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Welcome to the Spring 2023 Edition of the NRC News. This e-newsletter will bring you news and events related to the Niagara Regional Campus. If you have any suggestions or would like to submit an article or event, please contact [email protected].

The Niagara Regional Campus is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigenous reconciliation and social justice in all that we do. 


To further deepen our understanding of these topics we also have purchased some focused reading in these areas that will be available for borrow from the NRC library and will focus on one of these books each month. This month the focus is on 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality by Bob Joseph. This essential guide to understanding the Indian Act and its repercussions on generations of Indigenous Peoples examines how Indigenous Peoples can return to self-government, self-determination and self-reliance and why doing so would result in a better country for all Canadians.

Niagara Health continues on its journey towards improving the quality and safety of care for Indigenous patients. The Indigenous Health Services and Reconciliation Team is working to address systemic barriers and bias that can lead to negative Indigenous patient experiences and engaging with the community about how best to support and care for Indigenous Peoples. The implementation of this team is an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to make NH a more culturally sensitive and inclusive organization. 

Professional Development Opportunities

Anti-Black Racism and Critical Race Education Certificate is a 10-week asynchronous program, and includes three virtual tutorials with the Author/Instructor of the program, Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei throughout the 10 weeks.

The training modules pay attention to historical, sociological, and ideological dynamics that produce and sustain issues of race, racism, and Whiteness. Participants will gain training and information that is grounded in the knowledge of race, racism, anti-black racism, colonialism, Indigeneity, critical whiteness, unconscious biases, and the importance of such knowledge in broader social relations as well as to specialized field of practices such as mental health, counselling, and organizational relations.

To learn more and enroll, please visit: https://continuing.mcmaster.ca/professional-development/anti-black-racism-and-critical-race-education/certificate/

NRC Land Acknowledgement Branding

Medical Production Services have created Land Acknowledgement slides for the Niagara region. Please consider implementing these when giving a presentation on behalf of McMaster University.

To download the assets, you will be required to login to your MacID. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jennifer Tran at [email protected]

Land Acknowledgement Asset Bank

Department of Family Medicine, Academic Promotion

The Department of Family Medicine welcomes Niagara Regional Campus' very own, Dr. Amanda Bell as a part-time clinical professor as of May 2023.

Dr. Bell has shown a commitment to excellence in medical education and clinical practice. In 2017, Dr. Bell began her role as the Regional Assistant Dean. Since 2008, Dr. Bell has shown a commitment to medical education in various leadership roles and has proven herself to be a leader.

Congratulations Dr. Bell, thank you for setting an example to the regional campuses that promotion is possible!

Department of Family Medicine Site Director, Niagara

It is with pleasure that we announce the appointment of Dr. Anjali Kundi as DFM Site Director for the Niagara Site.

Dr. Kundi has been involved in leadership and teaching in McMaster’s Niagara Regional Campus for 10 years. Recent leadership and education roles include Director of Faculty Development (Niagara Regional Campus), Assistant Pre-Clerkship Director, Student Advisor, and family medicine preceptor to medical students and residents.

Dr. Kundi takes pride in making connections and building relationships that foster community and shares a deep commitment to McMaster’s mission to serve traditionally marginalized populations. A listener, supporter, and leader, she values sharing her experiences and skills with learners. Anjali is committed to supporting residency training and healthcare in the Niagara region in which she works and lives.

The Niagara Regional Campus would like to thank Dr. Karl Stobbe for 6 years of leadership in this role and we acknowledge the significant role Dr. Stobbe played in shaping and strengthening the family medicine training in Niagara.

Coordinator, Faculty Development, Niagara Regional Campus

Please join the Niagara Regional Campus in welcoming Dr. Nagham El-Houssein as Coordinator, Faculty Development. Dr. El-Houssein will commence her role on July 4, 2023.

Dr. El-Houssein is a family physician at the Grimsby Family Medical Centre. Completing her medical degree at NRC and returned for her family medicine residency, rural stream at the Grimsby site.

The Niagara Regional Campus would like to thank Dr. Anjali Kundi for her great enthusiasm and commitment to the role over the last 6 years.

Congratulations Class of 2023!

Buckle up for a stay-cation as we explore where our Class of 2023 will be heading for their residency placements starting in July. The Niagara Regional Campus wish them only the best as they enter the next chapter in their lives and cannot wait to hear their stories! There will always be a place for our graduates here at NRC and we look forward to their visits in the future.

Match Day Map

Elective Recruitment for January - June 2024

The Niagara Regional Campus is beginning recruitment for preceptors to supervise Clerkship electives.

If you/your group has capacity to supervise elective students during any of the above time periods, please add to the form below.

