Message from VP-Dean Eidelman – New Faculty Council launched, 1st meeting Feb. 16

As part of our objective to build on the Faculty’s governance structure, we have established a Faculty Council (FC), with guidance from McGill’s Secretariat, based on FCs in the University’s other faculties.
The purpose of the FC is to provide a collegial setting for discussion of governance, strategic direction and general management, as well as for advising and decision-making, where appropriate, on matters relating to our tripartite mission.
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Dr. Thomas Schricker appointed Chair, Department of Anesthesia, McGill and Chief, Anesthesia, MUHC

We are pleased to confirm the appointment of Dr. Thomas Schricker as Chair, Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Chief, Department of Anesthesia, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Schricker succeeds Dr. Steven B. Backman, who served with distinction for over a decade and to whom we express our sincere gratitude and best wishes for continued success.
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REGISTER NOW! Goodman Cancer Research Centre Public Forum – March 23

This is the third lecture of the series ‘Fighting Cancer with Knowledge and Hope’ presented by The Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre: Good Genes Behaving Badly
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REGISTER NOW! 1st National Knowledge Translation Conference in Rehabilitation – May 4 & 5

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy is proudly hosting its1st National Knowledge Translation Conference in Rehabilitation in Montreal, Quebec.
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REGISTER NOW! McGill Primary Care Policy Symposium – May 6

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, and in partnership with the Institute for Health and Social Policy, St. Mary’s Research Centre, RUIS McGill and the McGill Faculty of Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine will be hosting a primary care policy symposium, a full-day event to discuss key ideas and strategies that should underpin the future of primary care in Quebec by engaging participants in a discussion on a vision and a roadmap for this future.
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New Name, New Look!

We are excited to announce that McGill’s Centre for the Study of Reproduction/Centre d’études sur la reproduction (CSR-CER) will henceforth be known as the Centre for Research in Reproduction and Development/Centre de Recherche en reproduction et développement (CRRD). The CSR-CER was originally established in 1982 to unite reproductive biologists at McGill and was a founding partner of the FQRNT-funded Réseau Québecois en Reproduction (RQR).
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CREATE YOUR TEAM NOW!

CFMS National Wellness Challenge

Create a team and participate in daily, weekly and monthly challenges. Teams will earn points and have the chance to win prizes, competing within McGill and other medical faculties across Canada.
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McGill residents provided opportunity to self-care

Under the theme of “Peak performance under high stress environments,” McGill University residents and fellows gathered in the McIntyre Medical Building on February 2 for the annual Residents Wellness Workshop organized by the Faculty of Medicine’s Medwell office. “Resident wellness habits are critical to preventing physician burnout during their years of training and for the rest of their medical careers,” notes Dr. Richard Montoro, Assistant Dean, Resident and Professional Affairs at the Faculty of Medicine. “We wanted to make sure that the residents hear the message that self-care is not a luxury. Self -care is a critical part of the learning process and taking care of yourself is the best way to achieve excellence.”
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Outstanding teachers honoured with student-nominated awards

On January 20, 2016, 11 Faculty of Medicine educators were presented with a 2015 Transition to Clinical Practice (TCP) Award for Excellence in Teaching during an event held in Holmes Hall. Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean, Faculty of Medicine opened the proceedings and presented each laureate with their award, joined by Dr. Beth-Ann Cummings, the newly appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education, Sophie Vincent, President of the medical student Class of 2017 and Dr. Laurie Plotnick, TCP Component Director, who read a sampling of the student comments for each laureate before asking them to accept their award. Congratulations to all our laureates!
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A new approach to attacking cancer cells

Beyond dealing with fighting the disease itself, cancer patients undergoing treatment via chemotherapy are burdened with dealing with a bevy of, often serious, side effects. Now, in a new study published in the journal Cell Reports, researchers at McGill University have uncovered a potential mechanism to make cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy.
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Understanding the silent stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Covertly, Alzheimer’s disease progresses silently over decades in those afflicted before symptoms appear, during which time memory impairments are often masked. During this early period of the onset of the disease, one can, either consciously or unconsciously, make use of strategies to hide a memory problem. For instance, imagine someone rehearsing a word’s definition out loud over and over again to help them remember it. Now, in a study published recently in the journal Cerebral Cortex, researchers at McGill University made an important breakthrough in identifying the protein responsible for memory loss in these early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Two Faculty of Medicine members receive AFMC Award

Dr. Karine Igartua, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Dr. Richard Montoro, Assistant Dean, Resident Professional Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine were announced as the 2016 recipients of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada’s (AFMC) May Cohen Equity, Diversity and Gender Award, recognizing their achievement in improving the gender equity environment in academic medicine in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Igartua and Dr. Montoro!
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Québec Science honours McGill discoveries

Dr. Christine McCusker, allergist at the Montreal Children’s, researcher at the RI-MUHC and associate professor at McGill’s Department of Pediatrics along with her team of researchers are one of ten projects chosen for the year’s top discoveries.
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The Quiet Room

“I notice him several times as I hurry past, wondering to myself what his story could be. He’s quite an old man, at least in his 80s. From a distance, I see two bulging black eyes, his face a mess of dripping blood. He’s observing the hustle of the ER with the expression of an accidental spectator at a cricket match: curious, but evidently a bit lost. I read the chart as I stride towards him: tripped and fell forward onto his face. Lives alone in a retirement home. On blood thinners,” says Mary Koziol, Class of 2018, in her most recent CMAJ blog post reflecting on getting to know patients and the safe haven for patients and healthcare workers alike can get away from the stress and grief of the ER.
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