Me'Chosen Medical celebrated its first 10 years of helping patients in the southern Vancouver Island communities. A cake was decorated, featuring a leaf that was trimmed from one of the lemon trees out in front of the office.
Dr. Ramnik Bath and Larisha Basilantony were the lucky winners of a pair of one-way plane tickets to Victoria, from anywhere in Canada. They won the eagle-eyed contest that Me'Chosen Medical ran at the annual College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Family Medicine Forum (FMF) conference. Ramnik and Larisha popped by the medical office to visit, as part of their tour of southern Vancouver Island.
Dr. Peter Gladstone (at left in photo), a cardiologist in Victoria, has started a visiting clinic for cardiac patients, here in Metchosin. It is currently held every three months, usually on a Friday. As teaching faculty, Dr. Gladstone also sometimes brings along a medical student or resident, for example Dr. Naweed (at right in photo).
Me'Chosen Medical attended the 2020 Canadian national conference for family physicians, in its inaugural digital experience. More information at Virtual FMF 2020.
Welcome to Dr. Ian Hyams and medical office assistant Jennifer Blum, who have begun providing a visiting clinic, for Vancouver Island patients with FM/CFS/Lyme, so that they can access treatment expertise locally. More information at Hyams Clinic.
With CoVid, families are having more time to grow their own food at home in their yard. There is now a 'CoVictory' garden on the pathway to the office, to help patients who are new to growing their own vegetables. Thanks to Kelly for the gardening expertise!
The office has introduced coronavirus protections. Telephone, video, in-person and housecall appointments are all available. For respiratory conditions, there is a second, separate entrance which leads directly to a negative-pressure isolation room. Office managers are able to work remotely from home. Staff have full gown/mask/glove PPE as needed. Masks are available to arriving patients who need one. Magazines and toys have been set aside. In-person appointments are buffered in both time and space. Patients can enjoy the outdoor waiting room. The nurse is also able to do injections outdoors or in-vehicle as desired by the patient.
The approximately 4000 Canadian family physicians who attend the national annual Family Medicine Forum (FMF) voted to select the Me'Chosen Medical booth as this year's most innovative. Congrats to the team and community for the achievement! Read the newspaper article for full details.
The looped soundtracks for the ocean beach in front of the office are now available as downloadable MP3s. These are available for those requesting them for their phones to help with noises interrupting sleep. There are two soundtracks listed below to choose from (can right click and choose 'Save Link As...' to download):
Three foot waves
The office garnered a blue ribbon for best pineapple and citrus basket in Metchosin Day's produce and vegetables contest. The pineapple was donated to be a draw prize for participants in the Metchosin Day annual 5km run, and went home to its new adoptive owner.
Dr. O'Connor attended the 2018 Family Medicine Forum in Toronto, with the research poster entitled Wither the Office Plant: Growing plant-based foods inside the family practice office.
Electrocautery is now available in the office. This allows removing pathologic skin lesions with electricity.
Spring has sprung. To help encourage consideration of implementing a plant-based whole-food diet to reduce some burden of chronic diseases, there is a new greenhouse next to the patient parking lot. The initial crop is lemons, limes, Chilean guavas, as well as some starter plants.
Dr. Robert O'Connor, Dr. Pete Hobza and Jazlin Mayhue attended and presented their research at the Family Medicine Forum in Vancouver. The Family Medicine Forum is the annual National conference for Canadian family physicians. The research caught the attention of the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), who was in attendance, who invited the team to share it more widely, so here it is at CMAJ blogs.
Kody the Kodiak has joined the team. Hand-carved in Metchosin, he welcomes young and old on the way to the office. Many thanks to sculptor Dave for the kind addition.
The first batch of office-grown pineapples have been harvested. Eaten one day in the office, the pineapples taste a bit zestier than ones from the grocery store.
Metchosin Day now has a section for bicycles, including ribbons in various categories, helping to promote healthy bicycling in the community. The year's best bike accessory went to the housecall's bike custom built rack, that snaps to a modded detachable doctors bag, so that opthalmoscopes and other tools don't fall off en route to a housecall. Thanks to Al Bergman for the custom welding and fabrication. Competition in Metchosin for best bike accessory was not as tight as the battle for best pie, yet.
Al Bergman, of Berg Bikes, has completed construction of the housecall bicycle. It was picked up from his home-based wheelchair-accessible manufacturing shop in Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island.
Two handcrafted examination tables arrived for the office. Built by hand by a local carpenter, the tables feature all-wood construction in the stirrups, drawers, and sliding platforms.
Upon hearing of the donated Dr. Seuss 'Cat In the Hat', Christien Shipton, a Sooke quilter kindly opted to create a custom, handmade Dr. Seuss quilt. The quilt was given to Dr. O'Connor to deliver for the special needs children of the area. It was delivered in September to the Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island at their motorcar gathering fundraiser.
Today marked the five-millionth passenger into Ogden Point in Victoria. The ship carrying the passenger cruised through the glimmering waters in front of the medical office, enjoying the summer day.
Times Colonist coverage.
There is a resident bald eagle nest on Delgada Road, a few doors up from the office driveway toward Metchosin Road. If you listen for the peeping, then look closely with the binoculars, you can see the camouflaged baby eaglet (circled in red) poking out of edge of the nest.
The hanging system is up, allowing artwork on office walls to change every few weeks. If you are a local artist, and interested in having your work featured, please drop a line!
Dr. O'Connor played a small part in helping out the kids and team at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children's Health recover part of their cultural history. Further details at:
Victoria Times Colonist
A followup letter from someone who was a patient at the Solarium in the 1950s
Congratulations to Metchosin physicians Dr. Dan O'Connell and Dr. Joan Rosenberg for their well-earned award, recognizing their many years of service!
A presentation on rural medicine at the Metchosin Community Hall was successful with members of community filling the aisles of the small venue. Thanks to the many organizers and attendees who helped make it a success!
While awaiting to start the new practice in Metchosin, Dr. O'Connor completed the Victoria 8K road race, through downtown Victoria. Dr. O'Connor used this special performance-enhancing-garment to reach his goal of a Top 80 finish in the Victoria 8K. By this, he means he was able to top the finish times of some of the 80-year-olds.