Journal club

Next meetings: Date and Time TBA Spring 2020


The Journal Club is a time of camaraderie with interesting discussion on relevant topics. You won’t find anything like it anywhere else. Dinner and Refreshments are provided. Please RSVP at for exact date, time & location


E-mail us with a topic you would like to see discussed this coming year.



Previous discussions


February 27, 2017  Topic: “Truth or Fantasy: The underpinnings of false beliefs as applied to Alternative Medicine and New Age Faiths”


January 23, 2017 Topic: disclosing harm  from health care delivery

Website for article:


November 28, 2016  Topic: the effects of the environment on maternal-fetal health and outcomes

Preconception. Nov 28 Journal Club


September 26, 2016    Topic: Pitfalls in Prescription Marijuana

Medical Marijuana



April 4, 2016, Final Discussion and Social

The dangerously contagious effect of assisted-suicide laws – The Washington Post


March 7, 2016, Transgender Youth

Recommendations of the Alberta Government to Alberta School Boards regarding Transgender students


February 1, 2016, Palliative Care

Will Palliative Care Prevent Physician Assisted Suicide?

January 2, 2016, Surviving CaRMS

Applicants for residency – Jan 2016


Monday, November 2, 2015, Special Needs

Down Syndrome and the Family

A Beautiful Gift


Monday Oct 5, 2015 NaProTECHNOLOGY

Alternative medical treatment of infertility as alternatives to ART

NaProTECHNOLOGY Published Canadian study

NaProTECHNOLOGY Published Irish study


Thursday, May 21, 2015 Conscientious Objection

Gagging Conscience, Violating Humanity; Uniform Coercive Policy urged for all Canadian physicians.

Monday,  March 16,  2015 Ethics of Treating Highly Contagious diseases

Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 Ethical Issues of Heart Transplants

Discussion panel included cardiac transplant surgeon, a cardiologist and a transplant recipient delving into ethical issues of heart transplants.

Monday – November 17th, 2014 – Conscientious Objection

Do we abandon patients when we don’t offer treatment that is counter to our beliefs and principles?

Thursday – May 8, 2014 – Prescribing to Addicts

Do we abandon patients when we don’t prescribe addictive medicines because of their indiscretions? Case study 60 year old woman with previous addictions, banned from receiving any narcotics.
Controlling pain and reducing misuse of opioids

Leader: Mary Ellen Haggerty

Monday – November 25, 2013 – Private Organ Donors

Reading material in preparation of discussion
Organ Transplants Living Donor & Ethical Limits by Ross

Leader: Paul Flaman 

Thursday – January 9, 2014 – Government Cuts

What are the moral as well as the health consequences of government cuts to disadvantaged groups?  As catholic physicians what should we do about it?

Statement from the ‘Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care’

CMAJ – Refugee Health Care

Leader: Denis Vincent

Monday – March 17, 2014 – Tube Feeding

 Is it moral or ethical to force tube feeding on a 15 year old male with Anorexia nervosa. This is a case study in autonomy.

Leader: Joan Johnston


Next board meetings  TBA

Email if interested in coming