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Campus Update: The Waterloo Regional Campus remains closed to all students and residents. The WRC staff and leadership team are still working virtually and are accessible to all questions and concerns via email. For a full list of contacts, please click here
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MacCheck: Upload proof of vaccination, complete COVID-19 screening

The MacCheck digital tool is now available via website browser on any device (smartphone, laptop or tablet). All McMaster faculty, students and staff are required to upload proof of vaccination to the MacCheck digital tool starting today. You will only need to upload vaccination proof ONCE.

Further, you will use MacCheck to complete your daily check-in screening no more than an hour before you come to a McMaster campus. You will need to do this each day you visit a McMaster location. This process replaces the provincial self-assessment.

MacCheck Tips:
  • Use your personal MacID
  • If you forget your MacID, please reach out to Jennifer Tran, [email protected] to obtain your MacID
  • Vaccination proof upload
  • When uploading your vaccination documentation, it is recommended that you use an image file (.jpeg, .png)
  • Accessing your green checkmark throughout the day
  • Once you've completed the daily check-in, you can access your pass at any time that day through MacCheck by clicking 'Home' and selecting the 'Pass' icon. Further information about displaying your checkmark can be found by clicking here.
WRC Program for Faculty Development
Both learners and healthcare professionals feel unprepared to manage conflict in clinical settings whether that conflict is with a peer, supervisor, or patient. Learn about your own conflict management style and how that affects your interactions with learners, colleagues, and patients. Different circumstances call for using different styles and you will learn how to adapt your style to reduce conflict and optimize positive outcomes.

Conflict is inevitable and frequently occurs between colleagues, supervisors, learners, healthcare providers and patients. Poorly managed conflict can negatively impact the delivery of patient care and the quality of working and learning environments. Strategies to understand conflict and manage it effectively are important factors in professional development.

By the end of this PCL module, you will be able to:
  • Explain what conflict is
  • Identify different sources of conflict and describe how disagreements can escalate into conflict
  • Recognize examples of conflict you may encounter in healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate the role of effective communication in conflict resolution by responding to case scenarios
  • Apply the Thomas-Kilmann model to understand your preferred style for managing conflict
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various conflict resolution styles
  • Identify when and how mediation may be required to help resolve conflict

Sign up to complete the Professionalism in Clinical Learning modules below
Grab your lunch, or your popcorn and join us in this episode of the PFD watch party with WRC!
For the remainder of the academic year we will be streaming a selection of the best recorded webinars from, 12-1, on the last Monday of the month.

On Monday September 27, 2021 join us for a viewing and reflection on this recording from September 2020 to answer your questions about how faculty members could navigate discomfort and resistance while leading health system organizational change..

When: Monday, September 27, 2021 - 12pm-1pm

Facilitation and commentary provided by WRC faculty: Catherine Tong, Anthony Davies

Guest co-moderator: Amie Archibald-Varley, RN and Creator and Host of Podcast, 'The Gritty Nurse'
The Waterloo Regional Campus/KW Academy of Medicine Annual Retreat is back! In the second pandemic year, we focus on bringing compassion to our clinical and teaching practices to navigate difficult issues in the ongoing crises in public health and social justice. This program is accredited for up to 3.5 Mainpro+ credits and MOC Section 1 hours.

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Guest Keynote Speakers:
Small Group Tracks:  
  • Digital Health and Med Tech Update led by Dr. Neil Naik and panelists
  • Indigenous Health led by Dr. Catherine Tong and panelists
  • Creativity and Resilience led by Dr. Robyn Sambrook and panelists
  • Feedback Bootcamp led by Dr. Krista Dowhos and panelists
  • Clinical Update led by Dr. Theresa Liu and panelists

Learning Objectives:
  • Review strategies for implementation of compassion in clinical and teaching practice.
  • Gain skills in practice management and wellness to reduce burnout and continue high quality patient care and educational work
  • Identify and incorporate digital solutions and opportunities to improve practice efficiency
  • Discuss indigenous perspectives relevant to healthcare and the clinical teaching environment.
Registered participants will receive a Uber-Eats voucher, while quantities last. When registering for the event, please use a valid email address as this will be your ticket to obtaining the voucher.

WRC Staff Updates

Baby Zoey

Please join us in congratulating Christina Chan (REL Administrative Assistant) and husband Mike on the new arrival of their beautiful baby girl. Zoey Nguyen, born on August 25th, 2021 at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
It is with mixed emotions we announce that Aaron Geekie-Sousa has started a 12-month Career Growth Opportunity (as the Program Manager within the Midwifery Program, Aaron will be coordinating the development and launch of Canada’s first graduate program in midwifery. We are very proud of the work Aaron has done for our SP program and are confident that he will do an excellent job in his new position.
We are in the process of hiring a SP Trainer. Marilyn Jacobi remains on board as the SP Program’s Admin Assistant and will continue to manage the program’s administrative duties. She can be reached at [email protected].
Program for Faculty Development Offerings
MacPFD presents: McMaster P3 Event with Mr. Ross Fisher
Presentations suck. You know that. Mindless recitation of interminable bullet points illustrated by complex data tables and impenetrable diagrams. And that’s just YOUR presentation! You know what sucks and yet, for too many reasons, when it comes your turn to deliver a presentation you do just what you hate. Because it’s what they want, because it’s easy, because everyone else does it, because that’s what the boss wants, because it’s academic, because you don’t know any better.
Attend this workshop and change your presentations, forever.
September 28, 2021
Delivered virtually
To register, click here

MacPFD presents: Rock the Podium
September 30 - November 24, 2021
Delivered virtually
For more information, click here
To register, click here
Fee required. Limited space available.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and Indigenous Health Equity Speaker Series: Building 2SLGBTQIA+ Positive Spaces 101
October 7, 2021
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Creating inclusive, support, positive spaces for2SLGBTQIA staff, faculty and students on campus requires intentional work. In this session, participants will increase their awareness about the lives and experiences of 2SLGBTQ+ persons.
To register, click here

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) and Indigenous Health Equity Speaker Series: Building 2SLGBTQIA+ Positive Spaces 201
October 19, 2021
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Creating inclusive, supportive, positive spaces for2SLGBTQIA+ staff, faculty and students on campus requires intentional work. In this intermediate session, participants will build upon their foundational awareness about the lives and experiences of 2SLGBTQIA+ persons to discuss tangible ways to become an effective ally. This session is intended for individuals that are familiar with terms such as heteronormativity, transphobia, cisnormativity and bi-erasure.
To register, click here

MacPFD presents: Macademia Explorer Orientation & Faculty Networking
Monday, November 1, 2021 and Monday, November 22, 2021
Delivered virtually
For more information, click here
To register, click here
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