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Best of 2019: Most read Boldly articles

top 5 articles of 2019

With the end of 2019 right around the corner, we spent some time looking back on content that mattered to you.

We launched Boldly earlier this year with the intentions of:

  • preparing you for future advancements in medicine;
  • sharing the thoughts and voices of leading thinkers and change-makers in the industry;
  • creating a space to discuss topics that concern physicians, medical learners and health care professionals across Canada.

Some focus areas we took on as a result were innovation, access to care, leadership and wellness.

Curious about what your fellow Boldly readers were interested in reading this past year? We were too.

Here are Boldly’s most-read articles in 2019:


3 skills doctors need today5. Three skills doctors need today

Even as the practice of medicine has evolved over centuries with new challenges and technologies, many of the skills physicians need today to succeed haven’t changed.

So, why don’t we prioritize teaching them in medical school?

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5 ways to add compassion to your practice4. Five keys, three Ts and mindfulness: adding compassion to your practice

The science of compassion is in its early stages, but human feelings when faced with illness are as old as time.

People want a kind word, a gentle touch and to feel they’re not alone. As it turns out, the power of that connection flows both ways.

What would happen if every physician committed to giving every patient 40 seconds of compassion?

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This diagnostic tool got a makeover3. This common diagnostic tool got a 21st century makeover

It’s an essential tool in every general practitioner’s (GP) arsenal. It’s used all the time for routine exams and to diagnose common illnesses. It’s mounted on the wall in nearly every family clinic’s exam room.

And yet, a study showed GP’s only have 50% diagnostic accuracy with it. Dr. Devon Livingstone sought to change that.

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12 mobile apps2. 12 mobile apps to help you automate your practice

In a day and age where most of us have smartphones, we are always looking for tools to make our lives easier—even at work. This article features 12 mobile apps to make that happen.

If you liked this one, I suggest you read this updated article we posted in November. Dr. Chandi Chandrasena, a family doctor who speaks on this topic regularly, read the first one and submitted her own. See which 12 mobile apps she uses here.

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Here's what you can do about burnout1. From one doctor to another: here’s what you can do about burnout

Health and wellness have been a concern among health professionals for a long time—but only now is it getting the traction it deserves. It’s known to be a stressful environment, and yet there’s still stigma associated with it.

Dr. Duncan Rozario, head of surgery at Oakville Trafalgar hospital, shares what you can do at an individual and institutional level as well as what he’s done for his own organization.

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Due to your great interest in this article, we began sourcing more content on this topic―a podcast interview with Dr. Mamta Gautam, an article about the relationship between EHRs and physician burnout—with much more on the way in January.



We’re listening―tell us your thoughts or ideas by emailing―or better yet, submit a piece and contribute to a flourishing community of physicians, health care professionals and learners. Together, we can ensure you get more of what you want to read, watch and listen to in 2020.

Thank you again for a great year—we are so grateful for your readership.

Wishing you a warm, safe and joyous holiday season.



This material is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice. The opinions stated by the authors are made in a personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiaries including Joule.  Feel passionate about physician-led innovation? Please connect with us at

About the author(s)

Nicole Forget is a content manager for the CMA and its subsidiaries. She is driven by curiosity, the power of storytelling and approaches to make health care better for all.

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