February 2019 Newsletter

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    Women of Excellence inspired by those around them

    In February, Dr. Bertha Garcia was named a 2019 Women of Excellence award recipient from the YMCA of Southwestern Ontario. Recently, she was joined by three other recipients, Drs. Carol Herbert, Cindy Hutnik, and Gillian Kernaghan, to reflect on the humbling experience and how other women serve as their ongoing inspiration.

  • decorative imageNew funding for Research in Education
    Congratulations to Sayra Cristancho, PhD, and Dr. Chris Watling and their teams on receiving internal funding grants for their education research. Cristancho's project is entitled, "Unintended consequences: Mapping the effects of CBD implementation," and Dr. Watling's project is entitled, "Exploring Indigenous Learners’ Motivation and Pathway into the Healthcare Profession: A Visual-Based Narrative Inquiry."

  • decorative image2019 CaRMS Results
    On February 26, medical students from across Canada learned their residency match results as the first iteration of the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) process became available.

  • decorative imageTaking on the three-minute challenge
    An 80,000-word PhD thesis would take about nine hours to present. You have only three minutes. Are you up for the challenge? Fifteen Schulich Medicine & Dentistry graduate trainees participated in the 2019 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Faculty Heat this month, showcasing their research communication skills.

  • decorative imageMD Curriculum Renewal - Small and Large Group Learning
    Learn more about Small and Large Group Learning, key features in the renewed curriculum.

  • decorative imageBioMedical Research Facility update
    Planning for the new BioMedical Research Facility is continuing and progress has been made on the foundational steps required in advance of groundbreaking and the commencement of construction. A recent outline of projected costs for the building exceeded our budget by a significant amount. As a result, we decided to temporarily suspend the project to review our options in moving the project forward.

  • decorative imageMD Program Interim Accreditation Review
    On March 19 and 20, the interim accreditation review will take place at the School. This is a formative continuous quality improvement exercise and the School has embraced a low resource approach.

  • decorative image Faculty Profile: Dr. Antonios Mamandras
    During his 37 years at Western, Dr. Mamandras has worked with more than 120 residents and guided treatment for hundreds of patients. According to the long-serving chairman, the key to the Program’s success is relationships.

  • decorative imageDr. Harris reappointed as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management
    Dr. Stewart Harris has been reappointed to his third term as the Canadian Diabetes Association Chair in Diabetes Management at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

  • decorative imageInterim Chair/Chiefs announced for Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
    Drs Robert Teasell and Keith Sequeira have been appointed Interim Co-Chair/Chiefs of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and its teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, effective February 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019 or until the incumbent Chair/Chief returns from leave.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Dr. Bertha Garcia, Dr. Les Kalman, Dr. Jennifer Vergel de Dios and Dr. Justin Yan on their recent achievements.

  • decorative imageCommitment to the Community: Jennifer Devlin
    Jennifer Devlin is an active volunteer with St. John’s Hospitality Dinners, the Ronald McDonald House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as her church. And she still finds time to participate on multiple committees.

  • decorative imageThe Next Generation: Jessica Schill, MPH Candidate
    Jessica Schill, MPH Candidate, brings her experiences in agriculture and nursing to the study of public health

  • decorative imageSophisticated hand functions from spinal cord research
    Andrew Pruszynski, PhD, and his team have shown that spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function

  • decorative imageDistributed Education:
    Distributed Education: Inspiring youth to discover health care

  • decorative image Resident Spotlight: Dr. Chris Tran, PGY3
    Dr. Chris Tran, PGY3, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine found his calling after shadowing a pathologist.

  • decorative imageFundraising: Recent donations
    Recent donations have supported research programs and residents in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

  • Media releases highlight research in hand function, vulnerable populations, and arrhythmia care
    This month, several media releases highlighted outstanding research taking place across the School. Read more about how research shows our spinal cords contribute to sophisticated hand function, proximity to primary health-care providers in London, and how cutting-edge technology ushers in a bold new era of arrhythmia care.

  • Unique oncology internship uses mentorship and research to train and raise awareness
    The Oncology Research Internship) initiative in the Department of Oncology pairs resident mentors with medical students, providing an introduction to research and case reports.

  • Postgraduate surgery videos feature faculty and current residents
    A series of videos feature a number of faculty including Drs. Guo, Howard, Ott, Power, Yazdani and others and current residents Drs. Singh, Symonette and Valdis and more. The videos highlight the many attributes of the postgraduate surgical programs at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

  • 2019 Alumni of Distinction - Nominations open
    Recognize the outstanding accomplishments of a peer, classmate or colleague and join us in celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry alumni. Deadline for nominations is March 11, 2019.

  • decorative image SOCIAL THIS MONTH
    Catch up on the best Twitter thoughts from our faculty, staff and students, including CaRMS Match Day, research in the media and an imaginative email signature.

  • decorative imageWEBSITE CHECKLIST
    Are you updating your website? A checklist will help you with your reviews before you go live.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Awards of Excellence London and Windsor, London Health Research Day and many other activities are taking place in the coming months.

  • Elentra update
    The Elentra implementation at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is continuing with postgraduate programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Nephrology, Surgical Foundations, and Urology going live using Elentra for Entrustable Professional Activities assessments on July 1, 2018. Currently more 2,700 assessments have been completed to date. This includes assessments of nearly 100 residents by 150 faculty assessors.