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2019 Faculty of Medicine Reunion Celebrations

Location: Faculty of Medicine, St John's, & Signal Hill Campus,

Date: 25 - 26 October 2019


On October 25 - 26, 2019 join us for the 2019 Faculty of Medicine Reunion Celebrations to honour you, the graduates of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 & 2014.

The reunion weekend will include two days of social activities, educational lectures, and plenty of time to reminisce with old and new friends.

For more information on other Memorial Reunion events occurring the same weekend, please visit

If you are able to attend our reunion this year, and need a hotel and car, be sure to book early. The toll free number for Newfoundland Tourism is 1-800-563-NFLD. The website for the Department of Tourism is

Friday, October 25
Opening Evening Reception for you and a guest

Saturday October 26
Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) (Signal Hill Campus)
Dean's Family Luncheon (Signal Hill Campus)

Dean's Family Luncheon - Saturday Afternoon
Alumni are invited to attend the Dean's Luncheon immediately following the CPD Program. Lunch will be held from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Memorial's Signal Hill Campus. Alumni are welcome to bring along families but must RSVP total numbers by October 21, 2019.

Photo Release
By registering for the Medical Graduates' Reunion weekend, you have provided your release for the free use, by the Faculty of Medicine, for promotional or archival purposes of any photographs taken of you or in which you may be seen during the reunion.

Protecting Your Privacy
Memorial University protects your privacy and maintains the confidentiality of your personal information. Information on the registration form is collected under the general authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 Chapter M-7) and used for the official Alumni Affairs and Development purposes. If you have questions about the collection and use of this information, please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development: Phone 709-737-4354 or email

All fees are inclusive of HST.

Registration Fees

$172.50Registration Fee

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the use of humour in clinical situations
  • Differentiate between the three forms of comedy: Humour, Wit and Buffoonery
  • Realize the value of laughter in dealing with stressful situations
  • Explain the brain gut axis
  • Discuss the evidence for treating mental illness and changing behaviour by alternating the gut microbiome
  • Discuss how brainspotting therapy utilizes developments within neuroscience, the attunement with the practitioner and the use of mindfulness to promote healing
  • Comprehend how this modality can be utilized to promote improved performance in sports, theatre, music and the treatment of trauma, anxiety disorders, PTSD etc.
  • Discuss ethical medical travel

Program Agenda

Friday, October 25, 2019
7:00 PM
Welcome Reception: graduates, guests and faculty (cash bar)
Medical School Atrium
8:00 PM
Welcome from the Dean
9:30 PM
Reception concludes
Saturday, October 26, 2019
8:30 AM
CPD Registration & Continental Breakfast
Signal Hill Campus
8:50 AM
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dean Margaret Steele
9:00 AM
Microbiome: A New Take on Gut Feelings
Presenter: Dr. Valerie Taylor
9:30 AM
Project Outreach: From Chance to Charity
Presenter: Dr. Ruth Connors
10:00 AM
Presenter: Dr. Jane Evans
10:30 AM
Nutrition Break
11:00 AM
11:30 AM
Humour and Medicine
Presenter: Dr. Bill Eaton
12:00 PM
Dean's Family Luncheon
Signal Hill Campus


  • Ruth Connors
  • Bill Eaton, MD, CFPC, FCFP

    Associate Professor of Family Medicine
    Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
    St. John's, NL

  • Jane Evans, MD
    Assistant Professor, Community
    University of Ottawa

  • Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD
    Department Head,
    University  of Calgary
    Professor, Hotchkiss Brain Institute


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Funds in support of this CME activity were provided as an educational grant to Memorial University. The funds were independently allocated and disbursed in accordance with current CMA guidelines. An educational grant to help support this program provided by:

The Office of Professional Development (OPD), Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME), a subcommittee of the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS). This standard allows OPD to assign credits for educational activities based on the criteria established by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.