In Memoriam: Dr. Wendy MacDonald (1944-2015)

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of a true McGill legend, Dr. Wendy MacDonald, who passed away peacefully on August 28. A graduate of McGill’s medical school, Dr. MacDonald’s remarkable career spanned nearly four decades with the Faculty of Medicine during which time she became synonymous with undergraduate medical education in pediatrics. Dr. MacDonald completed her specialty training at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and obtained certification in pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and from the American Academy of Pediatrics. A few weeks after completing her training, she was appointed Director of Undergraduate Education in Pediatrics at McGill, a position she held for 35 years.
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The Faculty of Medicine’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy welcomes three newly hired tenure-track faculty members

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) recently announced that Marie Brossard-Racine and Tania Janaudis-Ferreria would join the Faculty in August 2015, while Stefanie Blain-Moraes will join in January 2016 upon completion of her maternity leave. Welcome to our new SPOT Faculty members!
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SAVE THE DATE: Carcinoembryonic Antigen (CEA): 50th Anniversary Scientific Symposium – November 24

This symposium, honouring Dr. Phil Gold and Dr. Samuel Freedman, is hosted by The Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, The Montreal General Hospital Foundation, The Research Institute of the MUHC and McGill Faculty of Medicine.
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Message from Mr. Michael Di Grappa

My workplace survey and summer working groups

Two months ago I asked for your thoughts on the McGill employee experience, and your response was incredible. Nearly 1,300 people completed the My Workplace survey, and more than 400 took the time to share text comments as well, averaging about a half-page each. You had a lot to tell us, and I want to thank you for all of it – both positive and negative.
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September issue of MedEd @ the Centre

This issue features highlights from the Centre for Medical Education members.
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Call for Proposals: Edith Strauss Research Grant – Deadline: September 15

Are you a clinician, researcher or graduate/professional student interested in MOVING RESEARCH EVIDENCE INTO CLINICAL PRACTICE?
You are invited to apply for an Edith Strauss knowledge translation grant of up to $12,000.
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Summer 2015 Newsletter of the RI-MUHC

We are pleased to announce that the Summer 2015 Newsletter of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) is now available online!
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‘This is amazing’: Montreal maternity ward implements daily ‘time outs’

A recent CTV News story talked about an initiative at St. Mary’s Hospital Center whereby newborn babies and their mothers are given one hour of quiet time each day in order to bond. During the hour, the ward’s lights are dimmed, the intercom is turned off, visitors are encouraged to leave and doctors and nurses don’t visit patients unless there is an emergency. The idea was implemented after joint research with the Department of Family Medicine at McGill that examined the benefits of a peaceful hospital environment.
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Preventive Medicine Experts Speak Out About Reducing Firearm Violence

Every week in the U.S. an average of 645 people lose their lives to firearm violence and 1,565 more are treated in an emergency department for a firearm-related injury. Most of these events do not make headlines, but they account for about 7% of the premature deaths before age 65 in the U.S. In a special issue of Preventive Medicine, preventive medicine and health policy experts address a wide range of critical topics related to firearm violence, from the interaction of alcohol abuse with gun violence, effects of changes to gun laws in various states, how criminals obtain guns in a large U.S. city, to how the public perceives gun violence and gun policies.
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The NIH grants over $2.5 million for Canadian research on the artificial pancreas

A Canadian research team working on the development of an external artificial pancreas is receiving a grant of $2,509,367 USD from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The objective of the project, which will be led by Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret (adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine (Division of Experimental Medicine) at McGill University) at the IRCM (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal), is to compare the effectiveness of the single-hormone (insulin alone) artificial pancreas, the dual-hormone (insulin and glucagon) artificial pancreas, and conventional insulin pump therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
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Cystic Fibrosis: Researchers unveil the secrets of key bacteria for a better understanding of the disease

A team from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) led by Dr. Dao Nguyen, respirologist and researcher in the Translational Research in Dao-NguyenRespiratory Diseases Program, made a recent breakthrough in cystic fibrosis (CF). Cystic fibrosis, which affects the respiratory and digestive systems, is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects almost 4,000 people in Canada and 1,300 in Québec.
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McGill’s Dr. Christine Maheu recipient of the 2015 Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Research

Dr. Christine Maheu, Associate Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine has been named as the 2015 recipient for the Pfizer Award of Excellence in Nursing Research provided by the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO). Congratulations Dr. Maheu!
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Dr. Celeste Johnston wins awards from the American and Canadian Pain Societies

Dr. Celeste Johnston, Emeritus Professor in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and a scientist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax was recently awarded both the 2015 Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy for Pain Relief in Children from the American Pain Society and the 2015 Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Mentoring Award. Congratulations Dr. Johnston!
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Facing Death

“For many, talking frankly about death seems as dangerous as staring directly into the sun. We change the topic. We talk around it. We focus on the future, on hopes that we don’t believe in ourselves,” says Mary Koziol, Class of 2018, in a CMAJ blog post reflecting on her personal experience with death and dying following the first year palliative care visit as part of the UGME curriculum.
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