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editor and Art director barb Sligl
editorial Assistant Adam Flint
contributors dave Hobson
dr. Holly Fong
dr. chris Pengilly
dr. neil Pollock
dr. Alex russell
dr. Kelly Silverthorn
corey van’t Haaff
dr. monica Yuzak
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from the editor
Use your head to winter
protect your skin. escape
ate fall and early winter is here again.
In the last months of the year, things
slow down. we slow down. But we
also get revved up for the holidays—visiting
family or just getting away. So, where to?
Many of us will choose warmer climes if
possible. Like Grenada. Just off the coast of
Venezuela, it’s one of the most southern of
the Caribbean isles. And it’s divine…literally,
according to Columbus, who named it
Concepción from nutmeg-infused fare to
waterfalls gushing into idyllic pools, it’s hard
not to become captivated too (page 32).
Then there’s a food fest in the Cayman
Islands (hard to beat a combo of cuisine +
Caribbean) and a Spanish school in Costa
Rica (page 7). Need another option? Not as
warm…but warmer (and rainier) than the
typical snowy Canadian winters. London’s
foggy, drizzly skies still provide plenty of
colour and cure for the winter blues. The
cosmopolitan city’s vibrant culture, fashion,
art and food scene is calling! (See page 19.)
of course, type-A personalities won’t be
content to museum hop or loll on a beach
or sit poolside (despite the obvious appeal).
Physicians know a thing or two with a touch of the hardcore and a little
chill factor, heli-skiing is the go-to escape
about sun protection. That’s why once winter hits. It’s all about vertical drop
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style | food | shows | festivals | places | getaways | gear…
There are a few things you probably know about Arkansas—it’s the
home of President Clinton and the base of Wal-Mart. But there’s plenty
more to this state—from the Ozark Mountains to the crisp Arkansas
Black apple (delicious). First, see the splendour of the Ozarks from
Whitaker Point, Arkansas’ most-photographed spot (with good reason)
1 . Locals call it Hawksbill Crag, named so by Dr. Compton, a GP known
as the “Saviour of the Buffalo River.” He saved the river, far below this
scene, from damming by campaigning to designate it a National River
in the US. Not far from here is an idyllic getaway at the Buffalo Outdoor
Center, where you can hole up in a luxurious log cabin (Mary Steenbur-
gen’s a regular visitor) overlooking the Ozarks (buffaloriver.com). In
Bentonville, visit Compton Gardens, Dr. Compton’s former home turned
into a conference centre and public park (comptongardens.org). Here
you can listen to mockingbirds and discover indigenous flora like the
bulbous bright-green fruit of the Osage Orange tree 2 . For a taste of
historic Arkansas, go to Eureka Springs in the Ozarks, where there are
2,000 jacuzzis for 2,500 people 3 . The quaint town is the site of more
than 60 natural springs and has long been a place of pilgrimage for
healing. The Osage Indians believed in the waters’ restorative qualities,
and after a doctor brought his sick son here in the late 1800s, the town
flourished (eurekasprings.org). The famed Crescent Hotel, an imposing
castle of a building overlooking the town, was built as a resort in 1886
and later became a quasi cancer-treatment centre and hospital in the
’30s, run by the so-called Dr. Norman Baker—later exposed as a fraud.
It’s said the now-refurbished hotel is haunted (part of its appeal), with
Dr. Baker’s ill-fated patients roaming the halls…Take a ghost tour to
see the former morgue, or gaze over the surrounding countryside at the
seven-story Christ of the Ozarks atop a hill (the second-largest statue of
Christ after Rio’s) 4 while sampling a “Rib Removal” (a beef-rib dish,
of course) in Dr. Baker’s Bistro and Sky Bar (crescent-hotel.com). This is
weird and wonderful Arkansas. For more info, visit arkansas.com.
4 3 2
B. Sligl (4)
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The Arch is a chic boutique hotel in London’s West End.
A short walk from the Marble Arch tube stop and the northeast
corner of Hyde Park, the 82-room luxury bolthole was created
out of seven Georgian townhouses and two mews homes (with
original sash windows) on a tranquil residential street, making
you feel like part of the posh set in Marylebone. Selfridges, Oxford
and Bond Streets, and the medical scene of Harley Street are all
in your neighbourhood. Inside you’re amidst on-trend colours,
hip patterns and sumptuous finishes—classic Brit style that’s
very now. Luxe bathrooms boast black granite, rain showers,
flat-screen TVs (a rugby match and bubble bath go together
quite well), and Malin + Goetz amenities. Beyond your suite is HUNter 486, The
Arch London’s bar and restaurant (the name refers to Marylebone’s 1950s district
dialing code), where you can sample an Earlgrey MarTeani and perhaps some pan-
roasted guinea fowl. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World network,
this hideaway off Hyde Park makes a stylish base in London. thearchlondon.com
—B. Sligl For more on London and upcoming CME events there, see page 19.
scent the goods
Goodies for the holiday season—to give and get. Tis the season!
sweet scent soy candles burn better Olive Blossom, like a blooming orchard at newspaper in rome. ran-
and longer. And they’re more eco too.
But all that is secondary to the
home. kobocandles.com under cOver
Award season has unleashed some
domhouse.ca dish it cool
thermo cups with hot tattoos. gift
evocative scents. Our pick: provocative must-reads. shortlisted Pick a pair: Faith & hope or
the divine smelling Portuguese for the Man Booker Prize, there’s Peter Love & Luck. menu.as gAd-
dish it carey’s Parrot and Olivier, get geAr set your iPhone apart with an
set in 19th-century America eco case made out of wood. sleek and
and inspired by the life of sustainable. accessorygeeks.com. —B.S.
