October 2018 Newsletter

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    Indigenous Academic Half-Day

    On September 26, medical and dental students, along with their peers from Law, had an opportunity to hear from Schulich Medicine alumnus, Dr. Barry Lavallee, University of Manitoba, Ms. Candace Brunette-Debassige, Special Advisor to the Provost Indigenous Initiatives at Western, Ms. Diane Smylie, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre. Listen to the live stream from the learning session.

  • decorative imageHomecoming 2018
    Homecoming was a day packed full of exciting events. Beggining with a Community Lecture entitled, Opioids: A Country in Crisis, featuring Dr. Sharon Koivu and Steven Laviolette, PhD; followed by the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture with Dr. Paul Polak, MD’58, DSc’08, where he discussed the relationship between poverty and illness. In the evening, we toasted our Alumni of Distinction Award Recipients at the Dean’s Gala. Thank you to the staff and volunteers who helped make Homecoming a success.

  • decorative imageBe Extraordinary Campaign exceeds goal
    Thanks to the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, more than $805 million was received in support of Western University. Because of this significant Canada’s best student experience and continued a legacy of exceptional teaching and research will continue.

  • decorative imageHerbert offers PROPs to to graduates
    Dr. Carol Herbert, former Dean of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science at Western’s 312th Convocation. She delivered a heartfelt address to graduates, asking them to keep in mind one acronym – PROP: Privilege, Responsibility, Opportunity and Passion.

  • decorative imageNew clinical protocol after general surgery cuts opioid prescribing in half
    Recognizing the role that opioid prescribing plays in the national opioid crisis, a team of researchers including resident physicans, Drs. Luke Hartford and Patrick Murphy, along with Associate Professor, Dr. Ken Leslie, has developed a new clinical protocol called STOP Narcotics, which they demonstrated was able to reduce opioids being prescribed by 50 per cent while still adequately treating a patient’s post-operative pain

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Drs. Javeed Sukhera, Rob Petrella, Vipin Bhayana, Leslie Scott, Luke Harford, and Muriel Brackstone for their achievements.

  • decorative imageDiversity and Social Accountability
    At the October 5 Executive Committee of the Schulich Council meeting, the School’s Social Accountability and the Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Cultural Safety statements were approved. You can read the statements by visiting the School’s Diversity webpages.

  • decorative image2018 MD Program Accreditation Status Update
    Since the last update on the progress toward the next accreditation for the Doctor of Medicine Program, the Accreditation Committee (AC) has reviewed all CACMS 12 Standards and 96 Elements for compliance in order to update our documents, identify areas of strength and initiate change for gaps

  • decorative imageSchulichMedDent Live goes behind the scenes at DOCS community clinic
    SchulichMedDent Live launched this week, providing a new way to share the important work happening every day at the School with our community on social media.

  • decorative imageDOCS turns 10
    In 2008, the Dental Outreach Community Service set out to provide much needed dental care to people in the London community, who for many reasons that type of care was simply out of reach. Thousands of volunteer hours and patient visits later, we are celebrating a decade of this tremendous commitment to the community.

  • decorative imageMeet Sukhmeet Rohan Sachal, Canada’s future Minister of Health
    It’s an ambitious goal, but the 24-year-old isn’t afraid to voice it aloud. “It’s better to say it, to put it out into the universe, and then work hard toward achieving it,” he said.

  • decorative imageUnderstanding and Treating the ‘Sacred Disease’
    Epilepsy is a complicated neurological disorder with no clear answers. Solving the puzzle requires strong, interdisciplinary research – the kind taking place at Robarts Research Institute.

  • decorative imageDiscovery Healthcare
    It was a summer of discovery for four Schulich Medicine students who ventured off to camp in communities across Southwestern Ontario. Joined by more than 100 high school students interested in exploring health care as a profession, the experience delivered new experiences and lasting memories for all.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Malcolm Howard
    Stop talking and listen. This is one of the most important lessons that Dr. Malcolm Howard, program has learned through patient care.

  • decorative imageSummer and Fall 2018 donations
    Reunion class gifts, special events and a number of individual donations were made during the summer and early fall months supporting programs and research at the School.

  • Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry Facts and Figures update
    Schulich Medicine & Dentistry currently employs more than 2,400 full- and part-time faculty members in clinical and basic medical sciences, dentistry, and Robarts Research Institute. The School has an additional staff complement of more than 1,200 employees.

  • Dr. Kiaii and his team pioneer two surgery firsts
    In a Canadian first, the multidisciplinary heart team at University Hospital pioneered the use of a new trans-catheter aortic valve, offering patients faster recovery and better long-term outcomes than previously available

  • Patches signals revolution in reconstructive surgery
    Revolutionary implants produced by a Western-based medical device company will soon change the face of reconstructive surgeries for more than just the family pet. Human patients may see the benefits of this technology as soon as early next year.

  • Politics and research take centre stage at Leaders in Innovation
    Join David and Susan Axelrod as they discuss the political situation in the U.S. as well as their work as epilepsy research advocates. The evening will profile research advancements and innovations in epilepsy and will include the formal awarding of the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to Istvan Mody, PhD. Purchase tickets today.

  • Fundamental and Translational Research in Epilepsy
    Join us for the 2018 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine Symposium for presentations by experts in the fields of knowledge, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. The afternoon features a panel discussion and a keynote lecture by the 2018 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine recipient, Istvan Mody, PhD. All are welcome to attend this complimentary event but registration is required.

  • decorative imageTweets of the month
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including Homecoming Alumni of Distinction Award recipients, a panel discussion with Dr. Steven Laviolette, and much more.

  • decorative imageSave the date - THIS WEEK@SCHULICH
    This Week@Schulich has a new "Save the Date" feature for use with all events that require to inform their audiences more than four weeks in advance. When submitting a form to This Week@Schulich, easily take advantage of this feature and select "Save the Date".

  • decorative imageEvents
    Politics and epilepsy research take centre stage at Leaders in Innovation and Taylor Symposium.