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Volume 22, Number 17 | May 7, 2014  

Message from the Dean

Celebrating the Legacy of Norman Bethune

Among the many celebrated graduates of our Faculty, Dr. Norman Bethune looms large. Revered in China and celebrated in Canada, his commitment to selfless service inspires us today. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Dr. Bethune’s passing, which is an occasion for us to reflect on his legacy and celebrate our close ties to China.

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U of T Scientist Honoured with Prestigious International Diabetes Prize 

University of Toronto Professor Daniel Drucker is the recipient of the 2014 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award from the American Diabetes Association. The prestigious award, which is described by some as the Nobel Prize for diabetes research, is a rare honour for non-Americans. 
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U of T Medicine to Celebrate Norman Bethune 

The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine announced plans to celebrate the legacy of one its most famous graduates — Dr. Norman Bethune — on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of his death.
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The Global War Against Super-Bugs

A first-of-its-kind report by the World Health Organization details the worldwide spread of drug-resistant super-bugs. U of T Medicine spoke with Professor Jun Liu of the Department of Molecular Genetics about the report’s findings.
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The Art of Medicine

In his new book The Art of Medicine, legendary internist Professor Herbert Ho Ping Kong (Department of Medicine) draws on his vast dossier of personal cases and five decades as a clinician to examine the core principles of a patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment.
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Grunfeld Recognized as a Woman of Action

Professor Eva Grunfeld, Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, was honoured May 6 with the Women of Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund.
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Can Medicare Ever Deliver On Its Promise?

May 12, 2014

Professor Danielle Martin is giving a Ramsay Talk that explores how we can build a better health care system.
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Optimizing the Quality of Systemic Therapy in Oncology

May 16, 2014

Professor Monika Krzyzanowska will lead the May Oncology Continuing Education Round “Optimizing the Quality of Systemic Therapy in Oncology.” 
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Norman Bethune Gala

May 31, 2014

Join the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and Dean Catharine Whiteside as the Faculty of Medicine celebrates the legacy of Norman Bethune, a renowned pioneer in health care whose global impact continues to drive innovation and inspire the world.
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The 2014 Sackler Lecture

May 22, 2014

The 2014 Sackler Lecture will be given by Dr. Karl Skorecki, a Faculty of Medicine alumnus, former faculty member and an internationally-recognized nephrologist.
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2014 Grant Writing Workshop

June 19, 2014

The Faculty of Medicine Research Office is hosting a grant writing workshop in June.
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Priority Setting Summer Institute

June 19-20, 2014

The Priority Setting Summer Institute is an intensive course on priority setting for health executives, managers and clinician leaders.
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In the News


Remember These Tips to Practise Safe Cycling

Professor Charles Tator in the Globe and Mail 
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Dissection Debate: Why Are Medical Schools Cutting Back On Cadavers?

Professor Michael Wiley in the Globe and Mail
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Why Online Reviews Aren't the Best Way to Judge A New Doctor

Professor Sheila Wijayasinghe in the Globe and Mail
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Can You Really Die Of A Broken Heart? And Four Other Questions About Love, Life and Death

Professor Gary Rodin in the Globe and Mail
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Boston Marathon: Jean Marmoreo Wins Her Age Group Again

Professor Jean Marmoreo in the Toronto Star
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Planning a Spring Cleaning? Clear Left-Over Drugs from Your Medicine Cabinet

Professor David Juurlink and resident Dr. Peter Wu in the Ottawa Citizen
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John Alan Lee Pushes Limits of Canada's Assisted Suicide Debate

Professor Kerry Bowman on the CBC
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Honours & Awards

Dean Emeritus Arnold Aberman

Lakehead University is awarding Dean Emeritus Arnold Aberman an Honorary Doctor of Science. Dean Aberman has contributed to the advancement of medicine for more than 30 years, including the creation of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
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Professor Kamel Kamel

The Canadian Society of Nephrology’s 2014 Clinical Nephrology Teaching Award 
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Professor Steven Shadowitz

Faculty of Medicine’s 2014 Award for Excellence in PGME Teaching Performance, Mentorship, and Advocacy
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Professor Ari Zaretsky

Faculty of Medicine’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Development and Innovation in Postgraduate Education
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Professor James Maskalyk

Faculty of Medicine’s 2014 Sarita Verma Award for Advocacy and Mentorship in Postgraduate Medicine  
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Professor Rayfel Schneider

Faculty of Medicine’s 2014 Charles Mickle Fellowship Award  
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Professor Murray Krahn

2014 Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health’s Dr. Jill M. Sanders Award of Excellence in Health Technology Assessment
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Professor Jeffrey Myers

Ontario Medical Association’s 2014 Section of Palliative Medicine Award of Excellence
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Professor Dennis Ko

CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research’s 2013/2014 Article of the Year Award
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Professor Jacob Udell

CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research’s 2013/2014 Rising Star Award
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Leadership and Governance


Chair, Department of Physical Therapy

Professor Darlene Reid is the new Chair, Department of Physical Therapy. Learn more here.

Chair, Department of Medicine

Professor Gillian Hawker is the new Chair, Department of Medicine. Learn more here.

Vice-Dean, Graduate & Life Sciences Education

Professor Allan Kaplan is the new Vice-Dean, Graduate & Life Sciences Education. Learn more here.

Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics

Professor Jennifer Gibson is the new Director, Joint Centre for Bioethics. Learn more here.

Director, Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students Programs

Undergraduate Medical Education invites applications for the role of Director, Comprehensive Research Experience for Medical Students Programs. Learn more here.

In Memoriam


Professor Emerita Meredith M. Silver

Dr. Meredith M. Silver, Professor Emerita in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, passed away on April 25, 2014. Professor Silver was a pathologist at the Hospital for Sick Children. She was an enthusiastic teacher, learner and adopter of new technology.  She believed that hard work should be fun, and her sense of humour and optimistic, upbeat personality will be dearly missed. Family, friends and colleagues can make a donation to the Meredith & Malcolm Silver Scholarship in Cardiovascular Studies in honour of her memory. The scholarship is awarded to a graduate student who has maintained or achieved honour standing during his or her residency with the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, and has shown an interest in cardiovascular research.



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May 21, 2014

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May 14, 2014

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Dean Catharine Whiteside being interviewed after a press conference announcing U of T Medicine’s plans to celebrate Norman Bethune’s legacy.
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