Monday December 29, 2008
I hope you're having a pleasant holiday. Just as you've taken time off to be with family and friends, so have we. For our Grand Finale, we have dipped into the archives to replay one of your favorite shows from last season. This week, on White Coat, Black Art, we take a revealing yet sensitive look at death from the point of view of people on my side of the gurney.
It seems fitting that we present our take on the 'final frontier' just as we take our leave of you. To me, death is one of the last taboos we have in our society. In my work in emergency, I've encountered many otherwise bright people who struggle to understand that life does not go on forever. Perhaps we are too busy to appreciate the passage of time. Perhaps we hope for a final conversation with a loved one that will right the wrongs of disagreements past.
A wise person once told me, "show me a person who is afraid of death, and I'll show you a person who is afraid to live." Truer words have never been spoken. Though I've tried many times, I know on a deep level that a better conversation or even a better opportunity for a conversation often doesn't come. A wiser course is to live each day and to love each day as if it's your last.
If you were dying, would you want to die suddenly in your sleep? Or, would you want to know as close as possible the final moment, so that you could settle your affairs and let as many friends and families as possible know how much you care about them? Death frightens me just much as the next person. But I'd still choose the latter.
To that end, we've worked on the current season of White Coat, Black Art, knowing that the end was near. We are going on hiatus for the time being. I for one appreciated the chance to choose with care the final stories I wanted to do. My favorites of this season included our two part series on boundaries between health professionals and patients, dealing with suicidal patients, and burnout among health professionals. They are topics that have been on my list for some time. They deal with pressing issues on my side of the gurney. That you were moved by them makes my heart sing.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Senior Producer Quade Hermann and Producers Lara Hindle and Carma Jolly for their hard work this season. And I wanted to thank you for listening intently to the show, and for your passionate emails, voicemails and blog postings. As many of you know, I've worked in broadcasting for more than twenty years. But in all that time, I've never had the response that we've had to this show.
If the powers-that-be smile upon us, I do hope we'll be back with new episodes in the not too distant future. But if that's all she wrote, I wanted to say what a privilege it has been to be invited into your homes, your offices, your cars, and your iPods!
Next, week, Terry O'Reilly and Age of Persuasion return in our time slot with all new episodes. I want to wish them a successful season.
And to all of you, a happy and prosperous New Year.
Previous Comments (56)
Thank you so much for your show: I have been an avid listener from the beginning. I get the impression that this is not only the end of the season, but the end of the show? Say it isn't so! Well, let us look to Kubler-Ross for guidance. It has been a pleasure listening to you, and I do hope that White Coat will be back, eventually.Vladimir, December 29, 2008 1:07 PM
I love the show,and sincerely hope that it will continue.It has been so benificial in shedding some light on what health care professionals deal with on a day to day bases.Being a nurse myself for many years i loved it.I even listened to it while in Dubai last winter even though it meant staying up late at night to hear it.Great work Brian!!!!Happy New YearPBelluz, December 29, 2008 2:08 PM
I want to thank both you and the crew that has helped to produce your excellent program. You've truly taken us to the other side to the gurney; shared with us the compassion (visible or hidden), the hardships, the challenges and the frustrations of those who provide us with the medical care we only get to see one side of. I sincerely hope that this is not the end of your program. With a system that is under threat of change to the American Way, we need the enlightemment that your program provides to truly understand what we have and to see it through changes that will protect it.
Enjoy your rest and hopefully we will get to hear more in the near future.
This show MUST continue. You and your crew have done such fascinating research into aspects of our healthcare system that definitely need airing. Your presentations were always lively, often personal (which gives your point of view credibility) and, I always felt, important for us to listen to. So much is changing in healthcare that we must keep informed in order to support those ideas/systems that work
towards better healthcare for EVERYONE. PLEASE KEEP THIS SHOW GOING.
