Around the Rheum is the official podcast of the Canadian Rheumatology Association. Our goal is to share a Canadian perspective within the world of rheumatology through stories, in-depth subject matter features, clinical advice, interviews and more.
Episode 7 - The Ultrasound Rheum: Diagnosis and Management of Large Vessel Vasculitis
“...The ultrasound is a very good tool because it’s accessible, it's… not expensive, it’s non-invasive; you can get an answer right away.” -Dr. Jean-Paul Makhzhoum, University of Montreal
“The technology we have now is fantastic. We have much better resolution in seeing the things we need to see. I think where the training really comes in is being able to interpret the scan and to be confident in what we are seeing.” -Dr. Mohammad (Mo) Bardi, University of British Columbia.
In this episode of 'Around the Rheum', host Daniel Ennis is joined by Dr. Mohammad Bardi and Dr. Jean-Paul Makhzhoum to discuss the importance of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of large vessel vasculitis, advancements that have been made in recent years, and the best ways to successfully assess and apply what is learned from the ultrasound scans.
Dr. Mohammad (Mo) Bardi is a Rheumatologist and USSONAR Fellow and Faculty, additionally trained in vascular ultrasound. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Jean-Paul Makhzhoum is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal, specializing in vasculitis.
Dr. Daniel Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia.
Episode 6 - Changing Rheums - Rheumatology Training and COVID-19
“We were all basically on call to be called to a COVID ward, to internal medicine or intensive care. So we were in survival mode for that next step.” - Dr. Peter van Stolk
In this special “Around the Rheum” series, UBC’s Dr Daniel Ennis explores the many ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our colleagues and patients across the country.
In this episode he is joined by two Rheumatology Fellows, Dr. Azin Ahrari and Dr. Peter van Stolk, to learn about the impact of the virus on their training.
At the time of recording, Dr. Azin Ahrari was a PGY4 Rheumatology fellow at University of British Columbia. She is now a PGY5 Fellow. She graduated from University of Ottawa Medical School and completed her internal medicine training at Western University in London, Ontario.
And Dr. Peter van Stolk was a graduating PGY5 rheumatology fellow from the University of British Columbia. He completed both his medical school and Internal Medicine residency at UBC. He is now a practicing Rheumatologist in Kelowna, BC.
Episode 5 - Let Us Take You to CanRIO - The Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology
A new class of medications, Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors, have revolutionized the treatment of various forms of cancer by harnessing the immune system fight to these diseases. Unfortunately, these powerful drugs are sometimes associated with the development of autoimmune toxicities, otherwise known as immune-related adverse events (irAE). Enter rheumatology!
Join Daniel Ennis as he talks with two of the founding members of the Canadian Research Group of Rheumatology in Immuno-Oncology (CanRIO), Dr. Carrie Ye and Dr. Shahin Jamal, about this expanding area of rheumatology practice and research.
Dr. Carrie Ye is a rheumatologist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Shahin Jamal is a rheumatologist and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia.
Episode 4 - Rheum on the Wards - Two Rheumatologists’ Experiences Working on the COVID-19 Wards in Montreal, QC.
In this episode, we talk to two Rheumatologists in Montreal, the epicenter of the pandemic in Canada. Listen in on a discussion about their experiences as they set aside their practices to help on the COVID-19 wards of the Jewish General Hospital.
Join our host, Dr. Daniel Ennis, as we unpack this subject within the context of the current pandemic.
Note: This episode was originally recorded on 6/9/2020, prior to more extensive research on plaquenil being available.
About our guests:
Dr. Marie Hudson is a Rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and a senior scientist at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research.
Dr. Sabrina Fallavolita is also a rheumatologist at the Jewish General and the Site director for the Rheumatology program.
Dr. Daniel Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Episode 3 - PIMS and the Paediatric COVID-19 Experience
Over the next few months, the CRA’s Around the Rheum podcast will be exploring Canadian perspectives of COVID-19 and how it has affected different groups.
On May 6, 2020, The Lancet published (https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31094-1/fulltext) a case series of 8 paediatric patients with a hyperinflammatory shock syndrome. Since then, similar cases have been documented throughout Europe, the United States, and now in Canada.
In this episode, Dr. Marie-Paule Morin guides us through the evolving literature around a new clinical entity: Paediatric inflammatory multi-system syndrome (PIMS). Dr. Morin works in Montreal, QC, a Canadian hotspot for COVID-19, and has first-hand experience working with children suspected of having PIMS. Join our host, Dr. Daniel Ennis, as we unpack this subject within the context of the current pandemic.
* Dr. Marie-Paule Morin is a Paediatric Rheumatologist at St Justine University Hospital in Montreal.
* Dr. Daniel Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Episode 2 - Academic or Community
In this episode, our host Dr. Daniel Ennis is joined by Dr. Michelle Teo and Dr. Janet Pope in a discussion about the merits as well as the pitfalls of the two main streams in rheumatology, community or academic.Our guests offer their expert perspectives on a career choice that many young rheumatologists and trainees can find extremely challenging.
Dr. Teo is a rheumatologist and clinical Instructor with the University of British Columbia. She is in private practice in Penticton, BC. Dr. Pope is a Professor of Medicine at Western University and is the Division Head of Rheumatology at St. Joseph's Health Centre, London.Dr. Ennis is a Rheumatologist and Vasculitis Specialist at the University of British Columbia.