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Campus Update: The WRC staff and leadership team are currently working hybrid and are accessible to all questions and concerns via email. For a full list of contacts, please click here

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

McMaster Racialized Resident Mentorship program (MRRM)

The McMaster Racialized Mentorship program (MRRM) will begin on July 1, 2023. MRRM will be open to all racialized residents at McMaster, who will be matched with volunteer racialized faculty or staff for unstructured, off the record mentorship support during their training. Mentors will receive a half day of training on culturally aware, trauma-informed mentorship and coaching, and will be welcomed to join a Community of Practice for all racialized faculty in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences, physicians, and non-physician who mentor racialized learners. McMaster Faculty will be recognized for their contribution with 20 hours of academic contribution time.

At this time, we invite any racialized staff or faculty who would like to join the program as mentors to complete the form below. We also ask any non-racialized faculty and staff allies to share this information with their networks and to consider referring any racialized residents in need that you encounter to our specialized racialized mentorship program.

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Waterloo Regional Campus Land Acknowledgement Branding

Media Production Services have created Land Acknowledgement slide for the Waterloo region. Please consider implementing these when giving a presentation on behalf of McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Waterloo Regional Campus.

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

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Remembering Dr. Tom Ruttan

On June 7, 2023, the Waterloo Regional Campus unveiled a bench and a magnolia tree planted on campus grounds in memory of Dr. Tom Ruttan, who passed away in September 2021 due to a brief illness with glioblastoma.

Dr. Ruttan was a psychologist from the University of Waterloo who served as the wellness counselor for students and residents at the Waterloo Regional Campus for nearly a decade. His tireless support for learners was accompanied by a calm, kind, demeanor and his deep care for students and residents during every interaction.

Because of Dr. Ruttan, other campuses have now implemented wellness counsellors to support learners and residents; his legacy lives on within McMaster University, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

The epitaph at the tree reads: We sit, we chat and ask each other questions, we leave as friends, all good intentions.

Community Engagement Process for Proposed New Joint Hospital in KW

Grand River Hospital (GRH) and St. Mary's General Hospital (SMGH) submitted a joint proposal to the Ministry of Health for new and renewed hospital infrastructure in Kitchener-Waterloo. A key capital investment in that proposal is a new joint hospital to continue to meet the growing needs of the region.

As part of the next stage of the process, the Site Selection Panel is seeking input from hospital teams, partners, municipalities, subject matter experts, and the broader community on what's important to consider when identifying a site for a future hospital. The Panel is requesting input from the community on the draft site selection criteria that will be finalized and then used to evaluate potential sites identified as part of this process.

A key part of this engagement process is a public survey that will be open until August 3rd. You can access the survey by visiting the Building the Future of Care Together survey link.

Faculty Authored New Reads

Why do we fall ill? How do we get better? When his two-year-old develops epilepsy, Dr. Shane Neilson, a doctor, struggles to obtain timely medical care for his son. Saving shares his family’s journey through the medical system, and also Shane’s own personal journey as a father who feels powerless when faced with his child’s illness. It entwines these stories with Shane’s personal history of mental illness as a child and his professional experience with disability. By exploring the theme of family, Shane Neilson manages to show that, over time, it is possible to not only escape the wreckage of the past, but to celebrate living with disability in the present.

To read or purchase a copy of Saving, visit Great Plains Press

Early in the pandemic, medical personnel were our front lines. What was that like? Through stories, art, and poetry, Canadian health-care workers from across the country recount their experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The contributors to The COVID Journals share the determination and fear they felt as they watched the crisis unfold, giving us an inside view of their lives at a time when care itself was redefined from moment to moment. Their narratives, at turns tender, angry, curious, and sometimes even joyful, highlight challenges and satisfactions that people will continue to explore and make sense of for years to come.

Contributors include Dr. Shane Neilson, a poet, physician, and critic from New Brunswick who practices in Guelph. Sarah Fraser and Arundhati Dhara are writers and physicians in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, in unceded Mi'kma'ki.

