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Gerry Som

Independent Blogger

Gerry Som is a Canadian of East Indian origin. He has a Bachelor's degree in Medicine (MBBS) from India and a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Canada. He is currently practicing as a Family Physician and Internal Corporate Management Consultant. He likes to blog about topics related to business management, Canadian and world events, healthcare and personal experiences. His LinkedIn profile is at www.gerrysom.com
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Why Canada Should Cautiously Monitor Greece's Financial Crisis

A Greek crisis cannot be good for the world right now, and we cannot/should not be mute spectators. Here are some reasons why we in Canada in particular, and the rest of the world in general, have to cautiously monitor the current events in Greece, and should try to guide or help Greece get out of the crisis before it becomes contagious. Canada already has internal financial stresses, just like many other countries around the world do, at this moment; this Greek crisis can add to external stress for many countries, and this really is bad timing, and an unwanted occurrence for the world economy.
07/06/2015 12:22 EDT
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Hey Ford, Your PR Strategy Is a Bigger Disaster Than That Video

Yes, October 31 began with unfavourable news for Rob Ford. But what made it worse was his poorly-planned response, rather than the news itself. The pictures and videos of him chasing reporters were not classy. These are his fellow citizens -- the residents of the city of which he is Mayor. And that was very rude behaviour.
11/01/2013 08:28 EDT
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Make Healthcare Jobs Available to All Canadians, Not Just a Select Few

There is a need for equal employment opportunity rights for all Canadians, especially the under-represented segments like younger Canadians, new graduates and internationally educated professionals, in the healthcare sector in Canada. Right now, the recruiting is not fair, and does not represent all Canadians.
10/29/2013 08:06 EDT
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Ontario Elevator Strike: Not an Uplifting Experience for Patients

Imagine an elderly patient trying to climb five stories to see his/her doctor in an outpatient clinic. Should this be happening in Canada, the country we love, where we respect our elders and care for the sick? Have service disruptions become one of the only few ways to conduct negotiations and resolve issues?
07/04/2013 06:05 EDT
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What Are the Benefits of a Business Degree?

Not everyone is destined to become like Steve Jobs (one of my heroes) by self-learning, innate abilities, or coinciding circumstances alone. Of course, there are people who have succeeded with partial or no formal education, but they are probably rare exceptions -- not the norm.
06/17/2013 05:32 EDT
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Dear Graduation NINJA (No Income, No Job, or Assets)

So, should the NINJA generation today cry about not being as lucky as the Baby Boomer generation (who did financially well, and control a significant percentage of personal financial assets and consumer spending in North America, as per sources), especially on their graduation day? Nah!
05/28/2013 03:23 EDT
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25 Tips for the Full-Time Job Hunter

There is no perfect way to find a job, and you cannot predict what will get you your next job. The job search can get frustrating, especially, if you see your peers getting ahead. You may begin to wonder what is wrong with you. Don't worry. Try these useful tips for gaining the "competitive advantage."
01/11/2013 12:05 EST
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Why You Shouldn't "Do What Makes You Happy" in Business

There is an inherent flaw in the sentence "Do what makes you happy." People usually choose their initial career paths around the age of 18 -- does every person continue to enjoy doing the same for the rest of his or her life?Happiness is not my ultimate goal. Failure, however, is my ultimate deterrent. I simply do not want to live pay-cheque to pay-cheque in Canada or end up unsuccessful, a decade from now.
01/07/2013 12:20 EST

35 Things Blogging Taught Me About Business

Coming from a non-business background, I did learn plenty of new stuff in business school. blogging taught or reminded me of some principles that I could see scattered in my numerous textbooks. I have listed the lessons learned that are transferable to running businesses, followed by brief explanations.
01/02/2013 05:29 EST
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How to Prevent Political Scandals in 2013

The year 2012 saw some scandals in Canada. There was the exposure of the multi-million dollar Ornge Air Ambulance scandal, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency scandal in Alberta, and the Robocall scandal. Did we spend a lot of time, money, and energy investigating and analyzing these scandals? Yes. Is there a sure way to avoid these problems for the next year, 2013?
12/26/2012 10:51 EST
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Could America's Gun Problem Lead to Brain Drain?

I am a Canadian citizen born in India. I love America. There, I said it. I have always grown up loving America. However, something changed. I am afraid of America now. I am talking of the gun culture and the stories of shootings I read on the Internet. If hundreds of thousands of other potential graduate students like me feel this way, it will affect America's brainpower.
12/24/2012 12:18 EST