Category: Op-Eds

Op-eds are a collection of opinion editorials, or guest blogs, by Jano Klimas, published in online media or magazines. As such, they express his opinions and are not the opinions of the publication’s editorial board.

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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…)

Discovering Thursdays Writing Collective

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When I first arrived in Vancouver, Canada, I was desperate to join a writing collective. My experience with the Dublin’s Writers Forum and the Oregon’s Write Around Portland taught me the power of writing groups. I observed that collective writing fosters motivation and provides a way out of the isolation that this solitary activity can otherwise induce, making writing communal. It shows that though we’re able to write alone, we don’t have to. We can write together, too, and this changes the stereotype—and daunting nature—of being a solitary writer!
 
 
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