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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

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36 Ratings
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What an amazing show!

By ALittleChaotic - Apr 08 2019
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Excellent program, superior topics !

Great!!!

By Purllygurl - Oct 17 2014
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Very interesting, informative, and addicting. Can't stop listening because it's something real and honest for a change. I love it because it's things most people wouldn't normally talk about. Listen and you will learn in a really fun way.

iTunes Ratings

36 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
4
0
1
0

What an amazing show!

By ALittleChaotic - Apr 08 2019
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Excellent program, superior topics !

Great!!!

By Purllygurl - Oct 17 2014
Read more
Very interesting, informative, and addicting. Can't stop listening because it's something real and honest for a change. I love it because it's things most people wouldn't normally talk about. Listen and you will learn in a really fun way.
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White Coat, Black Art on CBC Radio

Latest release on Jul 03, 2020

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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

Rank #1: Choosing cancer

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Producer Lise Hosein tells her story as a patient diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancerUntil recently, treatment meant getting surgery to remove the thyroid glands. Now doctors are discovering that surgery can in many cases be safely avoided. Patients can safely choose to live with their cancer. For Lise, that seismic shift in treatment comes too late.

Feb 07 2020

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Rank #2: CBD AMA

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Dr Brian Goldman pulls back the curtain of hype to examine the facts around CBD. He visits a medical cannabis clinic in Hamilton and finds out how easy it is to get CBD and who is taking it. Then two experts answer listeners' questions about CBD: Maddie Brown, an Ottawa-based medical cannabis consultant and a registered practical nurse; and M-J Milloy, a professor of cannabis science at the University of British Columbia.

Sep 06 2019

26mins

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Rank #3: 'This isn't Halloween candy': Infectious disease specialist cautious over drugs touted as COVID-19 treatment

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This month U.S. President Trump hailed two drugs as potential treatments for COVID-19. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch weighs in on the hype and the reality behind these medications.

Mar 27 2020

26mins

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Rank #4: Pay-as-you-go health care: Uninsured people in Canada face sky-high bills, delays in treatment

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Most Canadians take universal healthcare for granted - secure in the knowledge that all you have to do is walk into a clinic or hospital and you will be treated. For some half a million people who live and work amongst us, it's a different reality. This week, Dr. Brian Goldman reveals what happens to those who have no health insurance. Grace* is a 52-year-old woman who came to Canada 19 years ago to work as a nanny. She lost her access to health insurance when she lost her job. She remained in Canada, working under the table, paying for medical appointments in cash. Four months ago, she discovered a lump in her breast. She paid up front for tests that detected a tumour, but soon ran out of money. By the time she was diagnosed at a clinic for the uninsured in Toronto last month, the tumour was 3 times bigger. She now has stage 3 breast cancer, and needs life-saving surgery. Dr. Paul Caulford heads the Canadian Centre for Refugees & Immigrant Healthcare, which runs the clinic. He's fundraising for Grace's treatment and trying to find a surgeon to operate for free. Despite his best efforts, he tells Dr. Brian Goldman, the delays and lack of treatment can be deadly for some of his uninsured patients.
*Note: Grace is pseudonym given to the patient who has been granted confidentiality to protect her privacy.

Jan 17 2020

26mins

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Rank #5: From the frontlines: What it's like to treat COVID-19 patients, and what it's like to be a doctor infected with COVID-19

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Canadians are doing their bit to control the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing. The idea is to stay far away from a sometimes-deadly virus to which we’re not immune. You can’t do that if you’re a frontline healthcare worker. This week, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks to fellow healthcare workers, who, like him, are dealing with COVID-19 every day, on the job. Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant working on COVID-19 ward at Toronto's Michael Garron hospital. She shares an intimate look at what it's like to treat COVID-19 patients, some of whom will not recover. She and Dr. Goldman share thoughts on how they remain calm in the face of the crisis, concerns about a lack of protective equipment and the heightened risk they face for getting infected. That risk became a reality for Dr. Joseph Finkler, a Vancover ER doctor who is now recovering from COVID-19. He tells Dr. Goldman what it felt like to have COVID-19 and how he feels now that he's recovered, including the fact that he's facing stigma from neighbours and even other healthcare workers because he tested positive.