Alexis de tocqueville. The
Tiger, by vancouverite John
vaillant, tells the true story
dish it of a man-eating tiger on
the prowl near a remote
village in russia’s Far gadget
ToP LEfT PHoToS: B. SLIGL (2)
east. And, out in paper-
back this January is The
Imperfectionists, a debut
novel with a lot of buzz (Brad
Pitt optioned the film rights)
that follows the lives behind an
plunge in! Immersed in
It‘s distracting when monkeys the place for those wanting to hide augment their learning with sto-
in Costa Rica
The school’s donations range
hang from the trees over your in the back and listen. Cheating is ries told around the dinner table. from roof repairs to com- class-
homework. At the Intercultura
campus in Samara, Costa Rica,
difficult since most of the other
students are from Europe and
(Everything is more dramatic in
Spanish!) But be warned, this
puters for the elementary
school, and they also provide room
there are many things to take your speak little English. Instructors may not be the most comfortable art and music programs for
mind off studies: a surfing beach patiently draw out the most reluc- choice. Some families are friend- local kids on campus.
just outside the gateway, water so tant speaker. They are imagina- lier than others, and all live simply, No question, these week-long,
warm you barely feel it, yoga and tive communicators, so students no air-conditioning, bugs in the immersion classes are a memo-
salsa dancing after school. It’s a always know, more or less, what bathroom, and bland cooking. rable way to learn more Spanish.
wonder that any homework gets is going on. Intercultura’s students are Just watch that the monkeys don’t
done: but you can’t avoid learning Ticos are friendly and patient part of the community and con- eat your homework. —Janet May
Spanish here. people, and the village locals are tribute to the local economy in sev-
For more information, check out
The classes are not a push accustomed to being interviewed eral ways. Many of the instructors
over. Spanish only is spoken, and by students on assignment. are from nearby, and the school
class size is six or less. This is not Students can live with a family, and itself is integrated with the village.
the quite culinary
For those well travelled, a chic waterside dining experience with
food the Caymanlong known forIslands is a flowing white linen gazebos and a hip
culinary excellence. These
indoor lounge. It’s uptown in a beautifully
relaxed Caymanian way.
three idyllic islands, tucked Foodies will flock here this January,
in the western Caribbean, have a loyal when the Cayman Islands host the world’s
following of repeat visitors who enjoy an most talented chefs at the the third annual
array of top-drawer dining options. The Cayman Cookout. Venerated Chef Susur
Chef Susur Lee
tiny trio of islands has over 150 dining Lee, touted by Food & Wine magazine as
choices, offering both locals and travellers “one of the best chefs of the millennium,”
great diversity, quality and selection. will be featured alongside Chef Eric Ripert
Grand Cayman is the home to Seven (creator of the acclaimed restaurants, Blue
Mile Beach, a seemingly endless strip of and NYC’s Le Bernardin). Representing
white powdery sand and impossibly blue Canada, Lee was personally invited
water. As each sun-drenched day comes by Ripert to join what has become an
to a close, the scene transitions from the unparalleled experience for gourmands and
beach to the culinary offerings along West oenophiles in Grand Cayman.
Bay Road, and more recently, to George Cayman Cookout, sponsored by
Town’s Camana Bay. Restaurants and patio the Cayman Islands Department of
lounges fill with patrons seeking custom Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand
cocktails and dining options that rival Cayman and Food & Wine magazine, is
South Beach, Vancouver or Toronto. What a four-day feast of epicurean experiences
other sun destination can offer eight Wine including demonstrations, tastings and
Spectator-rated restaurants within a few excursions, as well as personal encounters
miles of each other? with participating world-class chefs and
Those close to the food scene in Grand sommeliers. This year’s super-star line-up,
Cayman speak of a culinary renaissance— hosted by Ripert, includes Lee along with
an urban chic movement—that is drawing culinary masters Anthony Bourdain, José
international attention. Newly built Andrés, Rachel Allen, Michael Schwartz,
Camana Bay, a town development adjacent Charlie Trotter, Food & Wine magazine’s
to the capital city of George Town, has Gail Simmons, and wine and spirits experts
stunning modern design, upscale shops Ray Isle, Anthony Giglio, Denis Cakebread
and a vibrant urban sensibility. There’s a and Bo Barrett.
CouRTESy CAyMAN ISLANDS TouRISM
definite vibe happening here on the patios For such an idyllic Caribbean setting,
and long bars of Abacus and Michaels the Cayman Islands clearly enjoy a secure
Genuine Food and Drink at cocktail hour. footing in the international culinary
And a quick trip over to Morgan’s Harbour world—and polished Canadian travellers
takes you to casually swank Osetra Bay, are quickly catching on. Join the feast!
The Grand Cayman Cookout takes place January 13 – 16, 2011.
Go to caymanislands.ky/cayman_cookout for more information.
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the justice system?
The pervasion of this archaic and negative system into the physicians’ area of practice
am not Saint Christopher, but I do try to pay my who know a great deal about the law, but, with all when my colleague enters to undertake some
medical plan Canadian respects, have
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decisions being made by members of the judiciary seen all the staff in the operating room stand There has been much criticism of the police
concerning the delay in apprehending william
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guilty persons go free than one be imprisoned
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Revving Porsche’s new engine along the west Coast’s scenic motorways
y historically inspired benchmark: leashing the quintessential Q-ship for its first Both highways boast majestic scenery.
3,300 km over five days. Such was ever four-door sedan. All-wheel drive, 500 However, as the main artery of commerce
the prescription for Mexico’s leg- horsepower, and Valentine one collectively between the Pacific and RoC (Rest of
endary 1950 – 54 border-to-border car race, ride shotgun over the proceedings. Canada), the BC portions of the Trans-
Le Carrera Panamericana. My conundrum Canada are an embarrassment to our great
is which 3,300 Canadian kilometres are best the direct route The border-to-border nation (ditto through Calgary proper!). The
traversed on my five days with Porsche’s Le Carrera Panamericana was sprung on an vast majority of BC’s TCH is just two lanes
namesake Panamera? unsuspecting world in 1950. The Mexican with flow claudication secondary to truck-
My prescribed starting point is prairie- government sought to promote awareness plaque and RV-thrombi. I hum Radar-love to
bound Calgary. Porsche’s “Sports car of the paved completion of their section of myself, but to no avail.
for four” Panamera demands testing on the Panamerican Highway. A legend was
sporting roads. Logic dictates heading born (with the race resurrected in 1989). best moment: T Rex belting out Bang-a-
Interestingly, Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) gong as the sun sets beyond snow-capped
east-to-west wasn’t “com- mountains two hours outside Vancouver on
pleted” until 1962, when the serpentine, high-alpine, 110-kph-limit,
The Porsche Panamera,“with a top speed of 188 mph, 0 – 60 mph at an eye- over half its 7,700 km were six-lane Coquihalla.
popping 3.5 seconds and all-wheel-drive sure-footedness,” may just be “the still gravel!
