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After time spent working in Africa and running a family practice in Ottawa, it was her patients who nudged Dr. Louise Coulombe into the area of medicine she's spent the past 21 years.
The Ottawa physician has spent the past two decades of her career helping patients die at home as a palliative care physician.
"My patients said to me, 'you better learn to take care of us at home because when we die we're going to do it at home'," she recalls. "My patients told me to do it and I tried. My patients said it was possible and they were right."
Medical student Haider Abed (left) chats with Stephen Molnar, Mayor of Tillsonburg, at the AMO conference.
As part of its commitment to engage with community leaders, the Ontario Medical Association once again met with mayors and local councillors from across Ontario at the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference.
The annual event brings together more than 1,200 elected officials to talk about local issues, including health care. This year's conference took place last month in Windsor.
The event is an important opportunity for Ontario's doctors to meet face-to-face with AMO delegates to get a better understanding of the challenges their residents face when they need to access the health-care system. It also offered an opportunity to discuss what it takes to make patient care a bigger priority in all communities, with Ontario's doctors offering assistance in how to make that happen.