MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – MiniMed 2014 Episode 6 – Diagnostics at Work: From the Clinic to the Community

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Diagnosis is the first and critical step towards correct treatment. But diagnostic tests are not perfect – doctors and patients need to be aware of their limitations and strengths. We will review the scientific method for evaluating the accuracy of new tests, explore point-of-care testing, and see how modern technologies are bringing diagnostics into our homes.

Guests: Dr. Nitika Pai and Dr. Madhukar Pai

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February 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 5 – The Digital Revolution: Electronic Medical Records and Prescriptions

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E-health technologies are a fundamental requirement to effectively manage modern healthcare for an aging population with an increasing burden of chronic disease. It is time to transition from paper charts scattered throughout the health systems to electronic medical records and prescribing information accessible to patients and families and the care team. The change from the old ways to the new has begun.

Guest: Dr. Robyn Tamblyn

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February 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 4 – Epidemiology and Public Health: 1950 – 2014

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This talk will present landmark studies in the history of modern public health and epidemiology, and illustrate how epidemiologists work and contribute to the identification and solution of public health issues.

Guest: Dr. Jean-Francois Boivin

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February 18, 2015 at 3:51 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 3 – Are Medications Safe? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Despite extensive testing, many people die or are hospitalized from adverse reactions to medications. Using epidemiologic approaches, scientists can evaluate the risks and benefits of drugs used by the population. We will discuss examples of the usefulness of epidemiology in evaluating medications used for various illnesses and as well introduce the new Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies, which examines the safety of medications used by Canadians.

Guests: Dr. Samy Suissa and Dr. Pierre Ernst

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February 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 2 – Older Mothers, Fewer Babies, More Interventions: The Changing Landscape of Childbirth

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Couples increasingly decide to forego children or limit their families to a single child; many women now postpone child-bearing to their 30s or 40s; and obstetricians intervene to hasten delivery by labour induction or elective caesarean. This presentation will summarize recent trends in childbirth and their effects on the health of mothers and their offspring.

Guest: Dr. Michael Kramer

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February 5, 2015 at 4:45 pm


MiniMed 2014 Episode 1 – Epidemiology: Unraveling Medical Mysteries

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Learn how detective work uncovers the causes of diseases such as stomach ulcers, heart disease, cervical cancer. Discover how the tools of epidemiology have led to better health and longer lives and enjoy the first in a weekly series of Mini-Medical-Detective Challenges.

Guest: Dr. James Hanley

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February 5, 2015 at 3:02 pm


Trauma: Why Accidents are Rarely Accidental

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An exploration of injury in our communities, from prevention to trauma team response – the good, bad and the ugly of Montreal.

Speaker: Dr. Tarek Razek

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February 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm


Flying Doctors: Air Care

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We will look at the history of aviation medicine from its origins to modern-day practice. We will explore the effects of the unique environment in a pressurized aircraft that the treating doctor must consider in order to properly care for the sick patient being transported over thousands of miles. Finally, we will consider the future of air transport and how modern medicine will be practiced.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith

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February 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm


ICU: High Intensity Caring

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Exploring the world of the critically ill – how do you end up there, how sick is sick, what are your chances of surviving? A short journey into the difficult world of the sickest patients in the hospital.

Speaker: Dr. Ash Gursahaney

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February 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm


Your Heart Health: Getting to the Heart of the matter

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What is heart disease? Why do some people get it and some don’t? Learn about prevention and treatment of common cardiac conditions.

Speaker: Dr. Nadia Giannetti

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February 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm