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The Heart has Bandaged Moments: Notes on Small Town Medicine

Here we will share information about the Patient Medical Home family practice, plus other helpful and fun articles.

My Father Died Twice, and I Couldn’t Save Him Either Time: Part 1

My father died because of me. My parents were born into poverty, and not the luxurious type of poverty whereby you are poor but have an abundance of social services, food banks, and free medical care to help with the forgotten basic needs of food, shelter and water. My parents were both born into third world poverty. My Father was born in South Afr...
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Alberta Health Care Cuts: The Fight to Keep our Hospital Full-Service

​ As you saw from our colleagues at Moose and Squirrel in Sundre in the post we shared this week, health care is in for a big change in Alberta. For those of you who lived through the Ralph Klein days, you have an idea of what we're in for. I didn't live through those cuts, but yesterday was one of those days that truly highlighted for me how the g...
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This Is It: Final Countdown

​ Just a few weeks to go until I'm officially done residency. I feel like a kid at Christmas, anticipating Santa's arrival with such angst the days seem longer than usual. After all, if you include all my university training, from BA to MA to PhD to MD, I've been in university for 18 years (albeit with 3 maternity leaves). That's a long time as a s...
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From Bullied to Broadway Baby

​ First day of school today for my girls and every year my heart palpitates with worry as I drop them off and hope they have a good year. A caring and patient teacher. An inspiring classroom. Kind peers. At their age, I loved school because I had a voracious appetite for learning absolutely anything. But I was also terrified of school because I was...
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Sing to Me: My Palliative Block

I recently admitted a patient dying of cancer and after running through our impression and plan with him (treat the anemia with a transfusion, stop the GI bleed with a scope and pantoloc infusion, alleviate his bone pain with radiation and opioids), I asked if there was anything else we could do at this time. "Sing to me," he said. Not because he k...
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Hearts and Hockey Cards

We just had our second successful celebratory BBQ last week. I can't believe it's already been 2 years for Riverside Medical. I'm so impressed by my spouse and the team. The obstacles they've overcome and their dedication to patient-centered care never ceases to impress me. I'm equally awestricken by our Legion members, who come host the BBQ every ...
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Understanding Human Motivation: Interview with Dr. Veronique Ram

  Click here to read an incredible interview featuring our own, Dr. Veronique Ram.

Run Your Own Race

I wasn't born to run. In fact, at 18 months of age I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and spent most of my early years in and out of hospitals. Luckily, I was fortunate to outgrow the illness, as many children with pauciarticular arthritis do. Nonetheless, it certainly made my childhood difficult and lonely. I didn't have the physic...
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Blog 2: Breathing Books, Transforming Technology

Some of you may not know that I am a reader and book lover. I've read easily over 3000 books in my lifetime to date (this does not include kids' books, which I have the pleasure of delving in daily). As my mom's best-friend noted when we crossed paths at my father's funeral this summer, reading was always part of my being, and she remembers how I'd...
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My Journey as a Patient Care Coordinator at Riverside Medical

Well, it's official! I'm here to stay. After 3+ months of training, I have been adopted by the Riverside Medical family. It has been an interesting and eye opening experience thus far. Having to convert from old school paper and pen (the way it was done many years ago, and more familiar to this old gal) to the more modern electronic everything, has b...
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Blog 1: 335 days to go

We've made it over the hump: less than one year away from being in Drumheller and at Riverside Medical permanently. As educational and wonderful as this journey has been to date, it'll be nice to finally be home for good. I recently did a countdown on Instagram before attending a Brandi Carlile concert and it was so much fun and built such exciteme...
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The Good Old Hockey Game.

When Riverside Medical was in the toddler stages of existence, the concept of making the patient being the star attraction, the idea of "Theme" rooms was born. At Riverside Medical, gone are the days of being just a "number", here you're a person with a name! As Team members, we were all given the opportunity to choose our own theme with an explana...
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Stay Tuned...

When I made the decision to join Dr. Ram and Dr. Veronique in their new "adventure", not once did I think I would be doing some of the "new to me" things that I am now faced with. That being said, I find myself facing new challenges daily! One of the said challenges being, BLOG ENTRIES! At Riverside Medical we strive to keep up with the most modern...
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Riverside Medical & RXcellence are now providing flu shots.

Riverside Medical & RXcellence (our in-clinic pharmacy) are now providing flu shots. Monday - Friday between 9:00am & 4:00pm. Wait times may vary. Come and get your flu shot today!

A Reflection Of My Year With Riverside Medical - by Ashlyn Herzog

I've been told by many older and wiser people that "When life gives you an opportunity, Jump! You are too young to pass this up". Statements like this quite accurately summarize my decision to team up with my wonderful, hard-working partner and move to Lac La Biche to expand our family ranching operation. This was a difficult decision to make as an...
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Patients Aren’t Pariahs, They’re People: Join Us for the Canada Day Parade

​ If you've been to the clinic these past few months, you've likely heard us playing the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman . In fact, if you've been to the legion on a Friday night, you may have even heard Rithesh's one man show performance of the entire album. We love the songs and play them at home, and at the clinic, daily. We dance, we sing, w...
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Welcome Baby!

We would like to introduce Nahlyn Sewbarath Ram, who was born April 8, 2018 at 7:11am. This is my third Sunday baby. According to astrology, those born on Sundays are never satisfied with the ordinary and shine with brilliance amongst others. Physiologically, I must have a very regular cycle. Nonetheless, this birth was definitely not ordinary. Thi...
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Here Comes Little Baby Ram

I haven't written a new blog post for awhile : I apologize. I took a social media holiday – Facebook, Blog, Internet. This was mostly as a result of overall fatigue. I am expecting Baby 3 in early April and combined with my residency program training, family responsibilities, and just life stuff, I've been exhausted. Pregnancy is always an adventur...
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Let’s Get Physical: Or Not?

  The annual physical exam: dreaded by patients and physicians alike. Why? Confusion regarding expectations, fear of judgement , discomfort with poking and prodding. Surprisingly there is no definitive way to perform an "annual physical exam" and you'll notice, if you see multiple doctors, that each has an approach unique to their practice sty...
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When Doctors Fear Doctors

I recently had a meet & greet with my new family doctor in Lethbridge. It had been a long-time since I had met a doctor for the first time that would be treating me as a patient, other than my OB nearly 5 years ago. I sat there 15 minutes before my appointment, feeling my heart race and my palms get sweaty. I was nervous and anxious. What if sh...
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Our Location

Riverside Medical Clinc is located on the third floor of the Riverside Health Centre Building. Our Physicians are here to service your medical needs.
Riverside Medical Clinc PO Box 1990
180 Riverside Drive East
Drumheller, Alberta
T0J 0Y0
Phone: 403-823-5000
Fax: 1-403-961-0016
 
 

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