Blair is a multimedia freelance journalist and emergency room doctor based in Hamilton, Canada. He received his journalism training at the Munk School of Global Affairs and his research training at the Institute for Medical Sciences, both at U of Toronto. A Toronto native, Blair is based 45 minutes west of Canada's largest city in Hamilton, near Niagara Falls. Blair has extensive travel experience throughout Canada and the world, having travelled to 80 countries. He has delivered health care on five continents and transported patients on helicopters, boats, and vehicles that could generously be described as pick-up trucks. In the past he worked as a paramedic, scientist and educator, and frequently speaks at conferences around the globe. He reports on social, political and biological influences on health and wellness.
EMS WORLD - Pimping has long been used in medicine to shame students into studying harder. But times are changing - what's the role of questioning learners in this day and age? Here's a guide to how to do it right, and how to do it wrong.
EMS WORLD - First responders in Canada are dying by suicide at an astonishing rate. Advocates demand the government steps up and supports mental health for the front lines.
NATIONAL POST - Why don't doctors take sick days? And should they? Turns out the answer isn't so simple. Patients can be put at risk either way.
CBC RADIO - The World This Weekend - Powerful new narcotic drugs are killing hundreds of people in Vancouver.
STAT NEWS - When a plastic surgery resident invented a way to improve cleft palate operations, international aid agencies saw a bright future - until the price tag was announced.
CBC NEWS - Imagine a hospital without Code Blues - unexpected deaths that cause doctors and nurses to run through the halls and attempt to resuscitate a patient. That dream is close to becoming a reality in one university hospital, thanks to a decade of work by a doctor who has harnessed technology to scan vital signs and alert staff when a patient's condition takes a turn for the worse.
TV ONTARIO - A medical resident has created a true-to-life model to train junior surgeons how to operate inside the mouth of a one-year-old; it's a gamechanger for the millions of children around the world who suffer from cleft pallate, say senior surgeons.
CBC NEWS - Defibrillator-carrying drones could beat ambulances to the scene of a dying patient, leading to survival rates doubling. Sound futuristic? It's not - one paramedic service in rural Canada has bought the technology, but the airspace regulator is still figuring out how to make sure 911 drones don't interfere with other aircraft.