Dr. Simon Bergman appointed Assistant Dean of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Simon Bergman to the role of Assistant Dean of Accreditation, Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Bergman, who is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education at McGill, will oversee the MDCM accreditation process following the guidelines published by the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bergman to his new role and in wishing him every success in the UGME Office.
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Dr. Mélanie Mondou appointed Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mélanie Mondou has been appointed Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. Dr. Mondou, who is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University, and Geriatrician, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, McGill University Health Centre, previously served as Assistant Dean, UGME, where she contributed to the development, implementation and delivery of the undergraduate medical program. She had been serving as Acting Associate Dean since January 6. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mondou on her new role within UGME, and in wishing her continued success.
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A message from Vice-Principal (Health Affairs), Dr. David Eidelman

I know that this message is reaching most of you in your homes, where you’re struggling to maintain a semblance of normal life while remaining safe and healthy. As we face the extraordinary challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to acknowledge the exceptional efforts and creativity of our community, working to continue the activities of the University. McGill is fortunate to have such a committed and engaged team of individuals, who are striving to preserve our core missions.
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Message from Associate Provost Christopher Buddle – Academic planning update

Over the past weeks, I’ve been continually impressed with how you have all adapted to the ever-shifting demands of the “new normal” of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the Winter term almost behind us, I know that many of you are thinking about what’s next. I’d like to take this opportunity to assure you that McGill is carefully planning for the Fall 2020 semester, and beyond.
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April 22 – Message to the McGill community regarding COVID-19

I consider myself an optimist – a feeling I have kept despite the difficult circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
Nevertheless, I thought that it might be good to make sure my compass is still well calibrated in these turbulent times. I did so by consulting Professor Charles Taylor, a “hopelessly optimistic” person who has also been called one of today’s greatest thinkers.
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April 15 – Message to the McGill community regarding COVID-19

It has now been one month since COVID-19 has changed almost every aspect of our lives and, for us at McGill, transformed how we learn and work. Despite these unsettling changes, we have carried on as best as we can with fortitude and determination.
Today is the last day of classes for the Winter 2020 semester, a semester none of us will ever forget. The circumstances under which it has come to an end are exceptional – but exceptional also is the resilience students have shown over the last month.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletter April 2020

We are pleased to announce that the April 2020 issue of the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter is now available online!
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$1.3M to develop a non-invasive positron detector for medical imaging

Congratulations to Shirin Abbasinejad Enger, PhD, a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, who has been awarded a $1.3M grant from the CIHR Collaborative Health Research Projects (NSERC partnered) program. Through this funding, she will develop a non-invasive positron detector to measure the arterial input function for pharmacokinetic modelling in dynamic positron emission tomography imaging.
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McGill medical residents answer the call on the frontlines in the battle against coronavirus

When Dr. Leon Tourian was in the process of being appointed Assistant Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education a few months ago, no one could have predicted the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal life across the world. “We are in a unique situation – something our generation has never seen before and hopefully will never see again,” says Dr. Tourian of the pandemic. Inspired by the enthusiastic desire expressed by McGill’s cohort of medical residents to help care for Quebec patients since news of the pandemic first broke, Dr. Tourian, who is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill Faculty of Medicine, found himself diving right into plans to redeploy residents within the first week in his new job, with the support and guidance from Associate Dean of PGME Dr. Armand Aalamian.
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Powers and accountability in the face of emergency

McGill Faculty of Law professors Lara Khoury and Alana Klein, along with Marie-Eve Couture Ménard, DCL’14,  from the University of Sherbrooke, have received funding from the MI4 Emergency COVID-19 Research Funding initiative to support their project, “Law in Pandemic Times: Powers and Accountability when Facing Emergency.”  They discussed their project with Sarah Huzarski, Communications Officer at the McGill Faculty of Law.
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The Quebec COVID-19 Biobank – an essential weapon against COVID

Know your enemy,” is perhaps one of the most well-known proverbs, often quoted by military buffs and corporate leaders alike. And yet in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic this ancient saying by the strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, takes on a vital and important meaning. In this context, the formation of the “Biobanque Québécoise de la COVID-19” (BQC19) / COVID-19 Québec Biobank, a provincial biobank initiative, on April 1 was an essential and strategic move.
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Better understanding of nature’s nanomachines may help in design of future drugs

Many of the drugs and medicines that we rely on today are natural products taken from microbes like bacteria and fungi. Within these microbes, the drugs are made by tiny natural machines – mega-enzymes known as nonribosomal peptide synthetases. A research team led by McGill University has gained a better understanding of the structures of NRPSs and the processes by which they work. “NRPSs are really fantastic enzymes that take small molecules like amino acids or other similar sized building blocks and assemble them into natural, biologically active, potent compounds, many of which are drugs,” said Martin Schmeing, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at McGill University, and corresponding author on the article that was recently published in Nature Chemical Biology. “
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Young entrepreneurs with a mission

Injury Repair Recovery Program trainees on top three surgical innovation teams in 2020. Their mission is to find an unmet clinical need, develop a novel technology and form a start-up.
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McGill students team with community organization to offer mental health and support resources

As a teenager Vincent Brissette saw several friends make poor decisions that led them down a dark path. This taught him firsthand a lesson in the importance of having strong support systems in one’s life. Acting as a resource for his friends during the time also instilled in Vincent a desire to give back to other youth facing similar issues.  Over the past year,  Vincent, now a second-year medical student at McGill University, has been volunteering with Head & Hands, a Montreal-based organization that has been working to promote physical and mental health for at-risk youth in the city since 1970.
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