The most-direct route best side roads to explore: yoho Valley
fastest multi-day cross-country tool currently available,” says Dr. Silverthorn, Road (Cathedral Lodge) just east of field,
who tested it on some of BC’s most scenic and iconic highways (below). Calgary to Vancouver runs
980 km. It still follows the BC…and skipping the Coquihalla to run the
Trans-Canada westbound now-traffic-free vestiges of the Trans Canada
through Roger’s Pass from kamloops through the fraser Canyon
and past the Last Spike to Hope.
at Craigellachie as far the southerly route This route es-
as kamloops. Then the chews the Trans Canada near Lake Louise,
direct route follows the Alberta, to run southwest through kootenay
mid-1980s engineer- National Park on Highway 93 to Radium Hot
ing masterpiece of the Springs, BC. I then follow Highway 93/95
Coquihalla Highway. along the floor of the expansive Columbia
River Valley south to Cranbrook. My route
heads west on Highway 3 parallel to the
Canadian-uS border, traversing multiple
mountain passes and intervening valleys.
The southern route is 1,125 unique
kilometres. Though the roads are two-
lane highways, the traffic density (es-
pecially truck) is much lower than the
west across the multiple Trans-Canada. This route boasts the
mountain ranges to the Salmo-Creston-Skyway, the high-
Pacific shores. A huddle est year-round pass in Canada.
with Google Maps and The tortuous Hope-Princeton
presto…sum the non- Pass section is also remarkable
repeat road distances of for its tough traffic slogging if
the three available routes unequipped with superbike-
from Calgary to Vancouver level overtaking capabilities. The
nets the requisite 3,300 Panamera’s 569 ft-lbs of torque
km. How convenient. shine throughout.
MAP: TouRISM BRITISH CoLuMBIA
I set the Panamera’s best moment: watching a bald
Satellite Radio on the $6,770 eagle circle a tree-top beside glim-
upgrade Burmester stereo to mering Slocan Lake.
Classic Rock. Music, caffeine,
and Hi-test Chevron will fuel best side roads to explore: Skip
the next five days. The Panamera the aforementioned Skyway and instead
Turbo and I creep out into the take 3A, kootenay Lake ferry, 31, 31A, and
descending darkness. Its pedigree and 6 to visit Crawford Bay, kaslo, New Denver
U.S.A. and Nelson. As well, consider the Coalmont-
potency are unparalleled—Porsche un-
10 JuST FOR CanaDian DOCTORS november/december 2010
Tulameen Road out of Princeton (if clinically as I drive the long climb out of Clearwater It is impossible for Porsche to imbue a 4,500-
indicated). into wells Gray Provincial Park to scenic lb sedan with the road communication de-
Helmecken falls. lights of their 3,100 lbs sports cars (or 2,400
the northerly route My familiarity lbs if you go back to 911s of the early 1970s).
with this route is the least of the three, and best side roads to explore: The road The Panamera’s styling is controversial to
thus it generates my greatest anticipation. from Mount Currie to Darcy. Also Lillooet to say the least, but good design should push
The route is the longest at 1,129 unique Lytton on Highway 12. The above-mentioned the envelope and then grow on you. I now
kilometres. I was not disappointed, save for Clearwater Valley Road to Helmcken falls. regard the car’s visual impact as menac-
the traffic density. Don’t these people know
about the shorter routes? Nevertheless, the car So enough about the 3,300 km. ing, which fits its personality perfectly.
what about the car? Is it any good? why has Throughout the range, though, I found lug-
if I could recommend only one Calgary- gage space rather limited for a four-seater.
Vancouver route, this would be the one. Porsche done a sedan? Isn’t it a stretch to
name a sedan after a famous race? Porsche did very well financially with
The route begins in west Vancouver, its 2002 entering of the SuV market with
following Highway 99 through whistler, five days of driving in any car tells you
a lot about its character. The Panamera has the Cayenne. Entering the sedan market is
Pemberton and Lillooet. upon joining viewed as somewhat less sacrilegious. The
Highway 97 I head north into the Cariboo world-class depth of dynamic abilities, es-
pecially in this top-of-the-range Turbo Sport brand is able to effectively share factories
before heading east across Highway 24 to and some components between these
join the yellowhead (Highway 5) at Little Chrono form. with a top speed of 188 mph,
0 – 60 mph at an eye-popping 3.5 seconds two platforms. To any lover of Porsche’s
fort. The yellowhead then delivers me to sports cars, or those who want a sedan with
majestic Jasper. The spectacular Ice fields and all-wheel-drive sure-footedness, it
may be the fastest multi-day cross-country these capabilities, there really is no (sedan)
Highway (Highway 93) completes the return substitute!
journey to Banff/Calgary. tool currently available. No other car I have
driven provides this degree of performance, As to the propriety of Porsche naming
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The northern route visits all three of western in my research. In 1950 and 1951 Le Carrera
Canada’s most iconic resort communities character the Panamera offers.
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The winner of Just For Canadian Doctors’
contest and an All-expenSeS-pAid TRip
with Quark expeditions will be announced
december 15 at justforcanadiandoctors.com.
Read the last two finalists’ stories here. We’ll
continue to run more adventure stories by
runners-up in 2011. Send your submission
By Dr. monica yuzak
A physician kicks up her heels in Buenos Aires
have always loved to dance. My memories he creates by expanding her chest, leans hope of our mastering this dance?
begin with my Polish father polka-ing me forward to meet him by centering her weight we chose bohemian San Telmo with
around in his arms before I could walk, onto the heads of her metatarsals. They meet its cobbled streets and architectural jewels
and later me dancing on his feet around the chest to chest, she drapes her left arm over as our base. we found a great teacher
kitchen. Then, as a teen, perfecting moves his shoulder and rests it on his upper back and discovered to our delight that we
with one of my younger sisters. As the eldest while her right hand rests gently in his left. were surrounded by milonga halls (tango
daughter I was often next, after my mother, Both strive to be comfortable, relaxed, and salons). The Sunday morning Artisan
to dance with dad at weddings and family connected to the other. The upper bodies Market exploding under our balcony on
parties. Such deep dance delight. act as one and the lower bodies dissociate. Defensa Street was an unexpected bonus
Perhaps, not surprisingly, I fell in love Hips rotate, legs enter each other’s space. The and provided badly needed retail therapy
contest finalist 5!
with my partner on a dance floor. It was a lead is subtle and exacting, the woman closes between lessons.
