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Episode Info: Dr. Melinda Davis ( is an anesthesiologist at the Foothills Medical Centre. She has a fellowship in neuroanesthesiology and clinical interest in perioperative medicine. While she spends half her professional life putting people to sleep, Dr. Davis spends the other half attempting to inspire and energize them. She teaches at all levels of medical education from students in undergraduate medical education through to faculty development. She believes in finding the forest before the trees, and helping learners create strong cognitive scaffolds. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for education including the Jones Award for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Davis holds a number of leadership positions in medical education. She is the Director of the Anesthesiology Clerkship, Associate Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Program, and the Director of the Master Teacher Program in Undergraduate Medical Education. Dr. Davis has a research interest in medical student career choice, shaped by the observation that medical students in Canada are making important, complex career decisions under considerable time pressure. She is the lead of the Career Exploration Program which aims to help students make informed, confident career choices in medicine. An ectopic Australian, Dr. Davis has replaced oceans and beaches with time in the mountains at any opportunity. She can be found there with her daughter, in a tent, on foot, on skis, or on a horse, but never with a bad cup of coffee. In this episode with Dr. Davis, we put the surgery-anesthesia relationship on the table, dissect it out and try to think about ways we can make that relationship better. We also talk about career counseling for medical students and Dr. Davis’s role as the new program director for the Calgary anesthesia program. Links: 1. Career Counseling at UCalgary: 2. Stats on CaRMS matching: 3. CFMS handbook on differential match rates in CaRMS: 4. Royal College CanMEDS framework: 5. Association of Coworker Reports About Unprofessional Behavior by Surgeons With Surgical Complications in Their Patients.
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