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Doctor for a day: seeing education in action

From visiting patients to delivering babies and performing surgeries, doctors are active in all areas of the Health Centre and touch all aspects of patient care. They also have a significant impact on new physicians – many of our doctors teach residents who are training to work at hospitals across the province, sharing their lived experience and passing on knowledge. Their dedication to education helps ensure our community — and communities across Ontario — will have access to exceptional care not just now but for generations to come.

Mike Heenan, our Vice President of Strategic Communication and Organizational Effectiveness, had the opportunity to see this training in action as Dr. Paul Sullivan, a surgeon in our Operating Room, worked with resident Dr. David Cyr.

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Discussing a case: Dr. Sullivan goes over information with Dr. Cyr about surgery patients.

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Prepping for the patient: Dr. Sullivan reviews a chart before going to visit the patient.

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Meeting the patient: With Mike and Dr. Cyr observing, Dr. Sullivan explains how a surgery to remove the patient’s gallbladder would work.

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Following up: Dr. Cyr visits with a patient who had surgery earlier in the week to check up on his progress.

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Before surgery: Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Cyr get ready for their first surgery of the day.

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Hands-on training: Dr. Sullivan gives Dr. Cyr on-the-spot feedback about how he’s doing the surgery.

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In the OR: In a laproscopic surgery, a small camera is inserted into the patient’s body so doctors can see exactly what’s happening.

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Debriefing: After the surgery, Dr. Sullivan and Mike talk about how it went.

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