supper club, and that night we closed the her eyes to better feel it. Together they move we learned that Tango originated on
place down. we have been dancing through to the ever-changing tempos in the line of the docks, created by Italian and Spanish
life together ever since. Along the way we’ve dance like a string of ants. The salon becomes immigrant portenos(people of the port),and
explored several Ballroom and Latin dances, one. It’s been called the “tango trance.” gauchos (cowboys) from the Pampas (plaines),
tackled two-step, grooved to jive and west- will I ever “get” it? I learn a movement, who were mostly working men. They danced
coast swing. then forget it when my focus shifts. Take with each other and with the women of the
Then one day, we came upon the lesson after lesson to master one sequence, Bordellos. Through music and movement
Argentine Tango. It was instant love. we consult you Tube over breakfast, once emotions were given expression. Tango
dropped all the others and became totally again dancing in the kitchen.” Patience, between rival men was a macho competition;
committed to it. I think it was the intensity persistence,” I tell myself. between lovers, foreplay; and for the lonely,
that drew us in and began our journey with To learn more about tango and the a way to connect with the female energy
JoSe AS ReyeS
this very complex dance. culture from which it sprang, we went to the they missed from back home. Mostly it was
The man opens his arms and invites the source: Buenos Aires, Argentina. would we men practising with each other, whenever
woman into his embrace. She fills the circle be inspired, or would this experience dash all a musical instrument would sound. They
were looking for the best ways to please a
woman, preparing for the moment when
they would have a woman in their arms and
a chance to make her their sweetheart.
A cauldron, this history helped explain
the “intensity” of the dance. A reflection of
the pains of a people in a new land.
our teacher proceeded to teach us…
to walk. The fundamentals of walking are
essential to all the beautiful moves that
follow, and attention to fine detail turns an
“okay” dancer into a tanguero. “one body,
four legs,” Gustavo intones. “Relax, breathe,” I
remember. It truly takes two to tango!
The culture of Buenos Aires is defined
by its music and cuisine. The cafés, bars, and
restaurants provide the romantic ambience
for a carefully prepared recipe, served by
seemingly timeless waiters. A city of daytime
snackers that finally sit down to their major
meal around 10 pm, when the numerous
legendary eateries are full. As the parillas
(grills over open fire) smoke, people in
groups share huge platters of meats washed
down with full-bodied malbec and much
It is only then, when the meal is finished
and the food nicely settled that the milongas
begin, from 1 am till dawn. I felt like I was
entering a scene from a Bogart movie, men
wearing white linen suits, fedoras, and
spats watching from the shadows. women
in sequins, flowers in their hair, dresses slit
up the side. Holding a man’s gaze across
a crowded room signals a “yes.” He then
sashays over, confident that the woman will
follow him to the floor. The two have agreed
to a short-term commitment to co-create
an experience. Together, focusing, listening
to each other and the music. Convention
prohibits idle chatter on the dance floor,
and insists that a couple remain together for
three songs. It IS intense. And while on the
dance floor, the dance is all there is.
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to the floor. Not willing to look for too long
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Backpacking solo in the wilds can do wonders for the spirit
t was a patient who made the diagnosis.
“you’ve got industrial disease,” he wrote,
in an actual letter to me. He was right; I
needed wilderness, and some time alone, but
where do you go when you don’t want to see
anybody? Someplace primeval. It could not
cost a lot, because I not only suffer industrial
disease, I also suffer cheapness. only one
quarter Scot, but it definitely manifests.
Mt. Robson Provincial Park is a little
chunk of the Rockies within driving distance
By Dr. aLex russeLL
permission is making me feel worthy. Maps,
I decide, are for tourists. The (free) brochure
looks perfectly adequate for a wilderness
man like me. The entire route is free, except
the campsite at Berg Lake ($10). using the
special pointy tool next to the corkscrew on
my knife, I prise open my wallet and extract
the money, then catch a ride back up to
where the highway crosses Moose River. It
seems pretty far, but I am excited, and march
undaunted into the woods in the vicinity of
I climb to an alpine meadow and surprise
a mother Grizzly with her two cubs. Actually
have no way of telling if she was surprised,
as I am running for the trees too fast for the
light carrying this information to reach my
retina. This day takes me past the source of
the Moose, which turns out to be a small
puddle. I see mountain goats in the distance,
and it occurs to me that their pee will run
into a different ocean than the bears’ and
mine. Just before camp I startle an actual
from Edmonton. All the moist pacific air the river. After several hours of wandering moose, and feel my journey is complete.
gets wrung out here on the western slopes, through forest, I head towards the sound At Berg Lake I meet people and am
making the trees taller, the glaciers thicker, of water, and am relieved to find that there happy to see them: a good sign. It takes
the mountain streams more wild and is in fact a track. Turns out that wandering me five minutes to find a patient, a hatless,
tumbling. Just what the doctor ordered, but through unmarked bush is a good way to somewhat braised young man in need of my
such spectacles attract other humans, and reduce zealousness. sunscreen. This bodes well for my recovery.
the 20 km trail to Berg Lake at the foot of Later I find some mushrooms, and as I Snowbird Pass, a side trip that winds up
Emperor face is indeed a well-travelled path. had packed a little light on the food, decide behind Berg Lake and gives views of Robson
I had heard of a 66km back door route along to try them in the soup. while stirring, I Glacier and the North face, ends in what
Moose River. No bridges, no signposts, no notice some sort of maggot, which is no seems like a non-descript little snow covered
campsite development. Travel on the route doubt high in protein, and no reason for ridge. I persevere and am rewarded with
is not recommended until August, when the tossing out soup. It is hard to be sure if I am a sudden cliff edge dropping down to the
rivers are lower and the grizzlies fatter. It was being judicious with my food supply, or just huge and silent Coleman Glacier; a last dose
July. with luck, I’d be the only specimen of cheap. I guess I am still a little excited about of solitude before the walk out.
human for miles. being here, and prone to some excess in my I make excellent time getting to the
Packing for a wilderness trip is almost as efforts to get back to nature. It is only the parking lot, stopping briefly to visit the
fun as actually going on a wilderness trip. I first day and already I have: a) done some places I have been before with friends and
borrow a stove. I buy six dinners in six tin foil off-piste adventuring, b) felt quite alone, and family. A boulder here, a waterfall there;
bags. I have soup, matches, a one-man tent, c) eaten worms! I miss them and wish I had been a wiser
an akubra hat, and a pair of old hiking boots. Rain and more rain, and I lose my way and more joyful companion. Here the
I have a Swiss army knife (thank you Dagny), a few times. I still have the gist, but am task of living seems to rise up as stark and
and bear spray, which arrives in the mail from constantly backtracking. A wrong turn and monumental as the broad shoulders of
my concerned brother. The only thing I do I end up crossing the river several times. Robson. I like it that there is a climbing route
not have is a good sleeping pad (damn that uncertainty, combined with getting wet, and to the summit, somewhere on the Emperor
Scots blood). being alone, is stressful. I realize that I have to face, called “Infinite Patience”.
