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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.
259 Episodes
Virtual Care

Virtual Care


A look at virtual medical appointments. The pendulum is swinging back to in-person visits. But some Canadians say virtual clinics are filling a huge and growing gap in our health care system.
Primary care providers don’t always recognize menopause symptoms for what they are, focusing instead on whether they’re a sign of a more serious problem. And not all know that menopausal hormone therapy is a safe and effective treatment for many women. We explain why that’s the case, and the range of treatments that can help women.
Women who have had troubling health experiences say perimenopause and menopause should be recognized and treated faster because it would reduce needless suffering. Four women share their stories and offer ideas about what should change in the health-care system to improve the experience for others.
Prairie Harm Reduction

Prairie Harm Reduction


Dr. Brian Goldman visits Prairie Harm Reduction in Saskatoon. It's Saskatchewan's only safe consumption site for people using illicit drugs -- and it receives zero funding from the province.
The Road To You

The Road To You


The CBC’s Julianne Hazlewood takes us on a familiar journey that for her is filled with uncertainty and peril. Julianne is in the late stages of pregnancy. She also has epilepsy. For additional support, she joined a research program called The Lullaby Project. It paired her with a musician to help her write and record a song to soothe her baby, and her fears.
We recently did an episode on White Coat Black Art on sports betting addiction, which is on the rise in Canada, and the enormous physical and mental toll it can have. CBC’s The Fifth Estate went to the UK to see how sports betting is playing out there and it’s a cautionary tale for Canada.
Millions of Canadians don’t have a family doctor or primary care provider. Dr. Peter Lin, a family physician and a director of the Canadian Heart Research Centre, spells out practical ways people can take charge of their health when they're searching for a family doctor. [Adapted from a popular episode of The Dose.]
19-year-old Iain White went from serving meals to residents at a long-term care centre to becoming their confidante in the depth of the pandemic. He was nominated as one of White Coat, Black Art’s health-care heroes. We include an update with him now that he’s in a recreation therapy program.
A visit to Saskatoon's Sherbrooke Community Centre where grade-six students spend their school day learning and getting to know the residents.
Ketamine helped one police officer get through a childhood trauma. Some experts say psychedelics could help people with PTSD but much more research is needed.
Brian Goldman and producer Jeff Goodes ride along with TAIBU, a mobile crisis response team in Scarborough that provides a non-police response to urgent mental health crises in the community.
Saskatchewan has lost so many of its family care doctors in the last year that 200,000 "orphaned" patients are relying on walk-in clinics to get medical attention. Legends Medical Clinic in Warman is in the middle of the crisis, trying to meet the needs of all who seek their walk-in services but patients often wait for hours to see a doctor.
In December 2019, Jennifer Fotheringham was stuck in traffic on the Queensway in Ottawa. She heard a White Coat Black Art episode about women in their forties dying of breast cancer, in part because they don’t get access to screening mammograms. She credits that episode with saving her life.
An intimate conversation with Alex Munter, President and CEO of CHEO in Ottawa. Like other pediatric hospitals across Canada, CHEO is bursting at the seams trying to cope with a tridemic of COVID, RSV and flu.
Whoops, there is cancer

Whoops, there is cancer


Charles Kinch searches for answers in the death of his wife Leslie Kissel from uterine cancer.
Now that single-event sports betting is taking off in Canada, ads and incentives are encouraging people to make a wager. But a recovering sport gambling addict and gambling counsellor worry it’s easier than ever to get dangerously hooked. And they want way more done to limit advertising and support treatment.
Susie Goulding speaks out about her own experience with long Covid and how that made her an advocate for others like her.
Polio is making a comeback around the world and falling vaccine rates in Canada make us vulnerable to a disease that was once close to eradication. Miki Boleen, an 83-year-old polio survivor, has made it her mission to urge parents to get their infants vaccinated as routine immunization rates slip.
Broadway star and long-time dancer Catherine Wreford Ledlow was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013. But that hasn’t stopped her from living life to the fullest. She continues to be involved in film and theatre productions and advocates for more brain cancer research, while raising two young kids. And…she just won Amazing Race Canada. We’ll have an update with her on how she’s doing now.
Shauna saves lives

Shauna saves lives


Shauna Pinkerton is waging a one-person campaign to save lives by passing out fentanyl testing strips, naloxone kits and safe drug paraphernalia, and sometimes by being there when people overdose. The people she is trying to save aren’t her clients. They’re her friends and sometimes her family.
Comments (11)

Peggy Lowe

The nurse interviewed mentions that people aren't getting vaccinat3d because there are very loud people spreading misinformation. Would love to know his thoughts on the doctors and nurses who ate part of that loud group? what do you feel, do or say when it is your own colleagues that are basically shooting you in the foot?

Oct 5th

Penka Stoyanova

Excellent podcast! These two are amazing people!

Feb 3rd


He brought a knife to a gun fight...yet, he's still alive. This pro gun rhetoric has to stop...skip.

Jan 8th

That one Guy

I never subscribed to this. wth?

Sep 8th

Ron Smallwood

We adopted two brothers when they were 5 & 6. Both had FASD which I diagnosed even though they had been in foster care for over 2 years. (I studied special education in masters program). I had educational experience and credentials needed to help my sons through school. Their teachers and schools didn't have the programs or even basic understanding of their disorder. Fortunately the social problems were minor. Both are on their own now doing relatively well. I don't know how parents without my background can raise their children.

Apr 1st

Ron Smallwood

My doctor has gone part-time and my care has improved. He is happier, rested and seems to be providing better care. I know his schedule so I can plan my appointments without any problems. If I need to come in when he isn't there, I know my records are complete and he can be reached if needed. (Often the "on call" doctor I get is one I've met before because my doctor always has a student doctor he is training.) I'm a retired college instructor. I have had a great career. My only regret is that I didn't spend more time with my kids when they were young. I'm glad my doctor is smarter than me!

Feb 23rd
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Wyatt Murdoch

some of CBC's best. can't imagine a Canada without the CBC

Dec 19th

Laurie Landry

I continue to struggle and manage PTSD 5 years after having a stem cell transplant. It was a final intervention in a complicated 5 year ordeal with Myelofibrosis that had been caused by radiation exposure in my job as a radiation therapist several years prior. WSBC has finally placed me in an excellent rehab program in Vancouver. I am finally feeling a shift inside me that feels like happiness. It has been worth it all to still be here with my young family.

Jul 23rd


Fantastic episode! I think the point about "taking womens' pain seriously" is the key. In my experience too, complaints about abdominal pain related to menstruation are largely pooh-poohed even by otherwise excellent female physicians. Probably this is due to the systemic discrimination in medical training and research. The same is true of other female complaints, such as the impact hot flashes and other menopausal syptoms can have yet there appears to be virtually no research or awareness campaigning being done on the causes, prevention or possible treatments. I camnot imagine that if men suffered from issues which left them incapacitated by untreatable pain for 30 to 50 days per year, (like period pain can do), for decades of their lives, that it would be condidered anything short of an epidemiological crisis. Thank you for this podcast.

Mar 25th

Kim Schellenberg

I was so surprised to hear the Dr. say this was the First M.A.I.D. he had attended. That is sad, but understandable, as this is such a private event for the family. How would it feel to have a journalist, a stranger, amongst you all at that time? There must have been a lot of discussion between all involved before this interview, this observance, could occur. I am So Proud of CBC for shining a warm & caring light on this subject, for it needs to be heard.

Jan 26th
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