I began to notice how many of my elderly patients were struggling to make it in for their appointments — little did I know I’d end up treating them in their homes.
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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER  •  NOV 2018
Healing and the Power of Photography
House Calls, Healing and the Power of Photography
Soon after completing my family medicine residency at U of T and joining a clinic in Toronto’s Yonge and Eglinton area in 1992, I began to notice how many of my elderly patients were struggling to make it in for their appointments.

While they still lived in their homes, many were frail and suffered from conditions like congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and dementia. The trip from their home to the clinic could be daunting.

Little did I know I’d end up treating patients in their homes and — with permission, of course — taking their photos and sharing their stories nationally.

With our senior population on the rise, and many of them housebound, it just didn’t make sense that our health care system offered only office- or hospital-based care.

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Dr. Mark Nowaczynski, PGME ’92 (Family Medicine), is the founder of House Calls, a primary health care program for home-bound seniors. Hear more stories about old age and end of life care at our upcoming UofTMed Inside the Issue event November 26 and in the upcoming issue of our award-winning UofTMed magazine. Look for it in your mailbox in a couple of weeks.
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