This show MUST be brought back! It is the most refreshing program that I have heard on Radio since Barbara Frum started "As It Happens". It tackles the issue of health care in which EVERYONE is interested, and explains in shocking revelations what is really going on on both sides of the gurney. It is neither biased for or against doctors, but reveals that they, of course, are just human like the rest of us and err accordingly.Levi E. Clain, Q.C., December 29, 2008 11:13 PM
I have rarely missed an episode of this show and it is one of the only programs I make sure I take time to listen. As someone else said it MUST continue. I have recommended the show to many of my friends and colloquies. I even recommended to my family doc who replied “I already listen and love the show.”D Flath, December 30, 2008 1:00 PM
Amen to what everyone else has said. This show needs to continue. It brings a perspective that is seldom heard and rarely understood. What's been done so far has barely scratched the surface. Hope you're back soon, Dr. Brian. DDan Adams, December 30, 2008 8:11 PM
I shall miss WCBA very much... I recommended it to friends and family abroad who enjoyed it as much as I did, although they do not live in Canada(yeah,some of the subscribers from Europe are all my doing!:-) ) But the show has an universal, human appeal, and there's always something poignant and interesting in it, regardless of where one lives. I do hope you'll come back to inform and move us in the near, near future.
I also want to thank you for offering the show as a podcast - otherwise it would have been very hard for me to listen to it.
Happy new year and hope to "see" you again soon!
Is this really the end of this show forever? I hope not! I have been a devoted listener, looking forward each week to the new program. This show has provided the very best information on important medical topics anywhere, and I hate to think it will not continue.
To Dr. Brian Goldman and everyone involved in the production of "White Coat, Black Art", you have performed a public service in giving us this excellent show for which so many listeners are grateful.
Please do not allow this program to die!Lucille, January 2, 2009 10:41 AM
I also must echo loudly the feelings of the previous posters, please come back! I was privileged to have listened to the show since the beginning of this season, it brought into perspective many issues going on in Canadian health care. No where else could I have gotten a better look inside the Canadian health care system and as an aspiring medical student I can't even begin to explain how much more I understand the profession which I want to go into. Understanding some of the issues you brought up during your show will definitely make me better prepared to deliver health care to Canadian citizens should I get the chance.
Thanks Dr. Brian!Jan Padzik, January 2, 2009 1:09 PM
Dear Dr. Brian:
As a devoted follower of White Coat, Black Art, I would like to extend a huge thank you to you and your talented producers for bringing the listeners of CBC such a stimulating and thought provoking show regarding the inner world of medicine over the last year. The four of you should stand up and take a bow and hopefully you will entertain us with many more encores in the future! May the gods of CBC smile benevolently on you and your show in the New Year. Very best wishes to you.
Barbara TraynerBarbara Trayner, January 2, 2009 9:23 PM
Please don't end this program. My daughter has a rare syndrome Trisomy 18 and she has led me through the agonizing Alberta health care system and allowed me to see what most do not. Your program has helped me navigate various issues -- successfully. I get discouraged sometimes by the politics of our province's indifference; however, the people who work in this world have been marvelous.
You have taught me so much. Often I directed other parents and coworkers to WCBA for help and information. At a time when politicians withhold healthcare information from Alberta voters, you have enlightened us (me). We need you!
Sincerely, Bev MahBev Mah, January 3, 2009 7:38 PM
I just logged on to this page to see when your new season would start and am deeply disapointed your show has been "shelved". You and your team explored so many avenues of our canadian medical system that the average canadian would never understand or come to know. Thank you for all your hard work and hope that the powers that be have a change of heart.K Kilner Holmes, January 4, 2009 9:56 AM
I wholeheartedly agree with the comments of others on this board. It will be a great loss to never hear this program again. I strongly advise CBC to return this show to the airwaves. My friends and family in the healthcare field love the show, love Dr. Goldman's thoughtful and humble commentary, and frequently discuss the same topics he addresses. PLEASE return this high-quality programming to the airwaves. In the meantime...I will be downloading podcasts of previous episodes!K Mackey, January 4, 2009 5:39 PM
Thank you so much Dr Goldman - I'm rather shocked that WCBA is ending, as I've been an avid listener (especially via podcast!). As a first-year med student, I've really enjoyed your insights and those of your guests. I sincerely hope the show resumes in due course - if it doesn't, it will be yet another sign that the Powers that Be at the CBC are out of touch and evidently doing everything in their power to remove unique programming from the radio schedule.Josh, January 5, 2009 12:02 AM
PLEASE KEEP THE SHOW GOING!!!! I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO LISTENING TO THE SHOW EACH WEEK. I actually wish that the show was an hour long. Please keep it going. I would much rather listen to this show every day than listen to Q.MS, January 5, 2009 11:39 AM
This show is an important insight into our health system and therefore a critical part of our culture. It must continue!
