WPA Histology Workshop 2020
The WPA held an open histology workshop last week to serve as a refresher on basic histology for undergraduate and graduate students. This workshop covered the skin, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and the GI tract. Thanks to all who attended!
WPA Fall Term Lecture Series
(November 28, 2019)
On Thursday, November 28th, the WPA was excited to have Dr. Stephanie Frisbee be our Departmental Invited Speaker for our WPA Lecture Series. Dr. Frisbee is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Pathology who focuses on the factors that affect cardiovascular health in entire communities or populations, not just individuals. Dr. Frisbee gave a thought-provoking talk that described her career path and the decisions and challenges she overcame along the way.
WPA Halloween Event
(October 30, 2019)
On October 30, the WPA hosted a night of fun and fright as Research and PA students returned to Byron for the 16th annual Byron Scary House. This year’s haunted house theme was “The Abandoned Orphan Asylum". With spooky decorations and realistic ghosts and ghouls around every corner, those who dared enter were in for a thrilling experience! Everyone helped to support a local charity by giving a small donation at the door.
WPA Graduate Journal Club Workshop
(October 29, 2019)
On October 29, the WPA hosted an interactive journal club workshop for research-based graduate students. Dan Wilsdon (VP Academic, Graduate Level) and Vy Ngo (Graduate Education Committee Representative) provided guidance and tips for students to read scientific articles and break them down into a more concise form for their Pathology Journal Club presentations.
As the academic year comes to an end, we wish to extend a big thank-you to all student executives and representatives of the WPA for their hard work and contributions. This year’s academic, social, and fundraising events would not have been possible without the help of each and every team member. Thank you all, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Mentor-Mentee Meetup - Summer Term / End-of-the-Year BBQ
(August 9, 2019)
On August 8, Pathology graduate students met at Gibbons Park to celebrate the end of the summer and academic year. It was a pleasant evening filled with delicious food, great conversations, fun games, and prizes! In addition to students in the graduate Mentor-Mentee program, current and incoming students were also invited to this event.
WPA Rock Climbing Social
(July 25, 2019)
On Thursday July 25, a number of a number of Pathology students from both the research and Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) graduate programs met at Junction Climbing Centre for a night of rock-climbing and bouldering. After a quick orientation both beginners and seasoned climbers had a great time challenging themselves, and others, on walls of various difficulties. The WPA provided a $10 voucher for each member able to make it out. Thank you to everyone that attended; it was great climbing with you!
Wellness Meditation Event
(June 20, 2019)
On June 20, the PaLM Wellness Ambassadors and Pathology graduate students participated in a group meditation session hosted by the UWO Wellness Education Centre (WEC). During the session, participants were guided through a thirty-minute mindful meditation, focusing on the body and the breath. There was plenty of positive feedback as many people felt more relaxed and less stressed following the session. WEC meditation sessions are hosted every Thursday in the UCC room 76, at no cost, and are open to students, faculty and staff.
Campus Clean-up with Sustainability Western
(May 14, 2019)
On Tuesday, May 14, a handful of students and staff from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine collected garbage from Western’s campus with Sustainability Western as part of their Campus Clean-Up 2019 initiative. Numerous bags of trash and recyclables were collected from around University Bridge and next to the river in an effort to keep our beautiful campus beautiful!
Science Rendezvous 2019
(May 11, 2019)
On Saturday, May 11, the WPA participated in Science Rendezvous and hosted a booth to solve the “Mystery of The Missing Treasure at TD Stadium”. The students were exposed to different activities to see how the fields of Forensic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are important when analyzing a crime scene. Our volunteers helped the students find clues at our bone analysis, chromatography, histology, and fingerprint stations. The students learned the methods of gathering evidence and its importance in solving forensic cases.
WPA Gives Back: Easter Egg Charity Fundraiser
(April 18, 2019)
On April 18, the WPA hosted their annual Easter Egg Charity Fundraiser. This year, members of the WPA made their way through University Hospital and campus labs to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) - Middlesex. With everyone's help, $335.35 was raised. The CMHA is a nationwide, voluntary organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research, and service.
WPA Lecture Series: Dr. Art Poon
(April 11, 2019)
On April 11, the WPA was excited to have Dr. Art Poon be our Departmental Invited Speaker for our WPA Lecture Series. Dr. Poon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology who studies and designs computational methods to track the spread and adaptation of viruses. His talk was titled “What a waste: Life as a weirdo and the growth of bioinformatics”. Dr. Poon gave a thought-provoking talk that described his career path and the decisions and challenges he overcame along the way.
Mentor Mentee Meetup/End of Term Celebration
(March 19, 2019)
On March 19, 2019 peer mentors and mentees from the Pathologist’s Assistant and research-based graduate programs, along with other PaLM graduate students met at the Grad Club to celebrate the end of the winter term. Sharing nachos, waffle fries, and pizza, mentors and mentees discussed the upcoming Pathology Research Day, what to expect in their second year, and other general questions for navigating graduate school. PaLM students provided their own advice and experiences, which made for some very interesting and lively discussions!
WPA Careers in Pathology Event
(March 13, 2019)
In collaboration with the Science Student Council (SSC), the Western Pathology Association hosted a “Careers in Pathology workshop” to inform 3rd and 4th year Pathology undergraduate students about different pathways that they can take with their degree in Pathology. Faculty members spanning many areas of research, medical students, and Pathologist’s Assistant students shared their experiences, described their day-to-day lives, and gave recommendations to the students. In attendance were 6 staff and faculty members from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and 20 undergraduate students.
WPA Histology Workshop
(January 24, 2019)
The WPA held an open histology workshop to serve as a refresher on basic histology for undergraduate and graduate students. This workshop covered the skin, lungs, heart, kidneys, liver and the GI tract. There was an excellent turn out for the workshop with many great discussions held after the session. Thanks to all who attended!
WPA Undergraduate Journal Critique Workshop
(January 9, 2019)
On Wednesday, January 9, 2019 the WPA hosted a Journal Critique Workshop for 4th year undergraduate students in the Pathology Seminar and Research Project course (PATHOLOGY 4980E). John Palmer (VP Academic; Undergraduate) and Seana Hill (VP Finance) gave a presentation about how to approach and structure critical analysis of a scientific research paper. Offering additional tips and tricks throughout, this workshop aimed to prepare students to present their own journal critiques!
WPA Lecture Series: Dr. Phaedra Henley (November 15, 2018) On Thursday, November 15, 2018 the WPA was excited to host another speaker for our Pathology Alumni Speaker series. Pathology alumni, Dr. Phaedera Henley, was invited and gave a thought-provoking talk that described the importance of using a “One Health” approach when attempting to understand health related problems.
WPA Graduate Journal Critique Workshop (October 30, 2018)
On October 30, the WPA hosted an interactive journal critique workshop for research-based graduate students. Michael Stewart (VP Academic, Graduate Level) provided guidance and tips for students to read scientific articles more critically to help them prepare for their Pathology Journal Club presentations.
WPA Halloween Haunt at Byron (October 30, 2018)
On October 30, the WPA had a frighteningly ghoulish evening as Research and PA students travelled to Byron for the 15th annual Byron Scary House. This year’s haunted house theme was “The Forgotten Hospital”. Those who dared to enter the house enjoyed elaborate decorations and bone-chillingly realistic ghosts and ghouls.
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.