Letter from the Editors
It is with great pleasure that we present issue 9.3 of the Queen’s Medical Review, Humor in Medicine. As junior trainees who will soon be faced with the realities of the medical world, we undoubtedly look to that first day with some combination of excitement and fear. Excitement because we are eager to finally realize our potential and use our skills to help our patients, and fear because we have all heard horror stories about the wards. In dealing with the latter we will all undoubtedly benefit from being able to have a sense of humor about ourselves, our egos and the less-than-ideal circumstances that we may at times find ourselves in. Moreover, humor will help us to bridge interpersonal gaps with our colleagues and to become closer to our patients. For all these reasons we are incredibly excited to devote our first issue as editors-in-chief to exploring the overlap between comedy and our chosen profession.
In this issue the Queen’s Medical Review follows up on the past year’s History of Medicine projects as Helena Kim and Anisha Sarkaria recount their findings regarding the history of masturbation. In our interview segment, Shelby Stanojev racks the brains of four notably humorous clinician teachers and explores their use of comedy in both education and practice. In two distinct pieces, Tom Mazzetti and Saam Azargive offer their insights on the struggle of a medical student trying to decide whether it is appropriate to outwardly acknowledge the humour in some choice situations.
Outside of the school environment, Saleha Munawar explores the growing trend of medical television shows, comparing the brands of humor offered by shows like Scrubs and House, MD. Maximilien Boulet and artist Sherwin Wong team up to create a comic illustration portraying the international impressions of a travelling medical student. Linda Qu’s short story illustrates, from the perspective of the patient, the murky navigation of dark medical humour in the face of death.
This summer has been a whirlwind of political activity in the Ontario medical sphere, and the ongoing and past negotiations are still at the forefront of our minds. Daniel Korpal satirizes the rocky relationship between the Ontario Medical Association and Coalition of Ontario Doctors, while Akshay Rajaram and Michael Kim explore the similarities between debating the tentative Physician Services Agreement and finding a Tinder date.
As always, this issue of the Queen’s Medical Review is a product of the contributions of many. This would not have been possible without our volunteer authors, editors, artists, and layout designers. We are perpetually impressed by your hard work and dedication, and we are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together. As the QMR continues to grow, we encourage you to look out for future innovations, including our website redesign, which will make QMR content more accessible and better integrated with social media.
Thank you to all that made this journey possible,
Ilia Ostrovski and Grace Zhang