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Communications - News at Medicine - November 2018 - Dean’s notes – Nov. 26, 2018


Dean’s notes – Nov. 26, 2018
November 27, 2018
Amazing how fast the fall passes. The holiday season is quickly upon us.
 

On Nov. 13, we had a wonderful celebration of the generosity of Dr. Peter and Mrs. Deborah Collingwood. With a small group of Dr. Collingwood’s colleagues, past learners and long-time friend, Dr. Conor Maguire (both Dr. Maguire and Dr. Collingwood graduated from Memorials’ medical school class in 1981), Peter and Deborah unveiled the Collingwood Suite of Learning Rooms, which are three rooms: the Scholar, Collaborator and Communicator, located on the second floor of the Faculty of Medicine. In our strategic plan Destination Excellence, under our Empowered People pillar we commit to providing spaces where faculty, staff and learners can network, collaborate and thrive and these rooms will definitely allow networking and collaboration to occur.
 
They have also established and remain very active with the recipients of the Dr. Peter and Mrs. Deborah Collingwood Scholarship which is awarded each year to a Newfoundland and Labrador student entering their first year as a medical student. Dr. Collingwood is a clinical professor in the Discipline of Radiology and a founder of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons of Canada Interventional Radiology program. He and Deborah are passionate about our learners and the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial and we are fortunate to have such generous and committed individuals spreading the word about the remarkable people we have in our faculty.
 
On Nov.15, Memorial’s Ottawa affinity dinner took place with Dr. Andrew Furey as the keynote speaker. Development Officer Dennis Dillon was able to attend. I want to congratulate Dr. Furey for his extremely well received presentation. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to the strong winds that left myself and a number of our faculty and staff stranded.
 
On Nov. 17, the Discipline of Surgery held their annual resident research day. This was an excellent event. The learners, residents and medical students presented their research which was wide ranging with quantitative, qualitative, clinical and educational research. The keynote speaker was Dr. Daniel Whelan (MD ’96) who is an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor at the University of Toronto as well as a fellowship coordinator at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Whelan gave a scholarly presentation on the evolution of evidence based research in orthopedic surgery. Many thanks to Dr. Craig Stone, chair of the Discipline of Surgery, for inviting me to attend and Ms. Carol Vokey who ensured the meeting ran smoothly. Also thanks to Dr. Nick Smith and Dr. Chris Smith who moderated the sessions and, Dr. Whelan as well as Drs. Alan Kwan and Falah Maroun for judging the residents’ presentations. I would also like to congratulate Dr. Maroun who received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award\Charles Drake Medal from the Canadian Neurological Society!
 
I would also like to recognize Dr. Susan MacDonald, associate professor, who was recently awarded a Founders designation by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College) for developing a palliative medicine subspecialty. She is one of only four College of Family Physicians of Canada members to be recognized with this prestigious recognition.
 
Finally, I’d like to congratulate the medical students who planned another very successful Monte Carlo Charity event at the Delta Convention Centre this past weekend. The dancing talents of the students were definitely evident. The charities chosen by the students this year were: the Community Food Sharing Association of NL, the Cochrane Centre, the Cerebral Palsy Association of NL and First Step. This annual event definitely contributes strongly to our community engagement and social accountability mandate.

 
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