Stretch Experience Update: PLLC alumni and program founder hears success stories from participants It was Yasmin Rafiei’s own journey applying to medical school that got her thinking about the barriers some applicants face. While reviewing the myriad requirements typical of medical school applications – competitive Medical College Admission Test scores, paid employment, leadership experience, volunteer […]
Tackling the other side of research: Sharing results that improve healthcare
By Basel Moukaskas What did your Stretch Experience involve? In what way can novel research findings in health and wellness be conveyed to healthcare professionals for the purpose of teaching and awareness? This is the question that I have tried to tackle with my Stretch Experience. Dr. Spencer Proctor served as my verifier for this […]
CompassionConnects: A case study exemplifying the use of technology to reduce isolation during COVID-19
Photo provided by the Compassion House Foundation. By Julia Craig As we adjust to the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, with less contact in-person and increasingly more time attached to our screens, it’s undeniable that technology has played a significant role in easing this transition. From business meetings to online learning, and from remote […]
Make Health Happen YEG: Building a NGO Partnership Out of My Basement
Let’s rewind to September 20, 2018: I was not exactly sure why or what I was doing trying to tackle the entirety of the Canadian health care system as a 19-year-old, under-certified, and exceptionally clumsy university student.
by: Nicole Sanchez Research suggests that menstrual hygiene products such as pads, tampons, and applicators have sales tax because they are considered “luxury items”. However, if you talk to any and every single female, they would not agree with this statement. A normal menstruation lasts about 5-7 days and occurs every single month. Imagine paying […]
From Ideation to Actualization: A Remote Approach to Custom Orthoses
It began with a simple question: “How can we provide rehabilitation services that would otherwise be unavailable to rural and remote communities?” Okay, maybe it is not that simple of a question, but it is undeniably a question of great importance. Patients living in rural Alberta often face challenges in accessing rehabilitation assessments and treatments. […]
Are you Right or Left-handed? How a Simple Test can tell Researchers more about your Levels of Schizotypy and Autism.
Now that I’ve got you in with this headline, it should be clarified that a simple test to show whether you are left-handed or right-handed cannot determine whether you have a seriously increased chance of displaying schizotypy personalities or autism. But what such tests can do is to give researchers an idea of what type […]
Health & Wellness in the North, Eh?
Hey, how’s it going? My name’s Arjun Khabra. I’ve been a resident of Chateh, AB for two and a half months now and have been serving as the Public Health intern for the Dene Tha’ First Nation at their health centre. Little did I know that “public health” and “health and wellness” can literally involve […]
Reflecting on my Time at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic
Hey all, my name is Ajay Gill! For my stretch experience, I have been volunteering at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic (IWC), a multidisciplinary Indigenous-focused health center. The IWC provides the same primary care health services as any other clinic (check-ups/follow-ups, prescriptions, examinations, etc) but the staff use a multicultural approach that incorporates principles of Indigenous […]
Not-so-Final Frontier: What I’ve learned from space medicine.
Molly Henneberry If you’d told me in Grade 11 that part of my university career would involve talking to astronauts about my science projects, I likely would have laughed and gone back to reading about astrobiology and the researchers who were investigating the field. I remember wishing I could even have a brush with one […]
‘Time is Brain’: Acute Stroke Care in the NWT
YELLOWKNIFE—Living in a city, we often take for granted the bountiful and diverse medical services that are available to us. In places like Edmonton, advanced medical facilities employing specialized services are feasible establishments because the population of our city and the surrounding communities demand it. The North, however, is a different story. The Northwest Territories, […]
Adventures into the Unknown
Hello PLLC blog readers! I am Liam McCoy, an Honors Neuroscience student and PLLC Scholar from Forum 1C. For my stretch experience I spent a month in a community in the North West Territories known to the local Dene descendants as Liidlii Kue, and to the government as Fort Simpson. I worked with the Liidlii […]