Q&A with Dr. John Yoo From working on the phased return to campus, meeting with department and student groups and getting the foundation established for the School’s next strategic plan, Dr. Yoo’s first few weeks as Dean have been busy.
Your COVID-19 stories Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni have demonstrated thoughtful and inspiring leadership throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Here is just a snapshot of your important contributions.
COVID-19: The latest research, innovations and community outreach Schulich Medicine & Dentistry continues to lead on a global scale during the pandemic. Faculty and learners at the School are exploring new ways to test and treat the virus, gaining a better understanding of symptoms, designing and supplying PPE for frontline workers, supporting seniors and providing care to people in the community.
Achievements Report While change has been our constant for the first half of 2020, faculty, staff and learners continue to advance the School’s vision. The 2020 Achievements Report features several success stories from the past year, including national research projects, community and industry partnerships, social responsibility and integrating wellness into residency training.
Celebrating the Class of 2020 No one expected that the academic year would be interrupted by a global pandemic and our lives would change so much in such a short time. Students rose to the challenge, surpassing each obstacle the pandemic presented. We celebrate all of their achievements and are pleased to profile a member of each class.
Dr. Douglas Bocking The Western community is mourning the death of medical education pioneer Dr. Douglas Bocking, MD’43, a former Dean of Medicine, who died May 9 at the age of 99. He was a gentlemen and scholar who will be dearly missed.
First to 50 They boldly went were no one had gone before; the first students enrolled in Western University’s dental school. The Dentistry Class of 1970 left a big mark, launching a legacy of exceptional dental education, research and care.
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Access CDE courses virtually Join us for new RCDSO Category 1 live webinars via Zoom. Topics include ethical approaches to finance, conflict resolution in the dental practice and more.
Homecoming 2020 goes virtual While we will not be gathering in person for reunions and Homecoming events, we are excited to celebrate with you in a unique, virtual way. Join your former classmates and fellow alumni to mark your reunion milestone.
Announcements Congratulations to Ishita Aggarwal, MPH’19, Dr. Ian Ball, MD’02, Dr. Brooke Edwards, MD’19, Sajjad Fazal, MPH’18, Dr. Tarek Loubani, MD’07, Dr. David Naylor, Dr. Jane Philpott, MD’84, Bruce Seet, PhD’02 and Dr. Jane Philpott, MD’84.
Living her dream Dr. Jennifer Lam, MD’11, took the country by storm as a collegiate athlete winning almost every award available. Today she continues to live her dream as a paediatric surgeon with the promise of an exciting career.
Fred Possmayer, PhD’65, receives University honour Professor Possmayer’s ground-breaking contributions have saved thousands of lives around the world and will continue to do so for generations to come. His work is being recognized with a 2019 Professional Achievement Award of Merit.
Entrepreneurial team Former classmates and 2017 MPH alumni Mark Gera, Ian Hanney and Nitin Mohan have a new public health consultancy firm that uses a team approach in everything they do.
MD Program Curriculum Renewal With physicians expectations changing, the needs, interests, and learning styles of medical students changing, and societies expectations for a greater inclusion of cultural safety in the delivery of health care increasing – medical education must change and Schulich Medicine is embarking on a curriculum renewal.
A holistic picture of education and care 800 students from medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, social work and more converged on Alumni Hall to take part in an historic day of interprofessional learning.
Reflections of surgical education excellence Watch as alumni Drs. Michael Ott, Caitlin Symonette, Supriya Singh, Matthew Valdis share their current experiences at Schulich Medicine’s various postgraduate surgical programs.
Participate in the admissions process Opportunities are available for alumni to participate in the admissions process for the Medicine and Dentistry Classes of 2024. Learn more about file reviewer and interviewer opportunities.
2019 Homecoming With some new events and the return of many of your favourites, Homecoming Weekend promises to offer numerous opportunities to reminisce, celebrate, engage with classmates, have fun and even learn a little. Join Dr. Davy Cheng and some special guests including Drs. Danyaal Raza, Gillian Kernaghan, Sara and Colin Taylor and Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist André Picard for a number of events.
Upcoming events Join us for the Schulich Dentistry cocktail reception and See the Line – two events upcoming in the next few months.
