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Improving wellness and increasing joy: Prescribing nature activity

Dr. Joanne McGinn wants her patients to have more fun and joy in their lives. It’s why the emergency medicine physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital often “prescribes” exercise as part of her patients’ treatments. She believes combining exercise with social activity in nature can improve physical and mental conditions and reduce risk factors for…

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Leadership Development Program builds relationships and trust

Earlier this month, 32 graduates celebrated completing this year’s MSPEI Leadership Development Program. Over the past eight months, these 19 physicians and 13 health administrative leaders embarked on a learning journey, as they collaborated on identifying solutions to some of our healthcare system’s most complex problems. For the first time ever, MSPEI’s leadership program cohort…

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Reducing the stigma: Recognizing Epilepsy Awareness Month

PEI Neurologist Dr. Tiffany Townsend diagnoses someone with epilepsy at least once a month. She estimates about 25 per cent of her patients have some form of epilepsy. That percentage is high considering it is one of more than 600 neurological diseases and PEI is the smallest province in Canada. Despite the frequency of diagnoses,…

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Medical associations across the country oppose government efforts to restrict access to care

Medical associations from coast to coast are deeply concerned about any government proposal that would restrict access to evidence-based medical care for patients, including for the transgender population. Canadians have the right to make personal choices about their health with the support of their families, the guidance of physicians working with other regulated health professionals…

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Advocating for Gender Equity in Medicine

Specializing in women’s health provides the diversity that Dr. Gina Colbourne was seeking when she first earned her medical degree. As an obstetrician and gynecologist on PEI, she has the opportunity to work in the labour and delivery unit, outpatient clinic, and the operating room while treating a whole host of issues ranging from infertility…

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Bringing an anti-oppression and inclusion lens to work

When Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed stands in front of a group of physicians to talk about oppression within the healthcare system, the room is silent. They’re not just listening to her speak, they’re absorbing her words as they begin to question their own experiences and wonder if they have been a part of the problem without…

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Medical residents highly valued, appreciated on PEI

As a family physician, I am really passionate about providing timely, quality care to my patients. This project is about complete primary care transformation. I like to think of it as people-centered care because the patient is at the center of what we’re doing but everyone involved in the PMH is being taken care of too. There’s a team wrapped around the patient, but they’re also there for each other. I love that concept.

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Epidemic preparedness and improving resiliency on PEI

It’s been more than 200 days since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 pandemic officially over. While many people would like to put it behind them and forget what happened, there continues to be a significant amount of time and energy devoted to reviewing the pandemic response and preparing for the next inevitable disease…

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