Stay informed: University and Faculty COVID-19 news

As the situation continues to evolve, McGill University and the Faculty of Medicine will continue to provide updates to keep our community informed.
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Effective allyship against anti-Black and systemic racism: open discussion for all members of the Faculty

The Faculty’s Social Accountability and Community Engagement (SACE) Office invites you to this special session on July 13, 2020, from 7:15 to 8:45 pm to discuss the skills and tools that move us from simply standing with the community to taking purposeful action towards dismantling the structures of racism, which continue to foster all types of oppression.
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Upcoming teaching workshops for faculty members

Faculty members continue to step up, create, engage and inspire despite these difficult times. The dedication to teaching and learning that we see daily demonstrates clearly that our faculty members are Proud to Teach. Thank you for all that you do. The University is offering a range of workshops to support remote teaching and active participation is encouraged.
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Reflecting on 2019-2020—and looking forward

Message from the Principal

As this academic year draws to a close, I think about how we, as a university community, have continued to evolve and adapt in recent months. These months have been unpredictable and challenging for each of us in different ways. I thank you for your commitment and courage, and for helping to carve out a way forward this spring.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – June 17, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

The COVID-19 lockdown has changed so much about McGill life. Spring Convocation, for one, usually draws thousands of smiling faces to our campuses. In-person events may be cancelled, but the pride we all feel in the Class of 2020 is stronger than ever. While we know there’s no replacement for crossing the stage, McGill University will celebrate our graduates’ achievements in a very special way. Tomorrow and Friday, we will mark this once-in-a lifetime occasion with a series of virtual Convocation ceremonies — and everyone is invited to join the celebrations online. I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to our 2020 graduates, and to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this unprecedented celebration happen.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – June 11, 2020

Message from Fabrice Labeau, Deputy Provost

Our campuses usually become much quieter during summer but, of course, there is nothing “usual” about the year we are having. Indeed, even though the vast majority of us will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, our campuses are becoming increasingly livelier, relatively speaking. Here are this week’s updates on progress and developments relating to McGill’s continued operations during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter May 2020

We are pleased to announce that the May 2020 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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In Memoriam: Maximilian Keywan Eivaskhani (1991-2020)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Maximilian Keywan Eivaskhani, a doctoral student in the Department of Biochemistry. Injured in a bicycle accident, Max died on June 24, one day before his 29th birthday, at the Montreal General Hospital with his parents and girlfriend holding his hands. Our condolences go out to Max’s family, friends, colleagues and all those whose lives he touched.
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Emerging education leader implements innovative curricula

From training “bootcamps” for Pediatrics residents to resident-as-teacher initiatives, Dr. Elisa Ruano Cea is innovating within health sciences education and having an impact. 
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Discussing the role of family physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic with colleagues at Tongji

On May 15 and June 10, colleagues from McGill University and Tongji University (Shanghai, China) came together through videoconference to exchange information and experiences on COVID-19.
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Hydroxychloroquine shortages: when the enthusiasm for a potential cure affects patients

Amid initial public and scientific optimism for hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19, health care professionals raised concerns about shortages of this inexpensive drug, which is widely used in the treatment of several rheumatic diseases such as arthritis. A new national survey of rheumatologists led by researchers at the McGill University Health Centre shows that most of them reported difficulties accessing or renewing the drug.
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COVID-19 pandemic: Looking back to better tackle future challenges

Unprecedented challenges—like the current COVID-19 pandemic—sometimes require unprecedented actions, and it is only with hindsight that one can evaluate them. Two studies led by RI-MUHC researchers provide insights for evaluating strategies employed to prevent and manage COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
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Skin Cancer: Why men are genetically more prone

As COVID-19 restrictions are loosening up and summer is finally here, Canadians are eager to spend more time outdoors, get their barbeques out and make the most of the sunshine. A new study from McGill University’s Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) is a reminder why caution is required while doing so, especially for men.
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A creative addition to the Ingram School of Nursing’s Centennial year Convocation

The Ingram School of Nursing has named its 2020 Convocation Award winners and announced the recipients of the new art-based Centennial Scholarships.
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Reflections from the MDCM Class of 2020

In addition to receiving their diplomas and officially earning the right to be called “Doctor” after years of hard work, for a number of graduates this year’s virtual Convocation was made even more special with the attribution of the annual awards to the graduating MDCM Class. We asked several of them to share their thoughts about their time at McGill, what being selected for their award means to them, and their advice for future MDCM students.
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McGill medical students offer a salve to worry and fear

What was this new virus that seemed to target the elderly? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones? This was the tenor of the questions from fearful and anxious callers to the Montreal Centre for Health and Care (Refuah V’chesed) COVID-19 hotline. It was late March, early April, and Montrealers realized the novel coronavirus was not contained in far-away places like in Wuhan, China and northern Italy. The team at the clinic on Avenue du Parc established a COVID-19 helpline to respond to the crisis within the community and had recruited 19 McGill medical students to help.
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