CACHE/ACEMC 2010, April 28-30, St. John’s NL

The 2010 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Continuing Health Education will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.  

Consider submitting an abstract; read more here:
The submission deadline is December 14, 2009.


Are doctors whippersnappers?


I just came across this delightful poem, published by Gilda Radner in the November 17, 1988 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine:


Doctors are whippersnappers in ironed white coats
Who spy up your rectums and look down your throats
And press you and poke you with sterilized tools
And stab at solutions that pacify fools.
I used to revere them and do what they said
Till I learned what they learned on was already dead.

Radner G. Doctors are whippersnappers. New England J Med 1988; 319 (2): 1358.

Interview with Dr. David Sackett, pioneer in evidence-based medicine

Here is an interesting interview from the October 30 issue of The Globe and Mail:
Picard A. ‘When we began, we were almost pariahs’ : A research pioneer [Dr. Dave Sackett] tells André Picard about the battle for evidence-based medicine

Excerpts:  Dave Sackett, a professor emeritus at McMaster University in Hamilton, has been awarded the prestigious Gairdner Wightman Award, which is given to a Canadian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in medicine   …  Dr. Sackett is a pioneer in the field of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, which aim to teach health professionals how to separate good research from bad and apply it to the individual needs of their patients. He is also a world expert on the design and implementation of clinical trials  …  I see the Gairdner not as an individual award but as an award for clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. It’s an award for a delightful bunch of talented people and the credit goes to all of them, not to me. So I accept this on their behalf.
More about the recipient

Listen to Dr. David Sackett on “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin