McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

A translational view of:
The Fifth Horseman — Social Inequity, Health and Health Care

  • Seminar Information

  • Code Red overview
    with Neil Johnston
  • Clinicians perspective
    with Dr. Dale Guenter

Demystifying Medicine Seminar Information


Monday, November 19, 2012


  • Neil Johnston, Assistant Professor (Part-time), Department of Medicine Founder and Director, Ontario Physician Human Resources Data Centre
  • Dr. Dale Guenter, Associate Professor, Departments of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Co-Director, McMaster Family Practice Chair; Board of Directors, Hamilton Shelter Health Network


This seminar will tell the story of the Hamilton Spectator Code Red series and its demonstration of wide variation in health between Hamilton neighbourhoods, video-taped interviews will elicit the experiences of patients and their families and the seminar will end with a presentation designed to impart understanding of the impact that social factors have on the practice of clinical medicine.

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the relation of social inequity to health status and consumption of health services
  • To appreciate the magnitude of differences in health status between neighborhoods in a single urban community (Hamilton, Canada)
  • To appreciate the inappropriateness of the health care system care for people living in critical social circumstances
  • To understand the impact that social factors have on the practice of clinical medicine

Contact Info:

Dr. Kjetil Ask

Sara Sellers
Phone: 905-525-9140 Ext. 76706

Code Red overview — Neil Johnston

Clinicians perspective — Dr. Dale Guenter