Student Affairs welcomes new associate dean

Caricatures of Dr. Aviva Goldberg (left) and Dr. Sally Longstaffe (right) created by graphic artist Lianne Sabourin.

On Nov. 1, UGME Student Affairs will welcome Dr. Aviva Goldberg as associate dean, a role that allows her to support medical students with their academic progress and personal wellness.

Goldberg’s background is working with children with kidney disease, with a focus on transplantation, as well as teaching and leadership roles. She received a medical degree from the University of Calgary in 1999 and a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago in 2006.

Goldberg has been on faculty with the Max Rady College of Medicine since 2006.

“I am proud to have led the section of pediatric nephrology for the last four years,” Goldberg said. “It is nice to make a difference both at the bedside and at the policy table, and to advocate for those patients that I am privileged to know.”

She is looking forward to her new role and helping medical students to achieve their goals.

“I’m glad that our medical education system is changing to recognize that we are doing more than just transferring knowledge,” Goldberg said. “We need to support our medical students in wellness, career planning and academic support to help them become their best selves.”

She added that she’s excited to have a chance to build on the great supports already in place and bring some new ideas to the role.

Goldberg will take over from Dr. Sally Longstaffe, who served as interim associate dean since July, and Dr. Jillian Horton who led the program prior. Longstaffe will continue as senior academic advisor.  

Longstaffe received a medical degree from the U of M in 1971. Early in her career she completed a fellowship in developmental pediatrics at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been a senior academic advisor at the UGME Student Affairs office since 2014 and also works part time in developmental pediatrics.

Goldberg and Longstaffe will continue to collaborate closely with other student support services to discuss issues around academic progress and provide students with the help they need if they are experiencing financial difficulties, stress or mental health challenges.

“It’s so heartening to meet young, bright, committed medical students who are at the start of their career,” Longstaffe said. “We hope to give students a bit of perspective on how to get through difficult times and how to make good choices.”


Student Support Team

The UGME Student Support Team is a new initiative that will offer assistance to Max Rady College of Medicine students by identifying student concerns and generating ideas for improvement around academic, career and personal supports.

All information shared in the group will be anonymous to ensure that no specific students can be identified.

The group will include representation from Services for Students at Bannatyne Campus (SS@BC), UGME Student Affairs, Ongomiizwin Education, Career Services, a UGME financial advisor, a professional certified coach, the director and administer of electives, wellness and Indigenous student representatives from the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association and other appropriate guests as required.

The team will have its first meeting on Nov. 1. Members are currently being recruited and will be announced soon.

The chair of the team will initially be a representative of UGME Student Affairs with opportunity after one year for a rotating chairperson role.


CaRMS deadline approaching

The deadline for Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is Nov. 20 at 11:00 a.m. (CST).

Submit your CV and letters before this time through the CaRMS website. Remember to leave some room for technical difficulties.

Appointments for help are available through Nov. 15. Book your sessions on CareerCONNECT.

Don’t delay – in-person and online appointments are available.


'I help guide students'

Meet the director of remediation 

Dr. Adelicia Yu is the director of remediation at UGME Student Affairs. She meets with students that fail exams or rotations and provide students with probationary status academic supports, educational resources and possibly protected time for studying and additional clinical exposures.

“We meet to review the various factors that lead to the poor result,” she said. “I help guide students to resources that can assist with their successful completion of medical school. I also make sure students understand the relevant UGME policies.”

To meet with Dr. Yu, contact her at



Care for med students

Remember that medical students who don’t have a primary care physician can have prioritized non-emergency episodic medical care at St. James Street Medical Clinic, located at 1600 Portage Ave.

Exam struggles?

Among our services at UGME Student Affairs, we take care of exam deferral approval and academic advising. If you can’t attend for an exam, please contact us at  or call us at 204-789-3213. For eligibility of exam deferral, please refer to Exam Deferral Policy statement 2.13 & 2.14.


Career fairs revamped for 2018

Medical students are encouraged to bring their energy and curiosity to our upcoming career fairs. The Med 1 Career Fair will take place Nov. 2 and the Med 2 Career Fair will take place Dec. 12. For location and registration details, students are asked to check Entrada (first year) and OPAL (second year).

The career fairs have been redesigned so students have the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of professionals who face triumphs and challenges in their work and personal lives. 

Both fairs will start and end with group sessions delivered by career consultant Kate Yee and mentoring specialist Jim McLaren. These sessions will introduce and reinforce the steps of planning for a career in medicine, and will help students discover a career path that is a good fit. 

The career fairs will also feature panels of practicing physicians and residents who will address themes that apply across areas of practice, including:

• When things don’t go as planned

• Beyond the bedside

• Parenting while practicing

• Working far from home

• Variety is the spice of life

“We are so excited that such a broad range of physicians has agreed to take part in these panels. We hope the panels give you the opportunity to learn how they have developed satisfying careers and come through challenges along the way,” new UGME associate dean Aviva Goldberg said.

The panels will be repeated in both fairs so students will have a chance to explore different topics.