Pillars of the Pandemic

We are excited to release this new series honouring outstanding individuals who have made huge contributions to our fight against the pandemic. This series was made possible by the DLSPH and Closing the Gap Healthcare.

Stay tuned. We will be featuring new profiles each week.

Pillar of the Pandemic
by Rachel Watts

Sharon Straus is a geriatrician and physician-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital, among other leadership roles. We're profiling her as a Pillars of the Pandemic honouree.

Pillar of the Pandemic
by Miranda Caley

Family physician Jennifer Kwan launched a Twitter campaign to educate Ontarians about the pandemic and vaccinations and to combat the spread of misinformation. We're profiling her as a Pillars of the Pandemic honouree.

Spotlight on working conditions in health care

Opinion
by Zahra Hasan

We need to protect the mental health of health-care professionals suffering from compassion fatigue, burnout and PTSD due to the pandemic. Here's how we can start.

Article
by Catherine Varner

Emergency departments are struggling to deal with staff shortages, and the violence that health-care workers face is a big reason why people are quitting the field. Doctors and nurses are calling for measures to curb the violence.

Opinion
by Laura Bulmer

The Ontario government’s plan to invest $260 million and hire 4,000 staff in the long-term care sector is yet another ineffective attempt to solve the crisis of the PSW shortage without addressing the bigger issue: retaining the folks in these positions.

Spotlight on Indigenous health

Opinion
by Cassandra Felske-Durksen

To many Indigenous peoples, a swab represents colonial Euro-Canadian medicine. It represents colonialism itself. So how do we as physicians decolonize the swab?

Opinion
by Suzanne Shoush

For Orange Shirt Day, do not be tempted to nitpick facts, debate terminology or look for a silver lining. We must drop the disingenuous arguments and accept our collective history – and our present.

Column
by Anne Borden King

Physician John O'Connor received an award honouring the legacy of Peter Bryce, a government doctor who sounded the alarm over the high death toll in residential schools. Who has the courage to be the next?

Special Series Highlights

Special Series

In partnership with AMS Healthcare, Healthy Debate is publishing a series of seven articles that explores the relationship between technology and compassion in the field of health care today, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Series

The vital partnership between research, community and clinical operations is the hallmark of the learning health system. In this series, we explore the fundamentals of a learning health system as well as several examples of learning health systems in action.

Special Series

Pillars of the Pandemic is a new series honouring outstanding individuals who have made huge contributions to our fight against the pandemic.