Please do you best to keep this show going. When Canadians are asked to list the important issues of the day, health care is alway at or near the top. Even with a huge global economic crisis increasing everyone's blood pressure, the state of our health care system is always on our minds. Yet there aren't many radio or television shows that let average Canadian see the system from the health care professional's point of view.
Please keep this show going.Sean Collier, January 5, 2009 2:53 PM
We are extremely disappointed that this program has been discontinued for the coming season. Next to perhaps Ideas and the Sunday Edition it was one of our favourites,. Please bring back Dr. Brian Goldman. Thanks.Lauri Hiivala, January 7, 2009 12:02 PM
Dear Dr. Goldman
Thank you so much for your insightful show.
I must say I was very dissappointed when I got back to work this week and listened in at 11:30am on Monday for the return of your show and it was not there. I was hoping the time slot had been changed, but alas it was not.
I hope CBC will continue with your show in the future. It is great for us 'patients' to hear a doctors point of view.
PamelaPamela , January 8, 2009 12:04 PM
I greatly appreciate your show, your knowledge & your efforts for the community, & sincerely thank you.
Recently however, you glibly commented that 'there is no cure for the common cold'.
I categorically state that there is! ZINC LOZENGES have arrested the sore throat before it has further developed into a full-blown cold in every case except 2 over a period of 8 years for my family, friends, & myself!
Miriammiriam, January 8, 2009 2:40 PM
At 4:30 this Saturday afternoon I turned on the radio to listen to WCBA, a program which I have purposely made time to listen to each week. I am deeply disappointed that it is no longer running. I have learned a lot from listening to it and appreciate the way that Dr. Goldman presented issues and information. I had recommended it to many of my friends. Please, CBC, tune into what your listeners really want to hear! This program should be reinstated.
Thanks for your very good program- hope to hear you back on the air soon.
I'm still at least 140/80 when a white coat's in the room(!)but be assured that the information your show provided about the system and the individuals who help us maintain health is much appreciated.
Thank you Doc for a fabulous show! I am very disappointed that it will not continue in 2009, but I guess all good things come to an end eventually. I would particularly have loved to hear some more perspectives on alternative medicines, and how these work together with (or not) traditional methods within the Canadian system. As a librarian, I am also very interested in the impacts of information and communications technology of medical practice ... both directly on medical professionals, and indirectly by changing the knowledge and expectations of patients. I hope you're back on the air soon!Alison, January 11, 2009 3:31 PM
What a loss to the CBC line up. What a loss to people interested in issues medical. My thanks and appreciation for your efforts and incites. I do hope the hiatus is indeed a hiatus and that you will be back.William, January 11, 2009 6:50 PM
I hope to see you back as well! Thanks for an excellent show!Russell Heggie, January 12, 2009 12:26 AM
I as a paramedic truly look forward to listening to this show, it looks at the many varied faces of health-care.
It affirmed how I take care of patients that are in my care, it showed that it is not only the "docs" that play a big part in the total delivery of quality individual health-care.
In closing I would so like Dr. Goldman as my medical advisor, my go-to "doc" where I work. I have experienced a number of 'docs," and his honesty, candor, and insight is as what us EMS personnel want and need.He can be on my ambulance, or at my ER any day!!
I love the show too. I didn't realize it was ending until it stopped showing up in my podcasts an I came looking here. How do we influence the powers that be on this? It's truly my favourite show on CBC -- you guys do an amazing job.Cate Creede, January 13, 2009 8:46 AM
Dear Dr. Goldman, producers and crew: many best wishes for
continuing your wonderful colla-
borative work on Black Coat, White
Art: the last show was a memorable
tour de force, and presages many
more, if the CBC has any sense.
Yours was the only show that gave
us the nitty gritty about emerge
and what to expect if we are
lucky to meet someone like you
when the chips are down.
I hope and wish for many more
hours of creativity and succinct
no-nonse truths about our health
and health care system. Thank
Please come back! I miss you already. You have no idea how helpful this program is to me, a health care support worker. You gave me so much insight into what goes on in the rest of the hospital. I really think I am a better professional now because I think more about the patient on the end of my services and actions and less about that jerk doctor who keeps calling me.Kat, January 14, 2009 8:45 PM
Please, CBC. Listen to the listeners! We love White Coat and Dr. Goldman - this is a stellar show, encompassing the best of what CBC could be: revealing, thought-provoking, informative and unbiased reporting about issues that impact us all. I am an avid CBC radio listener, but WCBA and the Sunday Edition are by far the best shows on radio. Bring Dr. Goldman back!
