M. Ruth Campling, BSc MD, graduated from UBC Medicine in 1981. She is a family physician with an interest in women's health, transitioning from obstetrical care, to midlife care, and finally to end of life care. She has held a number of volunteer positions including board member and President of Family Services of the North Shore, and President of the North Shore Menopause Society.
Patients have, on numerous occasions, expressed the desire to orchestrate their own dignified death. I believe this right is paramount to a fulfilled life. Death is inevitable. How we manage it should reflect the changing medical landscape.