Apr 10 2020

26mins

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Rank #6: 'It was terrifying': Teen who collapsed after vaping is now sounding the alarm to her peers

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E-cigarettes were heralded as a means to help adult smokers quit. But a recent Health Canada survey found nearly one in four students in grades 7 to 12 have vaped. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 47 people have died and nearly 2300 cases of vape-related damage have been documented this year. This week we talk to a Halifax teen who tells us how she and her friends started vaping, and how she ended up being treated by paramedics after routinely vaping the equivalent of 2.5 packs of cigarettes a day. Health authorities are not required to track those cases, but incidents involving much more serious lung damage have been reported, including the case of a US teen who required a double lung transplant. Dr. Hassan Nemeh, the surgeon who did that operation tells us what he saw, and what he thinks public health authorities should do.

Nov 29 2019

26mins

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Rank #7: Food as Medicine: Some doctors are prescribing a plant based diet to address a host of health ailments

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Tofurkey anyone? Two doctors in rural Newfoundland are teaching locals what they need to know about switching to a plant based diet. It's a win-win for their patients who ditch cod and salt beef in favour of tofu and broccoli. Not only are they losing excess pounds, they are also regaining their health.

Oct 11 2019

26mins

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Rank #8: Read two chapters and call me in the morning: The White Coat Black Art book club

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Three guests bring a book that touched them personally, and says something important about heath care

Dec 20 2019

26mins

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Rank #9: Should I worry if my BMI is too high?

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INTRODUCING THE DOSE: Having a high BMI is supposed to be a call to get serious about your health by losing weight. But recent studies say BMI can be inaccurate and misleading. So should you worry if your BMI is too high? To cut through the BS about BMI, Dr. Brian Goldman sits down with Dr. Arya Sharma, a professor of medicine at the University of Alberta, who just happens to be Canada’s obesity guru.

Feb 19 2020

16mins

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Rank #10: The Trouble with Lyme Disease

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Lyme Disease is on the rise in Canada. Despite this, it's not well understood by many physicians and the chronic version of the tick-borne disease remains a controversial diagnosis, making it difficult for patients to get treatment. In this edition, we hear from a a Kemptville, Ont.mother whose toddler got Lyme Disease this summer, medical experts on all sides of the issue as well as Jane Bailey, a Nova Scotia woman who had to leave Canada and spend $50,000 for treatment in the U.S. She's part of a vocal patient movement that's demanding more recognition of Chronic Lyme Disease and more aggressive treatment, which goes beyond the guidelines widely accepted in the medical community. At the heart of the issue is a difference of opinion between medical experts who take very different views of the disease. Dr. Brian Goldman unpacks how the so-called "Lyme Wars" developed and what can be done to help patients who've been caught in the middle.

Sep 23 2019

26mins

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Rank #11: Ontario seniors living in COVID-19 infected care homes frightened and lonely

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Residents living in Long Term Care homes tell us what it's like to be locked down, lonely and isolated during a Covid outbreak.

Apr 03 2020

26mins

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Rank #12: Writer's block, neurosis and empathy: A rare look at Dr. Oliver Sacks early career

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Lawrence Weschler's memoir 'And How are You, Dr. Sacks' recounts his 30-plus year friendship with the famed neurologist and author, Oliver Sacks.

Jan 02 2020

26mins

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Rank #13: 'These are historic numbers': How one Toronto hospital is preparing to battle COVID-19

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North York General Hospital, one of Toronto’s busiest health-care facilities, is preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients as the number of infections continues to climb day after day across the province.

Mar 20 2020

26mins

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Rank #14: Defying limits in space and healthcare

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Canadian astronaut and ER physician Dave Williams speaks to Dr. Brian Goldman about what it took for him to achieve success. As he recounts in his book "Defying Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe" he almost dropped out of school and didn't become a doctor. And at each stage of his life he faced challenges that he had to overcome to achieve success. Learning from failure he says is the key to success.

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #15: I'm alive because of it

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Dr Brian Goldman talks to Jessica Grossman, a twenty-nine year-old marketing executive with Crohn's disease. She uses social media to raise awareness of ostomies. Brian also talks to Karen Bruton, a frontline nurse in Victoria BC who specializes in wound, ostomy and continence care - or NSWOC for short. In her 34-year career, Bruton has taught dozens of patients how to live with an ostomy. She says much of the stigma surrounding ostomies comes directly from health care providers themselves.

