Call for Nominations – Undergraduate Medical Education Prize Nomination Subcommittee – Deadline: January 15, 2021

In light of an expanding mandate and a commitment to ensure inclusive and transparent Faculty governance, the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program, McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, is seeking one member involved in teaching but without a leadership role in UGME from Campus Outaouais to join the following committee in the role of ‘member at large’: Undergraduate Medical Education Prize Nomination Subcommittee.
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Dr. Caroline Reinhold appointed Interim Chair, Department of Diagnostic Radiology

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Caroline Reinhold to the position of Interim Chair of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, effective immediately.
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Class of Medicine 1974 Faculty Scholar for Teaching Excellence & Innovation in Medical Education

The goal of this opportunity is to strengthen medical education in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences by emphasizing the importance of educational excellence and scholarship through innovation and the deployment of effective methods of teaching and learning. The deadline for applications will be February 1, 2021, for funds to be awarded in July 1, 2021.
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Fall 2021: Rising to the next challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched us all. Some have been marked by profound loss. Many more are struggling with stress and hardship, or are concerned for people in their lives who are struggling. This has been challenging for everyone.
The University has since been able to continue to function safely and effectively because of the tireless collective efforts of our entire community, and the thoughtful, measured guidance of the Emergency Operations Centre and the Academic Planning Executive Committee.
We continue to face immediate, serious challenges, with Montreal remaining a red zone. Fall 2021 will still not look like Fall 2019—but, importantly, nor will it look like Fall 2020.
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Every gesture counts!

In order to protect our health care system, our families and our communities, each and everyone of us needs to do our part to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 global pandemic, beginning with following both Quebec and University directives, among these:
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MIMM Bites Newsletter – December 2020

We are pleased to announce that the December issue is now available online. It provides news and announcements of interest to the faculty and support staff members, as well as to students and alumni members. It also presents information on department updates, upcoming events and announcements.
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Department of Family Medicine Newsletters – October & November

Published on a monthly basis, the Department of Family Medicine Newsletter provides news and announcements of interest to faculty and support staff members, as well as students, residents and alumni members.
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Discovery Day 2020 attracts record numbers, virtually

On December 2, some 250 students from Quebec, as well as Ontario, came together virtually for the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Discovery Day – a record turnout! This annual day of presentations and workshops, jointly hosted by the McGill Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and The Neuro, aims to inspire high school and CEGEP students to pursue careers in the health sciences.
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Getting Canadians moving, with the help of AI!

LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact has selected the MyHeart Counts Canada mobile application developed by Dr. Abhinav Sharma, cardiologist at the McGill University Health Centre and member of the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI‑MUHC), for their Healthy Futures Accelerator. The goal of MyHeart Counts Canada is to get Canadians moving for improved heart health.
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Celebrating 35 years of achievement at the McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging

Established in 1985 to develop specialized services for the elderly, who were poorly served, the Centre’s milestone 35-year anniversary was celebrated in November.
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Nurse practitioners bring big savings to long-term care facilities in Quebec

Countries worldwide face challenges meeting the growing needs for long-term care services because of high costs. A study led by researchers from McGill University and Université du Québec en Outaouais shows that introducing nurse practitioners can significantly reduce costs and improve patient safety.
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New use for an old drug: How does ketamine combat depression?

A group of proteins called 4E-BPs, involved in memory formation, is the key to unlocking the antidepressant effect of ketamine in the brain, according to researchers from three Canadian universities. The discovery could lead to better and safer treatments for certain patients suffering from major depression.
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Scientists show what loneliness looks like in the brain

This holiday season will be a lonely one for many people as social distancing due to COVID-19 continues, and it is important to understand how isolation affects our health. A new study shows a sort of signature in the brains of lonely people that make them distinct in fundamental ways, based on variations in the volume of different brain regions as well as based on how those regions communicate with one another across brain networks.
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Celebrating the 2020 VP-Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences Awards of Excellence winners

The annual Ovation Awards were held virtually this year on December 9, to honour the year’s winners of the VP-Dean of Medicine and Health Sciences Awards of Excellence. Friends, family and colleagues joined the event to applaud the outstanding contributions of this year’s laureates, Isabelle Harvey, Tina Russo and Nadina Paraschuk. Read more.
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Three recognized with 2020 McGill PGME Program Director Awards

Program Directors at McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences play an essential role in making sure medical residents receive the best education and training possible, while also advising and supporting their trainees. Since 2018, McGill’s Postgraduate Medical Education program has recognized leadership excellence in this domain. This year, they honour three physicians for their achievements, including the introduction of two new awards.
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Medical education during a pandemic – The learner’s and teacher’s perspective

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly altered normalcy with respect to daily life across the globe, and medical education was not spared, though the leadership and dedicated teachers across the School of Medicine at McGill moved swiftly to find alternative means of providing valuable learning opportunities for students. McGill medical student Jad Abi-Rafeh and McGill resident Dr. Tyler Safran, decided to, first, look at the impact on medical education from the student’s perspective, publishing a commentary on the topic in CMEJ, and subsequently collaborate on to develop a series of virtual lectures intended for students. The two recently took some time to speak with us and answer some questions about the various initiatives they have been leading over the past months, and the impact these have had.
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