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  1. Yes. Taking a medical leave of absence definitely complicates things (which can exacerbate the stress of being ill). Medicine is a very ableist field and some med schools unlawfully discriminate against students with disabilities. Doctors really need to catch up with the law!
  2. Problem is that it can be hard for patients to find a psychiatrist who is willing to do extensive psychodynamic therapy -- especially in a smaller town. The wait list can be extensive. If OHIP covered other providers, patients could have better access and greater choice. Although perhaps all this COVID stuff will normalize therapy over videoconference as an option for people in smaller towns. I totally agree with you about CBT being overrated. It was kind of a fad that took hold (complete with self-help books) and then they tried to shove it indiscriminately down everybody's throat because...worksheets feel like you're making some kind of concrete progress even if you're not? I don't get it. Like good luck mustering the motivation to fill out a bunch of paperwork about your maladaptive thoughts in the midst of the cognitive fog of depression. That's why I think it's more useful as a universally taught skill than a therapy per se. Do we have stats on what % of patients actually get >24 hours of therapy in a year? That would translate into an hour every other week, consistently, for a whole year. I don't think that's the majority of patients. Edit: ohh wait I just realized this is an old thread from 2019. My bad. Never mind.
  3. I think there should be an exception to the cap for physicians who have training in psychodynamic therapy. Very few physicians have this type of training anyway (and probably next to no GPs). But the ones that do should be able to offer unlimited OHIP-covered psychodynamic therapy to their patients. This is really a tiny subset of patients anyway. But in general I think the patient population would be better served if OHIP dollars were shifted to covering other trained psychodynamic therapy providers (particularly clinical psychologists) rather than funding unlimited, non-specific "supportive therapy" sessions by MDs. And the OMA should push the expansion of early CBT through online group sessions. Patients love therapy groups and it's a much more cost-effective way of delivering CBT. Moving it to videoconference makes it cheaper and also solves accessibility issues (travel is a big barrier for many patients). I even think that some basic CBT and DBT techniques should be taught to all high school students to give them the tools to cope with (at least routine levels of) anxiety. That way they'll already have some rudimentary coping skills in place when they start university so they won't end up in the ER during mid-terms from exam stress.
  4. Lots of generic frat boy hairstyles from what I recall.
  5. You know, at this point I'm thinking I should just post all my evidence online. Guess if I'm held in contempt of court, they can go ahead and put me in jail. But they can't silence me.
  6. Update on my sexual harassment case against a NOSM faculty member. (In case you're wondering how it's going: I'm suing the Attorney General now...) https://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/human-rights-tribunal-of-ontario-seals-sexual-harassment-testimony-against-powerful-doctor-880256512.html Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Seals Sexual Harassment Testimony Against Powerful Doctor Tribunal breaking the law to bury testimony transcript in historic #MeToo case SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 22, 2020 /CNW/ - Dr. Ana Safavi is taking her sexual harassment complaint against a powerful senior doctor all the way to trial. She is the first medical trainee in North America to do so. She was fired in June from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) after refusing the medical school's demands to mediate. She and her witnesses are set to start testifying against the powerful doctor on Thursday. Then last week, in an unprecedented move, the HRTO preemptively sealed the transcript. The average person is denied such special requests — the tribunal is bending the rules to protect this man's reputation. DIFFERENT RULES FOR THE WELL-CONNECTED? Dr. Safavi's lawyers at Hameed Law have asked a judge to overturn the unconstitutional order. "By law, the transcript must be accessible to the public," says Mr. Hameed. "With this decision, the HRTO is signalling that one man's reputation is more important than a transparent justice system." A witness to one of the sexual harassment incidents, Mr. Brown, says he's uncomfortable testifying in secret. "What if I'm misquoted by the Tribunal? Shouldn't I be allowed to see the transcript to set the record straight?" When Dr. Safavi first spoke with the press in February 2018, she had been suspended four days after telling NOSM's Vice Dean about the sexual harassment. A year later, after she filed in the HRTO, NOSM's investigator suddenly exonerated the well-connected faculty member — without interviewing him or Dr. Safavi. At the same time, he stepped away from supervising trainees, although NOSM hid his resignation from her. Now, she is warning the public about the crisis unfolding at the HRTO. A secretive tribunal is equally dangerous for victims and the accused, because shielding the government's activities from public scrutiny may allow corruption to flourish unchecked. "Unlike judges, tribunal adjudicators do not