© 2019 by Sarah Fraser MD

life and lessons in medicine

October 22, 2019

Earlier this month I had the chance to see U.S. Women’s Soccer icon Megan Rapinoe speak at the University of Miami. At this sold out event, she was asked how she managed to keep her stress at bay with all her responsibilities. Rapinoe’s remedy? Planning.  

“Being calm doesn’t just come. Being organized doesn’t just come,” Rapin...

September 29, 2019

In journalism, the lede is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also crucial in the field of medicine. As a graduate student in journalism and a General Practitioner, I can appreciate the value of ledes i...

September 6, 2019

The language of medicine can be complicated. Does it need to be this way?

Several weeks ago, I began my studies for a Master’s degree in Journalism. I’m continuing to work as a physician, but for the next two years, I’ll also be gaining knowledge in an important field: health communication.

I recall being a medical student and o...

July 15, 2019

Last month, I took part in a team triathlon in Mont-Tremblant, Québec. My sister Katie was the runner, I was the cyclist, and Katie’s friend, Ann Marie, was the swimmer. It was early in the morning and Ann Marie started our race. While she was in the choppy water, Katie and I waited in the transition area for her to emerge. I...

February 28, 2019

Canadian airline companies offer direct flights to sunnier parts of the world on a daily basis. When winter comes, what are we running from? It turns out there may be a biological explanation for our winter escapism and it begins with the brain.

Winter depression is a mood disorder that comes on in the fall or winter and resolv...

February 20, 2019

When a patient goes to the doctor, they usually have a specific health problem in mind. Sometimes, the treatment is straightforward; a urinary tract infection warrants antibiotics. A laceration can be sutured. Other issues, however, are more complex. For example, communicating a terminal diagnosis to a patient. Consoling his g...

January 16, 2019

She was an 88-year-old female

admitted with pneumonia

He was a 90-year-old male

who had suffered a small heart attack

she was on the third floor of the hospital

he was on the fourth


October 14, 2018

What is the purpose of art? It’s a topic that has been long debated. While some believe art must serve a social or educational purpose, others argue that art can simply exist for the sake of itself.

I’ve recently taken on a new role as Editor of The Art of Family Medicine, a section within the medical journal Canadian Family Ph...

March 17, 2018

Image from the Chronicle Herald

This blog was also published in today's Chronicle Herald @ 


When it comes to climate change, we tend to see the future as distant. We think of the coming generations that will be affected, perhaps in apo...

January 2, 2018

While doing some New Year's cleaning recently, I came across one of my earliest stories. It touches on the theme of change. Though I wrote it when I was six years old, it's still relevant today, especially at the beginning of a new year. 

January is a significant month for many people. We reflect on our live...

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