Accessibility Period.

by: Nicole Sanchez Research suggests that menstrual hygiene products such as pads, tampons, and applicators have sales tax because they are considered “luxury items”. However, if you talk to any and every single female, they would not agree with this statement. A normal menstruation lasts about 5-7 days and occurs every single month. Imagine paying […]

From Ideation to Actualization: A Remote Approach to Custom Orthoses

It began with a simple question: “How can we provide rehabilitation services that would otherwise be unavailable to rural and remote communities?” Okay, maybe it is not that simple of a question, but it is undeniably a question of great importance. Patients living in rural Alberta often face challenges in accessing rehabilitation assessments and treatments. […]

Health & Wellness in the North, Eh?

Hey, how’s it going? My name’s Arjun Khabra. I’ve been a resident of Chateh, AB for two and a half months now and have been serving as the Public Health intern for the Dene Tha’ First Nation at their health centre. Little did I know that “public health” and “health and wellness” can literally involve […]

Reflecting on my Time at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic

Hey all, my name is Ajay Gill! For my stretch experience, I have been volunteering at the Indigenous Wellness Clinic (IWC), a multidisciplinary Indigenous-focused health center. The IWC provides the same primary care health services as any other clinic (check-ups/follow-ups, prescriptions, examinations, etc) but the staff use a multicultural approach that incorporates principles of Indigenous […]

Not-so-Final Frontier: What I’ve learned from space medicine.

Molly Henneberry If you’d told me in Grade 11 that part of my university career would involve talking to astronauts about my science projects, I likely would have laughed and gone back to reading about astrobiology and the researchers who were investigating the field. I remember wishing I could even have a brush with one […]

‘Time is Brain’: Acute Stroke Care in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE—Living in a city, we often take for granted the bountiful and diverse medical services that are available to us. In places like Edmonton, advanced medical facilities employing specialized services are feasible establishments because the population of our city and the surrounding communities demand it. The North, however, is a different story. The Northwest Territories, […]

Adventures into the Unknown

Hello PLLC blog readers! I am Liam McCoy, an Honors Neuroscience student and PLLC Scholar from Forum 1C. For my stretch experience I spent a month in a community in the North West Territories known to the local Dene descendants as Liidlii Kue, and to the government as Fort Simpson. I worked with the Liidlii […]

Names, Faces and Colourful Umbrellas

by Yomna Elshamy What to do when you look at someone and only see a label? I was faced with this dilemma on my first day volunteering with youth who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). You see, before that day I spent a month reading about the disorder, watching videos, being told all of […]

Environmental Health!

While healthcare and training for physicians continues to improve over the years, one important aspect of training and research is often overlooked. That is the influence of the environment and its associated impacts on our health, specifically, the impact it has on children. My stretch experience is composed of my involvement with The Children’s Environmental […]