About the Blog

During her presidency, Dr Kathleen Ross will be writing about her experiences and thoughts.

Gardening and growing tomatoes
July 27, 2020

Earlier this year, for the first time in our lives, my husband and I decided to grow tomato plants from seed. We set up our small indoor green house in late February, and researched all the necessary materials to optimally launch our fledgling nursery. After planting the seeds, it was fun to...

Loneliness
July 14, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our lives, and how physicians deliver healthcare. This pandemic is an unprecedented event, but it’s important to remember that BC has other healthcare crises that are far more established.

The May 2020 report from the Coroner’s office on Illicit Drug...

longitudinal care
June 22, 2020

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”.


Sister Margaret Dyer baths a newborn baby at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Many of us may have been taught that this phrase referred to the medieval...

Clinical exams in the time of COVID-19
June 4, 2020

“It is not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Observational skills are a vital tool in the medical profession. We are taught to pay attention to key words, phrases, and important visual cues as patients relate their histories. Along with this comes...

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
May 15, 2020

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention” - Plato

Human history is full of examples of an acute crisis causing seismic changes in health care, social interactions, business practices, and government structures. There can be no question that the COVID-19 pandemic in...