A message from the dean

Our UGME Accreditation survey took place April 28-May 1, 2019. I’m pleased to report that our preliminary feedback was very positive. The final decision remains with the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS.)

Overall, it was an outstanding effort by everyone involved across the Max Rady College of Medicine. Thank you to all of the deans, department heads, faculty, senior administrators, support staff, learners and our many partners and affiliates who have contributed to our UGME program and to the accreditation process!

The surveyors commended our leadership in academics and health care in the province and they pointed to the successful implementation of the new UGME curriculum, led by Dr. Ira Ripstein. As well, they cited our college’s commitment to social accountability as a leader amongst Canadian medical schools.

We can all be proud of the many accomplishments and improvements we have implemented over the last several years to benefit our learners, learning environment, faculty and our MD program as a whole.

Read Dr. Brian Postl's full message here

Next Generation Web Experience: frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions have been compiled from feedback we have received from the U of M community about the Next Generation Website Experience (NGWE) project. These questions will be updated regularly as the project progresses.

View the questions and answers here

Researchers seek insight on HIV care in the North

A new interdisciplinary project aims to understand the differences between HIV care for Indigenous people living in northern Manitoba First Nations communities and in Winnipeg. 

Dr. Linda Larcombe, associate professor, internal medicine, Max Rady College of Medicine and Dr. Gayle Restall, associate professor, occupational therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences recently received a three-year $445,423 operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for their project titled Mapping the Journey.

Read the full story here.

Manitoba’s leadership in global health impacting millions

Improving people’s health in impoverished communities across the globe takes much more than donations of medicine or medical equipment. Real improvement – such as reducing child mortality and the spread of deadly disease – requires research, expertise, long-term planning and collaborative partnerships in the affected countries, global health experts say.

For nearly 40 years, the University of Manitoba has been a world leader and innovator in taking this approach and achieving measurable results.

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Artful experiments on display

There is art in science, and the Max Rady College of Medicine Art Show was proof of that. The annual exhibition ran from April 15-18 in the Brodie Centre atrium on the Bannatyne campus.

“As they say, medicine is both an art and science,” said Kristen Braun, a second-year medical student who was one of the show’s organizers. “We’re just trying to draw a little more attention to the art side of that.”

The exhibit was organized by the Creative Arts Interest Group and the theme of this year’s show was In the Blink of an Eye. The artwork reflected the physical aspects of the eye, and it looked at events in one’s life that happened quickly.

'Stories can humanize us'

When it came time to choose a career path, Dr. Allan Peterkin struggled with his decision.

Should he choose medicine? Or become a writer?

His father was a physician so he was fairly certain what his dad would say, but he was dead wrong.

“He told me, ‘I don’t think you should be a doctor. I think you should be a poet.’”

Read the full story here.

Linking health system data

Responding to health challenges, such as the opioid crisis or emerging bacterial threats, relies on researchers having access to data, much of which is currently siloed and unable to be shared either for jurisdictional or technological reasons.

But a new pan-Canadian project—the SPOR Canadian Data Platform—will free this valuable data to researchers across the country and spur new insights and policies to keep Canadians safe and healthy. The Max Rady College of Medicine’s Dr. Alan Katz will play a key role in this new endeavour.

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Rady Dean receives prestigious IPAC leadership award

Dr. Brian Postl has been named the recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration. This prestigious award is presented annually by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) to a public sector practitioner whose career exhibits the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment in a municipal, provincial or federal government organization in the province.

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Distinguished Professor Dhalla inducted into Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Cardiovascular science pioneer Dr. Naranjan S. Dhalla, from the University of Manitoba and St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF), in recognition of extraordinary contributions to health. He is a founding leader of two worldwide organizations of cardiovascular science – the International Society of Heart Research and the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

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Dr. Becker receives award

Dr. Allan Becker was presented with the 2018 Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award at the annual Rh Awards Ceremony, Lecture and Reception. A recognized international leader in pediatric allergy and asthma research, care and education, Becker’s primary research interest is the origins of allergy and asthma in early life.

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Dr. Ghia, 2019 Young Investigator Award recipient 

Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia, Associate Professor, Immunology and Internal Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences was recently awarded the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology’s (CAG) 2019 Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to gastroenterology through basic or clinical research by a young investigator.

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Dr. Sara Goulet

Dr. Sara Goulet was recently appointed associate dean, admissions, Max Rady College of Medicine. She is a member of the Métis community and holds several degrees from the U of M, including B.Sc.(Hons)/97, MD/05, B.Sc.(Med)/05. She graduated from the University of Manitoba's family medicine residency in 2007.

Dr. Goulet grew up in the Red River Valley and like her father, a bush pilot, she travels all over northern Manitoba and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut where she provides primary care to First Nations and Inuit communities. She also provides leadership and support to the fly-in physicians at Ongomiizwin Health Services (formerly known as NMU).

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Dr. Aaron Marshall

 Dr. Aaron Marshall will begin his appointment as the department head of immunology on July 1. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1992. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he received his PhD in 1996. He went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington from 1997 to 2000.

He currently serves as a professor in the departments of immunology and biochemistry and medical genetics in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

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Pride 2019

Celebrate Pride on the Bannatyne campus. Several events – including a Proudly Gender Inclusive Zumba Party and a Pub Night at Aaltos – are taking place from May 21-31. 

Monday, May 27

Flag Raising | 9:00 a.m. | Brodie Centre Atrium, Bannatyne campus 

Find the full list of events here

Spring convocation 

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences will hold convocation for the Max Rady College of Medicine, the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and the College of Pharmacy all on one day on the Bannatyne campus.

Thursday, May 23

Max Rady College of Medicine | 10:00 a.m. | Brodie Centre

Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry and College of Pharmacy | 2:30 p.m. | Brodie Centre

Department of clinical health psychology grand rounds

Speaker: Dr. David Hodgins

Dr. Hodgins is a clinical psychologist and professor in the department of psychology at the University of Calgary. He is Director of the Addictive Behaviours Lab, University of Calgary, is a Coordinator with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, and provides consultation to a number of organizations internationally.

Thursday, May 23

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | PsycHealth Theatre, PX 236/238, 771 Bannatyne Ave. 

 More info here

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences Research Town Hall

Co-hosted by Dr. Peter Nickerson, Vice-Dean Research, RFHS Research Updates and Dr. Jay Doering, Associate Vice-President (Partnerships), VPRIO Assessing Research Computing Needs. 

Friday, May 24

12:30 - 2:00 p.m. | Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building

Dismantling Institutional Racism To Achieve Health Equity: A New Framework

Speaker: Dr. Ronald Wyatt 

Dr. Ronald Wyatt is Chief Quality Officer at Cook County Health, one of the largest public health systems in the USA. He presents nationally and internationally on leadership, safety culture, human factors in health care, professionalism, patient experience and health equity.

Monday, May 27

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building

Annual Thorlakson Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth van Veen-Berkx

Dr. Elizabeth van Veen-Berkx trained as a health scientist at Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She obtained her PhD in December 2016 with a thesis entitled "Benchmarking Operating Room Performance at Dutch University Medical Centers."

Wednesday, May 29

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. | Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building

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