Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

No Going Back

Too much of our thinking in health care is at least a half-dozen points-of-no-return ago.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

When The Doctor Has Pain

I'm now walking a second mile in another man's moccasins, and it's no more enjoyable than my first mile.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Doctor's Daily Dram - 2017 Update!

No policy stuff this time, but doing a public service by providing critical knowledge for doctors nonetheless, especially to those MDs new to practice: the Scotch Drinker's Essential Starter's Guide!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Doctors, Taxes, Government: What's the Endgame?

The corporate tax dustup is the just the latest in a long string of conflicts over the place of doctors in Canadian society. It dates back decades but might finally be coming to a head.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Why Medicine Can't Be Managed

If twenty-odd years of administrative meddling should have taught us anything, it's that all the plans in the world for medicine and health care are rarely worth the paper they're printed on.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hippocratic Proctology?

Way too much medical-political news lately, from the taxation issues in Canada to the fiasco in the U.S. Senate. Thought I'd lighten the mood with some historical fiction. Ever wonder what teaching rounds might have looked like in the time of Hippocrates?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Taking A Time Out

A brutally busy month of June has left my brain-tank on empty. I'm still easily reached on e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter, but no new blog posts expected in July.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hey, A Cross-Post!

Healthcare and Humanity, a website with some terrific reader-contributed stories from the healthcare trenches, solicited doctors' "origin stories". I guarantee you mine ain't like the others:
"Realizing that your place in life is to serve as a poster child for bad career counseling is disheartening to say the least, but it’s also somewhat liberating." 
Spoiler alert - it's got another excerpt from the book. Enjoy!

Why I did (but shouldn’t have) become a doctor…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Bill 87: Self Regulation, RIP

The Ontario government's Protecting Patients Act ends the health professions' self-regulation once and for all. In true Canadian fashion, it also ignores the very advice it asked of its experts.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

U.S. Politics is Professional Wrestling

Blogging has been slow because of tax time and start of work on a new book, but I've seen too much in the media not to share this piece from my personal Facebook page. Yes it's off topic, but it's all in good fun.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Flame Broiled Doctor, Ep. 7: Needle Me This

Recovered from the man-cold and sewing a pig costume for a Grade 8 play. This one is about vaccine refusal, as requested by Twitter!

Music credits:

"Slow Burn"
Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Man-Cold, Man

Podcast episode on vaccine hesitation/refusal was supposed to be recorded and uploaded today, but I doubt anyone wants to hear me blow my nose in high-def audio. Should be ready to go in a day or two.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Storytelling in Medicine: Introduction

I'll be posting about politics soon enough, but I thought I'd introduce a new blog topic in which I'm not my usual ornery self.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Can Comic Books Help a Writer?

Yes they can! A fun, off-topic piece I threw together for Reedsy, the website that connected me with a book cover designer. This one's for fellow geeks and writers:

How Reading Comic Books Improved My Writing

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Czar Of All Health Care, Part V

The Czar has been accused of writing tweets that are too long. Good, because it's long past time we stopped trying to fix society 140 characters at a time.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

OMA Turmoil! Is there More than Meets the Eye?

The Ontario Medical Association is set to transform! Either that, or I might need to revisit that post of mine on the Gong Show from last summer.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Moving on up...

Want to extend a BIG thanks to anyone that's bought a digital copy of the memoir so far. It's inside the top 10 of all three of its categories, and top 5 in two of them! Next goal is #1!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Book issues

Apologies to anyone unable to order a paper copy of the book. The text has undergone some important revisions, and should be back online soon once the cover has been finalized. I invite anybody with the Kindle version to download a fresh copy with the updates if you haven't finished reading the book yet.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Czar Of All Health Care, Part I

If Russia is going to be pulling the strings of the U.S. government, we should welcome nothing less in Canadian health care. But...if we're going for Russian-style autocracy, we need to forget about the Putin-Trump bromance, the legacy of Communism, and go for old-school autocratic rule.