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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
McMaster offers sincere condolences to Indigenous communities
It is with tremendous sadness that we have learned of the discovery and further exploration of hundreds of unmarked graves of Indigenous children at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan.

This is another heartbreaking reminder for all of us to take stock of historic truths, and to offer our deepest sympathies and support to Indigenous communities.

Coming so soon after the horrific discovery of 215 children’s remains at the former Kamloops Residential School, and as we observe National Indigenous History Month, this is a moment to acknowledge how the legacies of these past actions along with present day forms of systemic racism and colonialism persist, and to reinforce commitments to meaningfully address calls to action towards reconciliation within our educational institutions and in society.

Community members seeking support can contact:
  • Indigenous Wellness Counsellor, Indigenous Student Services ([email protected]) – for students
  • Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office ([email protected])
  • Elder-in-Residence, Indigenous Student Services ([email protected]) – for students and employees
  • Equity and Inclusion Office ([email protected]) – for students and employees
  • Indian Residential School Survivors and Family Hotline, 1-866-925-4419
  • Hope for Wellness Help Line, 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca
  • Student Wellness Centre: [email protected]

Employees seeking support may also access support through the Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP):
  • Contact Homewood Health through their website (www.homeweb.ca) or by phone toll-free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to book appointments, or access any EFAP service
WRC Staff Updates
Pauline Dawson will take over electives activity moving forward, as Christina Chan is preparing to welcome her baby.

Christina will continue to support Pauline as she transitions into her new role as well as supporting student/resident affairs until mid August.

All elective inquiries can still be directed to the [email protected]

Additionally, Jennifer Tran will be supporting Dr. Margo Mountjoy in the interim. If you require a meeting with Dr. Mountjoy, please email [email protected]
Faculty Recognition
Congratulation to our faculty and residents who received the following award at our Virtual Faculty Award and C2021 Graduation Celebration.

UGME Excellence in Teaching
Anesthesia - Dr. Kevin Latchford
Electives Rotation - Dr. Shira Thomas
Emergency Medicine - Dr. Irene Mitrana
Family Medicine - Dr. Nancy Luong
Internal Medicine - Dr. Rebecca Kruisselbrink
Psychiatry - Dr. Khushminder Chahal
Surgery - Dr. Mohamed Husein
Clinical Skills Tutor - Dr. Shane Neilson
Professional Competency - Dr. Isla McPherson
Tutorial Leader - Dr. Brian Fielder
Resident Teacher - Dr. Candice Griffin

Excellence in UGME Mentorship
Dr. Brandon Girardi

PGME Excellence in Teaching and Mentorship
Family Medicine - Dr. John Pefanis
Psychiatry - Dr. Mark Rhyno

Congratulations Dr. Sharon Bal for your OMA Glenn Sawyer Service Award in recognition of significant service to the OMA, medical profession or public at the community level.

Congratulations Dr. Rebecca Kruisselbrink for being awarded the C2021 Preceptor Award for the Waterloo Regional Campus.
Vaccination Clinic Update
WRC Program for Faculty Development
We are all governed by regulations that define expected behaviour. While each profession has unique circumstances, all of us are guided by principles intended to promote patient safety, prioritize patient care, and provide members with tools to navigate dilemmas where decisions are difficulty and best options are ambiguous. The ethical decisions we face as practitioners provide teachable moments to help you guide learners to work through decision-making in a systematic, logical way.

To learn more about the Fundamental Commitments of the Medical Profession; and take initiative to explore resources to enhance your teaching of professionalism in the clinical setting.

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 MacPFD.ca, 12-1, on the last Monday of the month.

“In the year 2020 and 2021, the world has seen a devastating display of structural racism and racism in healthcare. For a second time, the PFD Watch Party Hosted by WRC will feature a recording spotlighting anti-racism. This time, we have chosen a production from the College of Family Physicians of Canada which originally aired on July 22nd, 2020 about structural racism, interpersonal racism, and internalized racism. In two installments, this will certainly be a difficult, uncomfortable, and meaningful conversation to listen to; by watching this together, we hope to create space for, and give permission to a similar dialogue amongst our own co-facilitators and participants.

Date and Time: Monday, July 26, 2021 - 12-1pm
Where: Zoom

Facilitation and commentary provided by WRC faculty: Catherine Tong, Sharon Bal, Anthony Davies and Ashraf Selfin
Guest Co-Moderator: Amie Archibald-Varley, RN and Creator and Host of Podcast, 'The Gritty Nurse'
Archived WRC Faculty Development
"Are You Vulnerable?" - Sexual Violence in the Clinical Setting, a PCL Educational Solution

Health professionals are familiar with clinician – patient professionalism boundaries and behaviours. How do these codes of conduct apply to teachers in healthcare professional education? How can teachers model and teach professionalism to the learner, while ensuring that the teaching approach is appropriate? How can teachers protect themselves, and their learners from harm? The Waterloo Regional Campus of McMaster University and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo have created and produced 6 modules on “professionalism in clinical learning”. They aim to familiarize HPE teachers with important concepts, recognize traps and pitfalls, and equip them with skills and strategies to enhance professional conduct in the clinical learning environment. In this live workshop, we review in detail module 6, “Sexual Violence: Identification and Prevention”.
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