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In this issue: Talk to us: We’re with you to address mistreatment, 2T2 Town Hall reminder, Beat the winter blues, New liaison librarian, Zoom fatigue and mitigating the effects, NOSM culinary medicine lab, and much more!

March 5, 2021 | Volume 2, Issue 29
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Talk to Us: We’re With You to Address Mistreatment
Over the past few months, we have been inspired by the many learners who have come forward to talk to us about negative encounters that they have witnessed or personally experienced across our learning and working environments. We know how hard it can be to share information about such incidents and we are grateful to those of you who have trusted us with your stories. Almost uniformly, learners who come forward tell us that they are doing so because they don’t want what has happened to them to happen to others. By identifying problems in our university and clinical sites, we can work together to shape the positive culture change that will make our learning and working environments better for us all.
We know there remain many barriers to coming forward, including fears of retaliation or questions about whether experiences meet the threshold for reaching out. You don’t have to have all the answers before reaching out to us – we are here to help you find the answers that make the most sense for you.
Talk to us. We understand there are many factors involved in deciding if, when, and how an incident can and should be acted upon. It can all start with a discussion or disclosure. The important first step is to reach out via email or our online disclosure form so that we can discuss your goals, needs, and the details of your situation. We have procedures in place to provide support and resources and we will work with you using a trauma-informed and EDI-informed approach to help you unpack what has happened and determine how best to proceed.
2T2 (Year 3) Town Hall
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Topics covered to include: Student involvement in the care of COVID+ patients, not AGMP. Check Elentra for more information.
Health Professions Student Affairs
The MD Program Resilience Curriculum and the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA) have developed this guide on how to boost your mood. Check out these tips on how to beat the winter blues. 

Students are encouraged to Check Your Pulse and book a session with OHPSA or reach out to
Enrolment Services
Enrolment Services would like to share two new process improvements which have recently launched:

1. Student Accounts – Students who would like to report a missing or lost cheque can now complete the new online Stop Payment Form (UTORid authentication required). This process is part of our ServiceNow platform. The form can be found at under Online Forms.

Students can request either a replacement cheque, direct deposit or to apply the funds back to ACORN. If a student does not have a UTORid, please direct them to our ‘Get Help’ section on and they can request a PDF version of the Stop Payment form by submitting a ticket. A student with a stale-dated cheque (cheques older than six months) can connect with our office by submitting a ticket using the ‘Get Help’ feature on

2. Transcript Centre – Individuals wishing to order an eTranscript on behalf of a student (i.e. law offices, employment verification, etc.) can now place their order online using our Parchment service (student authorization form required) information on the new ordering process can be found at under the Third-Partying ordering drop down.
Temerty Awards for Excellence in Professional Values
These new annual awards will launch this year and recognize faculty members and learners from all sectors who contribute to strengthening Temerty Medicine's shared professional values. Learn more about these awards here.

Nomination deadline is March 31, 2021.
Staffing Announcement - Liaison Librarian 
Kaitlin Fuller will be going on parental leave from April 1, 2021 to October 2022. Julia Martyniuk has joined the Gerstein Information Centre from Western University as of Monday, March 1, 2021, and will be the new liaison librarian for the MD Program.

Culinary Medicine Lab
The Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Alberta Health Services will be hosting a free virtual culinary medicine workshop for medical students on March 10, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Registration is open to U of T students and the registration deadline has been extended to March 8. Register here.

Stepping Stones Program
Registration is now open for the 2021-2023 Stepping Stones cohort!  Stepping Stones is a two-year foundational faculty development program aimed at promoting growth and development of health professionals in relation to their educational activities as - teachers, educators, academic leaders, scholars, advocates. It provides opportunities for networking and collaboration across caring and learning environments. View registration details here.
Four Causes for ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and their Simple Fixes
It’s not just Zoom. Popular video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body. But there are easy ways to mitigate their effects.
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