Reunion Planning Celebrating a Reunion this year? We can’t wait to see you. Homecoming weekend is October 18 - 20 and there are plenty of events for you to enjoy. Find out what your class has scheduled, and start planning your Reunion weekend today.
The power of storytelling Bruce Seet, PhD’02, believes in the power of storytelling. It’s how and why he created the Science To Business Network, which helps graduate trainees learn from the stories of others, as well as create their own.
You have a concussion – now what? Dr. Lisa Fischer debunks concussion myths and outlines best practices, policies and guidelines around concussion care. Watch the first video in the School’s new series, Brainstorm: Straight Talk on Concussion.
Return journey Sarah Mattonen, PhD’16, is a new faculty member at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. The cancer imaging scientist is working with the same interdisciplinary research group that she trained with as a graduate student.
Stories of service Faculty and learners have used their medical and dental training to support the Canadian military for generations – serving their country in times of war, conflict and peace. The School recently profiled their contributions in a special online series.
How do you measure a year? Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean, shares the accomplishments and challenges that made the past 365 days rewarding and pride-filled.
Delivering an extraordinary experience Dr. Bertha Garcia, Dentistry’s Vice Dean & Director, shares how the teams in Dentistry are working together to deliver on strategic plan goals and enrich the learning and care experience.
Advocacy, awards and new facilities Faculty members shed light on Canada’s first vaping-related lung injury, the Office of Military Academic Medicine opens, leadership changes and more. Find out what has been happening at the School and University during the past few months.
Nominations are open for 2020 Nominate a former classmate, colleague or friend who has made an outstanding contribution to the School, the community or their profession through the Alumni of Distinction Awards. Presentation of the awards will be made during the 2020 Homecoming Weekend.
The rivalry continues Join Jona Szakacs, Theodora Imbrogno, Coach Ken Wright and the entire Mighty Dents hockey team when they take on the University of Toronto for the 13th annual ODA President’s Cup on April 4. And save the date for alumni receptions taking place this spring.
Making 150 count In planning its 150th anniversary, the CMA found a way to support medical students, recognize their leadership and celebrate their passion.
A phenomenal feeling Before leaving for the South Korea, Dr. Leanne Peters, MD’06, wondered if it would ever sink in that she was actually at the Olympics.
Building the foundation for future alumni Four new Alumni Societies and an Alumni Council are being established to develop programming, establish events and create networking, mentorship and engagement opportunities.
Alumni connections Enjoy photos from recent events including the Alumni Beer Tasting, Schulich Medicine - Windsor Campus anniversary, and the Master of Public Health program's Alumni Reception.
Upcoming Events Get ready: we have a lot in store this summer and fall, including See the Line, Mini Medical School, Alumni Reunions and Homecoming Weekend.
2018 Homecoming Weekend Celebrate the mark you’ve made on Schulich Medicine & Dentistry by coming back to campus for the 2018 Homecoming Weekend. Festivities include a community lecture, the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. Paul Polak MD’58, DSc’08, lunch with the Dean, the Golden Alumni reception, Schulich Dentistry Cocktail Party and the Dean’s Gala.
50 years of Family Medicine The Department of Family Medicine is celebrating 50 years of excelling in patient-centred care, education and research. This milestone will be celebrated throughout 2018 with events and activities, including a celebration lecture with alumna Dr. Danielle Martin, MD'03, on Wednesday, May 30.
Connections and celebrations the highlight of Homecoming Weekend Thought-provoking, inspiring, and of course celebratory, best describe Homecoming 2018. Hundreds of alumni travelled back to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry to participate in the morning lectures, enjoy a delicious lunch, and dance the night away at the Dean’s Gala.
What a difference a decade makes The Dental Outreach Community Service is the pride of Schulich Dentistry. In operation for 10 years, the more than 160 volunteers and 650 students have provided free dental care to thousands of people.
The storyteller Award-winning author and paediatrician, Dr. Alex Lyttle, MD’11, uses writing as a form of catharsis. “It helps to lift me, and it’s never something I have to motivate myself to do,” he said.
Small but mighty Shamara Baidoobonso, PhD’13, is grateful for her graduate training in Epidemiology. It offered a strong culture that fostered co-learning, camaraderie between students, extensive mentorship and huge opportunity.