Jul 08 2019

27mins

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Rank #16: Screened Out: Do Canada’s breast cancer screening guidelines put 40-something women at risk?

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Twenty percent of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are in their forties. But Canadian screening guidelines say little about what women at that age should be doing to stay on top of the “big C.” The recently updated recommendations from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health advise against women 40-49 getting mammograms, and suggest they have a conversation with their doctor to make a ‘shared decision” about screening. They also say women shouldn’t do breast self-exams. The authors of the guidelines say they are based on the best scientific evidence, and that the guidelines help to guard against the significant issue of false positives which cause needless worry and biopsies. But some experts and breast cancer survivors worry that women are getting the wrong message. Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld found a lump when she was 49. She got treatment and survived. Her sister was just 44 when she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She died last year. Dr. Jean Seely, the head of Breast Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital, is critical of the guidelines. She's leading the charge to inform women about their risks, and what they can do about them. Meanwhile, BC is one of three provinces that deviates from the guidelines. Dr. Goldman visits Dr. Colin Mar at B.C. Cancer to take a look at an online decision aid the province developed to help women understand their risks and make informed choices about breast cancer screening.

Dec 13 2019

26mins

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Rank #17: Harm reduction

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Dr. Brian Goldman talks both as a parent and as a doctor about teenagers and harm reduction. It's a practice that focuses not on abstinence, but minimizing harm and potential danger.

Dec 06 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Jay's tablet

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Jay DesMazes is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). extremely limited movement; Using only eye movement and an ipad, DesMazes assembles words one letter at a time. Through his tablet, Jay tells Dr Brian Goldman about his life and abuse he received at the hands of nurses and health care staff.

Oct 25 2019

26mins

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Giving birth during the height of a pandemic: a reporter's diary

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CBC reporter Marika Wheeler reveals what it's like to have one of the most joyful events in your life happen during one of the most stressful times in history. Marika delivered her second child at the height of the global pandemic. In an audio diary she leads listeners through the weeks leading up to the birth, including her concerns about staying safe, and worries that her husband might not be able to be present at the delivery due to hospital restrictions. She takes us inside the hospital, for a personal take on how the pandemic is impacting patients who are giving birth.

Jun 26 2020

26mins

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Unlocking Bryson’s dad: CBC podcast host says son taught him a lot about fatherhood

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Dr. Brian Goldman talks to Keith McArthur, the creator and host of the CBC podcast "Unlocking Bryson's Brain.” McArthur’s son Bryson has a severe genetic disorder that’s so rare it took nearly a decade to get a diagnosis. Now 13, Bryson is a happy kid, but his illness means he can't walk, talk or feed himself, and he’s thought to have a mental age of a one-year-old. The “‘medical mystery” series chronicles McArthur’s search to find more information about Bryson’s condition, known as a GRIN disorder — and his quest to find a cure.

Jun 19 2020

26mins

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A New Normal: As COVID-19 restrictions are loosened, Canada must do more to protect vulnerable groups, expert says

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Across the country, declining rates of COVID-19 infections have led to cautious plans to relax physical distancing and gradually open up businesses. This week on White Coat, Black Art, Dr. Patricia Daly, Vice President of Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, talks to Dr. Goldman about what’s working in British Columbia, and how it might help the rest of the country.
Dr. Andrew Boozary, Executive Director of Health and Social Policy at University Health Network talks about long-standing issues we need to deal with to protect vulnerable people as we move towards opening up. He says COVID-19 has "ripped back the curtain" on inequities in our country that have led to poor outcomes for people who live in poverty, are homeless and who experience racism. Dr Boozary says it's crucial that Canada collect more data on how the virus has impacted those communities so we can be better prepared to protect them now and in the future.

Jun 12 2020

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People with disabilities left out of the conversation about coping with COVID, advocates say

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Although the coronavirus poses higher-than-average risk to people living with disabilities, they say they’ve largely been left out of the conversation on how to cope during the pandemic and feel the government has been slow to provide them with any financial assistance.