The woman in the park visitor centre be more protective of my map, as the paper I keep my promise to the park lady, and
gives me a brochure with a map of the route, is quite soluble, and without it I would be report my return. She seems happy to see
and advises me to: a) get a real map, and lost. The only matches that survive the river me. I tell her about the bear, and how high
b) go later in the season. Since I insist on swim are in my wallet, presumably protected the river is running, and then I say something
going immediately, there is also by its tight grip. stupid, like “best $10 I ever spent.” Some
c) report in when I get back. I things, it seems, cannot be remedied.
appreciate this girl. Her warnings
are keeping the path empty,
and her eventual
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s my husband approached 40, I found myself screening for the
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perched at 5,200 feet on a west facing slope in the Selkirks. of the Selkirk’s Valhalla range.
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a personal chef, dynamite, snowmobiles, cat. valhallapow.com
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The A-star’s 700 horsepower jet engine slow-gaitedlocals in equal numbers,
is our ticket to living like a millionaire. drawn tothe restorative powers
we are free of the frenzy one feels on a
of the natural hot springs andthe
powder day in a ski resort, to get to the
best terrain before it’s tracked out by the
high mineral content of the water.
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does. we ski 30 minute laps. The helicopter town, population 10,000, full of hip-
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Catskiing is an inherently social experience, and 12 is the magic number. If you book your own cat, you can even control the chemistry.
we’re lucky to slide in to a group that is so full of chemistry, they’re practically a periodic table. They call themselves the Powder Pachyderms:
“we might be fat, but we still give’r,” and the jokes come fast and furious, giving laughing muscles as good a workout as the legs get.
As the beast lurches up improbable roads through a tenure that is over 21,000 acres, group members chat, joke, and pass around con-
tainers of home-made sandwiches, cookies, snacks. “This doesn’t suck,” someone announces and we share out the one-bite brownies and
donut holes. The tailguide, riding the bench seat, probes through the other lunch treats. “Anyone want any vegetable sticks?” There are no
takers. Skiing 15,000 vertical feet of untracked snow is heart-friendly enough.
The hang-over comes the next day—a localized sensation in the thighs that insists: get me to the hotsprings. we lower ourselves into 42
degree natural mineral baths, surrendering to an age-old remedy for joint pain, muscle fatigue, high blood pressure, circulatory and diges-
tive issues. whether it can cure a mid-life crisis is yet to be determined.
But if, as the deep ecologist Dolores LaChapelle claimed, the essence of life can be found in deep-snow turns, it’s better to turn forty
eating pow than birthday cake.
As LaChappelle wrote in her classic Earth wisdom: “one can never be bored by powder skiing because it is a special gift of the relation-
ship between earth and sky. It only comes in sufficient amounts in particular places, at certain times on this earth; it lasts only a limited
amount of time before sun or wind changes it. People devote their lives to it ‘for the pleasure of being so purely played’ by gravity and
snow.” Everything passes. Skiing powder makes that ephemerality a cause for celebration, rather than regret.
In the end, my husband bought the Porsche as well. But that’s a whole other story.
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techworks c o r e y va n ’ t h a a f f
Corey Van’t Haaff owns Cohiba Communications and writes about business,
medicine, technology, and law, especially where two or more of these intersect.
She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An intravenous electrode that offers new hope to patients on ventilators
r. Andy Hoffer will be the first to tell recovered from her illness after one week, Hoffer’s diaphragm pacing technology
you that necessity is the mother of but now couldn’t breathe well enough on doesn’t require any surgical exposure of
all invention, but that idiom never her own. All around them were other sick nerves; it is a minimally invasive, temporary
rang truer than when his own mother fell ill. people, other stories: kids, middle-aged procedure. Based on his experience is the
It was shortly before his planned trip people, victims of trauma, sunstroke, the use of electrical stimuli, he figured the
over Christmas in 2006 to his family home elderly; all struggling with varying degrees diaphragm would benefit from electrical
in uruguay (one of the top four countries of success to get off their ventilators. activation during ventilation in order to
in the 2010 Soccer world Cup, he says “My mother’s condition was worsening prevent or reverse disuse atrophy. He asked
proudly) that he received word his mom with the prolonged bed stay. I was trying himself, ‘how does one put in an electrode
had pneumonia and was rushed to intensive to figure out why it was so difficult to wean quickly, simply, and reversibly, that can be
off the ventilator,” he says, adding that removed after the patient recovers?’
physician friends advised that failure-to- He came up with the Lungpacer
wean is common, with 20 to 30% of patients intravenous electrode, placed in the upper
becoming ventilator-dependent. chest under local anesthesia. The nerves
His mom worked with a respiratory that control the diaphragm run next to large
therapist, training her to breathe on her veins under the clavicle. The Lungpacer
own, but she would fatigue after a few electrode “inside-out cuff” design provides
hours and start to panic, so she was put mechanical stability and selectively activates
back on the machine overnight. It was the the diaphragm using very low currents.
same story for many patients, often kept Hoffer and his Sfu team have since been
sedated to prevent them from fighting the busy developing and testing a medical
machine. grade, disposable electrode lead.
“I knew that the diaphragm could The Lungpacer lead, connected
weaken from not being used during to a bedside control unit, will produce
ventilation, but I had no idea of how diaphragm contractions to keep it strong.
incredibly quickly it Similar in concept to a car’s block heater, the
Dr. Andy Hoffer atrophies,” he says, adding Lungpacer will keep the diaphragm warmed
receiving the that a year later, Levine up and ready to work normally when the
LifeSciences BC published an eye-opening patient is ready to breathe again.
2010 award. finding in patients who when he conceived this technology, he
died after 18 to 69 hours of thought “of people like my mom, but I didn’t
sedation and ventilation: their diaphragm have any idea of how large a number of
muscle fibers had atrophied to less than people this problem affects. The elderly are
half of normal size. “It’s scary how fast the more susceptible but a lot of young people
diaphragm muscle declines.” die too. Ventilator-dependent patients in
“while I was trying to find a better way ICus are the most expensive hospital in-
to help wean my mom, in visualizing the patients, and too often they die.”
tubes and leads that were keeping her alive, Lungpacer Medical (lungpacer.com) has
I had a key insight. I came up with an idea completed proof of concept, safety, and
for pacing the diaphragm that should speed stability in animal trials and recently won
up the weaning process.” several awards for its innovative technology
care in a local hospital. The biomedical Hoffer had studied neurophysiology and compelling business case.
physiologist at Sfu immediately went to at Johns Hopkins, earning his PhD. He was Hoffer’s mom inspired but couldn’t
her bedside, where she lay connected to a specifically interested in the control of limb benefit from the Lungpacer; she died that
CouRTESy DR. ANDy HoffER
mechanical ventilator. movement and developed implantable cuff March.
