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Discipline of Medicine

Discipline of Medicine

The Discipline of Medicine is the largest clinical discipline in the Faculty of Medicine; it encompasses areas of Internal Medicine including Cardiology, Clinical Research, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

October 29, 2018
Dr. Christopher Kovacs received a national honour recently. 
October 19, 2018
A study by Dr. Michelle Ploughman shows that aerobic exercise combined with cognitive training can make a significance difference for stroke patients.
May 14, 2018
A team of Faculty of Medicine researchers are winners of the Governor General’s Innovation Awards for their groundbreaking discovery that’s saving the lives of those affected by a deadly genetic disease.
November 16, 2016
A researcher in the Faculty of Medicine is hoping her latest project will mean healthier children in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What brought me to MUN? What Keeps me at MUN?
I am a member of the second graduating class from memorial faculty of medicine and as such feel very loyal to this school. Like many I left to gain experience from different perspectives doing all my postgraduate training away. After practising respirology in London, Ontario for three years, family, ocean and close proximity to Europe drew me home.
Memorial has offered me a career filled with challenges and opportunities.  There is always something new to get involved in as medical education evolves into a more robust profession. Just as family and ocean brought me home, they have also kept me here

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN? 

Being a clinician scientist requires a lot of protected time for research and other concessions. I found that although most institutions said they wanted clinician scientists, they didn’t realize how much protected time was necessary, and what they really wanted were full-time clinicians who also somehow managed to invent substantial spare time to do research (or who never slept). At MUN, the Chair of Medicine (Dr. John Harnett), and Dean of Medicine (Dr. Ian Bowmer), were prepared to make the necessary arrangements so that I would have that shot of becoming the clinician scientist I wanted to be, and they kept their word. Moreover, they were both welcoming and friendly, unlike at most institutions where site interviews were conducted rather like poker games without either side revealing what they were really thinking or wanting. Even more important is that they wanted both my wife (Dr. Susan MacDonald) and me. It can be challenging for a physician couple to find academic positions in the same institution, but they needed and wanted both of us, and we both liked what we saw and were offered.

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN? 

My major research interests are in patient related problems associated with kidney disease and genetic disease, together with issues in health care delivery.

What brought me to MUN? What Keeps me at MUN?

St. John’s is home for my family and I. It is very fulfilling to contribute to the institution that provided me with my training and to work with colleagues I’ve known for years.

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN?  
I enjoy the diversity of the job with clinical care, teaching and research.

What brought me to MUN? What Keeps Me at MUN?

I came to NL primarily because I had done an elective here as a medical student and fell in love with the island. When an opportunity to return on a full time basis arose after my training at Harvard, I jumped at the chance. MUN has been a supportive environment: I have great colleagues, great students and great mentors. 

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN?

I initially came to Memorial in 1985 as the first resident in the newly accredited nephrology training program. The quality of that program and the expertise of the faculty exceeded my highest expectations. I was privileged to receive a McLaughlin Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University with a view to returning as Assistant Professor of Medicine which I did in 1989. The nurturing, support and mentorship I received as a resident and junior faculty member was outstanding and definitely gave me a strong commitment to the Faculty of Medicine I was provided with the opportunity to pursue local and national academic leadership positions which I don’t think would been available in larger centres.
I have always appreciated the collegiality that exists in our clinical disciplines within the faculty of medicine. Similarly the opportunity to interact with colleagues in Biomedical Sciences and Community Health and Humanities has been enriching and uniquely possible given the matrix structure of the medical school.
The experience of living and raising a family in St. John’s has been a wonderful experience

What brought me to MUN? What Keeps Me At MUN?

I trained in Nephrology at Memorial University and was fortunate to join the group here after I completed my fellowship.  I enjoy the mix of clinical work, research, and teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. 

What brought me to MUN? What keeps me at MUN?

Upon completion of my training I was introduced to Irish physician working at MUN who had high praises for the university. I moved here in 2003 after being offered a position, with my wife and two sons. I found city and work place very cordial and welcoming. We settled quickly and enjoy local trails and community involvement. My wife enjoys working here as Family physician and our children are fully engaged with local community.

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