Jun 05 2020

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Amid pandemic, opioid crisis ‘isn’t going away’ and will ‘kill more Canadians,’ says Dr. Daniel Kalla

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Dr, Goldman speaks to Vancouver ER physician and author Dr. Daniel Kalla. Kalla's latest novel The Last High tracks the search for a deadly supply of fentanyl. Kalla also discusses his prescient previous novel , Pandemic, which was about the spread of a deadly virus. He tells Dr. Goldman how his work in the ER informed his writing, and discusses what kind of an impact the current pandemic is having on the opioid crisis.

May 29 2020

26mins

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How virtual therapy is helping people cope with pandemic’s emotional strains

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As patients struggle with their mental health during the pandemic, many are turning to online therapy. Dr. Goldman speaks to Vancouver psychologist Christine Korol who has been a leader in virtual therapy for 15 years. And author and journalist Anna Mehler Paperny, who is receiving therapy on line, shares her thoughts about that. She also has advice for people coping with mental health issues, including how they can talk to their employers about what their going through, and how those employers should respond. Paperny's memoir about living with depression, Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me came out late last year.

May 22 2020

26mins

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Keep calm and carry on? Promote resilience for better outcomes, says CAMH psychiatrist

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We hear from listeners about their current struggles and approaches to mental health during the pandemic and Dr. Kwame McKenzie talks about how we can look to the past for examples of how to build mental health resilience and what to avoid.

May 15 2020

27mins

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The Plight of Personal Support Workers during COVID-19

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A Personal Support Worker says she felt 'obliged' to go back to work despite experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. The worker, who has been a PSW for a decade in long-term care homes, told White Coat, Black Art the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis on top of an already existing crisis for PSWs. Former federal health Minister and family doctor Jane Philpott talks about her work at home alongside PSWs at a home for people with severe disabilities, that's been hit card by COVID-19. Dr. Philpott questions the role of for-profit care in the the long term care sector.

May 08 2020

26mins

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I'd rather sleep on the street': Homeless cancer patient scared to stay in Toronto's shelters amid COVID-19

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Robert Boast, a homeless 60-year-old Toronto man with incurable prostate and colon cancer, told White Coat, Black Art that he is more frightened of catching COVID-19 than dying from cancer. Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care doctor, who is also managing Peel Region's COVID-19 homelessness response, says COVID-19 is hitting vulnerable populates like a "guided missle."

May 01 2020

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Sidelined patients reject being 'collateral damage' during COVID-19

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Canada’s provinces and territories began postponing elective medical and surgical procedures days after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Patients fearful for their health say advocating for care may make a difference. Dr. Brian Goldman speaks to one woman whose breast cancer surgery has been on hold for a month, and another who successfully lobbied for vision-saving cataract surgery. And a hospital vice-president and surgical oncologist explains how his hospital is deciding which patients procedures are urgent, and which are not.

Apr 24 2020

26mins

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No Visitors Please : Families grapple with new COVID-19 policies that leave them cut off from vulnerable loved ones in hospital

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Since the World Health Organization declared COVID19 a pandemic, hospitals across Canada have kept most visitors outside the sliding doors. There are a few exceptions, such as when you're giving birth or a loved one is critically ill or dying. But for the majority of people hospitalized with COVID19 or other conditions such as a heart attack or cancer, it means patients only on the inside, and loved ones on the outside. The aim is stringent infection control to protect frontline healthcare workers and the most vulnerable of patients from the coronavirus. But as time passes, we’re coming to grips with the fact that there’s a cost to that. This week, White Coat, Black Art speaks to Canadians who are grappling with the policy. Donna Morgan's 87-year old father has been in a B.C. hospital since February when he had a stroke. She hasn't seen him for nearly a month and says she's worried about his mental and physical health. Anna Foat of London, Ont., chose to take her mother-in-law, who has dementia, out of her rehab facility. (This interview is podcast only). Winnipeger Bryan Regehr (Re-Geer), an emergency and cardiac nurse at St. Boniface Hospital In Winnipeg talks to Dr. Goldman about having the unfortunate task of telling families they can't see their loved ones. Advocates are now starting to push for the policy to be re-examined. Julie Drury of Ottawa is the former chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for Ontario. She believes there's still a place for some family members inside the hospital, even during the COVID-19.