NicoleNicole Kavanagh, January 18, 2009 9:11 PM
the show must go on. without my weekly fix of wcba i would go crazy. your show brings great enjoyment every Monday. and i wish it were longer as there is so much to cover in such a short time. pleas come back CBC needs youDaniel Cousins, January 19, 2009 9:25 PM
I kept thinking the time for this show had changed and I was missing it and finally had the opportunity to check out the website. What a loss this show will be to CBC programming. Putting a human face on medicine has been welcome. Thank you.Jill, January 23, 2009 12:10 PM
Dear Dr. Goldman,
I have appreciated your show immensely, and am disappointed to hear that it has been canceled. Is it my imagination, or is CBC being "dumbed down", with more space given to pop culture and less to serious matters? Please say it isn't so!Ieneke van Houten, January 23, 2009 4:48 PM
I have enjoyed White Coat Black Arts programs and would be disappointed if I could not look forward to new episodes in the future. I also am enjoying The Age of Persuasion and would be equally disappointed if I had to choose between the two shows for my listening pleasure. I believe there is room for both shows in my CBC listening future. Having just entered the world of podcasts I am particularly grateful that I can revisit WCBA past programs. I download a podcast onto my ipod and onto my friend's. As we exercise we listen and share our opinions during our time time together. We never miss a comment, conversation or debate point from the program or from each other. How wonderful technology can be! Thanks to CBC who skilfully research, write and produce for shows such as White Coat Black Arts and Age of Persuasion.Jean E., January 25, 2009 8:57 PM
This show being put on hold indefinitely is indeed very unfortunate. I found it to be one of the more unique programs on CBC. For this reason, of the few broadcasts I specifically downloaded in podcast form it was my favorite due to the fact that it was always a insightful and worthwhile listen. I also appreciate Brian's willingness to say it like it is and cut right to the point. There are heaps and heaps of political commentary shows to choose from so why they choose to cut something actually original is beyond me. The only silver lining is that they did not fill its spot with even more politics or pop culture (not that the View and Q are not good broudcasts)
To the producers, crew Brian, et-cetera, best of luck to you all, I hope you do in fact get back on the air!Brendan, January 28, 2009 12:38 AM
I can't believe the CBC is cancelling
this wonderful program !!! What are they thinking ??? The topics were
fascinating and nobody pulled any
punches. I was always surprised at the candor of the medical professionals being interviewed and wondered how long it would be before the senior medical establishment or the government's health administration tried to pull the plug. Could this be part of the reason CBC hasn't renewed? Please let Dr. Goldman and his staff continue to provide this very
valuable service to those of us who
whose tax dollars fund the CBC.
I have listened to all the podcasts here in Melbourne, Australia. I really enjoyed every episode. Great themes, guests, questions, etc. It was good to hear the story from Dr. Goldman's side of the gurney.
I hope to hear some more stories.
Dear Dr. Goldman and Crew,
I haven't paid much attention to my podcasts lately and being as behind as I was in them, I just realised today that your show is no longer on the air - what a loss. There are so few resources for those of us out here who are part of the health care system as patients. Many times your show made me laugh and more than once it made me cry. Above all else, it made me feel like I was beginning to understand better our immensely important health care system. I hope that if White Coat is not able to air again, that you will continue on with this instruction in another capacity.
Thank you for all that you taught us.
CaitlinCaitlin Roberts, January 30, 2009 6:25 PM
Dear Dr. Goldman,
I can't believe that the CBC in its infinite wisdom has not continued this show! I have enjoyed it very much and recommended it to friends and family. I downloaded the podcasts so I could catch all the excellent information you presented. If there is any way we can influence the decisions of the CBC to carry WCBA again, please let us know!Melanie Quenneville, February 1, 2009 11:26 AM
Wondering why my podcasts weren't being updated I sought out your web page today, only to find the disappointing news of your wonderful show being on hiatus. WCBA has been a terrific source of information and understanding on the issues and challenges on your side of the gurney, and my colleagues and I sincerely hope CBC will bring back the program asap. This is important work you are doing and it must continue.
Thanks for the great show in the past, and hopefully, in the days and weeks ahead.Joel G., February 1, 2009 1:16 PM
I am very sad to see this show go. It was very insightful and put a real face on medicine(a great one). Providing a weekly insight into the lives of health professionals.