“She was conscious but couldn’t breathe sensing electrodes permanently connected “It isn’t ready for use in people yet, but
on her own, nor speak, eat or drink” he says. to nerves. He led the development of we are not far from it. By this time next year
He spent the next five weeks with Neurostep, a pacemaker-like device we hope to be testing it in patients.”
his mom, witnessing her inability to implanted in the thigh that enables people
wean herself from the machine. She had with paralysis from stroke to walk again.
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london / tel aviv / baltic / macau / berlin … | calendar cme
a n intern ation a l guide to conTInuInG MedIca l educaTIon
fall 2010 + beyond
5 4 1 3
7 6 8 2
across the pond in london: one of the world’s great capitals (cme events in LonDon are highlighted in blue)
here to start? London is a monolith of a into a foodie’s playland. Try a twist on classic high tea at modern art. The Turbine Hall is a venue for grand works of art
city—there’s much to see along its storied streets. another hip-and-happening hotel at the southeast end of created specifically for the cavernous space, like Miroslaw
It demands repeat visits. Easy to do, since it’s a Hyde Park, the Metropolitan. The Afternoon De-Light 2 Balka’s monolithic installation described as a “box of darkness”
major hub for travellers flying east to Europe and beyond. Make is a selection of sweet and savoury cupcakes, fruit scones, and and “black hole” 4 . After exploring, head up to the café for a
it a stopover on your next trip or, better yet, your destination no-bread sandwiches—“the quintessentially British afternoon local microbrew (the Brits know their beer) 5 and gaze over
for a CME event. Then get out and explore. With over 300 tea with a cool touch of avant-garde, waist-friendly chic.” the Thames River, Millennium Footbridge and St. Paul’s
museums and galleries, it’s an art lover’s mecca. Of course, [metropolitan.london.como.bz] [culture / art] After Cathedral. [tate.org.uk/modern] [neighbourhood
shoppers be ready to pound the pavement…as well as fortification walk through Hyde Park, back to Marble Arch at hop] Take the Millennium Footbridge across the Thames and
gourmands. [stay] Make your base in the West End, at the the northeast end to Speakers’ Corner 3 . You can spend stroll to the 61-metre-high Monument, built to commemo-
edge of Hyde Park. In posh Marylebone, you’ll be in the vicinity hours here on a Sunday listening or partaking in spontaneous rate the Great Fire of London in 1666. Up top, you’ll have views
of Harley Street, a long-renowned centre for healthcare. With debates on any subject—from the existence of God to foreign of London Bridge and the skyscrapers of The City, London’s
several private hospitals and “the largest concentration of policy. Locals and tourist alike prop themselves up on makeshift financial district 6 . [themonument.info] Just northeast of The
medical proficiency in the world,” it’s often referred to as podiums and pontificate. It’s been an oral tradition here for City explore the happening markets of Spitalfields 7 ,
Medical London—more than 1,000 doctors practise here. over 150 years; some big names that stood here in the Sunday UpMarket and Brick Lane. Shop for cool togs and nosh
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italian wine 101
Part 1: How to decipher that label—especially with more wine varieties than anywhere else
ave you ever found yourself frozen, conform to strict industry standards for a pink DoCG label. when you peer into the
hand hovering mid-air in the Italian particular type of wine. A DoC or DoCG ruby-red depths of your next purchase, you
section of your local wine store? designation can only be used by producers should know what grapes you are about to
unsure exactly how to narrow down and that make wines according to the tradi- savour, and where they originate.
choose between bottles that all claim to be tional recipes of their particular region, and There are 20 wine regions in Italy, but
classic Italian wines from the best regions? only certain recipes have been granted these are the standouts: Valpolicella in the
This is the common theme I hear regard- government recognition. DoCG wines are northeast; Valle d-Aosta, Lombardy, Liguria
ing Italian wines: How does one learn to more prestigious than DoC wines because and Piedmont in the northwest; there’s
navigate confidently among Italy’s best- they are held up to special tasting stan- Tuscany, of course, in the centre, along
known wines given the country’s hundreds dards. Today there are 37 DoCG wines and with Emilia-Romagna, umbria and Latium;
of varietals, thousands of vineyards, and Amarone, Barolo, Brunello, Barbaresco and and in the south, there’s Molise, Campania,
numerous wine-producing regions? Chianti all have this designation. Calabria and Puglia. Some, like Lombardy
The best place to start is the ABCs Ranked below DoC/DoCG wines are in the northwest, are best known for their
of Italian wine: Amarone, the killer Bs those in the IGT category, Indicazione sparkling wines, while others—take Puglia in
(Barbaresco, Barolo and Brunello) and Geografica Tipica. The contents of bottles the south—were long known for mediocre
The monastery of Badia a Passignano, dating The hills and vineyards of Piedmont—
from 890, sits amidst the vineyards of chianti. known for Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
middle Harvesting grapes in Piedmont.
Chianti. In this issue I’ll explain the regulatory with this label can also lay claim to a specific reds but have recently produced some high-
structure behind the Italian wine alphabet region or, with recent changes in regulations, quality blends. All these regions contain both
(next issue I explore the regions and varietals be a blend of one or more varietals, thus not DoC and DoCG zones. Sometimes these
behind these five giants of the wine world). conforming to DoC or DoCG rules. Some zones overlap—the most obvious example
foToTECA ENIT / ATL NoVARA; foToTECA ENIT / TuRISMo ToRINo
once you learn your ABCs, choosing your producers who felt confined by the rigid being Tuscany, which is home to multiple fRoM LEfT: foToTECA ENIT / DE AGoSTINI PICTuRE LIBRARy;
next bottle of red is a walk in the vineyard! recipes of the DoC denomination chose DoCGs. This is possible because while the
Before we zero in on some of Italy’s most to experiment with 100% varietal wines main varietal may be the same, the exact
influential vino, briefly vinify your brain and or other blends known as Super Tuscans. I blends differ according to traditional recipes.
consider the hierarchical organization of explored these at length in another issue So, where do the ABCs originate?
Italian wine. Italy produces more varieties (please see the May/June issue of Just for Amarone hails from the northeast region of
of wine than any other country in the world Canadian Doctors) so will just note here that Valpolicella, Barolo and Barbaresco are from
and employs a complex regulatory structure these adventurous vintners can now affix Piedmont in the northwest, while Brunello
to keep tabs on its legions of producers. the IGT stamp to their bottles. Previously, and Chianti are both natives of Tuscany.
