Yan Xu

Yan Xu is a medical student at Queen's University.


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Modernizing scopes of practice to improve the value of physician services

In 1987, a high-profile and unpopular doctors’ strike over reimbursement shook the profession, leading to the creation of CanMEDS roles framework studied by every Canadian medical student. 18 years later, income is again the focal point in the latest negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the provincial government. As former Chief Justice Warren Winkler…

Building trust between physicians and patients in an era of Dr. Google

Clinical knowledge has now become easier to obtain than ever. Open-access medical journals that waive subscription fees for readers, electronic medical record systems such as My e-Health in British Columbia that allow patients access to their own lab results, and full subscription to point-of-care tools such as UpToDate by patients have flattened the information hierarchy…

Are concerns over conflict of interest stifling innovation?

“We made a practical and open work environment for engineers and shop workers, forcing the guys behind the drawing boards onto the shop floor to see how their ideas were being translated into actual parts and to make any necessary changes on the spot.” -from Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed…

It’s time for Canada to leverage “big data” for stronger drug safety

“In God we trust; all others [must] bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming Baycol, Vioxx. Avandia. These medications became household names not for their widespread prescription worth billions of dollars in sales, but for their well-publicized safety concerns that have touched the lives of millions of patients and their families. More than 80 new patented medications…

Global health experiences – do they do more harm than good?

Summertime for many university students, reeling from aftermaths of their exams, may mean relaxing on the beach with friends. However, for many eager and forward-looking students, it is an opportunity to gain experience: international experience. Today, one can hardly walk through a university campus without noticing posters taped to lamp posts or bulletin boards with…

Who is “the patient” in patient-centred care?

I breathe a sigh of relief as the announcement system comes on after an 8-minute clinical encounter: “please begin patient feedback.” I especially enjoy this part of our weekly clinical skills session, and not only because it heralds the end of an encounter wherein I, as a medical student, nervously attempt to recall the many…