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In this issue: Learn and patient safety in COVID-19 outbreaks at hospitals, Road to accreditation, Medicine and the Holocaust: It's time to teach, Call for applications, QI projects, 2020-2022 MedSoc members, and much more!

October 23, 2020 | Volume 2, Issue 12
Learner and Patent Safety in COVID-19 Outbreaks at Hospitals
As you are no doubt aware, there have been COVID-19 outbreaks at a number of our partner hospitals. This is concerning with respect to the health and safety of patients and health care providers, as well as the potential impact it may have on your medical education.

Ensuring the health and safety of patients and health care providers is the primary principle that informs outbreak protocols at each of our partner hospitals. To help ensure the continuity of medical education, we are working with TAHSN hospitals to have, as best possible, consistent guidelines for the management of residents and clerks present in a hospital unit with a COVID-19 outbreak. The application of those guidelines rests with each hospital, which means that there may be variation among hospital-based outbreak protocols.  

We understand that variation among and uncertainty about hospital-based outbreak protocols can be distressing. Please be assured that the MD Program is continuing to work with all medical students affected by hospital-based COVID-19 outbreaks. We are managing such incidents on a site-by-site and student-by-student basis. Through these tailored plans we will ensure timely completion of clerkship rotations and readiness for CaRMS. We are in ongoing discussions with CaRMS and our Postgraduate colleagues to ensure that students affected by COVID-19 outbreaks will not be disadvantaged in the match process.

If you are identified as a student who has had exposure on a COVID-19 outbreak ward by the Occupational Health Office at your clinical site, your first point of contact should be with your preceptor and site director for your course. They, along with Dr. Bernstein, Clerkship Director, will help you to navigate what you need to do next about testing, possible requirements for isolation, and the need to connect with the Registrar’s office to determine if you need to also contact U of T Occupational Health. They will also help determine a plan for completion of your rotation. All faculty and the Office of Health Professions Student Affairs (OHPSA) are available and want to support you. 

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain and difficult times. Although there may be variation in how you complete the MD Program, each and every one of you will be prepared and well positioned for the next phase in the continuum of medical education.
Road to Accreditation
Virtual Site Visit: November 2 – 6, 2020
How will the CACMS conduct a virtual site visit? How will it be different from past visits?
During a typical accreditation survey, an ad hoc team of medical educators convenes on campus to confirm compliance with the CACMS Standards and Elements.  An on-site visit includes meetings with a large number of administrators, faculty, students, and staff, as well as a tour of campus facilities and affiliated clinical teaching sites.
U of T will engage in a pilot two-stage accreditation process for its 2020 visit.  In the first stage, the ad hoc team reviews submitted data and the Medical School Self-study report to make initial determinations on the MD Program’s status.
The team then meets online with specific groups, using their time to ask questions that focus on areas of concern, or where more information is required.
One month after the initial meetings, the team may hold a one-day follow-up visit to address any areas not sufficiently explored during the first stage.  The team uses the information gathered through its virtual meetings to finalize its report for the CACMS.
Student Reminders & Deadlines
2T4 Students

Year 1 (2T4) town hall
November 11, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
2T3 Students

Year 2 (2T3) town hall
November 11, 2020
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Deadlines for Requesting ME Accommodations
If you are entitled to written ME accommodations through Accessibility Services, and wish to use them on an upcoming ME, please be sure to provide at least 14 days' notice to Accommodated Testing Services. They will then inform the relevant Course Director and Administrator, as well as our ExamSoft team, to ensure you are set up accordingly.

If you are entitled to oral ME accommodations through Accessibility Services, please inform the relevant Course Director and Administrator at least 14 days in advance of the ME, and provide them with the details of the accommodations you have been provided by your Accessibility Advisor.

Please note that clerks must register for each and every ME for which they intend to use the accommodations they are entitled to. If you'd like, you may register for them all in advance as ME dates are readily available on all course Elentra pages.
Free PPE Portraits for U of T Students
A new U of T Faculty endorsed Medical Student initiative is providing free printed, smiling headshots to wear on your scrubs to allow your patients to see what you look like under all your PPE! Sign up here:
QI Projects 2020-2021
The University of Toronto Chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (UTIHI) is recruiting students to participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects in healthcare organizations throughout the GTA. We are looking for students who can dedicate 2 - 6 hours a week to work on these projects beginning November 1, 2020 to May 2021. The deadline is October 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. For more information and to register:
Upcoming Events
Medicine and the Holocaust: It's Time to Teach
November 10, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
Online registration
The goal of this session is to impart the history of Hitler’s Germany and provide current students with a moral compass for navigating the future of medical practice and its inherent ethical challenges. Hosted by Doctors Against Racism and Antisemitism.
Registration is open for the Indigenous Health Conference (IHC) 2020: Building our Future ( largest meeting on Indigenous health in Canada, which will take place December 3 to 5, 2020.
Call for Applications
Interested Faculty members are encouraged to submit a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae and education dossier by the deadlines stated below. Visit the MD Program Careers webpage for more information. 

Academy Director, Wightman-Berris Academy
Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. 

Associate Faculty Lead, Portfolio
Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. 

Director, Medical Student Research Scholars Program
Deadline: Monday, November 16, 2020 by 12:00 p.m.
2021 CAME Certificate of Merit Awards
These awards recognize faculty committed to medical education in Canadian medical schools. Submit nominations letters and CVs to Professor Suzan Schneeweiss at by 11:59 p.m. on November 16, 2020. For more info visit the CAME Certificate of Merit website.
Newly Elected MedSoc Members for 2020-2022: 
  • Executive Administrator/Speaker: Zoe Thompson
  • VP Student Engagement Jr - St. George: Maryam Thraya
  • VP Student Engagement Jr - Mississauga: Mark Anczurowski
  • VP External Affairs Jr: Justin Lin
  • VP Student Affairs Jr: Safa Majeed
  • VP Mississauga Jr: Harsukh Benipal
  • VP Publications Jr: Emma Price
  • VP Education Jr: Stephanie Seo Un Park
  • VP Finance Jr: Edgar Akuffo-Addo
  • VP Communications Jr: Alborz Noorani
  • VP Global Health Jr: Lunan Zhao
  • VP Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Jr: Kabisha Velauthapillai
  • 2T4 Class Presidents: Nina Hadzimustafic and Rahna Rasouli
October is Canada's Healthy Workplace Month. In order to support our community and to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and supporting a healthy work environment, whether at home or in the office, U of T has developed a Wellness and Work from Home Toolkit. You are encouraged to explore the internal and external supports posted on the Human Resources & Equity website under Support and Advice for Employees During COVID-19. In addition, Human Resources & Equity (HR&E) is organizing regular virtual Wellness events on a variety of topics; an extensive list of these events is available in the HR Wellness calendar.
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