Quick Q & A with The Medical Post

The Medical Post November 19, 2002

Quick Q & A with Dr. Noorali Bharwani – a general surgeon in Medicine Hat, Alta.

What is your least favourite medical procedure that you regularly perform?
Not a medical procedure but part of it: filling insurance forms.

What book are you reading?
Jacalyn Duffin’s History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction.

What illness do you most fear getting?
Hepatitis or AIDS.

What do you think is the most exciting field of science at the moment?
Medical genetics.

What is the least enjoyable job you’ve ever had?
Working as a stock boy at a supermarket in London, England, while waiting for my General Medical Council registration.

What do you do when you need to clear your mind?
Watch a comedy show, go on a treadmill or meditate.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“Be an optimist but have plan B ready.”

What is your greatest fear?
To die before my children enter university.

What vice do you have that you hide from patients?
My short fuse – if that is a vice!

What is your biggest extravagance?
My office building.

What talent do you envy in others?

What is your favourite meal?
My wife’s vegetable soup.

What do you say to someone who says “doctors have it made”?
Try going through a medical school and residency program, then come and talk to me.

What do you think is the greatest political danger to the medical profession?
Politicians do not understand that medicine is an imperfect science with many promises and expectations which cannot be satisfactorily delivered without adequate funding, manpower, equipment and infrastructure.

What’s your junk-food weakness?
Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies from Tim Hortons! Our hospital Tim Hortons is out of bounds for me, so I am going through withdrawal symptoms.

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