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When was the last time you smelled non-hospital air?  What did you last put in your mouth as a snack?  This section challenges you to take stock of the state of your body and motivates you towards investing in its wellbeing.  You care for others’ bodies every day – take a moment to treat your own!

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E-curriculum on Physician Health

A comprehensive, online health and wellness resource for physicians and physicians in training.

Blood-Borne Infection Risk Assessment Unit (Service d’évaluation des risques de transmission d’infections hématogènes or SERTIH).

The SERTIH is intended for professionals and students in the health care field (hereinafter referred to as “caregivers”) who have one or more infections transmitted by blood, i.e. HIV, hepatitis B (HBV), or hepatitis C (HCV). Certain professions in the health care field expose you to risks of contracting these infections, which are also called blood-borne infections.

Conversely, certain procedures that you practise can increase the risk of transmitting your infection to your patients, if you have one. Professions that include exposure-prone procedures are:

  • dental hygiene
  • medicine
  • dental medicine
  • midwifery
  • nursing and nursing sciences
  • pre-hospital emergency care.

If you know that you are infected by a blood-borne virus and if you are practising or studying in one of these professions, you must contact the SERTIH. The Unit receives assessment requests on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Toll-free number: 1-866-680-1856. All telephone calls and discussions are confidential. For more information, please see: http://www.inspq.qc.ca/aspx/en/sertih_en.aspx?sortcode=

Infection Control & Immunization

To assure that students are not exposed to undue health risks and do not pose a risk to their patients, upon starting medical and dental school students must provide evidence of appropriate vaccination according to the information provided by the McGill Student Health Service: http://www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/immunize/forms. For more information, please see http://www.mcgill.ca/ugme/student-affairs/infection-control-immunization.

Accidental Exposure to Blood/Body Fluids

Percutaneous exposure to body substances, either by a needle stick injury, a laceration, or a splash on mucous membranes or non-intact skin, has the potential to transmit blood-borne pathogens to the exposed individual. The transmissions of major concern are hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). For more information, please see http://www.mcgill.ca/ugme/student-affairs/infection-control-immunization/accidental-exposure.

Fighting fatigue:

An interesting read on strategies resident-physicians use to manage sleep loss and fatigue.
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