year was grueling. Compounded on pandemic stress were ever-increasing system and capacity issues and added sociopolitical unrest. Getting through the grind of the day-to-day has been a challenge. It’s helpful, I think, to reflect on the lessons of our past and look forward with hope to better times ahead. This reflection can shape our experience of the present as we sense the larger context in which we live and work. Read article
This message was delivered by Dr. Beaudry as a eulogy for Dr. Warren Yunker, a surgeon who took his own life in November 2022. Dr. Yunker was a respected otolaryngologist at Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. His wife, Dr. Rebecca Sparkes, is a medical geneticist at the same hospital. Both Dr. Sparkes and Dr. Beaudry have given their permission for this tribute to be published in CJPL in an effort to reduce the shame and stigma around mental illness, disability, chronic pain, and suffering and to promote conversations about these issues — including suicide. It is the wish of Dr. Yunker’s family that we continue to raise awareness and support each other with courage, love, and empathy. Read article
The rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic presented many health care institutions with unique challenges. Although the Canadian response was generally strong, several gaps in leadership and decision-making became apparent. This paper presents reflections on key health care decision-making principles through the retrospective prism of the pandemic.
My 17 years in physician leadership have come with lots of lessons. Hard ones, ones that had to be repeated, ones that I’ll never forget, ones that gave me hope, and ones that shattered my confidence. Read article
These past three years have placed unprecedented stress and pressure on our health system, leaving it fractured and broken. As physician leaders you are being called upon to make hard decisions and do more with less, all while ensuring that your patients receive the best quality of care. That is why CCPL and its theme, Healing our Health System: Leadership for Renewal, is so timely and relevant. Read article
Over the past two plus years, I have had the opportunity to interview 50 health care leaders (mainly physicians) on behalf of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders for its Leading the Way podcast series.1 These leaders are wrestling with the most significant upheaval in health care in many generations.
Reviewed by Sena Gok, MD.
Reviewed by Johny Van Aerde, MD, PhD