To read or get a copy of The Covid Journals, visit the University of Alberta Press

Emma Harris


Sarah Jennison

Family Medicine - Anesthesia

Michael Kruse

Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine

Oyedoyin (Doyin) Okoye

Family Medicine

Divy Patel

Family Medicine

Gurmeet Sidhu

Family Medicine

Trevor Semplonius

Internal Medicine

Faculty Appointment Renewals for 2023

Faculty appointment expiring June 30, 2024 are underway and some faculty members will be in this year's renewal process. To ensure there are no discrepancies with your renewal process. Please check and respond to your emails regarding faculty appointment in a timely manner.

Know Your Appointment Status

Assistant Clinical Professor Adjunct: Faculty members are expected to provide a minimum of 150 weighted hours of educational contributions over a three year period.

Assistant Clinical Professor (Part-Time): Those appointed as part-time faculty are expected to contribute a minimum of 100 weighted hours to education each year.

*Upon review, should you exceed the minimum hours of 150 for Adjunct status, at the time of appointment renewal, the campus can request a change of contribution to your affiliated Department for a status of Assistant Clinical Professor (Part-Time).


MacID & McMaster Email: This information is outlined in your letter of appointment. You must activate your MacID prior to using any services.

Library Access: The online collections of the McMaster Library system can be accessed through your MacID.

Apple Education Pricing: The Apple Back to School 2023 promotion is on now until October 2023. Save on Mac or iPad with education pricing. Plus get a gift card up to $200, 20% off AppleCare+ and more. Must show letter of appointment to get this promotion.

If you have inquiries regarding your appointment status and education contribution hours, please do not hesitate to contact Leah Mychayluk or Jennifer Tran to obtain your latest teaching report.

Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2025 for successfully completing their first OSCE!

OSCE, short for Objective Structured Clinical Examination, serves as a standardized method for students to practice and demonstrate clinical skills. It enables students to showcase competency in communication, history taking, physical examination, clinical reasoning, and medical knowledge. OSCEs play a crucial role in assessing competence, identifying areas for improvement, and refining the skill set for future healthcare professionals.

The hard work, dedication, and clinical skills of the Class of 2025 were commendable. With confidence and professionalism, they tackled the challenges and demonstrated their dedication to the medical field. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and look forward to witnessing their continued growth throughout their medical journey.

Many thanks to the Waterloo Regional Campus faculty who participated as examiners and for your contribution to medical education in our region.

Waterloo Regional Campus Welcomes Incoming Residents!

Every year, the beginning of July marks the start of new residents all over Canada and the Waterloo Regional Campus is pleased to announce the following residents joining the WRC postgraduates programs in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

Family Medicine

  • Dr. Mark Cornett, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Manav Coshal, University of Queensland
  • Dr. Samuel Fellows, Dalhousie University
  • Dr. Vardhil Gandi, University of Alberta
  • Dr. Rahul Jayachandiran, McMaster University, NRC
  • Dr. Ahwon Jeong, Western University
  • Dr. Heta Joshi, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Utbah Kazi, Western University
  • Dr. Rachel Liu, McMaster University, HC
  • Dr. Justine Lo, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr. Amber Macleod, McMaster University, HC
  • Dr. Christina Oatway, Western University
  • Dr. Laura O'Gorman, Western University
  • Dr. Juan Pimentel, Universidad de la Sabana
  • Dr. Jessica Sadri-Gerrior, McMaster University, WRC
  • Dr. Omar Shaik, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Joshua Silva, Western University
  • Dr. Veerta Singh, Griffith University
  • Dr. Steven Villani, Western University
  • Dr. Bartosz Zawada, Poznan University of Medical Sciences

Emergency Medicine

  • Dr. Jonah Gould, PGY3
  • Dr. Hawmid Azizi, PGY3

Internal Medicine

  • Dr. Eric Asgari, McMaster University, WRC
  • Dr. Kushal Kshatri, McMaster University, HC
  • Dr. Nitin Rai, Western University
  • Dr. Tim Rappon, University of Toronto


  • Dr. Jennifer Butler, McMaster University, HC


  • Dr. Claudia Arndt, Western University
  • Dr. Christina Yan, University of Ottawa

KW & Area Family Medicine Residency Program

On Friday, June 16, 2023, the KW & Area Family Medicine Residency Program had a end of year celebration for their PGY1s and PGY2s. The evening included a presentation of awards given to local WRC faculty followed by a congratulatory gift for our graduating residents!

