The faculties of medicine of Université Laval, Université de Montréal, McGill University and Université de Sherbrooke support the intent of the government to optimize resources in Quebec’s health care system to improve access to family physicians and specialists. However, yesterday the faculties voiced deep concerns to the Commission de la santé et des services sociaux about the expected negative impact on the training of future physicians and the number of family physicians in the province.
Despite the fact that McGill is one of Montreal’s largest employers and boasts upward of 2,000 retirees, it doesn’t have a pan-University association that serves former employees. But that is about to change, as the McGill University Retiree Association (MURA) is getting ready to open its doors to business.
When a fire broke out in the upper floor of Royal Victoria College’s West Wing on the morning of Feb. 10, it set in motion a chain of events that, in the end, ensured the safety of everyone, as the building was evacuated without incident. In the days following the fire, staff and administration have been hard at work to get students resettled with minimal disruption to their lives. The response of the McGill community and beyond is an example of how the worst situations often bring out the best in people.
McGill will present honorary degrees to two giants of medicine – Dr. Jonathan Meakins and Dr. James C. Hogg – next month at a scientific symposium being held jointly with the McGill University Health Centre in celebration of the opening of the Glen site.
On Monday, February 2, 2015, McGill’s Board of Governors approved the reappointment of Colleen Cook as McGill’s Trenholme Dean of Libraries. Dean Cook’s second five-year term begins on September 1.
On Monday, February 2, 2015, the Board of Governors approved the promotion of nine associate professors to the rank of full professor.
Imagine being able to easily get over all of the discomfort and problems of jet lag or night-shift work. Science is not quite there, but recent work by researchers from McGill and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute has opened new therapeutic avenues for improving the synchronization of the body’s different biological clocks.
The holiday season is a great time for getting together with friends and indulging in bigger and more elaborate meals. But overdoing it isn’t wise, either; there’s no sense in ending up with Santa’s waistline. That’s why Patricia Urrico, a nutritionist at the Jewish General Hospital, has some tips for enjoying the celebrations and avoiding the post-New Year’s weight-gain blues.
Economics Prof. Christopher Ragan made headlines across the country last month with the launch of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, an independent group of 12 policy-savvy economists determined to promote fiscal changes that will benefit both the economy and the environment. Ragan came up with the idea for the commission and will serve as its chair. He sat down with the Reporter in his Leacock Building office to explain what he hopes it will accomplish over the next few years.
McGill has welcomed the official launch of a federally supported research fund. The $1.5 billion Canada First Research Excellence Fund, which was initially announced in the 2014 federal budget, will be governed by a Steering Committee comprised of the presidents of the three federal granting agencies and the deputy ministers of Health and Industry Canada.