If you take a closer look at the top Super Tuscans fell into the final category, Before we get better acquainted with this
of certain bottles, you’ll notice they say VDT, Vino de Tavola, or table wines. These Italian wine alphabet, pick up some DoCG
Denominazione di Origine Controllata, or DoC, are the most basic Italian wines; they lay no wines, sit back, sip and savour…and in my
while others say Denominazione di Origine claim aside from “made in Italy.” next column, we’ll study our ABCs. Arrivederci
Controllata e Garantita, or DoCG. These labels understanding Italian wine requires until we journey to Valpolicella!
guarantee that the contents of the bottle more than an appreciation of the coveted pART 2 ConTinued in nexT iSSue
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rest your head—and And taste the island—again and again. Sample
heavy with the day’s heat, and now the
entire body (there’s steaming food from busy stalls. The scent of savoury fresh-caught seafood and local fare like the national
a spa here as well, “oil down” stew mixes with sweet local lobster. dish of oil down, a savoury concoction of seafood,
naturally). The posh There’s a party going on. callaloo (a leafy green plant similar to spinach),
resort is on miles-long, It’s the weekly fish fry, where locals and visitors coconut milk and spices.
white-sandGrandAnse alike can sample piles of crispy jackfish with a frosty or chocolate…The Grenada Chocolate company
Beach, anda member bottle of Carib, the island’s local brew. when the is a tiny, humble facility that processes some of the
of the Small Luxury bounty is this fresh and flavourful, you need to world’s finest chocolates (Lindt sources most of its
Hotels of the World celebrate. chocolate here). A somewhat stronger sample of
A tiny jewel at the southern end of the chain of Grenada’s bounty (in terms of potency, that is) is
network. Here, you’re
Caribbean islands, Grenada is just 100 miles off of the Rivers Rum at the River Antoine Rum Distillery. This
a guest of Sir Royston ancient distillery has been operating in Grenada since
coast of South America. Christopher Columbus was an
Hopkin, K.C.M.G. (he early enchanted visitor in 1498. He named the island 1785. Take a guided tour from a local and marvel that
was knightedfor his Concepción, a fitting name for the jungle-covered hills, the original water mill still functions as it did when
work in promoting gushing mountain streams and waterfalls, rugged Grenada was a french colony. for a non-alcoholic
local tourism). Stay cliffs and soft beaches that rose out of the sea when quencher, the island is known for flavour-packed
beachside andlisten the island was created in an ancient volcanic eruption. smoothies featuring local goodies like paw paw
towaves while in bed Today, this lush landscape is largely unspoiled. And (papaya). The best are rumoured to be at a strip
or opt for one of the at its edges are pockets of charming communities. mall just outside St. George’s but the Run Down at
sleek hideaways with The small, hilly, seaside town of St. George’s is steeped Spice Island Resort is a liquid treat—sea moss (an
in history, from long-gone explorers to modern-era aprhodisiac), coconut cream, banana, nutmeg.
a private plunge pool
communist coups. The colonial capital has retained its Nutmeg is in just about everything here. It’s such
(midnight skinny dips a part of island life that it adorns the country’s flag.
french and British legacy with charming red-tile roofs,
are definitely in order). grand hilltop forts, smiling school children in uniform, There’s also ginger, saffron, cinnamon, clove, vanilla
Bliss! spiceisland- a bustling open-air market, and even cars on the (and that chocolate!). A visit to one of the island’s
beachresort.com left-hand side of the road. And the port town’s deep, spice processing plants reveals why Grenada is called
sample The natural harbor, the Carenage (from the french word the “Spice Island.” Then there’s bright red sorrel,
for where ship repair took place shoreside), has long leafy green callaloo, banana, mango, coconut, paw
Grenada Chocolate paw…The volcanic soil here grows vegetation unlike
lured sailors into its perfect horseshoe shape.
Company’s organic More towns dot the 21-mile-long and 12-mile- anywhere else; this land is so lush and fertile that it’s
dark chocolate is wide island, each with its own character, from said if you put a stick in the ground it will sprout. A
amongst the finest in Gouyave, with its friday fish fry, to Sauteurs on short trek into the Grand Étang National Park and
the world: grenada- the wilder north end of the island, where the last forest Reserve reveals the bounty…
chocolate.com indigenous people, the Caribs, are said to have leapt Crunch, crunch, crunch. footsteps reverberate
to their deaths rather than succumb to french rule. over broken nutmeg shells that coat a trail through
go For more infoon the moist quiet of rainforest. Starting at a plantation
Along the way are serpentine roads that jostle and
the Grenadian islands delight at the same time with unending views of the that grows banana, tonka bean, and cacao trees, a
of Grenada, Carriacou sea, jewel-tone boats resting ashore, dripping boys tight trail plunges into the Seven Sisters falls Valley,
andPetite Martinique, carrying home a silvery catch, peeks inside humming where it’s lined with big blooms of ginger and birds
goto: grenadagrena- rum shops, and walls of green fronds at the edge of of paradise and towering stalks of bamboo. Mona
dines.com dense tropical forest. All this in a drive that, from tip monkeys watch from deep within the green. Lower
to tip and from placid Caribbean to churning Atlantic, in the valley, the air thickens and the falls roar as
takes less than a day. chocolate-like mud sucks up a last crunch. Squelch.
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wealth building tips
Is your savings plan sufficient to generate the post-retirement income you want?
he majority of physicians stops worry- for physicians. The best tax savings are with their savings in conservative vehicles, such as
ing about their finances once they have children attending a post-secondary institution GICs, rather than investing in the stock market.
accumulated a net worth of $1.5 million because you can allocate a dividend sufficient to An effective method of savings is the “out-of-
(not counting the value of their principal resi- absorb a substantial portion of their tuition and sight, out-of-mind” plan. Each month, take a por-
dence and household belongings). A retirement education costs. It is not unusual to allocate a tion, ideally 10% of your gross practice income,
nest egg of $1.5 million at age 60 is estimated to $60,000-$80,000 dividend to a student without and automatically transfer it to a corporation
produce an after-tax and inflation-adjusted cash any personal taxes, producing a tax saving of savings account. Don’t be concerned about
flow of $6,000 each month for the rest of your about $20,000. the tax you have to pay once you withdraw the
life, or $72,000 annually. As a rule of thumb, it’s funds during your retirement. you’ll be in a lower
4. Make home mortgage repayment a
wise to plan for an annual retirement income of tax bracket, and can split the dividend income
priority Before you start your investment
at least 50% of your pre-retirement after-tax an- with your family.
