2004 02 01 Archive

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

We had an interesting case develop during the last month. A 16-year old patient was diagnosed with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome, an extremely rare disease that affects melanocyte-containing organs. Needless to say, no one from the local medical community had ever seen such a case, and it took a multi-disciplinary team of specialists in a major provincial hospital to finally come up with the diagnosis. The case report submitted for publication can be accessed here. The good news is the patient has made a remarkable recovery, and will likely not suffer from any serious long-term complications.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

I spent the last week in January attending the inaugural conference of the Saskatchewan Institute of Health Leadership (SIHL) program. The SIHL program is the first of its kind in Canada, and was developed by the University of Regina’s Centre for Continuing Education, in conjunction with various other Saskatchewan health professional organizations. The aim of SIHL is to bring together professionals from all disciplines and all levels within the healthcare system to foster leadership, develop skills, and create a leadership community that works together to promote, support and sustain good health. The week long conference hosted a number of keynote speakers dealing with a variety of leadership issues including visioning and planning, systems thinking, conflict and resolution, policy and politics and community and culture. The program runs over the next ten months and requires an interdisciplinary team project, and individual project (both to be presented in October 2004) and various web-based learning activities.

I can honestly say that I was intimidated by the variety of high-ranking health leaders attending the conference, and felt somewhat out of place amongst them. However, by the end of the week, I realized we all shared a common interest — the enhancement of Saskatchewan health care. I know the next ten months will prove to be invaluable, not only because of the contacts I’ve made, but also in having the opportunity to work as part of such a varied interdisciplinary team.