Dr. Premkumar Wins Prestigious Award

Dr. Kalyani Premkumar has been selected as one of the recipients to receive the 2009 CAME/ACÉM Certificate of Merit Award. The aim of this award is to promote medical education in Canadian medical schools and to recognize and reward faculty’s commitment to medical education.
The Award will be presented during the CAME Annual General Meeting in Edmonton at the 2009 Canadian Conference on Medical Education, Sunday, May 3.

Queen Rania uses UTube to overcome stereotypes

Queen Rania has played a significant role in reaching out to the global community to foster values of tolerance and acceptance, and increase cross-cultural dialogue.
Regionally and internationally, Queen Rania has campaigned for a greater understanding between cultures in high profile forums such as the Jeddah Economic Forum, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the Skoll Foundation in the UK. Visit her channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/QueenRania
Here is her “Accepting the first ever YouTube Visionary Award via taped message, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah spoofed the famous Top 10 format from US comedian David Letterman to explain why she launched this channel. ”

Depression in Medical Students

The BMC journal has published a study about depression in medical students.
“There were 38.2% of students with depressive symptoms (BDI>9). The 6th year obtained the highest BDI scores. Affective cluster was significantly higher in the 6th year in comparison to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years (p<.05). Cognitive cluster was significantly higher in the 4th year in comparison to both 2nd and 6th years (p<.05)."
To read the article go to The characteristics of depressive symptoms in medical students during medical education and training: a cross-sectional study

Dr. D’Eon Wins Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Marcel D’Eon, the director of Educational Support and Development won a Teaching Excellence Award for 2008. Dr. D’Eon recieved the award because of
 Use of structured controversy in CH&E/PT course and in Prof Issues course and co-authored two articles on SC including an RCT comparing with an open discussion format
 Consultations and support for new and experienced teachers
 Created an essay fair for term papers: in small groups students read and discuss other related papers (opportunity for self-directed learning and peer review)
 Uses buzz groups, 2-minute papers, pre-reading with discussion questions, small group discussions, and “clickers” in Prof Issues course
 Led the Multi-PBL team for two years and brought medical students into the IP PBL process in 2002 (Aboriginal Health), in 2004 (HIV/AIDS) and in 2007 (Palliative Care).
Faculty Development
 TIPS course administration, acceptance into residency training and for all new faculty
 Redesigned TIPS with more active learning and pre-reading
 Very well regarded locally and nationally as a workshop facilitator
 Created and enhanced many of the ES&D workshops
 Published an evaluation of the TIPS course and a theoretical article on faculty development
 Created the “Facilitated Poster Sessions” at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education, now an established and regular feature
 Created, in cooperation with Dep’t of Ed Admin, the Master’s program for faculty (two are graduating this spring)
Curriculum Development
 Created the very successful SDCL module of Professional Skills and was the module coordinator for 4 years
 Established a modest mentorship program for Med I’s
 Co-creator of the integrated cases program for Phase A (now moving into Phase B, C, and D) and administrator for two years
 Created the Professional Issues course in Phase A from the History of Medicine course and has been instructing for 5 years.
 Wrote the CASE Curriculum delivery framework for UGME
 Provided crucial support in writing the initial draft of the objectives of the UGME program
 Actively involved in the Curriculum Committee and sub-committees for the UGME program including Chair of the Student Competencies and Assessment Committee.

Teaching Excellence Award

Criteria: Excellence in teaching should not be defined narrowly. However, nominees ordinarily will be acknowledged by their peers and students as being exceptional in practicing their art and craft and have significantly contributed to the teaching mission of the College of Medicine. This would include areas of advancement of learning of medicine and/or physical therapy in such areas as instructional content and methods, evaluation techniques, and/or administration. Eligibility: Any faculty member, in any department, who has taught medical or physical therapy students for at least three years and who, during that time, has been recognized as a superior teacher is eligible. The recipient does not need to teach only students in the College of Medicine, but must teach in some part of the medical or physical therapy curriculum, i.e. undergraduate through continuing professional learning.

Dr. Rajput hosts leading Parkinson’s Researchers

Some of the world’s leading researchers into Parkinson’s disease were in Saskatoon over the weekend to share information on the search for a cure for the deadly condition.
Dr. Ali Rajput of the University of Saskatchewan convened the gathering of scientists from as far away Vienna.
Rajput is one of Canada’s top neurologists and has been treating Parkinson’s patients for more than 40 years.
He says medical science is much closer to a firmer understanding of Parkinson’s, thanks to the presence of so many top experts sharing information in Saskatoon.
To continue reading, see the CBC article

