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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
Resident Awareness Week - Feb 8 - 12, 2021
Join us in raising awareness about our hard working Residents.

This year has reiterated the fact that residents are pretty special individuals with diverse and exceptional skills. We couldn't resist the opportunity to highlight those skills through this year's campaign.

The Plan - An email will be sent to Learners daily on behalf of McMaster or Hospital Leadership with focus on one of these 5 themes:

A Resident is....
  • Resilient (Monday)
  • Advocate (Tuesday)
  • Ally (Wednesday)
  • Educator & Learner (Thursday)
  • United (Friday)

Buttons will be available for Residents, Faculty, Staff and Fellows
  • A button for residents – I am a Resident Physician – resilient, advocate, ally, educator & learner, united
  • A button for faculty and staff – A Resident Physician is – resilient, advocate, ally, educator & learner, united
  • A button for fellows – same as last year’s button except it will say Mac loves our Fellows.

Social Media Campaign – Follow us for updates on our social media accounts!
We're Hiring!
Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
PGME and UGME Programmes
Leadership Position

Regional Education Lead – UG Obstetrics & Gynecology (WRC)

Applications are invited for the position of Regional Education Lead – UG Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

In collaboration with the Regional Assistant Dean for the Waterloo Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, a physician who has or would qualify for a faculty appointment at McMaster University is needed to fulfill the following leadership responsibilities in Obstetrics &
Gynecology within the Waterloo Wellington Region

Interested faculty should forward their CV and letter of interest in the position to Margo Mountjoy; [email protected] by February 15, 2021.

Regional Education Lead – UG/PG Emergency Medicine (WRC)

Applications are invited for the position of Regional Education Lead – UG/PG Emergency Medicine at the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

In collaboration with the Regional Assistant Dean for the Waterloo Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, a physician who has or would qualify for a faculty appointment at McMaster University is needed to fulfill the following leadership responsibilities in Emergency Medicine within the region of Waterloo Wellington

Interested faculty should forward their CV and letter of interest in the position to Margo Mountjoy; [email protected] by February 15, 2021.
Centre for Simulation Based Learning, McMaster University
Assistant Dean, in situ, simulation

The Assistant Director of the in situ simulation program is a clinician educator, with a background in simulation based education and in situ simulation, responsible for the planning, development and academic leadership of the in situ simulation program at the Centre for Simulation-Based Learning (CSBL), Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University.

To express interest, please forward a one page letter of intent and CV to [email protected] by February 25, 2021.
WRC Program for Faculty Development
This COVID-inflected workshop provides craft-based techniques - the equivalent of the biomedical “skills-based” and “competency” models - to health practitioners in order to create beautiful written works that, in the creation, are acts of care for the creator. Through a series of guided prompts that teach specific techniques, and through the sharing of work in a safe space, the participants become better writers, self-carers, and also better physicians through the processing of their own experience. 

Dr. Shane Neilson, MD MFA MA PhD CCFP FCFP
Damian Tarnopolsky, Ph.D
Sean Park, Ph. D
Dr. Catherine Tong, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
Overall Learning Objectives:
At the end of this learning activity the participants will be able to:
  • Describe the benefits and the limits of narrative medicine as traditionally deployed in med ed pedagogy 
  • Gain skills in reflective practise through a craft-based approach 
  • Practise generative and editing techniques through individual and group work.
WRC Educational Scholarship Team

The WRC faculty development team and the WRC research team are excited to support WRC faculty members who are interested in educational scholarship. The new WRC educational scholarship team (WEST) leverages the enthusiasm of our faculty members, learners, and our research teams’ expertise to bring your educational innovation ideas to life, and help you disseminate them. You will find WEST resources and updates regularly in the Faculty Digests starting January 2021.

This month, we are featuring the keynote talk of Norman Education Research Day 2020. Yes, our institution runs an annual epic educational research conference with the acronym of NERD. The slide design itself is worth the watch. Find the 22 minute talk here:

While you watch, consider the answer to the following questions:
  • How do concepts in cognitive science, like memory and categorization, apply to the teaching of clinical decision making?
  • What is the role of basic science knowledge in learners’ clinical decision making?

For all faculty members: please join this WEST Slack space https://join.slack.com/t/wrceducationa-jej1530/shared_invite/zt-le5cxwrn-JO0qOJoixtyfeya91UougQ and share your reflections in the “resources-by-the-month” channel https://wrceducationa-jej1530.slack.com/archives/C01HWCQH8GM
Recorded Past WRC Events:

Research Supervision Skills
“Scholarly Practice” is one of the four content pillars offered by the Program for Faculty Development at the Faculty of Health Sciences. As most learners are required to or develop interest in research and Quality Improvement (QI) projects, faculty members at the Waterloo Regional Campus are receiving increased demands from learners to design and conduct research/QI projects with the learners and provide research supervision.

