May 2019 Newsletter

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    Bringing healing into focus

    Dr. Chris McIntyre and his research team asked the question why do some dialysis patients experience depression, while others remain hopeful, outward looking and enjoy rich lives even though they are experiencing similar physiological changes as those who are struggling? He undertook a unique research project and gave 34 participants cameras to document their lives. The team hoped that if they could better understand where and how certain patients gained that resilience, it could be transferable.

  • decorative image2019 Awards of Excellence recipients to be celebrated
    The annual Awards of Excellence Dinner will be held during the evening of May 30. In advance of that evening, you can read more about the recipients and their tremendous contributions.

  • decorative imageIndigenous Leader in Residence
    A new position for an Indigenous Leader in Residence has been created at the School. This new leader will act as the champion for all aspects of the School’s Indigenous Health Action Plan and guide the School as it strives to achieve the goals set out by the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action specifically related to health care education.

  • decorative imageDr. Bertha Garcia to serve as Acting Vice Dean & Director of Dentistry
    Dr. Garcia will serve in this role beginning June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2020 or until a permanent Vice Dean & Director is selected. She will be spending three half days per week in Dentistry and providing Dr. Davy Cheng strong support to advance continued work on the renewal for Dentistry and accreditation recommendations. The School will be moving forward with a new search for a permanent Vice Dean & Director, as the previous search was not successful.

  • decorative imageJane Rylett, PhD, appointed Scientific Director of CIHR's Institute of Aging
    Rylett will work with her community to identify research priorities, develop funding opportunities, build partnerships, and translate research evidence into policy and practice to improve the health of Canadians and people around the world. As a member of CIHR’s leadership team, she will participate in implementing CIHR’s strategic direction.

  • decorative imageMedicine Class of 2019 celebrates their convocation
    On May 17, the Medicine Class of 2019 celebrated their convocation. Families, friends and colleagues enjoyed a morning together toasting the Class. During the ceremony Dr. George Kim was honoured with the Class of ’62 Award and Dr. Hersch Rosenberg received the Douglas Bocking Award.

  • decorative imageEmerging researchers receive funding to expand horizons and take risks
    Corey Baron, PhD, Bogumil Karas, PhD, and Dr. Zhan Tao (Peter) Wang, along with colleagues from across Western, will share in $1.2 million in funding for interdisciplinary research as part of the federal government’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.

  • decorative imageFaculty facilitators needed to support MD curriculum
    Faculty will be the key to the success of the MD Program curriculum renewal, and there is a new opportunity for faculty to be involved in a number of roles including coaches, facilitators, mentors and others. Learn more about these roles and how you can become involved.

  • decorative imageSecond iteration CaRMS results
    More than 98 per cent of Schulich Medicine students have matched to a postgraduate training program after the two iterations. As in past years, the largest number of Schulich Medicine students (45 per cent, or 78 students) matched to Family Medicine. This was followed by Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and General Surgery.

  • decorative imageMcRae award holds special significance for Dr. Vivian McAlister
    As the 2019 recipient of the Canadian Medical Association’s John McCrae Memorial Medal, Dr. McAlister is especially honoured to be simultaneously recognized and associated with an award that bears the name of the famed physician, solider and poet.

  • decorative imageDr. Paul Adams honoured for career-spanning work
    Dr. Adams was honoured with the Marcel Simon Award, an international prize for excellence in the research of genetic hemochromatosis, and has also been selected as the recipient of the 2019 CASL-CLF Visiting Professorship.

  • decorative imageLorelei Lingard, PhD, explores the current landscape of arts and humanities in medical education
    Can jazz help a future physician better interact with patients? Can reflective writing improve self-awareness and positively influence physician resilience? These are questions that Lorelei Lingard, PhD, co-lead Tracy Moniz, PhD, and an international team of researchers will explore in a scoping review of arts and humanities in medical education for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

  • decorative imageCelebrating your achievements
    Congratulations to Ken Milne, Rebekah Jacques, Naila Kassam, Kathy Speechley, Kevin Fung, Kathy Roth and many others on their accomplishments and achievements this past month.

  • decorative image Commitment to the Community: Dr. Hannah Ernst
    Dr. Hannah Ernst spends Sunday evenings at the Salvation Army conducting an oral cavity cancer screening program.

  • decorative imageStudent Profile: Dr. Cindos Barakat
    Celebrating the Medicine Class of 2019 with Dr. Cindos Barakat.

  • decorative imageResearch Profile: Derek Mitchell, PhD
    Derek Mitchell, PhD, is bridging the gap between our understanding of the mind and its relationship to the physical brain. He studies the neuroanatomy underlying the experience and control of emotions.

  • decorative imageDistributed Education: Dr. Donald Eby
    Curiosity led Dr. Donald Eby, and his emergency room colleagues at Grey Bruce Health Services, to ask questions about the disparity between their clinical practice and recommended guidelines for serial laboratory testing, which investigated patients with chest pain.

  • decorative imageResident Spotlight: Dr. Bharat Markandey
    Dr. Bharat Markandey, PGY3, feels humbled and fortunate to have trained with a supportive faculty, which has allowed him to develop into a competent, empathetic and driven physician.

  • decorative imagePostgraduate Medical Education Accreditation
    In November 2019, all of the School's residency programs will participate in an accreditation site visit. Learn more about accreditation, the logistics of the site visits and how to achieve success.

  • Media releases highlight research in epilepsy, ACL reconstruction surgery and share news about Discovery Week
    Media releases in May highlighted research led by Michael Poulter, PhD; the largest clinical trial of its kind led by Dr. Alan Getgood, which found that young athletes needing ACL reconstruction surgery after knee injury can improve outcomes through an additional procedure called lateral extra-articular tenodesis; and the annual Discovery Week program.

  • National media coverage
    Dr. Ian Ball is exploring the ethical questions that MAID presents for organ donation. “Because voluntary euthanasia creates organ-donation opportunities that differ from existing pathways, it may be necessary to develop new protocols specific to these patients,” he says in this National Post article.

  • Global health curriculum – a four-year journey for students
    Drs. Anita Cheng and Eva Welisch have recently taken on a new role and together are leading the global health curriculum for undergraduate medical education.

  • Western backs federal equity efforts
    Western University has joined an early chorus of voices in endorsing a federal initiative that backers say will promote equity, diversity and inclusion among the nation’s postsecondary researchers.

  • London Health Research Day showcases research excellence and the value of science communication
    London Health Research Day (LHRD) brought together hundreds of learners, clinical fellows and postdoctoral scholars to share their work, connect with peers and enhance their science communication skills. On April 30, more than 400 learners from across Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, the Faculty of Health Sciences and Lawson Health Research Institute participated in the eighth annual event.

  • decorative image SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP
    Wondering how to integrate social media into your academic work? This workshop will answer your questions and share tips and best practices. Register for the session on June 24.

  • decorative imageTHIS WEEK@SCHULICH process
    Have an event? Take advantage of the weekly e-bulletin to increase the attendance and engagement of your event. Read more.

  • decorative imageEVENTS
    Faculty & Staff BBQ – July 5. Let's celebrate summer and enjoy time with friends and colleagues at the 2019 Faculty & Staff Summer BBQ. Planning is also underway for a Windsor Campus Faculty & Staff Summer BBQ. More information, including an event date, to be released soon.