The Cheeky Scientist Alumna Cathy Sorbara, PhD, serves as the COO for The Cheeky Scientist Association a major force in offering job training, career support and advice for PhD graduates who are launching their careers.
Meet Dr. Davy Cheng, Acting Dean It’s been an exciting first two months for Dr. Cheng, who began his role on October 1. We sat down with the Acting Dean to learn more about his first few months in his role and his short- and long-term goals.
Dr. Alan Shepard On November 30, Western University announced that Dr. Alan Shepard will be the University's 11th President beginning July 1, 2019.
School News Dean Emeritus Dr. Carol Herbert receives honorary degree, the establishment of a new endowed chair in epilepsy research, leadership changes and more. Find out what has been happening at the School and University during the past few months.
Events Advancement in medical imaging, bias training, blood clotting, concussion research and more. Learn about some of the upcoming events hosted by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
Alumni of Distinction Nominations You can nominate a former classmate or colleague who has made outstanding contributions to the School, the community or their profession through the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry Alumni of Distinction Awards. Presentation of the Awards will be made during the 2019 Homecoming Weekend.
Global leaders in optimizing life-long health Congratulations to the 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award recipients: Drs. Robert Bourne, MD’71; Zain Kassam, MD’09; Peter Leung, PhD’79; Paul Romanson, DDS’72; Cecil Rorabeck, MD'68, DSc'09; David Spence, BA’65, MD’70; and Shawn Steele, BA’01, DDS’05, JD'13.
Homecoming Weekend 2017 You can register today for the 2017 Homecoming lectures, lunch, cocktail receptions and the Dean's Gala.
Humbling honour Recognized as one of Canada’s most influential Hispanic Canadians, Dr. Caycedo credits his family and his fellowship in surgery at Schulich Medicine, with Drs. Colquhoun, Taylor and Ott, in part, for his success.
A mission to mobilize With a keen interest in scientific innovation and commercialization, Helen Petropoulos, BSc'96, PhD'02, has set out on a mission to mobilize genomic research translation.
Identity and belonging Dr. Tim Maxwell, MD’06, learned of his Indigenous roots as a young teenager. He struggled with this identity at times, but appreciates the opportunities and perspectives it gave him as he pursued his education. In this alumni profile, the anesthesiologist looks back on his experience at Schulich Medicine with sincerity and gratitude.
Reunions, Homecoming and alumni celebrations The spring and fall months turned out to be the perfect time for many of you to enjoy reunion activities, attend lecture series featuring prominent alumni, and celebrate Homecoming at the Dean’s Gala.
Tweeting Influence Dr. Lesley Barron, MD'96, is harnessing the power of social media to mobilize her thoughts and reflect on life within the medical community as a female surgeon.
The DOCS Difference Alumni such as Drs. Penny Thornton, DDS’81, are attempting to fill the huge gap in accessible dental care in London through DOCS. It’s making a difference and providing top quality care to those it serves.
Soulful Work Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull recently announced that he will be dedicating more time delivering care to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable populations – its work that has given his life more meaning.
Moving forward in reconciliation and healing This fall, Schulich Medicine students attended a half-day session, in which they learned about the history of the residential school system in Canada, and the trauma and injustices that continue to shape and impact Indigenous communities.
Six questions with the Dean Dr. Michael Strong discusses what has been taking place at the School and what’s he has in his sights as he moves through his second term.
Featured Event: 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards Each year, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrates and honours alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the School, Western University, the community and/or their profession. Nominations for the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Awards are open until Monday, March 5, 2018.
Upcoming Events Join us for Dinner with the Dean in Halifax, a learning session on Management Principles for Physicians, and more this coming year.
Save the Date for Homecoming 2016 We look forward to welcoming you back to campus on September 30 - October 2. Events and activities will be taking place all weekend long offering something for everyone.
Bringing lessons home Ryan Renn, Medicine Class of 2016, will graduate on May 13 and bring the lessons he's learned at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry back home to make a difference in his First Nations community.
Inspired to serve: From medicine to military Watching the terrorist attacks unravel on September 11, 2001 inspired Dr. Michael Gutman, MD'88, to contribute his expertise as an emergency physician to the United States Army.
