Scrubbed: Ontario emergency room chief faces questions about failing to hire any female doctors in 16 years

Dr. Marko Duic has been celebrated by health ministry officials, hospital leaders and doctors for transforming emergency medicine. But over his 16 years as an emergency chief, another truth about Dr. Duic has emerged: He had not hired a single female doctor to work in his departments until October, weeks after The Globe and Mail began asking questions about his hiring practices.

Canada’s medical residency system is leaving some graduates in limbo

No one can presume what led Robert to his death, but the stress and frustration he felt must have been enormous. What’s more, the situation he experienced and was trying desperately to expose is happening to others: a growing number of young people are completing four or five years of intensive, not to mention costly, medical school training – only to find they can’t proceed to the next stage.

Should medical errors ever be considered criminal offences?

Canadian doctors continue to follow the developments in the case of Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor in the United Kingdom found guilty of manslaughter after a young boy under her care died because of medical error and systemic shortcomings. In late March, she was given a chance to appeal a ruling by the General Medical Council that saw her stripped of her medical licence. Medical residents in Canada are especially troubled that evidence used against Bawa-Garba included her honest reflecti

WOMEN IN MEDICINE - PART TWO: Rise of women in medicine not matched by leadership roles

hen Dr. Lesley Barron was in medical school, she was told it would only be a matter of time before women occupied top leadership positions in medicine. There was reason for optimism. In 1995, a year before Barron graduated, more women than men entered medical school in Canada for the first time. Today, 63% of Canadian medical students are women. But a proportionate rise of female leaders in the profession has yet to be seen.

WOMEN IN MEDICINE - PART ONE: Medicine changing as women make up more of physician workforce

Dr. Sarah Newbery moved to Marathon, Ontario, to work in a group of family doctors in 1996. The group included three women and four men. Until then, there had never been a full-time female doctor in the community. Newbery has since seen the same shift occur in surrounding communities. A decade ago, there was a “frontier mentality” culture in northern medicine — it was a man’s world. Today, says Newbery, in many of the communities around her, more than half of the doctors are women.

The doctor who took on big pharma to stem the US opioid epidemic

ANDREW KOLODNY first noticed something was amiss in 2004, when his job as a medical director at New York City’s health department was to reduce drug overdose deaths. An expert in addiction treatment, he opened an evening and weekend clinic with the expectation that his patients would come from New York’s rougher neighbourhoods, where overdose deaths had been concentrated for decades. But many of those who turned up came from wealthy areas like Long Island and Westchester. About a third were eld
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