This is part of The Globe’s months-long series on the challenges facing Canadian hospitals. All of our published material has been reported with permission from staff.
Dr. Ed Etchells is a general internal medicine physician at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. While it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as the emergency department or state-of-the-art specialty wings, internal medicine is the heart and soul of any hospital. It’s home to a significant portion of the hospital’s beds and encapsulates many of the major challenges many hospitals face: growing patient loads, increasingly complex cases and never enough resources.
Do you find that many people don’t understand what ‘internal medicine’ means?
How hard is that, figuring out what is wrong with a person?
From a hospital and health-care system perspective, what are the biggest challenges facing internal medicine?
Is it simply an issue of demographics [given that our population is aging so rapidly?]
Are there things we could be doing to better serve those people?
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