A New Season of WCBA Awaits

Today is our first full day back at work on a brand new season of White Coat, Black Art. Show producer Quade Hermann and I are busy crafting a lineup for the 16 shows we'll be airing this Fall. As usual, we'll venture deep into the insides of the health care system to share the perspective of the physicians, nurses, social workers, paramedics, pharmacists and anyone else who works on the inside and has a story to tell.

There's a big upside to having a planned hiatus. Over the past seven months, I've toured the country hearing about amazing innovations in health care from Hatchet Lake, NS, to Vancouver Island in BC, and points in between. You'll get to hear the fruits of that labour this Fall.

Meanwhile, all summer long, you can catch the best of WCBA Wednesdays at 1 pm (1:30 pm in Newfoundland). We'll be posting podcasts of these shows as they make it to the air. As well, you can listen to my columns as the house doctor on afternoon shows right across Canada on CBC Radio One.

Coming back means many things to us. For one thing, the web site is back in full operation. I'll be highlighting and (where appropriate) updating shows on the "best-of" schedule. And, you can follow my "tweats" by joining my Twitter account at http://twitter.com/WCBADoctorBrian

I would be remiss if I didn't take a moment to thank all of you for sending comments to our blog to express your appreciation for the show. Your good feelings are a tribute to the hard work of our team. It's a measure of the importance of your comments that we're back this fall for another run.

Back to work!


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Previous Comments (3)

Really enjoy the inside look at doctors and hospitals and the issues that are faced. Thanks for your insights.

Phyllis Funk, July 22, 2009 12:52 PM

i was talking to my friend fran tonight and she mentioned hearing your show again so i got into my podcast immediately. we are both very excited and now anticipating your new season this fall.
i 'm so glad you are back. hope you had a good rest
in between your practice and preparing the show.

olie abril, July 27, 2009 10:52 PM

I am glad you are producing new shows on your program this summer.
One show that I think will stay with me for a long time is the one on how primary care physicians are picking who they want to “accept” in their practise while there are so many more ‘patients’ who can not even make enough money to pay the taxes to help pay for some of the subsidies that reduced his tuition so he could actually have the luxury to make that decision!

I am impressed with your recent program comparing men and women, their frequency of access to the health system, and your exploring of some of the barriers associated with these differences. I enjoyed the direct interviews and your backing them up with a little evidence and the professional point of view.

One item I noticed was the comment about men wanting to maintain the illusion of being in control and the issues with women’s more frequent contact currently would be due to birth control and other reproductive health, family & child health issues. The issues regarding reproductive health of course touched on women being encumbered with birth control and by default of course ensuring their reproductive health. Is that not also a locus of control issue?

Leigh Andrews, August 5, 2009 2:35 PM
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