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An extraordinary full-circle moment

An extraordinary full-circle moment

Rest in Power, Mary Lou! Mary Lou smiled wide as she spoke to me. Sure, she would help teach a safe sex workshop to the Friday night LGBTQ+ youth group, but first I'd have to come by the clinic myself for a check up. That way I could talk from experience, she...

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How to diagnose gender dysphoria. 

How to diagnose gender dysphoria. 

how do I know if my patient is transgender? In my practice I work with many medical students and residents who we train in part to provide gender affirming care. I frequently speak with colleagues who know I have a transgender-inclusive family practice and field many...

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How to Overcome a History of Medical Violence

How to Overcome a History of Medical Violence

We carry the burden of our patients’ past mistreatments. We know from history how doctors have participated in the medical violence brought upon Black people, transgender and queer community, and women--just to name a few. Think about the roles physicians played in...

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How Do We Address Addiction in Long Term Care Facilities?

How Do We Address Addiction in Long Term Care Facilities?

Last year, I was invited to speak at the Catholic Health Association of BC annual conference about a novel and, for some, controversial pilot project we’re undertaking at our long term care facility in Vancouver. We’ve invited patients taking methadone and other...

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A Doctor’s Note Can Prescribe More Than Medicine

A Doctor’s Note Can Prescribe More Than Medicine

The power of even a short letter written by a physician cannot be overstated. I’m constantly pulling up the digital letterhead in my EMR to write a note to a service agency, landlord or employer to advocate for a change that I believe is in the best interest of my...

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