I have my fingers crossed that this will not be the last we hear from Dr. Goldman. Thanks for the memories.M Doucet, February 5, 2009 7:46 PM
I am very dissappointed to hear that wcba is over! It is such a high quality and enlightening show! I haven't missed an episodes that I could download. I hope it returns at some point and lives on in cyberspace for others to experience. Terrific contraversial content.
Thank you for your excellent work CBC!
I hope the good doctor is just on hiatus and will be back soon. i already quit listening to radio 2 and now this. come on CBC people you are smarter than that or maybe not.
I'm terribly missing the show. i have always looked forward to mondays. Bring the good doctor back now and do not be fools!
Dr Goldman and CBC
Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed WCBA. The mention of some more of these brings hope.
Just now listening to the podcasts again hope you realize that these are appreciated.
I have been listening to your podcast for almost a year now and I am REALLY disappointed to hear that the show will not go on. I found it to be a fascinating show, and I really hope it will be brought back soon, I always looked forward to hearing a new episode each week.
Thanks for the show while it lasted!
Sam M, Kitimat BC
This show needs to return. I enjoy it and use it in my work.Wayne Overbo, February 17, 2009 3:48 PM
I think White Coat Black Magic is top flight programming, love it, am confounded that I cannot listen at the moment. Sure am hopeful it will return shortly, 'til then I'll have to make do with Dr. Brian's House Dr. segments... I await the show's return! Great work, hope you're on the air again soon.Susan Fisher, February 20, 2009 6:28 PM
White Coat, Black Art was my favorite CBC Radio show. I subscribed to the podcast and listened in the car and at my cottage on my iPod. I found it incredibly interesting AND informative! I'm extremely disappointed that it's been cancelled. Please bring it back.Debra, February 22, 2009 5:19 PM
This was one of the few intelligent and entertaining shows I listened to. I looked forward to it every week. I'm devastated that it's no longer on the air.Isabelle, February 24, 2009 8:20 AM
Is there a place in addition to this comment board where we can petition the CBC to continue with White Coat, Black Art? Surely if enough of us were to ask for the show to continue its cancellation would be reconsidered???D Nelson, February 25, 2009 10:11 PM
White Coat Black Art is one of the finest programs that has ever aired on CBC Radio. It would be a travesty if it were not to return. Thank you Dr. Goldman and crew for producing this excellent and informative program. With the state of our health care system being a constant hot topic for Canadians, it is important for us to get a glimpse of things from "your side of the gurney." I wish you all the best and hope that the CBC is wise enough to bring you back to the airwaves in the not too distant future.Vivian Hingsberg, March 3, 2009 3:42 AM
Just wanted to add my voice and let the powers that be know how much I enjoyed White Coat, Black Art and how much I hope to see its return. (There's no risk of running out of material, certainly; health care is as much a national obsession in Canada as hockey and the weather.)
As a faithful downloader of the podcast version, I was able to catch every episode and was very disappointed to learn it was cancelled.
As a government-funded body, helping Canadians be more knowledgeable about health care in our country, through a great program like WCBA, is practically a public service!
White Coat, Black Art is (was) one of the very best programs on CBC radio IMHO. Informative, well-written and professional but very listenable as well. If there's any possibility, please consider bringing it back.Brenda Adams, March 4, 2009 2:09 PM
Why has White Coat Black Art not on CBC radio? Is this a result of budget cuts by the Harper government?
I am very disappointed and hope that the program returns to CBC very soon.
If the choice is Brian's I urge him to reconsider. I found the program touched on topics that needed to be discussed and often shut out by the strong physician lobby. Also topics that caused us to question how we could do better caused me to follow every program.
Please return the program!!Marnie Melnyk, March 19, 2009 2:21 AM
Yikes - I didn't realize WCBA was going on 'hiatus' - no wonder I couldn't find ya. As a newbie to podcasting, your program was high on my list of d/loads every week (then to the gym). A terrifically insightful production that I hope will soon be back.
Cheers to you all,
Please, please tell me this show will return. There's nothing else like it!Nat, March 31, 2009 1:10 AM
I've just recently found this show and love it! I'm going to listen to all the pod casts I've missed. If the volume of responses asking to keep the show will have any bearing on it returning next season, please add my plea to the pile!
PLEASE KEEP THIS FANTASTIC PROGRAM!!!