program, pay off the mortgage first. Investing
nual income derived from your medical practice.
in the repayment of a 4% non-deductible Consider what your income needs are likely
So, is your savings plan sufficient to
mortgage rate is equivalent to an investment to be after you retire from your practice and
generate that level of income? Here are some
return of 7%, which is all but impossible to what you need to do between now and then
suggestions for optimizing your savings to pay
achieve today in any low-risk investment, much to make sure you will have that income avail-
for the post-career lifestyle you want:
less a zero-risk investment such as mortgage able to you. There are many options, but just
1. Maximize after-tax practice cash flow repayment. Physicians who still face a large going to the office and hoping it will take care
through incorporation. unless your annual in- mortgage burden in their 50s are facing a future of itself is not one of them.
come is less than $100,000, you should consider of considerable financial pressure because the
setting up a medical corporation. Any income available cash surplus that should be going
retained in the corporation is taxed at the low toward retirement funding is being used to pay
For Incorporated Doctors -
Small Business tax rate, which ranges from 12% off the home mortgage. This financial squeeze If you get sick, you get paid.
in PEI to 19% in Quebec. ontario’s rate is 16%. By is often exacerbated by the need to provide If you don’t get sick,
investing cash surplus in the corporation, rather financial support to children for their post
than distributing it to the shareholder, the tax secondary education. you get paid back.
deferral benefit is about 30%—the difference
5. Buy assets not liabilities. In our experience,
between the corporate tax rate and the maxi-
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RRSP contribution from corporate funds, since under-utilized by family members, they require
premiums can be returned if you don’t
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from the corporation in form of a taxable a recreational property drops the most. Same Today is a good day to learn how you
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s m a l l ta l k doctors share their picks, pans, pleasures and fears
This physician loves his food, from mango in Mexico to pine mushrooms foraged at home. If he wasn’t a doctor, he’d
be a restaurant critic. As his wife says: “David is a gourmand who savours traditional and new flavours in life and on the
table. He just walked past me with two cucumbers he picked from his greenhouse, so I know that we will share a fresh
salad tonight.” She adds, “He loves to share his passion with friends, and I am so lucky that he shares his life with me.”
My name: David May ten. It was refreshing to not know but dangerous. or Ming Dynasty My last purchase:
what was going on. China: breathtaking and scary. A selection of wines to serve my
I live and practise in:
friends at a locavore meal.
Powell River, BC The best souvenir I’ve brought My favourite book:
back from a trip: $250 worth of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis My last splurge: 2004 Bordeaux: I
My training: MD, university of
saffron from a market in Catalonia, de Bernières am saving it for my 50th birthday.
London; GP Anaesthesia, uBC,
Vancouver; MRCGP, university of Spain. I was travelling with my choir My favourite movie: My closet has too many: of my
Nottingham and three of us beat the saffron [several!] The Jungle Book, wife’s clothes in it.
dealer’s price down.
Why I was drawn to medicine: My fridge is always stocked with:
Medicine is an Applied Science A favourite place that I keep Good cheese
My medicine cabinet
is always stocked with:
My guilty pleasure is:
fresh sourdough croissants
and newspapers on Saturday
My favourite exercise/
sports activity: Swimming
My celebrity crush: Juliette
I’d want this item with me if
stranded on a desert island:
A barbecue to cook the wonder-
ful fish I would catch.
My secret to relaxing and
relieving tension: Not bringing
A talent I wish I had: Ease with
My scariest moment:
failing the exam when I was a new
doctor in Canada, with a young
My fondest memory:
The birth of my children
A big challenge I’ve faced:
keeping a healthy balance between
work and family.
I’m inspired by: Classical music,
great food, wine and art..
My biggest ego boost: My wife
thinks I am great occasionally
My biggest ego blow: The low
from top Dr. David May skiing with his daughter Kate at Mount Washington on Vancouver opinion which my teenage children
Island; Escaping bulls while hiking in the Wye Valley in England; Sampling fresh mango and hold of me
coconut in Cholula, Mexico; Above the town of Monterosso in the Liguria region of Italy.
I’m happiest when: I am with
people who love me.
where I could make a difference returning to: The united kingdom Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, A cause close to my heart:
and in family Practice I can see the is where my heart is. Amélie. La Jetée, Star Wars Palliative Care and Chronic Pain: two
continuity of life. My ultimate dream vacation: My first job: Gardener at the local fields where there is room for huge
CouRTESy DR. DAVID MAy
Having time to wander European school in London. improvements
My last trip: Cornwall, England: A
blissful coastal hiking holiday be- back roads finding family-run hotels. The gadget or gear I could not do Something I haven’t done yet
tween picture perfect fishing villag- To experience those serendipitous without: Bottle opener that’s on my must-do list: A walk-
es and eating at niche restaurants. events that are part of the ethos of ing tour of Tuscany
those countries. My favourite room at home:
The most exotic place I’ve trav- Bedroom If I wasn’t a doctor I’d be:
elled: Hanoi, Vietnam: where the If I could travel to any time, I’d go A restaurant critic
to: Renaissance Europe: spectacular My car: Vw Golf
rules of life are completely re-writ-
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their participation in the activity. MD/DO/PhD/DDS/DMD—US$695
Nursing Contact Hours: Continuing Education, Inc. is an approved
provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses
Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses
Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
Florida Seller of Travel Reg. #14337
A LL B UTLER,
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Sandals premieres a new level of luxury with the introduction of the rst and only
all-butler, oceanfront resort. Enjoy views of a perfect one-mile-long stretch of pristine,
white-sand beach. Unwind by the half-acre pool with a repit right in the middle, or
in the 29,000 square-foot Red Lane® Spa, featuring Dermalogica® products. Explore
the waters of The Exumas with the most comprehensive scuba ■ program. Play the
signature Greg Norman-designed golf course,* named one of the Caribbean’s top ®
courses by Travel + Leisure Golf. Savor gourmet cuisine served with Beringer® wines
in any of five remarkable restaurants. Best of all, everything is included, making
out-of-the-ordinary luxury in the Out Islands an extraordinary private escape.
Spa services additional. ■Resort dive certi cation course available
at an additional cost.*Green fees additional.
Air Canada Vacations offers non-stop Sunday ights
from Toronto to Georgetown, Great Exuma, Bahamas
with convenient connectors from 65 Canadian cities.