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Rural Thoughts and Humor     The candidate stumping for Congress was loud in his reasons why his rural audience should vote for him. "As a practical farmer myself, I am one of you," he boasted. "I can plow, harvest, shoe horses, milk cows, and the like-indeed, I should like any of you to mention one thing about a farm I cannot do." The momentary silence was impressive until a voice in the rear inquired, "Can you lay an egg?"

Grade three kids were asked to do lists of things based upon the
letters from the name of the province; this is a random selection
from our newspaper:

S: is for storms, Saskatoon,swathing
A is for Angus cattle, air seeder, acrobats
S is for Shorthorn cattle, starlings, sparrows, sundogs
K is for killdeer, kittens, kernels of grain
A is for autumn, awesome, animals
T is for twisted trees, tornadoes, tractors
C is for Canadians, companionship, canoes, cows
H is for health, horses, helpful, hay
E is for evening, eggs, elevators
W is for wind, waterfalls, wheat, wetlands
A is for animals, alpacas, aurora borealis
N is for northern lights, neighbours, nature

I would like a glimpse of what the urban kids wrote!

Dale Dewar, BSc, MD, CFPC, FCFP
Box 549
Wynyard, Sk., S0A 4T0

If the "social engineers of our system don't know where they are driving the train," it can be a real problem (quote from rural Canadian doctor).

A Child's Perspective: An old country doctor went way out to the boondocks to deliver a baby. It was so far out, there was no electricity. When the doctor arrived, no one was home except for the laboring mother and her 5-year-old child. The doctor instructed the child to hold a lantern high so he could see, while he helped the woman deliver the baby. The child did so. The mother pushed and after a little while, the doctor lifted the newborn baby by the feet and spanked him on the bottom to get him to take his first breath. The doctor then asked the 5-year-old what he thought of the baby.

"Spank him again," the 5-year-old said.

"He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first place."   submitted by Layne A. Prest, PhD

Crime Wave Hits Geneva, Nebraska   Citizens of this rural hamlet were outraged when their doctor's office was broken into. The thieves made off with a dictaphone and a police scanner. Citizens braced for yet another nefarious act. A few even locked their doors.....    for a few days.       (The events are true, the text is by RCB, as told by Jason Bespalec, M.D. at the Rural Recruitment Fair)

Teaching Quotes - for educators, family medicine educators, and those interested in the wisdom of the ages

Holiday Quotes

- even the forests can be sustained with the right long term efforts

You Know You Have Chosen Students That Are Likely to Become Rural Docs When

You overhear them debating the strengths and weaknesses of articulated tractors....   Jeff Stearns RMED program

A good weekend is what you killed rather than who got killed.

Scheduling time off for residents becomes increasingly difficult in hunting season.

Students mark off western FP programs because they are in cities that are too expensive to raise a family.


Wisdom Comes from Past Experience

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." Abraham Lincoln

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" - Bill Cosby

Wisdom comes privately from God as a by-product of right decisions, godly reactions and the application of scriptural principles to daily circumstances. - Charles Swindoll

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Fedex Corp.)

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't even got through college yet.'"

--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his

and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. -Winston Churchill

At a speech at the American Sports Awards Banquet Jim Valvono, the former North Carolina State Basketball coach and NCAA champion became aware of the flashing light signaling that he only had 30 seconds to close his remarks. He looked up and laughed and said, "I've got tumors all over my body and I'm going to worry about some guy flashing a message that I've only got 30 seconds?"

"One of the signs of impending mental breakdown is the belief that your work is terribly important."

The major challenges of our times are increasing tolerance to individual differences without damaging the values that have built this nation and preserving respect for the God-given power of authority without infringing upon the rights of the individual. - RCB

A lie is not the truth, but the truth can be made up, if you know how - Lily Tomlin

Do not expect to be applauded when you do the right thing, and do not expect to be forgiven when you err. But even your enemies will respect commitment - and a conscience at peace is worth more than a thousand tainted victories. Bail Organa (Princess Leia’s father in Star Wars) words by author Michael Kube-McDowell

On a tombstone: "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK"

Lederer in Time to Heal states that physicians are a product of the society that we live in. We live in a society of instant gratification. Few if any want to accept responsibility for their actions. Good patient care demands constant vigilance on the part of patient and physician. Often, in the process of good care, doctors and patients will be at odds with one another. I like what Lee Golusinski, MD had to say:

"When patients get upset and say I am being parental and coercive by doing this, I remind them that there are three names on each bottle of medication: the patient's, mine, and the pharmacist. We all have responsibilities on this team, and if one of us is not meeting those responsibilities (such as monitoring INRs for patients on coumadin), I will not take on the risk they bring by not meeting their responsibilities."

"Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker." Amarillo Slim

Teaching Quotes

Best Quotes in RME Rural Medical Education 

Education and Personal Growth


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