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Featuring doctors from across the province, the OMA Spotlight on Health Podcast covers health care issues that are top of mind for patients. For more information please visit OMA.org Brought to you by the Ontario Medical Association and produced and edited by Jodi Crawford Productions. This podcast is not intended to provide medical advice for specific situations and is for general educational purposes only. Please consult your doctor if you have symptoms or questions about your health. The views and opinions expressed by the guest do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Medical Association.

Featuring doctors from across the province, the OMA Spotlight on Health Podcast covers health care issues that are top of mind for patients. For more information please visit OMA.org Brought to you by the Ontario Medical Association and produced and edited by Jodi Crawford Productions. This podcast is not intended to provide medical advice for specific situations and is for general educational purposes only. Please consult your doctor if you have symptoms or questions about your health. The views and opinions expressed by the guest do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Medical Association.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Featuring doctors from across the province, the OMA Spotlight on Health Podcast covers health care issues that are top of mind for patients. For more information please visit OMA.org Brought to you by the Ontario Medical Association and produced and edited by Jodi Crawford Productions. This podcast is not intended to provide medical advice for specific situations and is for general educational purposes only. Please consult your doctor if you have symptoms or questions about your health. The views and opinions expressed by the guest do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Medical Association.

Language:

English


Episodes

Exploring the barriers to palliative care in Ontario

5/17/2022
On this episode, we hear from palliative care experts Drs. James Downar, Kieran Quinn and Sandy Buchman who discuss the challenges within the province’s palliative-care system and their hope to improve access and the patient experience through restructuring the current system.

Duration:00:15:49

Exploring the field of space medicine with Dr. Roberta Bondar

5/3/2022
As the first Canadian female astronaut and first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar’s research aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery broke ground on the effects of space travel on the nervous system. Those trailblazing contributions to the field of space medicine inspired the researchers and astronauts who followed her.

Duration:00:11:29

Dr. Roberta Bondar's space flight inspires environmentalism

4/19/2022
Dr. Roberta Bondar’s historic space flight 30 years ago inspired her commitment to protect the planet Earth. She talks about the connection between a healthy planet and a healthy population in this podcast in advance of the next OMA Talks on climate change scheduled for April 21, the eve of Earth Day.

Duration:00:11:00

Exploring Ontario’s lack of mental health, addiction services

4/5/2022
On this episode, we hear from mental health, and addictions specialists Dr. Chris Cavacuiti, Dr. Renata Villela and Dr. Michael Paré who discuss how the pandemic has affected patient treatment, and the impact the increasing demand for services is having on them as physicians.

Duration:00:18:13

Planning for the next global health crisis

4/1/2022
Dr. Ross Upshur discusses lessons learned from COVID-19 and strategies needed to prepare for future pandemics.

Duration:00:06:28

Exploring the benefits of team-based care

3/22/2022
Team-based health care is not only beneficial for patients but could improve Ontario’s health-care system on a whole. In this episode, we hear from Dr. Allan Grill and Dr. Catherine Yu who share their experiences and hopes for the future of accessible team-based care in the province.

Duration:00:16:40

Preparing Ontario for future pandemics

3/15/2022
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed notable weaknesses in Ontario’s public health system. In this podcast we hear from experts Dr. Michael Finkelstein, Dr. Joyce Lock and Dr. Paul Roumeliotis on the necessity of actively preparing the system for the inevitability of future pandemics.

Duration:00:16:15

Understanding impact of wait times on patients

2/24/2022
Dr. Mary-Anne Aarts, chief of the department of surgery and co-medical director of the perioperative program at St. Joseph’s Health Centre shares how delayed surgeries and procedures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting patients.

Duration:00:05:00

Why digital connectedness matters in the health-care system

2/8/2022
The lack of digital connectedness in Ontario’s health-care system can waste time, re-traumatize patients, and lead to errors. This podcast focuses on the need to share medical information between health-care professionals and departments.

Duration:00:13:30

Financial wellness for women physicians

1/27/2022
Dr. Jane Healey — co-founder of the online Physician Financial Independence group — is helping physicians navigate the financial industry. She shares financial challenges faced by women doctors and offers tips for the road to financial freedom.

Duration:00:09:44

Specialists’ care and the needs of the north

1/25/2022
Rheumatologist Dr. Saara Rawn and psychiatrist Dr. Jack Haggarty discuss the need for more specialists in the north, how the shortage is impacting patients and what it will take to get them there.

Duration:00:08:48

The battles and benefits of northern health care

1/11/2022
Three northern Ontario physicians – Dr. Stephen Cooper, Dr. Sarah Newbery and Dr. Stephen Viherjoki – discuss the challenges, pitfalls and beauty of working and living in rural and remote areas of the province. They share their solutions to improve the lives and health of their patients.

Duration:00:11:40

Understanding urban health care

12/28/2021
Three Toronto doctors discuss the gaps in caring for the city’s most vulnerable.

Duration:00:08:38

Dr. Jennifer Kwan shares her experience of being harassed on the job

12/22/2021
In this second of a two-part series, we speak to Dr. Jennifer Kwan. She’s a family physician and health care advocate in Burlington, Ontario who describes the abuse as “hateful, sexist and racist.”

Duration:00:06:45

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis discusses the ongoing bullying of health-care workers

12/21/2021
In this first of a two-part series we speak to Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, a pediatrician and medical officer of health, CEO of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit and president of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies. He discusses the impacts threats and abuse are having on health-care providers.

Duration:00:04:14

Home care shortages impact Ottawa family

12/15/2021
Sharon Liff discusses the challenges she and her husband face caring for their severely disabled son Adam and how a shortage of qualified home care support is making things worse. Now, 19 years old, Adam was diagnosed with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease when he was a toddler and requires 24-hour care.

Duration:00:05:59

Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care with OMA President Dr. Adam Kassam

12/6/2021
OMA President Dr. Adam Kassam discusses the challenges with today’s health-care system and the Prescription for Ontario: Doctors’ 5-Point Plan for Better Health Care. For more information please visit betterhealthcare.ca

Duration:00:07:12

COVID-19 and vaccines during pregnancy with Dr. Constance Nasello

11/16/2021
Dr. Connie Nasello, obstetrician and gynaecologist and chair of the OMA Section on Obstetrics and Gynaecology provides an update on the impacts of COVID-19 and vaccines during pregnancy.

Duration:00:08:00

OMA Spotlight on Health – André Picard

10/18/2021
In latest OMA podcast, award-winning journalist André Picard discusses covering the pandemic Globe and Mail columnist André Picard has been given an honorary membership to the OMA for his coverage of the pandemic. In the OMA’s regular podcast series Spotlight on Health, Picard shares his views on the pandemic from his vantage point as a journalist. Read more about Picard’s honorary membership here:...

Duration:00:07:23

OMA Spotlight on Health – Burnout

10/8/2021
Dr. Carolyn Snider talks about physician burnout on the pandemic’s front lines. OMA data shows physician burnout is on the rise. Dr. Carolyn Snider, chief of emergency medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, describes what it’s been like to be on the front lines of the pandemic and what health-care workers are doing to cope. For more information on physician burnout please visit:...

Duration:00:11:23