Access the video recording here
Conference Alerts and Calls for Submissions
Norman Education Research Day

The Norman Education Research Day is dedicated to celebrating the rich history and future of Health Professions Education research and scholarship across the Faculty of Health Sciences and McMaster University and is named after one of McMaster’s longstanding faculty, Dr. Geoff Norman. Dr. Norman is a Professor Emeritus, a Scientist at McMaster Education Research, Innovation & Theory (MERIT) program, and a member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

This event will be hosted in an online format this year and is an opportunity to hear from leaders in Health Professions Education research and for the community to come together and advance education research. We welcome you to connect with other professionals who, like you, share a passion to create a brighter future for health professionals and address emerging issues within Health Professions Education.


For more details: Norman Research Day
Association for Medical Education in Europe

AMEE 2021 is scheduled as a hybrid Conference from 27-30 August. The face-to-face Conference will be held at SEC in Glasgow, UK, with online elements integrated into the programme. Submissions relating to any aspect of health professions education across the continuum are invited.

Submission Categories:  You may choose to submit for either the AMEE Main Conference or the Faculty Development one-day Conference
  • Faculty Development Conference (Saturday 28 August) - Oral Presentations (Research or Innovation) or Workshops. Any submissions not accepted for the Faculty Development Conference will be considered for the main AMEE Conference Faculty Development Track.
  • AMEE Main Conference (Sunday 29 - Monday 30 August) - Conference Workshops, Short Communications or ePosters
  • Short communications, eposters and conference workshops: 5 February 2021 (decisions by 15 April)
  • Faculty Development Conference (Sat 28 August): 5 February 2021

For more details: AMEE Abstract
International Conference on Residency Education

You are invited to submit a Conference course, in-conference workshop, and/or in-conference lightning round proposal or abstract for the 2021 International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) – October 20 – 22, 2021.

This year’s theme is “A New World of Residency Education: Game Changers and Proven Practices”

  • Call for Conference Courses, In-conference Workshops, and In-conference Lightning Rounds: February 12, 2021
  • Abstracts; Research in Residency Education or What Works: March 5, 2021

For more details: ICRE Calls for Submissions
Family Medicine Forum

FMF is currently planning for either a hybrid or a full virtual event. A hybrid event would include some virtual sessions and some live sessions. Important to note live sessions will only take place if health guidelines allow. 

  • Call for sessions and workshops: February 9, 2021
  • Call for free-standing papers and posters: April 5, 2021
  • Call for Big Ideas Soapbox: April 30, 2021

For more details: FMF Abstracts
Faculty Development from Other Campuses
FHS's Women Symposium: Leading Healthcare and Beyond

Increasingly, we know that women are underrepresented in academia and healthcare settings. The 2021 Women’s Symposium will be a venue where we can bring together women and their allies to consider how we might close the gap over time.

This will represent the first of these events, which we are hoping will evolve into an ongoing annual conference over time.

All faculty members who identify as women and allies of women within the Faculty of Health Sciences (and beyond) are invited to join us.

Each session will have a mix of external speakers and FHS leaders interested in exploring key topics around how we might increase the number of women in healthcare leadership positions in both academia and clinical work.

Overall Learning Objectives:
  • List key issues facing women in academia, leadership, healthcare, and society;
  • Add new skills to your basic toolkit for approaching key barriers that women face in academia, leadership, health care, and society;
  • Create connections between women and allies across McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences and beyond.
AFC Clinician Educator Program

AFC Clinician Educator Program (CEP) is opening its 2021 call for applications and will close on March 8, 2021. The goal of the program is to train a competent and successful clinician educator who can provide consultative medical education advice and guidance for education projects. CEP is competency-based, meaning that completion of the diploma requires demonstration concurrent with active medical practice.

Attached is our brochure. Please feel free to circulate this to any faculty or senior trainees you feel may be interested in applying to CEP. We encourage physicians and senior trainees from all McMaster University departments to apply. This year will be our seventh cohort, and will join over 30 other trainees who already are partaking in the program.

Program Brochure: http://bit.ly/2021MacCEPbooklet

Prospective Candidates webpage: http://bit.ly/MacCEPadmissions

**Applications due by: March 8, 2021 at 11:59 EST**
Recorded Past Events:

Adolescent Mental Health in the time of COVID-19: Webinar Recording
On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, McMaster University NRC teamed up with the University of Calgary, Distributed Learning & Rural Initiatives Department to bring you this webinar which features leading experts in Alberta and Ontario to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has been impacting the child & youth mental health crisis in Canada. During the course of this webinar, we hope to give rural primary care physicians the tools they need to support young patients and their families in accessing mental health care.

Reproducing Racial Ignorance Webinar Recording
Niagara Regional Campus hosted a webinar with Anushay Irfan Khan. This session allowed faculty members to think about their everyday activities, ask questions and continued to be allies for those without a voice.

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