Ashley Miller

Ashley is a fourth year medical student at the University of Ottawa. She completed her Honours Specialization in Cellular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario. She has a strong interest in health policy that has been cultivated through her role as Medical Student Director for Canadian Doctors for Medicare and previously as Vice President of Advocacy for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. She is passionate about health and wellness, disease prevention, and integrative medicine. She is currently conducting a leadership elective on the policy committee of the Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools. She plans to pursue an Internal Medicine residency following her graduation later this year. Follow Ashley on Twitter @_ashley_miller_


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Passing the buck: cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program will just mean greater costs for the provinces

The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) was established in 1957 to provide temporary coverage of medical costs for refugee claimants without financial means while they await qualification for provincial or territorial coverage. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently introduced changes to the IFHP that have prompted outcry across the country from physicians and…

Choosing blindly: residency selection without a national physician resource strategy

Tomorrow, final year medical students across the country (including myself) will login to the CaRMs website and learn our fates for the next 2-5 years. The ways in which residency positions are assigned were well discussed by healthydebate. The factors that contribute to medical student choice of discipline and location are widely varied and include…

Is stuff making us sick? part 2

In my last post I explored how stress, debt, and environmental destruction seem like obvious implications of consumption.  But what if too-much-stuff is also the source of physical illness?  John de Graaf, David Wann, and Thomas Naylor brilliantly address this issue in their book Affluenza: The All Consuming Epidemic in their depiction of consumerism as a…

Is stuff making us sick? part 1

As a young person just beginning my career as a physician, it is extraordinarily overwhelming to confront the disconnect between the values that created our Medicare system and the logistics of how it has evolved. Despite those incredible challenges, I am more so struck on a daily basis in practice by the manner in which…