Exploring your interests In 2015, an alumni engagement survey was distributed to explore your interests. Thank you for your responses. Your feedback will help in the planning of alumni publications and events.
An unconventional path through medicine Dr. Jennifer Arvanitis, MD'93, always knew she wanted to be a physician. What she didn't know was how many twists and turns her career path would take - from family practice to death investigation.
Home team advantage A seasoned veteran of the Mighty Dents hockey team, Dr. Derek Tomson has found camaraderie on the ice and in the dental clinic.
Read the 2015-16 Achievement Report Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Achievement Report features stories on a few of the School's education, research and partnership achievements. Read the Report to learn about these accomplishments.
Join us for Reunion Weekend We look forward to welcoming you back on September 30 - October 2. Join us for a series of educational and social activities. From lectures to cocktail parties, we've planned a great weekend.
Improving health care for women and children in Africa David Cechetto, PhD, received $8.9 million from Global Affairs Canada for his program Training, Support and Access Model for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Rwanda and Burundi, which will develop training and access programs for health care providers.
Understanding the heartbreak of physician suicide Dr. Michael Myers, MD'66, will give a thought-provoking Dean's Distinguished Lecture on physician and medical student suicide - an area of research he specialized in and is known nationally and internationally for.
Congratulating the graduating classes of 2016 Spirit filled the air at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Convocation ceremonies that took place in May and June. Students walked across the stage, accepted their hoods and moved on to a new chapter in their lives.
Connecting the dots throughout his career Dean's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, MD'81, reflects on his career highlights so far, including the development of the Matthew Mailing Centre for Translational Transplantation Research.
Celebrating 50 years of Dentistry Schulich Dentistry is celebrating a special year long Anniversary. We are marking 50 extraordinary years of exceptional education, innovative research and the development of socially responsible leaders throughout 2015...
2015 Alumni of Distinction Recipients From the neonatal unit and operating room to the classroom and community, the six 2015 Alumni of Distinction Awards recipients have made a tremendous impact on the lives of people around the world...
Gearing up for his second term During his first term as Dean, Dr. Michael Strong initiated change on many fronts. Now he’s putting the wheels in motion to continue building on the great work already underway...
A century of helping people Since graduating from Western University’s medical school in 1940, Dr. Tommy Roos has fought in World War II, started his own family practice, and delivered thousands of babies. He marked his 100th birthday with a visit to the campus where he discovered his love of medicine...
A rising star in cancer research Vasiliki Economopoulos, BEng'08, PhD'13, received the distinguished Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission, which she will use to drive her research to reduce cancer-related deaths...
Bringing the history of dentistry to life Dr. David Kenny, DDS’70, made history as a member of the first graduating class from Dentistry. Now he’s bringing the School’s history to life with two projects...
In Memoriam - Dr. Ramsay Gunton It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Ramsay Gunton, distinguished medical scientist, former professor of medicine and academic administrator at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and a long-time supporter of Western University and Robarts Research Institute...
Student and Trainee Profiles Profiles on Dr. Vlad Diaconita, MD'14, Resident; Kara Ruicci, BMSc Student; Kathryn Manning, MSc'14, CAMPEP Trainee; Yuliya Mulyar and Eduardo Moffa, Dentistry Students; and Charles Yin, MD/PhD Candidate...
Homecoming 2015 – Relive your story with us There’s no better time to visit Western University than during Homecoming Weekend. With a number of special events on the go from concerts and lectures to the traditional football game and, of course, the annual Dean’s Gala, you will have the opportunity catch up with your classmates and experience the best that the University has to offer, all while you relive your story.
Taking science out of the box Bonnie Schmidt, PhD'93, founder and president of Let's Talk Science, is committed to making science education accessible — not elitist. Her goal is to inspire futures and share science with people of all ages.
Putting heart into a career of transplantation Dr. Neil McKenzie, 2015 recipient of the Dean's Lifetime Achievement Award, reflects on his career highlights so far, including the completion of the first successful heart transplant in Canada.
Changing the channel on gender identity "This is a great media moment," said Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Scheim's research focuses on factors impacting the transgender community — from HIV risk to the impact of social exclusion.