Congratulations to the following for their excellence in contributions to medical education for our residents:

  • FM Preceptor of the Year: Dr. Trish Froese
  • Interprofessional Preceptor of the Year: Kathryn Flanigan, NP
  • Specialist Preceptor of the Year: Dr. Colin Yardley
  • Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Joan Chan

Congratulations to the following residents for their specific awards:

  • KW Site Leadership: Dr. Lucy Federico
  • Rural Site Leadership: Dr. Alex Raynard
  • Joe Lee Award: Drs. Lucy Federico, Alex Raynard and Minha Yoon

Additional awards include:

  • DFM Overall Site Leadership Award: Dr. Lucy Federico, this award was presented/announced at the virtual DFM Graduation Celebration on Tuesday, June 16, 2023
  • DFM Ted Evans Scholarship Award: Dr. Matthew McArthur, also presented/announced at the virtual DFM Graduation Celebration
  • PG Resident Leader Award: Dr. Alex Raynard, this award was presented at the PGME Graduation & Awards Ceremony on June 21, 2023 

Internal Medicine

Congratulations Dr. Tyler Pitre for being selected for the CSCI Resident Research Prize for 2023.

The CSCI Resident Research Prize is awarded annually for the best resident research project conducted during a RCPSC/CFPC training program at each Canadian medical school. Funding to support this initiative is provided by the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

Curriculum Coordinator, PBL (Problem Based Learning)

The UGME Program of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine is a fully distributed medical education program that uses problem-based, self-directed, and early patient exposure learning approaches. The Pre-Clerkship curriculum is a longitudinal, interdisciplinary thread in the Undergraduate Medical Education program's curriculum. The Pre-Clerkship curriculum is divided into five sequential Medical Foundations (MFs). Small group problem-based learning (PBL) is the core pedagogy in the Pre-Clerkship. During each MF, students are divided into tutorial groups of 6-8 students, with a faculty member, Tutor. Tutorials occur twice each week, generally 3 hours per session.

Terms of Reference

Director, Research & Scholarship

The MD Program is seeking a faculty eductor and leader to serve as Director of Research and Scholarship. The Director oversees research and scholarship opportunities and experiences of medical students in the MD Program at McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. The Director will demonstrate a commitment to advance the priorities and principles of the MD Program with respect to student research, including supporting: medical student understanding of research principles as they apply to clinical practice, medical student engagement in scholarly activities and research, and exploration of medical careers that include research.

Terms of Reference

We are pleased to inform you about the successful launch of the Faculty of Health Sciences Database (FHS-DB) on May 1. The FHS-DB is a comprehensive database that has successfully replaced MacFacts, the previous system for tracking credited educational contributions and records of activities (CV information) for FHS faculty. FHS-DB is a core service, managed by the Computer Services Unit (CSU) and funded centrally.

We strongly urge you to visit our website for information on:

  • Training dates and enrolment
  • Resource guides for how to use the system
  • Video tutorials of important modules and functionality

If you need to contact our team, please submit a Jira request.

We look forward to working with you to make the FHS-DB an effective successor to the legacy MacFacts system and appreciate your cooperation and feedback!

UGME COVID Communication:

Health and Safety:



The Professionalism in Practice (PIP) framework has supported development of professionalism within McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. A recent update of the PIP reflects the ongoing evolution of professionalism expectations of faculty and learners in academic and clinical environments. It supports reflection, behaviour change, and professional identity formation to create safe, inclusive, and supportive learning environments.

The update includes the new domain of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Reconciliation (EDI&IR). The EDI&IR domain underscores the necessity of integrating an EDI&IR lens into health professions roles; moreover, the EDI&IR domain acknowledges that traditional concepts of professionalism have often centred around the identities and cultural norms of dominant groups.

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