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In this issue: Congratulations to the first cohort of the GDipHR, Road to Accreditation, Student Updates, A New Era of Discovery, Orange Shirt Day Virtual Honouring Ceremony, and much more!

September 25, 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 8
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default mode network connectivity by Emily Snook, 2T2
Congratulations to the first cohort to complete the requirements of the University of Toronto’s Graduate Diploma in Health Research (GDipHR)! 
In January 2019, eight members of the MD 2T2 class started their 20-month long, longitudinal research project. Each project was supervised by a U of T faculty member who is appointed by the School of Graduate Studies.  In the program’s core seminar course, students were exposed to faculty physician-scientists and PhD scientists who explained their world-class health research in a broad range of disciplines. A graduate half course of each student’s choosing permitted them to explore additional topics and methodologies. We are delighted with the breadth and quality of the projects the students were able to accomplish while exploring a wide range of research concepts and their applications to health. Working alongside their impressive mentors and research teams on publishable papers, and through the didactic courses, I believe all the GDipHR students have taken important steps towards future careers as physician- scientists. They are learning not only to consume health research done by others but also to be producers of important, quality research in their own areas of interest. 

It has been my great pleasure to lead the establishment of this program and to contribute to the instruction of these students. I wish them all every continued success, as seven begin their MD Clerkship. The eighth student, inspired by the training he received as a member of the inaugural GDipHR class, transferred to the MD/PhD Program and has already started his PhD program.

We are currently accepting proposals from prospective faculty supervisors for the January 2021 GDipHR projects. Each November, first year U of T MD students can apply to GDipHR to do a project of interest to them. If you are interested in learning more about being a student or supervisor, please contact us.

Neil Sweezey, MD
Director, GDipHR
Road to Accreditation
Virtual Site Visit: November 2 – 6, 2020
The student voice is essential in the CACMS accreditation process.  In addition to feedback provided on an ongoing basis – through course and teaching evaluations, and participation in committees and working groups – students are asked to complete an Independent Student Analysis (ISA).
The ISA reviews all aspects of the medical education program from the student point of view.  The full results of the ISA and the MD Program’s response to accreditation-related recommendations are available on the MD Accreditation webpages.
Students also have an important role in the upcoming “virtual site visit.”  MD student leadership is currently recruiting a group of students that will be broadly representative of the student body from all four program years and all four academies, including MD/PhD students.
During the teleconferenced visit, the ad hoc visiting team will ask students for their candid assessment of the MD Program, particularly areas highlighted by the ISA.
MD Program Student Updates
2T4 Students
We are looking for student volunteers who would be willing to join us on Wednesday, October 7, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as we run through our OSCE processes on Zoom. Student participation will help us iron-out student and examiner movement through the exam. This is to ensure our processes are well established prior to the clerkship OSCE on October 28/29. Students will NOT be asked to participate in a virtual clinical encounter during this mock virtual OSCE. If you are willing and able to assist, please contact Shibu Thomas.

2T4 & 2T3 Students
The inaugural Global Health Education Program (GHEP) for MD Students at U of T is an exciting new co-curricular program that engages interested medical students with global health skills, knowledge and practice, and connects them to a community of faculty and allies committed to sharing their passion and expertise in global health with the goal of improving the health of local and global communities.
Please find program details and application from this link. The application deadline is Friday, September 25 by 5 p.m

2T1 Students
Upcoming Transition Education Day (TED): October 8, 2020, 12 to 3 p.m. 
This will incorporate a CaRMS virtual visit and CaRMS bootcamp sessions, as well as an overview of the Final iOSCE. More details will follow and be posted to Elentra. Portfolio sessions will follow at 4 p.m.

AFMC Web Calendar of Events Now Available
The national web calendar for school hosted events is now available! This will allow learners to access a centralized calendar of events and learn more about residency programs across the country. Learners can search the calendar by event type, specialty or school.  Programs will update the calendar as the events become available. Visit the national web calendar of events.

A New Era of Discovery
On September 24, the University formally announced a landmark $250-million gift from James and Louise Temerty in support of the Faculty of Medicine and our work advancing health and health care across Canada and beyond. This extraordinary contribution is the largest philanthropic gift in both U of T and Canadian history. In recognition of the Temertys’ unprecedented generosity, our Faculty will now be known as the Temerty Faculty of Medicine.
How a Tragic Loss Inspired Two New Awards for Indigenous MD Students
As a paediatric infectious, tropical disease and global health specialist, Professor Anna Banerji has been guided by a philosophy of change throughout her career — caring for, researching and advocating on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children.

U of T's MD Program Issues Professionalism Report
The MD Program has published a report on professionalism that includes data on student mistreatment in learning environments, in addition to ways the Faculty is addressing student concerns and building awareness on the value of professional behaviour.
Orange Shirt Day Virtual Honouring Ceremony
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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This event hosted by Women's College Hospital will include sharing the grandfather drum and the healing power of the jingle dress dance, for residential school survivors, ancestors who perished, and family and community.
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October 2, 2020

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October 1, 2020

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