About the Blog

During her presidency, Dr Kathleen Ross will be writing about her experiences and thoughts.

longitudinal care
June 22, 2020

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”.


Sister Margaret Dyer baths a newborn baby at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, 1942. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Many of us may have been taught that this phrase referred to the medieval...

Clinical exams in the time of COVID-19
June 4, 2020

“It is not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Observational skills are a vital tool in the medical profession. We are taught to pay attention to key words, phrases, and important visual cues as patients relate their histories. Along with this comes...

Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
May 15, 2020

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention” - Plato

Human history is full of examples of an acute crisis causing seismic changes in health care, social interactions, business practices, and government structures. There can be no question that the COVID-19 pandemic in...

hopeful sunrise image
April 15, 2020

While reading an article by a US physician about COVID-19, I happened upon the term “Pre-TSD”. Pre-Traumatic Shock Disorder encapsulates what so many healthcare professionals are feeling in the lead up to the unknown trauma many of us are preparing to face in the weeks ahead. As I heard this...

March 19, 2020

“We’re all in this together, and it shows – from the movie “High School Musical”

With COVID-19 upon us, we are all engaged in a war. A war against a virus with no definitive treatment and no population immunity. There has not been a time in recent history where physicians, nurses, allied...