A sense of invention After filing his 51st patent, Aaron Fenster, PhD, reflects on the innovation and groundbreaking imaging technology that has come out of his lab at Robarts Research Institute.
Congratulating the graduating classes of 2015 Family, friends and faculty members gathered at Alumni Hall in May and June to celebrate more than 650 students graduating at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry's Convocation ceremonies.
Q&A with OMA President Dr. Michael Toth Dr. Toth sat down with us to discuss his new role, the goals he would like to accomplish during his term, and why he enjoys his involvement with the Association.
Western establishes The Bone and Joint Institute Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.
London Health Science Centre launches major overhaul for emergency Emergency departments at London Health Sciences Centre are getting a makeover so the hospital can roll out a new way of providing treatment in the fall, changes that officials promise will mean every patient will be seen by a team that includes a doctor within 30 minutes.
The art of remembrance: Francis Chan Humanitarian Award The black lab’s deep brown eyes stare out at Dani Cadieux as she moves her paintbrush gently across the canvas. The animal, Jet, is her painting’s heart and soul, capturing the loyal companion of Dr. Francis Chan. Commissioned for the Francis Chan Humanitarian Award, Cadieux’s painting honours the memory and legacy of Dr. Chan.
Transplant patients could benefit from unexpected source Patrick Luke, a professor in the Department of Surgery, and his team have found that a colourless, odourless and toxic gas to humans may hold a rather counter-intuitive key to extending the lives of kidney transplant recipients.
The beginning of the end for HIV Eric Arts, HBSc’90, PhD, is leading the only North American site collaborating with the European AIDS Vaccine Initiative (EAVI2020) to accelerate the development of an HIV vaccine.
Investing in people Marlys Koschinsky, PhD, has a plan ready as she begins a career-defining role as the new Scientific and Executive Director at Robarts Research Institute. Her approach focuses on what she considers to be the most integral factor for success: people.
Celebrating 50 years and so much more During the fall, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated 50 years of Dentistry, its alumni of distinction recipients and more than a century of education and research in medicine, dentistry and the sciences.
Commitment to the Community Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni around the world give their time through volunteer pursuits to enrich their communities. Share your story with us about how you are living the value of social responsibility and giving back.
Creating ImPaKt for HIV/AIDS research Eric Arts, HBSc’90, PhD, unveiled plans for a new research facility combining sophisticated imaging technology with a world-class biocontainment facility — a first in Canada...
Scholar offers sage advise on life and career Dr. Jacob Van Dyk’s 40-year distinguished career was celebrated recently at the Schulich Medicine convocation, when he received an honorary degree. Through a combination of humour and wisdom, he inspired the young graduates to consider the social responsibility they have to help diminish health care disparities that exist around the world...
The silent epidemic Concussions have a devastating impact on the lives of those affected and this invisible injury is now reaching epidemic proportions. Join us for See the Line, featuring Dr. Robert Cantu as the keynote speaker...
Vaccine tracking goes digital Patient frustration with yellow immunization cards prompted Dr. Kumanan Wilson, MD'93, to develop a vaccine-tracking app for smart devices. The app went national in March and now has more than 35,000 users...
Envisioning accessible eye care Recognizing a need for accessible and affordable eye care during his medical studies at Dartmouth Medical School, Edmund Tsui, BMSc'10, started a vision screening program for uninsured patients in Vermont and New Hampshire, U.S.A...
Introducing the General Anesthetic Suite Schulich Medicine & Dentistry celebrated the opening of the new General Anesthetic Suite in January. The $2 million facility puts the School at the forefront of dental education, offering students more hands-on clinical experience and more specialized support for patients.
Reflecting on a notable career Almost 70 years since he arrived on the scene, Dr. Robert Murray is helping celebrate the Department of Microbiology and Immunology's diamond anniversary.
Spotlight on our residents The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is a top institutional choice for outstanding residents. Meet Drs. Taryn Taylor, MD'10, and Ram Anantha, two of the School’s best and brightest.
A field of possibilities CEO and biotechnology entrepreneur Brad Thompson, PhD'81, credits the education he received at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry with igniting the passion for research and discovery he depends on for success.
Powerful lessons from abroad In a Filipino field hospital only a month after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, Dr. Gavin Greenfield, MD'98, discovered the power of the human spirit.