McIntyre fire damage: building closed

On the evening of July 13, a fire was reported on the outdoor terrace of the McIntyre Medical Building. Authorities arrived quickly and the fire was soon extinguished. No one was injured. We ask that people continue to avoid the area.
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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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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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Principal’s Awards for Administrative and Support Staff – Deadline: August 3

Help recognize an outstanding colleague by nominating him or her for a Principal’s Award for Administrative and Support Staff.
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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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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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Canada’s First Cannabis-Specialized Contract Research Organization

Santé Cannabis, Quebec’s first specialized medical cannabis clinic and resource centre today announced its expansion to become Canada’s first independently credentialed centre of excellence in cannabis research. As a contract research organization, Santé Cannabis provides clinical research services to the pharmaceutical, biotech and cannabis industries focused on the investigation and development of cannabis and cannabinoid products.
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Happy Birthday Brenda!

Pioneering neuropsychologist Brenda Milner turns 100 today. Milner made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of human memory. Born on July 15, 1918 in Manchester, UK, Milner came to Canada in 1944 and finished a PhD at McGill University under psychologist Donald Hebb in 1952, moving on to a tenured position studying epilepsy patients at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
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Canadian first: Hemorrhage control device saves lives of critically injured patients

Most early deaths in trauma patients result from hemorrhaging, so it’s vital that surgeons race to locate and stop it. A new balloon catheter which quickly stops internal bleeding caused by pelvic fractures is leading a revolution in emergency bleeding control, and it’s now available in Canada. A trauma team at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MGH-MUHC) recently used it to save two patients with life-threatening hemorrhage.
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Unique brain “fingerprint” can predict drug effectiveness

Personalized medicine – delivering therapies specially tailored to a patient’s unique physiology – has been a goal of researchers and doctors for a long time. New research provides a way of delivering personalized treatments to patients with neurological disease.
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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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June winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award

Ryan Sanford, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital /McGill University, is the award winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS).

Congratulations Ryan!
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Explore! Careers in Health program allows high school students to see themselves as future healthcare practitioners

From June 26 to 28, a group of 50 students – 42 from local high schools and eight from rural areas – gathered at McGill University’s downtown campus for three days of immersion in health science-related educational workshops as part of the 2018 “Explore! Careers in Health” program.  Now in its tenth year, the annual youth outreach program is a Faculty of Medicine initiative to educate and empower students of communities that have been historically underrepresented within the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry to pursue careers in the health sciences.
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