have lifetime appointments," explains Mr. Hameed. "They must seek reappointment every 2-5 years." HRTO CHAIR'S CONFLICT OF INTEREST? The new HRTO Chair is former head of law firm Borden Ladner Gervais which is defending NOSM before the HRTO. A corporate lawyer with no human rights or tribunal experience, he departed BLG in June to quietly accept the "urgent" 6-month appointment — first revealed by the press on a tip from Tribunal Watch Ontario, an organization criticizing the Ford government for letting experienced adjudicators go while stacking tribunals with patronage appointments. The Chair can veto appointments, so he wields significant power over adjudicators such as the one presiding over Dr. Safavi's case whose term expires in January. Under Ford, reappointments have been scarce and no longer tied to performance metrics. TRIBUNALS IN LEGAL PERIL In July, Democracy Watch asked the Courts to declare the Ford government's new Tribunal reappointment process unconstitutional, in part because eliminating their job security may leave adjudicators vulnerable to influence from higher-ups. Adjudicators must remain impartial, but their decisions undergo "review"; for high-profile cases like Dr. Safavi's, the Chair may even review the decision himself. The Courts ruled against such tribunal practices in 2019, but little appears to have changed. The day before the HRTO sealed the transcript, Dr. Safavi's lawyers had asked a judge to revoke the Chair's appointment (as against the law) and to compel the release of records that the HRTO must disclose to the public, but has not. Some of these records relate to other cases against NOSM. CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE Dr. Safavi worries the tribunal won't hear all her evidence. The defendant denied meeting with her alone, so she submitted audio recordings of the meetings to disprove his lies. But the HRTO is not acknowledging receipt of the tapes — despite receiving them electronically and by courier. "I feel so stupid for putting my trust in the HRTO," says Dr. Safavi. After she filed her complaint, she began helping others do the same. "I wanted other trainees to see a way for us to hold medical schools accountable. But how can the HRTO hold institutions accountable, if it won't hold itself accountable to the law?" Please see medicinetoo.com for contact info, court filings and further details.
  7. IMO, this should not be permitted. It's ripe for corruption. At the very least, a program that keeps losing residents probably shouldn't be getting extra spots...
  8. Look beyond the university campus altogether...
  9. Yeah. Plus...there's nothing to stop you from partying with people outside of med school! Look beyond the med bubble and you'll meet way more interesting people...
  10. I don't have data that would allow me to compare the *prevalence* of harassment between Ontario med schools (I only have internal data from NOSM), because med schools have strongly resisted any efforts to collect such comparative data (e.g. in the sexual harassment survey where "Research Ethics Boards of all 17 Canadian universities with medical schools approved the study but schools, themselves, chose not to have it circulated directly to their students. No school-identifying information was collected.") That's why I stated that, based on my knowledge, uOttawa & NOSM have *the most egregious* cases. What do I mean by that? Well, as we all know, every med school has a certain proportion of faculty members that bully medical students and residents (and almost always get away with it). However, the leadership at certain med schools will go to shocking lengths to further punish victims, at times even *pre-emptively* discrediting them in case they file a formal complaint. They double down and escalate, and they don't stop until they've driven the victim (or witness) of faculty misconduct out of the profession and/or to suicide. It's a coordinated strategy to silence victims and set an example for any other student who many think of reporting (or even just asking the faculty member to stop). Leadership will coerce faculty members (and at times, other students) to carry out these coordinated acts of retaliation at their behest, so that the people at the top can keep their hands clean in case the victim sues (NOSM & uOttawa keep getting sued, over and over again). Think about Trump's approach to whistleblowers (through Barr and other "fixers"), and you start to get an idea of what I'm talking about. Other schools may not hold their faculty members accountable for harassment, but at least they seem to have limits to how many laws they will break (and how many outside organizations they will lean on) in order to intimidate victims and witnesses into silence. They attempt to quietly resolve the issue and deescalate the matter, rather than annihilate the victim. All this to say -- you can be harassed at any medical school. But if you're harassed at NOSM or uOttawa and leadership finds out (even if they find out indirectly from someone else), kiss your career goodbye because they probably won't let you graduate.
  11. UOttawa & NOSM have the most egregious cases of discrimination, harassment and reprisal. Western & UofT the least. Mac and Queens are in the middle. That’s what is most important when picking a school, IMO.
  12. I’ve already lost everything except for my integrity, my dignity, and my voice. That’s all I have left and I won’t sacrifice it for any settlement.
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