Live 2019

Seeking to advance education across a faculty with over 4,000 academics and more than 8,000 students, residents and fellows across departments and clinical settings is no easy task, but a growing network is seeking to do just that. This undertaking is part of the Faculty’s broader Project Renaissance strategic planning exercise, which is guiding the Faculty’s education, research and health affairs activities into 2022. Dr. Annette Majnemer, appointed in 2016 as the first-ever Vice-Dean, Education, has a broad mandate to oversee the Faculty of Medicine’s major teaching programs. Dr. Majnemer’s ambition is contagious and several initiatives are being implemented to advance the Education Strategic Plan, which was developed following consultations with over 1,000 stakeholders.
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Conventional wisdom holds that emotions distort performance and should be suppressed, but visiting speaker Dr. Vicki LeBlanc, Chair and Professor of the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa and Director of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre, gave an attentive audience reason to think otherwise. “If emotions shape our attention, memory, interpretations of things and our risk perception, what does this challenge us to do in terms of rethinking education?” Dr. LeBlanc asked.
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Dr. Julia V Burnier, a newly recruited researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre , and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Pathology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine,  was awarded a CIHR-OICR award to participate in the CCRC as well as in the Early Career Investigator meeting, funded by the CIHR, OICR and Prostate Canada.“It was an eye-opening experience to hear patients and advocates speak about what research means to them,” says Dr. Burnier. “Science is their hope, whether for their own disease or for the future generation of patients.”
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The Department of Family Medicine has been working to deliver excellence in teaching and learning not only for student and residents, but also to academic staff through continuing medical education and faculty development. To this end, for the first time this fall, physicians enrolled as preceptors in the Longitudinal Family Medicine Experience course will benefit from an online distanced-blended program of their own, the Preceptor Learning Program, to help them become better clinical educators.
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Dr. Ponka received his medical degree and PhD from Charles University in his native Prague, Czech Republic, where he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathophysiology. In 1979, he came to McGill where he joined the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine, becoming a full Professor in 1987. Since 1984, he had conducted his research at the Lady Davis Institute of the Jewish General Hospital.
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On November 7, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Medical Physics Academic Program. We sat down with Dr. Jan Seuntjens, Director, McGill Medical Physics Unit, and William Parker, Clinical Chief, MUHC Department of Medical Physics to talk about the history and the future of this discipline.
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The Neuro is part of Sherrill Rand Harrison’s extended family—and the family tree has deep roots. Several generations of her family have trained at The Neuro. “Dr. Eddie Archibald, a distant cousin of my grandfather was in part responsible for bringing Dr. Wilder Penfield to head up The Neuro where my mother, aunt, sister and mother-in-law did part of their RVH nursing training. My mother-in-law was, in fact, one of the operating room nurses for Dr. Wilder Penfield. My mother’s two brothers Archibald interned at The Neuro as part of their McGill medical degrees.”
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A hospital is often a difficult place to find hope. It’s hard enough to overcome the physical and health challenges that come with the diagnosis of a neurological illness or injury. Thankfully, The Neuro Cares Fund is there to help. Created in 2012 and overseen by The Neuro’s Social Services team, the Fund provides financial support to those in need. By providing assistance to cover expenses such as groceries, medication, utilities, transportation, medical equipment, and more, the Fund helps relieve stress and allows patients to concentrate on what matters most – their health and their family.
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Looking for a way to make their course content accessible to others, Drs. Stephen Liben and Tom Hutchinson joined forces to write MD Aware: A Mindfulness-Based Whole Person Care Course Guide for Physicians, available through Springer Press.  The book provides a unique, step-by-step guide for instructors, offering a comprehensive approach to teaching pre-clerkship medical students, residents and even experienced physicians, about the transformational impact of mindful medical practice or mindful whole person care.
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In 2013, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada began developing Competency by Design (CBD), Canada’s version of competency-based medical education (CBME).  In 2017, McGill and Canada’s 16 other postgraduate medical education (PGME) offices started introducing this new approach. McGill Program Directors Dr. Elizabeth Hazel (Rheumatology Residency Program), and Dr. Catherine Weber (Nephrology residency program), offer ideas and advice while discussing how each has prepared for their program’s transition to CBME. 
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