Dr Guyda is the Executive Director of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) (Montreal), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) (Montreal) and Dodds Professor Emeritus of McGill Universtiy. He is the former Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, McGill University and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the MUHC. He obtained his MD and BSc (Med) from the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg), completed his paediatric residency at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital (Winnipeg), and continued his postgraduate education in paediatric endocrinology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, and is a founding member of the Steering Group for the Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition; both have shown national leadership in the advocacy and support of significant programs that improve child and youth health in Canada. …Read the rest of this article

As we advance in our careers, we all spend far too much time in ineffective meetings. I have used the instructional videos produced by comedian John Cleese to illustrate the essential elements of planning and executing a successful meeting: Plan meetings in advance; Prepare a detailed agenda; Prenotify attendees; Control the discussion; and Summarize and record decisions taken. In my current administrative role, I have learned both the value and wisdom of ensuring point 5 is faithfully carried out: it is essential to record verbal commitments to avoid subsequent disagreements or misunderstandings.
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If medical education is a significant component of your selected career, the advice that I would impart to you is to develop your teaching skills just as you would sharpen your medical practice techniques. Identify your strengths and weaknesses, seek new and innovative teaching techniques (the centres for medical education or simulation centres are great learning venues), and insist on receiving objective feedback on all of your teaching performances. …Read the rest of this article


Do not fear RESEARCH. This term encompasses an enormous range of investigative studies that are usually characterized as ‘clinical’ or ‘basic’ research. The opportunity to ask valid scientific questions and to undertake any of these investigations, in a variety of combinations, can be enormously rewarding. That is not to say that research does not have its ups and downs, particularly with regard to being able to generate consistent output and being able to obtain stable long-term funding for your research program. Dedication and hard work will be the key to your ultimate success. Dealing with rejection (eg, your latest scientific paper, your research grant application) is not easy, but persistence, despite adversity, and appropriate mentorship will be essential.
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After graduation, your choices of which personal direction to take are myriad. My strongest advice to you is to experience as many options as are available to you, and not to make a lifelong career decision too hastily or based on inadequate experience in your potential discipline. That is not to say that a subsequent mid-career change might not be necessary or desirable. A strong mentor can provide the wisdom that you may require at a critical signpost in your life. You will know your true ‘end game’ when you experience it.
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