Category: Writing

Posts on writing by a writer Jano Klimas, primarily on books, poetry, slams and science writing.

How to find non-academic mentors

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Mentors facilitate professional development in academia. But non-academic mentors are equally important. Here, I acknowledge non-academic mentors and their contribution to my development as a professional and as a person.

Engage in not for profit organizations.

Two organizations jump started my work in non-profits, the University Pastoral Centre and a youth club. I learned the power of community building through youth activism with John Lesondak and taught team building for non-profits with Ivan Humenik. With Ivan and friends, we also had a musical band, JK& band. These activities inspired me to get involved in the community projects for people who use drugs. (more…)

Better medical education: One solution to the opioid crisis

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Opioid overdose is a complex problem, no one solution is the best. But effective interventions can help manage opioid addiction. Yet, many effective interventions are not used and the lacking medical education is part of the problem…Read the full article at The Conversation

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Bring Audrey back: Teaching medical students about substance disorders

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When is the best time to teach medical students about substance related disorders?  In a new commentary published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, we bring Audrey’s story and call for better addiction medicine education for physicians.

For over 20 years at the University of British Columbia, the first year medical students have had 20 hours of teaching on the theme Addiction Medicine and Inter-collegial Responsibility which has been both highly rated by medical students and has improved their motivational interviewing.  (more…)