Posts under Preclerkship

Three Nights in Emergency

  • Posted on: 1 May 2016
  • By: OMSA Admin

As a second year medical student I am still unsure of the field of medicine that interests me the most. Shadowing physicians is a great way to get a taste for different specialties, and that is just what I’ve been doing. Emergency medicine initially appealed to me because it seemed to be a very fast-paced, hands on specialty that deals with acute crises. However, as I spent some time in the emergency department of a local hospital, I found it to be rather different from what I expected. Three patients in

Finding Meaning in Medicine

  • Posted on: 27 April 2016
  • By: OMSA Admin

From learning about the "tough, spidery and tender mothers" of the meninges, to the "gate-keeping properties" of the pylorus (pyle = gate; ourus = guardian), I have had great fun exploring medical etymologies this past year. Medicine is a veritable treasure trove of word origins; it is a discipline chock full of fascinating etymologies and hidden stories. Behind every pathology, process or treatment, it seems, there lies a tale of epic proportions just waiting to be told. Here is but one: 

Something From Nothing

  • Posted on: 14 April 2016
  • By: OMSA Admin

To protect patient privacy, names were altered in the retelling of this story.

I entered the room behind Dr. McDonald and introduced myself to John and his wife. They were an older couple – likely in their 70s – who seemed pleasant.

Welcoming Canada to Kingston: CFMS AGM 2014

  • Posted on: 3 October 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

I woke up on Thursday September 18th to the most incredible mix of anticipation and disbelief. It was actually here. This was the day that an incredible team of Queen's students had relentlessly planned and worked towards for the better part of 2 years. It was the beginning of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students Annual General Meeting 2014 - and we were the hosts! Later that night, as I left the first meeting of CFMS representatives, I saw a group of what I later learned were University of Toronto

We are the Future

  • Posted on: 20 June 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

WE are the future.
Meds Class of 2017 will be known for nothing.
And no body will ever say,
Together, we stand for our community;
This, is a blatant lie. The truth is,
we have little enthusiasm & together, we have failed.
Thinking that
All of your opinions matter,
Is a waste of time. And please know    
Becoming self-entitled physicians,
Is what makes us such an incredible collective.
Being compassionate, honest and progressive,

Preparing Future Medical Leaders

  • Posted on: 20 March 2014
  • By: OMSA Admin

Advocate, actor, comedian and author Rob Hawke led a Dynamic Speaking for Leadership workshop for students in the Leadership in Medicine Elective (LiME) on February 4. 

Hawke — who is an alumnus of Second City — is a respected patient advocate who draws upon his own experience as a cancer patient. His one-man show, "Norm versus Cancer: A Terminally Funny One Man Show," was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award.