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Vol. 21 No. 1 (2023)

MJM MedTalks (S01E04 & S01E05): A Conversation with Dr. John Hughes

May 10, 2023


The McGill Journal of Medicine (MJM) MedTalks podcast aims to share knowledge and advice with trainees in medicine and the health sciences through interviews with members of the medical community at McGill University and beyond on their careers, research, advocacy, and more. In this episode, Masha (Maryia) Samuel, MJM podcast team member and MSc student in Experimental Medicine interviews Dr. John Hughes, family physician and Assistant Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. In the first part of the interview, they discuss Dr. Hughes’ early training, his work on an Advanced Crew Medical System, and his involvement in space medicine. In the second part of the interview, they discuss the development of an electronic health record and Dr. Hughes' vision for the future of patient-doctor medical encounters. The episode is rounded off by Dr. Hughes’ advice for medical trainees and junior researchers. The show notes include a glossary of terms, links to publications, images, and videos referenced in the episode, and a transcript of Dr. Hughes and Masha Samuel’s conversation.


  1. St. Mary’s Hospital, Advanced Crew Medical Systems Informational Video:
  2. Earthrise at Christmas image:
  3. Mass General Hospital Computer Lab DXplain Information:
  4. Canada Space Agency Space Medicine Information page:
  5. CSA Report on Space Medicine: Canadian Space Agency (2021) Health Beyond - Report of the Advisory Council on Deep-Space Healthcare. © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, 2021. ISBN: 978-0-660-39647-7


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