Medical students, we need to decompress.

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  • Vivian Rambihar says:

    Vivian Rambihar April 17th, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Thanks for sharing this.

    There is a lot you can do if you wish or you can use this time to stop and rest and think and rethink as you say and avoid the news, etc.

    If you wish to do more and have a lot of new found time:
    The internet is wide open and I am sure there are many things you always wanted to do but as a med student never had time to do. Like the passions and interests you had before med school – now you have time to redevelop them.

    After the Tsunami of 2004 I felt a bit the same and decided to write – so can Google Tsunami Chaos Global Heart for a free book by 3 Toronto doctors, who were also involved in a U of T med school Global Heart initiative for 10 years.

    Four specific suggestions please post or share with your friends

    1. create a project of learning related to medicine for pleasure or which will help you later, or learn about health sciences, etc or a new field. The people with the best innovation transfer ideas form one field to another. Go ahead in your studies in the field you are interested in. Read, learn, make notes and write about it. Ask for newsletters from the various medical societies and follow how they are dealing with covid, as health science or as medicine, or as society challenges. Google CMAJ, BMJ, Lancet, NEJM, JAMA for a lot of free content or as a med student could get access to or through CMA.

    2. read some humanities to understand the human condition, read some of the physician writers, read biographies of physician or leaders that impact medicine or health.

    3. learn about the big picture – our place in the universe – learn about how and why things happen, the billions of stars of which the sun is an inconspicuous one.

    4. Read about the new science of chaos and complexity, which can be done in a few hours or open a gate to infinite learning since can apply to everything from microbiology and public health through medicine and health to solving complex medical issues. For instance – this pandemic is like a global tsunami that causes chaos throughout the world – Google Tsunami Chaos Global Heart for a free book written by three Toronto doctors, one a U of T Med grad, that discussed all of the above and Google Complexity Digest scoop it and open up a new world of complexity science applicable to everything, and you will not have free time anymore. Could start with Googling Complexity Explained and look up Santa Fe Institute and network medicine and New England Complex Systems Institute, and network science


Grace Zhao


Grace Zhao is a third year medical student at the University of Toronto.

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