Surviving residency

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Dr. Phil Vourtzoumis is currently completing his third year of residency in General Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre. As a senior resident, he has different day-to-day tasks that range from seeing patients in the ward and teaching medical students who are getting acquainted with the hospital dynamic, to performing surgeries in the operating room.

On the genetics trail

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Researchers have identified the genetic mutation responsible for one patient’s serious health problems, finally solving a medical mystery that has endured for over 30 years. Thanks to this discovery, Dr. Donald Vinh has developed a therapy that could also help a lot of people who have problems related to the immune system, whether they are genetic or due to a transplant or an illness.

Spaghetti Nights Family Workshops: Giving parents a helping hand

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As rewarding as it can sometimes be, parenting isn’t easy. Sometimes parents feel like they are operating in a bubble, far removed from other adults and trying their best to deal with challenges – and put out fires – as they crop up. If only kids came with an owner’s manual, frustrated parents have ruefully mused. And wouldn’t it be nice if, just once, someone else did the cooking and took care of the children?

Three-minute thesis competition proves less is sometimes more

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Not even a record-breaking snowstorm the night before could derail McGill’s second annual 3-Minute Thesis / Ma thèse en 180 secondes finals competition, an event in which graduate students boil down their complex research to 180 informative, and entertaining, seconds.

McGill 3rd-best for anatomy and physiology, 6th for mining

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McGill just keeps getting better. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject released on March 8. From a stunning third-place ranking for the University’s program in anatomy and physiology to a sixth-place rank for Mining and Minerals Engineering, McGill had 32 subjects ranked in the Top 50 in the world.

A carbon-neutral McGill? Have your say and join the conversation

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After six months, 11 consultation events, and hundreds of ideas gathered online and in person, the McGill Office of Sustainability (MOOS) is inviting the McGill community to share their thoughts on possible targets for the Vision 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

Macdonald Campus tells its story on Founder’s Day

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Macdonald Campus celebrated Founder’s Day on February 9, highlighting the exceptional work being done by students, staff and faculty.

McGill repeats as winner of Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge

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It may not quite be on the same level as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but McGill’s Department of Economics is starting to develop a winning reputation. On Saturday, Feb. 4, a team of five Econ undergrads won the Bank of Canada’s Governor’s Challenge. Winner of last year’s inaugural event? A team from McGill’s Department of Economics.

AMUSE/Casuals and McGill sign a new collective agreement

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On Jan. 30, the Association of McGill University Support Employees (AMUSE/Casuals) / Public Service Alliance of Canada and McGill University signed a new collective agreement.

Drama on the menu as Inter-university cooking contest looms

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From Feb. 24–26, a group of McGill students will lock paring knives with teams from four other North American universities in its quest to be named University Iron Chef champion.