Dr. Aimee Ryan appointed Associate Dean, Biomedical BSc, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Aimee Ryan to the position of Associate Dean, Biomedical BSc, Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. Reporting directly to the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)/Dean, as Associate Dean Dr. Ryan will be a liaison to the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Faculty’s academic departments and schools.
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Dr. Farhan Bhanji appointed Director of Education for the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Farhan Bhanji, MD, M.Sc. (Ed), FRCPC to the position of Director of Education for the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. As Director of Education, Dr. Bhanji will report to the Executive Director at the SCSIL.  Working closely with clinicians, educators and research scientists across the McGill health care system, he will lead the design, implementation and evaluation of educational activities at the SCSIL and mentor clinical faculty who wish to engage in simulation-based education.
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Dr. Marc Afilalo appointed Chair of the Provisional Department of Emergency Medicine

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Marc Afilalo as Chair of the newly created Provisional Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. The creation of a provisional Department of Emergency Medicine is a major step forward in the establishment of a permanent academic home for adult emergency medicine. The Department will unite efforts from all participating adult Emergency Departments across the McGill academic health network, with the goal of promoting the advancement of the research and teaching missions, the provision of excellent patient care and the optimization of operations management.
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Quebec funds next steps in RVH project

We are very pleased to share with you that the Government of Quebec announced today a $37-million commitment to McGill. The investment is to plan the transformation of the Royal Victoria Hospital into a bold new multidisciplinary research and learning centre for sustainability systems and public policy.
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Department of Medicine Newsletter “Vital Signs” – July 2018

We are pleased to provide you with the July 2018 edition of Vital Signs, the McGill University Department of Medicine newsletter, published four times a year.
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MIMM Bites – June 2018

MIMM Bites newsletter provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members.
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January – June 2018

Med Events provides information on a range of events taking place across the Faculty of Medicine community that may be of interest to academic and support staff, as well as to students and residents.
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Art that heals

The McGill Humanities and Arts in Medicine group is calling for submissions from artists across the Montreal community whose work addresses illness and health. The selected work will be put on exhibition for the public at the Montreal General Hospital. The deadline for applications is September 10.
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The next milestone: Residents start their training at McGill

Mid-July signifies the time to welcome a new cohort of medical residents starting their training at McGill University and McGill-affiliated health sites. To welcome the trainees, McGill’s Faculty of Medicine hosted its annual orientation day on July 26. Dr. Armand Aalamian, Associate Dean Post-Graduate Medical Education addressed the group of over 200 residents in attendance. “Be curious, think about what you are doing and why, ask questions. Be committed to excellence and engaged no matter your specialty. Listen to your patients. This is when you will learn the most. Talking is easy, listening is much harder.”
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Hepatitis C: a revolutionary treatment to fight this silent disease

Amongst the 25,000 people infected by Hepatitis C in Montreal, 25% do not know that they are sick. Though there is no vaccine to protect us, there is a new “revolutionary” treatment available, according to Dr. Karl Weiss.
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Nano-sized traps show promise in diagnosing pathogenic bacterial infections

A new type of “lab on a chip” developed by McGill University scientists has the potential to become a clinical tool capable of detecting very small quantities of disease-causing bacteria in just minutes. The device designed by Sara Mahshid, Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, is made of nano-sized “islands,” about one tenth of the thickness of a single human hair, which act as bacterial traps or snares.
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McGill medical student selected as winner of the David R. Cox Scholarship

Kristin Hunt, a member of the McGill University MDCM Class of 2020, was recently selected as the first place winner of Global Genes’ David R. Cox Scholarship competition for 2018. The David R. Cox Scholarship for Rare Compassion, now in its third year, was developed to create an opportunity for medical students to connect with the rare disease community with the goal of developing their understanding and compassion for the challenges and lifestyles that patients diagnosed with a rare disease are faced with on a daily basis. Congratulations Kristin!
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Eight named to the 2018-2019 Faculty Honour List

Dr. Mark Smilovitch remembers an event that helped shape him as a physician and clinical teacher. As a cardiac resident he had been asked to examine a patient who had recently undergone bypass surgery. He presented to his clinical supervisor what he thought was a complete picture of the patient. He was then asked a simple question: “Do you know what this man does for a living?” The young resident went back to the patient and found out the man worked at a zoo and regularly carried 50-pound bags of food to feed the elephants. The patient suddenly opened up, talking about how worried he was about keeping his job. Today, Smilovitch sees the value of that question about the man’s occupation. “It was a window to better understand. And it was a lesson: that you have to get to know the patient as a person.”
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Engaging the Public Where They Live: Lessons for Better Science Communication from Media Personalities and Strategists

A student-run non-profit that works to foster the student voice in science policy and evidence-informed policy-making in Canada, last year the “Science & Policy Exchange” proposed to include a panel at the 2017 Canadian Science Policy Conference on how to improve science communication. Now, a group of McGill Faculty of Medicine students from the group – Tina Gruosso, Vanessa Sung, Shawn McGuirk, Marie Franquin and Mary-Rose Bradley-Gill have published a report on Medium, highlighting 10 key recommendations to take away from the panel.
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