Opportunities for scholarly work

In support of innovation in medical education assessment, the Edward J. Stemmler, MD Medical Education Research Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to announce that the *2008-2009 CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now available.* Applicants may go to http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler/index.html to read the 2008-2009 CFP in its entirety and begin the online application.
Application Due Date: *OCTOBER 3, 2008*
At the Medsin National Conference 2008 in October, Medsin and the Lancet Student will be launching a global health magazine. This magazine will be published twice a year and distributed at Medsin’s two conferences. Furthermore, the theme of each magazine will coincide with the theme of the conference.
We are now soliciting articles for the first edition which will be entitled*’Medsin and the Lancet Student present Power and Politics in Global Health’ *and we would love *YOU* to contribute.
Please note that this is not restricted to UK students – anyone can contribute! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ifmsa-scoph/message/5057;_ylc=X3oDMTJwam1yY2VqBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzE2MTU5MARncnBzcElkAzE3MDUwODA4NjYEbXNnSWQDNTA1NwRzZWMDZG1zZwRzbGsDdm1zZwRzdGltZQMxMjEzOTAzNTMw
RTNA 2008 Conference
Call for Abstracts
The Health Research Transfer Network of Alberta (RTNA) invites you to submit an abstract for the 2008 RTNA Conference “Lost in Knowledge Transfer: Finding Our Way Together”. The conference is being held at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 28 to 30, 2008
Learn the latest in knowledge transfer, meet with colleagues, and enjoy Alberta’s beautiful mountains—all in one package!
International Conference on Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health15 – 18 February 2009, Mumbai, India
Submission of Abstracts
The abstract (about 300 words) typed on plain paper, using Microsoft Word (12 pt. Times New Roman). The abstracts should include: title of the paper, author(s), name of the institute, objectives of the study, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Send by e-mail to the organizing secretary. gbv2009@yahoo.co.in
The final date to receive abstracts is 15 October 2008.
Call for Presentation Abstracts
5^th Annual Diversity and Wellbeing Conference: The Diverse Faces of Mental Health
November 20 & 21, 2008
Mount Royal College
Calgary, Alberta
Purpose: The Calgary Health Region, in partnership with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and community organizations is hosting the 5^th annual Diversity and Wellbeing Conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together health researchers, practitioners and policy makers with community members and organizations to:
□ share successful approaches to addressing the mental health needs of diverse individuals, families and communities;
□ facilitate opportunities for networking and connections among stakeholders; and
□ create momentum to work towards collective solutions to improving the mental health of diverse populations.
Theme: The theme of the conference for this year is Diversity and Mental Health. We are requesting presentations that address one or more of the following issues:
* What innovations are working in the provision of mental health
services to diverse populations?
*What are the mental health needs and statistics in diverse communities
* What is the role of spirituality in mental health?
* What are the diversity implications of current health policies and practices?
* How can we involve the lived experience of diverse populations in our research and decision making?
For the purposes of this conference, /diversity/ is defined as all the ways we are unique and different from others including such aspects as ethnicity, religious beliefs, appearance, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, family status and socio-economic circumstances.
People interested in presenting 60/90 minute workshops at the conference are asked to complete the attached form and submit it to the organizing committee: diversity.services@calgaryhealthregion.ca
before June 27, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed and selections made by the Conference Planning Committee
Contribute to a new project that you might find called Medpedia.com, which is being introduced to a select group of clinicians, researchers, expert patients, and medical students. Its Board of Advisors includes some of the top people in medicine, and it’s an exciting time to join the Medpedia community. http://www.medpedia.com/

Actionable News for Physicians

I came across this site while working on a different blog http://physicianentrepreneur.com/ and thought it might interest some of you. The author, Jose DeJesus, MD. wrote this brief description of why he started blogging.
“I have been publishing this blog for a year, providing the kind of information not generally taught in medical school, providing our fellow physicians and medical students with current news about the medical profession, tips to help a physician run a professional medical practice, manage a staff, deal more effectively with colleagues and the public, and better manage their personal lives. While the articles are written from the viewpoint of US physicians and the unique challenges we face, most of the material is useful to physicians practicing in any setting.”
Check it out for articles about the practice of medicine such as:
How to Leave a Positive Phone Impression
Improving Customer Service
Effective Performance Reviews
Time Management – Working More Effectively

Lessons from Health Care on How to Deal with Mistakes

All faculty are invited to attend a Lunch and Learn, hosted by the American Society for Quality, SK Section.
Seminar: Under the Microscope, Lessons from Health Care on How to Deal with Mistakes
Date: Tuesday April 29, 2008
Lunch 11:45 am
Presentation 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Candle Room, Atrium Building, 111 Research Drive
Innovation Place, Saskatoon, SK
Cost: Members $ 25.00 + GST
Non-Members $ 30.00 + GST
Register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/2008-04-29-ASQ/
When a mistake happens at work, what should you do? Do you look for who made the mistake and punish them? Or, do you work together to make sure it can’t happen again? If YOU make a mistake, do you report it, or do you keep it to yourself? In every industry, mistakes and errors are a big deal. In hospitals, it’s even bigger since a mistake can directly affect the health of you and your loved ones.
In this one-hour seminar, we’ll look at how the reporting of medical errors is changing. With real cases from health care and beyond, you’ll see that most errors come from flaws in the system. You’ll also see why they don’t get reported. We’ll see how medical error disclosure around the world is shifting away from blaming people, to a no-fault model that seeks to improve the whole system of care. We’ll also make the case for error-disclosure policies in hospitals and our own workplaces.
The goal is to build a culture of safety; a culture where all team members can openly report their mistakes, and work together to continually improve the quality of patient care. By looking at health care under a microscope, you’ll see how bringing errors out into the open can improve your own daily work as well.
Presenter: Dr Jay Kalra, an educator, researcher and quality health care advocate, is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Saskatchewan and has served as Head of the Department of Pathology and Head of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Saskatoon District Health. Jay is a pioneer in establishing guidelines for thyroid-function testing, quality assurance programs and laboratory utilization in health care. Dr Kalra is advancing the agenda, nationally and internationally, related to quality care and patient safety including risk management, ethical issues, disclosure of medical/clinical error issues and related policies and practices.
Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS
Professor of Pathology, College of Medicine, U of S
To Register: http://www.picatic.com/ticket/2008-04-29-ASQ/
To join ASQ: https://secure.asq.org/ecommerce/newmember/execute/newMemberSetup
Registration is confirmed when fees are received. Please register early so we can arrange catering (No later than April 25th please).
For further information, contact: Dave Hunchak, ASQ Program Chair: (306) 373-5636