Ann Silversides, Joshua Tepper & Jill Konkin

Ann Silversides is an independent journalist, editor and broadcaster who specializes in health policy issues. She is a former newspaper reporter (Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail), and was a long-time freelancer and also a staff writer at the CMAJ. In addition to her journalism (for magazines, newspapers, radio and journals), Ann has written for a wide range of Canadian health research institutes and labour organizations. She has received numerous journalism awards, is the author of AIDS Activist, Michael Lynch and the Politics of Community (Between the Lines) and, for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions,  Conversations with champions of  medicare. Ann has a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, a BJ from Carleton University, and has taught writing at York University.  Follow Ann on Twitter @ASilversides Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician the CEO of Health Quality Ontario. He is formerly the Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and he spent five and a half years as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Human Resources Strategy Division. He led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy. He was a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has a Bachelors degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and completed his executive MBA in June 2011 at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Most important of all he has two gorgeous children Ishai and Adara. Dr. Jill Konkin is a rural family doctor and the Associate Dean for Community Engagement with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is both an academic and a clinician, as well as a community leader and a mentor. She has, for most of her career, dedicated herself to improving the quality of family medicine in smaller communities in Alberta and across the country. Prior to joining the University of Alberta she was the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Prior to her roles in academia she spent 16 years as a family doctor in Jasper, Alberta. She is involved in provincial and federal organizations including the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the Admissions of Rural and Remote Students to Medical Schools Task Force and Alberta College of Family Physicians. Follow Jill on Twitter @djillk1

Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

How much interaction should medical students have with industry?

A drug company sales representative stands in front of a class of University of Toronto medical students and delivers her well-rehearsed sales pitch about the benefits of her company’s birth control pill. Hold on: Isn’t this sort of interaction between the pharmaceutical industry and med students supposed to be forbidden because of concerns about conflicts…

Maternity services disappearing in rural Canada

The plan to eliminate obstetrical care at Banff’s Mountain Springs Hospital, and to replace it with enhanced vascular and plastic surgery services, was labelled a potential “quick win” in a 2012 community and rural health planning document. Babies would no longer be delivered in Banff (population about 8,200) and instead obstetrical care would be “consolidated”…