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Dr. Sandy Buchman

Back in 1984, Dr. Sandy Buchman was busy building his career as a family physician. Just three years out of medical school, he had a practice in Mississauga, Ontario, treating mostly young families. But one day, a very sick young man walked into his clinic and unknowingly changed his career path.

Dr. Sandy Buchman's full story

Dr. Courtney Howard

It was in a slum in Djibouti, in 2010, where Dr. Courtney Howard hardened her resolve to fight the negative impacts of climate change on health. Working at a clinic run by Doctors without Borders, she saw hundreds of infants and children suffering from malnutrition. Many were dying.

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Dr. Jane Lemaire

Back in 2004 when Dr. Jane Lemaire became vice-chair of physician wellness in the University of Calgary’s department of medicine, the issue was in its infancy. “In terms of being able to find a resource (on physician wellness), there was almost nothing."

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Ben Fung

In his third year of medical school, while on a clinical rotation at Sunnybrook Hospital, Ben Fung lost a patient. It wasn’t the first time. He had other patients die suddenly, or from trauma. But for Fung, this was more personal.

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Dr. Gigi Osler

"My initial response was 'Me? Why me? Who would vote for me?'" Dr. Gigi Osler admits she experienced a case of imposter syndrome when one of her colleagues at a 2016 medical conference suggested she run for president-elect of the CMA.

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Dr. Nav Persaud

It’s a question Dr. Nav Persaud has asked himself too often. “Why did I spend all those years training to become a doctor if at the end of it, when I give someone a diagnosis, they don’t fully benefit because they can’t afford the treatment?”

Dr. Nav Persaud's full story

Dr. Rupa Patel

When Dr. Rupa Patel joined a practice in Kingston, Ontario, in 2010, she faced the biggest challenge of her career. Many of the patients who now came under her care — 30 to 40 people — were on high doses of opioids for chronic pain. 

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Dr. Matt Kutcher

“I don’t think MAiD should be something that we whisper about or something that we hide anymore. I think the more we speak about it and normalize it, the better.”

Dr. Matt Kutcher's full story

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