  • Jan 02 - Jan 14, 2024
  • Jan 29 - Feb 11, 2024
  • Feb 12 - Feb 25, 2024
  • Feb 26 - Mar 10, 2024
  • Mar 11 - Mar 24, 2024
  • Mar 25 - Apr 07, 2024
  • Apr 08 - Apr 21, 2024
  • Apr 22 - May 05, 2024
  • May 06 - May 19, 2024
  • Jun 03 - Jun 16, 2024
  • Jun 17 - Jun 30, 2024

Please contact Lori Gualtieri if you have any questions about supervising electives.

NRC Electives

Family Medicine, Clerkship Teaching Award

Dr. Ryan Chadwick

General Surgery, Clerkship Preceptor Teaching Award

Dr. Anna Kobylecky

Surgery Selective, Clerkship Preceptor Teaching Award

Dr. Faysal Naji

Obstetrics & Gynecology, Clerkship Preceptor Teaching Award

Dr. Nwachuwku Nwebube

Professional Competencies (non-MD), Clerkship Preceptor Teaching Award

Dr. Sean Robb

Niagara Regional Campus Teaching Award

Dr. Samuel Thrall

Dr. William Osler Award

Sajine Sathiaselan, Class of 2023

Oath Ceremony Valedictorian

Josha Raphael Quinn, Class of 2023

Faculty Awards

Dr. Stephanie Paolone

MacCARE Niagara Teaching Award

Dr. Samuel Thrall

Outstanding Contribution to the Niagara Regional Campus by a Student

Selene Chen, Class of 2023

Student Support Award

Sarah Litke

Excellence in Teaching for Outstanding Support of Student Development

Dr. Wendey Proctor

Excellence in Clerkship Teaching

Dr. Maria Gonzalez

Excellence in Teaching by a Resident

Dr. Jhanahan Sriranjan

Dr. Michael and Mrs. Janice Brent MD Bursary

Kelsey Allen, Class of 2025

McMaster Medical Student Research Excellence Award

Muizz Hussain, Class of 2025

Dr. Paul O'Byrne Internal Medicine Academic Achievement Award

Ruqqiyah Rana, Class of 2023

Dr. Akbar Panju Internal Medicine Professionalism Award

Aidan Kwok, Class of 2023

President's Award for Community Engaged Research

Congratulations to Niagara Homelessness Emergency Liaison and Peer Support (Niagara HELPS) program for being selected as the 2023 recipient of the President's Award for Community Engaged Research (PACER).

This award is intended to recognize teams of campus and community representatives who have demonstrated a commitment to initiating and supporting excellence in community-campus research initiatives.

Niagara HELPS has been operational since late 2019. HELPS began as a prospective trial of peer support navigators with lived experience of homelessness providing services to patients experiencing homelessness in the St. Catharines and Niagara Falls, Niagara Health Emergency Departments. HELPS has served over 1112 people in Niagara emergency departments, and the partnership trained and employs six peer support navigators with experience of homelessness who are an asset in local emergency departments.

Nomination, President's Award for Outstanding Service

We are thrilled to announce that Jennifer Tran, a dedicated member of our university community, was nominated for the prestigious President's Award for Outstanding Service. This esteemed recognition acknowledges individuals who have gone above and beyond their regular responsibilities to contribute significantly to the mission of McMaster University.

Jen has consistently provided exceptional service, demonstrating a commitment to excellence in all her endeavors. Her tireless efforts have contributed to the efficiency and effectiveness of university operations, making a remarkable impact on our institution. Furthermore, Jen's dedication extends beyond the university, positively influencing both the community and the reputation of McMaster.

Join us in congratulating Jennifer Tran on this well-deserved nomination. Her outstanding work and unwavering commitment are an inspiration to us all. 

Dr. Sarah Chadwick

Family Medicine

Dr. Gordon Chin

Family Medicine

Dr. Jessica Graham

Family Medicine

Dr. Wael Shublaq

Family Medicine

2023 Research in Progress Rounds

Presentation Date

Student Presenters

Faculty Supervisor

Project Title

Wed Jun 14, 2023 - 6PM

Umairah Boodoo, Mario Hanna & Fayyaz Rizvi

Rahim Valani

Pediatric pain management in Emergency Department in Niagara

Wed Jul 12, 2023- 6PM

Rahul Jayachandiran, Sajine Sathiaselan, Ann Karamysh, Anne Sophie Fortier & Leon Li

Catherine Krasnik

Preparedness of NRC medical students for their psychiatry core rotation (student and faculty perspectives)

Delirium prevention: Up close and personal

Rebekah Sibbald (C2025), Dr. Samuel Thrall (Geriatrics), Dr. Larry Chambers (Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact)

Despite being the third most common cause of unintended harm as a result of medical treatment, delirium is still widely understood. To continue reading the article, click here.

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