WPA Lecture Series: Dr. Patti Kiser (April 16, 2018)
The WPA was excited to host another Career Lecture Series, with a talk from very own faculty member, Dr. Patti Kiser. She candidly described her journey through multi-level pathology training, from her extensive experience in basic science research, to her veterinary medicine and anatomic pathology residency training.
Careers in Pathology (February 16, 2018)
On Friday, February 16, before the students returned home for reading week, the WPA hosted a “Careers in Pathology” session in collaboration with the SSC (Science Students’ Council). In attendance were 6 staff and faculty members within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and 20 undergraduate students.
Journal Critique Workshop (January 10, 2018)
On Wednesday, January 10, WPA hosted our fourth annual undergraduate journal critique workshop for fourth-year Hon. Spec. Pathology students. Milica Krstic (VP Academic) provided guidance and tips for students to read scientific articles more critically and prepare for their PATHOL 4980E journal critique presentations.
Pottery Painting @ Crock a Doodle (December 1, 2017)
On December 1, 2017, the Pathology Research and PA students got creative! This event took place at Crock a Doodle where students had the chance to choose a pre-made pottery piece to paint. This event allowed students to channel their inner artists as they painted a variety of different pieces.
Halloween CandyGrams (October 31, 2017)
The WPA held our annual candygram sales in October and delivered the treats on Halloween. Candygrams were ordered for co-workers, friends, husbands, wives, neighbours, etc across Victoria Hospital, University Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and throughout campus.
On October 20, the WPA prepared to be scared along with other research and PA students as they traveled out to Byron to enter its haunted house.
On September 19, the WPA hosted a bake sale at the Medical Sciences Building to support our social and academic events for the upcoming school year. Because of everyone’s hard work, our bake sale was a huge success!
On April 19, the WPA hosted a histology workshop presented by fellow PA and research-based graduate students in the department. This interactive workshop focused on introducing some basic histology of the epithelium and a brief histopathology introduction to carcinomas of various organs.
On May 26, the WPA was honoured to have Dr. Olivia Rissland as the guest speaker for our first Young Investigator Seminar Series. Her talk, titled "mRNA-protein complexes and mRNA decay", incorporated how her experience as a graduate student motivated her to grow as a scientist and develop into a PI that she is today.
On March 31, 2017, the WPA hosted a Mario Kart Tournament & Bake Sale on campus and in Victoria Hospital. Our fundraising event was a huge success! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to My Sister’s Place, a local non-profit organization focused on helping women and children experiencing violence and abuse.
On March 17, 2017, the WPA welcomed back Pathology alumna, Dr. Katie Moisse, PhD. Katie is currently working as a scientific news editor at Spectrum (New York). Her interactive Science Communications Workshop, titled "Where science meets story-telling", discussed the need for well-written and accurate scientific articles.
On March 9, the WPA hosted their second annual board games night at the Cardboard Café. With attendance from a mix of undergraduate, research, and PA students, our fun-filled evening was a great success!
The WPA welcomed back Ms. Katie Logan, MSc 2012, Pathologists’ Assistant program on January 20, 2017. Katie gave a talk titled “The Road to Becoming a Pathologists' Assistant: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. It was well attended by undergraduate students interested in the PA program, current graduate students, faculty and staff.
WPA hosted the third annual Journal Critique Workshop on January 17, 2017. Milica Krstic, on behalf of the WPA executive council, provided tips and guidance for the fourth year undergraduate Pathology students to read more critically and prepare for the Journal Critique presentations. The majority (>70%) of the fourth year undergraduate Pathology students attended.
On the second last Friday before the Christmas break, WPA hosted a movie & pizza night. Huddled in warm fuzzy blankets and showcasing our ugly Christmas sweaters, we watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone with pizza, snacks, and drinks provided by WPA. It was a great opportunity to see everyone before leaving for the holidays!
WPA started off our first Guest Lecture Series of the 2016-2017 school year with Dr. Zia Khan. As the Chair of BMSc Program in Pathology and the Director of Research of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Khan’s talk drew attendance from variety of undergraduate and graduate students. His personal speech about his journey into academia was inspiring and motivational. It was a reminder that the journey to reach our goals will be difficult, but the challenges will be worthwhile in the long run.
Western Pathology Association (WPA) held another Halloween Candygram sale this year. Deliveries were made on October 31 by Princess Leia and Batman at Western/LHSC and Spongebob and their feline friends at Victoria Hospital. Candygrams were also delivered to patients receiving chemotherapy at the London Regional Cancer Program. Much appreciation goes to Tracey and Cheryl for donating candy and helping make this another successful event!
On October 20, the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS), School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS), Student Experience, and the University Students' Council (USC) partnered to organize Take Back the Campus, a march to end sexual assault and rape culture at Western. Despite the rain there was a fantastic turnout, with several graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty from the Department of Pathology in attendance. All participants came united with the vision of making our campus a safer environment for everyone.
On September 12, the WPA hosted a bake sale at the Medical Sciences Building to support our social and academic events for the upcoming school year. Special thanks go to Vy, Lilian, and Amber, the volunteer bakers from the department who contributed significantly. Because of everyone’s hard work, our bake sale was a huge success!
On Friday March 18, the research and PA students from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine gathered together at The Budweiser Gardens to watch the end-of-season game between The London Knights and The Erie Otters.
WPA hosted our second Academic Lecture Series with our very own Western Pathology alumna, Dr. Emily Keats, with her talk, "The Science behind Public Health".
On March 8, WPA hosted an academic workshop. The focus of this informal and interactive session was displaying and presenting research to help with both local and international conferences, as well as statistics.
WPA hosted our first Academic Lecture Series with our very own Western Pathology alumna, Dr. Katie Moisse, with her talk. "Reporting on Health Science: The Best of Both Worlds".
The WPA hosted their annual Christmas Social Night on December 16 at The Grad Club. With food and drink generously provided by the department, students enjoyed the time to socialize before the holidays, a spectacular way to end off the first semester.
On November 25, the WPA hosted our first Board Game Night at the Cardboard Cafe. With a packed house of research and clinical graduate as well as undergraduate students, the event was a huge success!
Western Pathology Association (WPA) had the first Halloween Candygram sale this year, and it was SPOOKTACULAR! WPA delivered Halloween Candygrams in full Halloween spirit today!
WPA Bowling Event (October 24, 2015)
The Western Pathology Association (WPA) social event was a success! Despite bad weather re-routing us from Talbotville Berry Farm’s Haunted Corn Maze to Plan B (bowling at Fleetway), fun was had by all!
On June 21, 2015, students, staff, and faculty members came together to enjoy a potluck-style BBQ at Gibbon's Park. The weather was perfect and we had an excellent turnout.
The Valentine's Day candygram event overseen by the WPA was a complete success. Faculty, students and staff members donned smiles as over 100 candygrams were sold and delivered.
On January 27, 2015, students of graduate research-based and Pathologists' Assistant programs came together for dinner followed by a night of bowling. This exciting event promoted intermingling between the two graduate program streams within PaLM.