Apr 17 2020

34mins

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Introducing Unlocking Bryson's Brain

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Bryson seems like a perfectly healthy baby. But soon doctors confirm his parents’ worst fears: something is wrong with Bryson’s brain. Despite dozens of tests over nearly a decade, doctors come up empty in their efforts to find a diagnosis.Then one day, everything changes. Scientists working at the cutting edge of genetics believe they know what's causing Bryson's disease — and think it could be reversed. Here’s the first episode of the new CBC podcast, Unlocking Bryson’s Brain. More episodes are available at hyperurl.co/unlocking

Apr 14 2020

53mins

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From the frontlines: What it's like to treat COVID-19 patients, and what it's like to be a doctor infected with COVID-19

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Canadians are doing their bit to control the spread of COVID-19 through physical distancing. The idea is to stay far away from a sometimes-deadly virus to which we’re not immune. You can’t do that if you’re a frontline healthcare worker. This week, Dr. Brian Goldman speaks to fellow healthcare workers, who, like him, are dealing with COVID-19 every day, on the job. Maureen Taylor is a physician assistant working on COVID-19 ward at Toronto's Michael Garron hospital. She shares an intimate look at what it's like to treat COVID-19 patients, some of whom will not recover. She and Dr. Goldman share thoughts on how they remain calm in the face of the crisis, concerns about a lack of protective equipment and the heightened risk they face for getting infected. That risk became a reality for Dr. Joseph Finkler, a Vancover ER doctor who is now recovering from COVID-19. He tells Dr. Goldman what it felt like to have COVID-19 and how he feels now that he's recovered, including the fact that he's facing stigma from neighbours and even other healthcare workers because he tested positive.

Apr 10 2020

26mins

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"I thought, this virus is not going to get me, what are you talking about?" - Dr. Joseph Finkler, on getting COVID-19

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Extended interview with Vancouver ER physician Dr. Joseph FInkler who is now recovering from COVID-19. He admits thinking that he was "invincible" before he got the virus, and describes what it was like to come to terms with testing positive, and what that has meant for him and his family. He tells Dr. Brian Goldman that testing positive has led to him facing some stigma from neighbours and even other healthcare workers who are anxious about him returning to work.

Apr 10 2020

19mins

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Ontario seniors living in COVID-19 infected care homes frightened and lonely

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Residents living in Long Term Care homes tell us what it's like to be locked down, lonely and isolated during a Covid outbreak.

Apr 03 2020

26mins

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'This isn't Halloween candy': Infectious disease specialist cautious over drugs touted as COVID-19 treatment

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This month U.S. President Trump hailed two drugs as potential treatments for COVID-19. Infectious disease specialist Dr. Isaac Bogoch weighs in on the hype and the reality behind these medications.

Mar 27 2020

26mins

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'These are historic numbers': How one Toronto hospital is preparing to battle COVID-19

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North York General Hospital, one of Toronto’s busiest health-care facilities, is preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients as the number of infections continues to climb day after day across the province.

Mar 20 2020

26mins

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We need to talk more about death, says U.K. palliative care expert who's witnessed thousands die

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Author and physician Dr. Kathryn Mannix says health-care workers have to get comfortable with having frank conversations with patients when death is imminent, so they can be prepared.

Mar 13 2020

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'Undignified' 100-year-old hospital gown design in desperate need of redesign, doctor says

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Likening the 100-year-old hospital gown to a prisoner's orange jumpsuit, a prominent British doctor says the "alien, open-at-the-back garment" is in desperate need of a redesign.

Mar 06 2020

26mins

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"I've saved somewhere between 750 and 800 people"

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Dr Brian Goldman takes you into the single-room occupancy hotels of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. His guide is Jeremy Bell, a member of TORO (Tenant Overdose Response Organizers). As a drug user and resident of a single-room occupancy hotel, Jeremy is a first-responder of a different type.

Feb 28 2020

26mins

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iTunes Ratings

36 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
4
0
1
0

What an amazing show!

By ALittleChaotic - Apr 08 2019
Read more
Excellent program, superior topics !

Great!!!

By Purllygurl - Oct 17 2014
Read more
Very interesting, informative, and addicting. Can't stop listening because it's something real and honest for a change. I love it because it's things most people wouldn't normally talk about. Listen and you will learn in a really fun way.