Canadian Women Changing Healthcare

I happened to catch an episode of the CNN series “The Sixties” which featured the rise of the feminist movement. It caught my immediate attention as we here at Patient Commando were hard at work preparing our 2nd Annual Canadian Women Changing Healthcare. It had escaped my memory that in my lifetime there was a time when there were quotas on the spaces available to women  in medical, dental and law schools. There was a time when airline stewardesses had to be single, with soft hands and were forced to retire at the age of 32. There was a time in my lifetime that women marched in the streets fighting for equality and recognition. The episode reminded me of  many women who led the way – like journalist Gloria Steinem who infiltrated Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (Sex and The Single Girl), author Betty Friedan (The Feminine  Mystique) and the National Organization of Women (NOW) who played such important roles in galvanizing what turned into a global movement.

I couldn’t help but think of the many parallels between that time and certain realities that exist in our healthcare system. As Patient Commando and others have pointed out before, 78% [...] continue the story

Miriam Kaufman

Miriam Kaufman Miriam Kaufman is a paediatrician and adolescent health specialist at SickKids in Toronto, Ontario.  She is the Head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at SickKids and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. All adolescent medicine specialists, whether they are nurses, doctors, social workers, psychologists, creative arts therapists, dieticians or child and youth counsellors, are interested in the patient experience and promoting self-advocacy and interventions that improve quality of life. As an author, Miriam has written or co-written a number of books for adolescents, young adults and parents.  The patient experience is most reflected in two books—“The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability” (Cleis Press) which she wrote with Cory Silverberg and Fran Odette and “Easy for You to Say: Q&As for Teens Living with Chronic Illness or Disability” (Firefly Books).  The key to writing both of these was listening to her patients and others about their experiences.  Miriam has a strong belief that her knowledge and understanding should be shared and not hoarded. As a clinician and teacher, Miriam cares for adolescents with chronic health conditions, including lupus and solid organ transplants. For the past 10 years, she has been very involved in efforts to improve the transition [...] continue the story