Author: Kevin Dueck

Kevin Dueck Kevin Dueck (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

McMaster University


Kevin is a Family Medicine resident at McMaster University. He is active in the medical humanities, the author of the blog Aboot Medicine (Twitter: @AbootMedicine), and co-founder of the student wellness project Western Vitals.




Checking Boxes

Such was the start of clerkship, lost in a sea of paperwork and bureaucracy. A mountain of bookkeeping distributed to each student: due dates, boxes to check, requirements to fulfill and all with the threat of expulsion if any part was deemed incomplete. I understand the need to track what we experience for assessment, but the framing and focus of this introduction emphasized what should be a secondary to our learning.

Humane Medicine

“What can you do here that we can’t do at home?” This question angered my resident. How dare a patient admitted to the hospital ask for justification of their plan? The progress note had already been written and orders entered; assent to the plan was assumed and having to walk the patient through the options would extend rounds considerably. What an inconvenience.

Kevin Dueck Kevin Dueck (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer Emeritus

McMaster University


Kevin is a Family Medicine resident at McMaster University. He is active in the medical humanities, the author of the blog Aboot Medicine (Twitter: @AbootMedicine), and co-founder of the student wellness project Western Vitals.