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Gift from Zontas to support Physio program

A generous gift from the Zonta Club of Hamilton will soon help aspiring physiotherapists study at McMaster.

The Frances Colter Memorial Bursary, celebrated at a reception Wednesday at Alumni House, will be awarded to grad students enrolled in the School of Rehabilitation Science’s Physiotherapy program who demonstrate financial need.

The bursary is in memory, and from the estate, of Zonta member Fran Colter, who was a pioneer in the field of physiotherapy at Chedoke Hospital.

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Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine one of top 50 in the world

The Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine has been named one of the 50 best medical and pharmacy programs in the world.

The list, put together by TheBestSchools and based on the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's latest international rankings, placed McMaster's school at 46th in the world and a top-three school in Canada. Institutions were scored based on academic and research performance, number of highly cited researchers, awards, publications and more.

McMaster is a top 50 school in categories including clinical medicine, pre-clinical medicine and health in four other 2015 international rankings.


McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences trains physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, health care researchers, physician assistants and midwives to work together in teams, providing the finest patient care.

Our programs cover the spectrum of health care, including the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Rehabilitation Science, Midwifery, a Bachelor of Health Sciences program and Canada's first physician assistants' program.

We are known for innovating small group, problem-based education, with a focus on self-directed, life-long learning, as well as the development of evidence-based medicine.

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McMaster health professors join Order of Canada

Harriet MacMillan Mark Levine

Two senior health scientists of McMaster University have been announced today as members of the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada.

Dr. Mark Levine is professor and chair of the Department of Oncology for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. He was cited for his contributions as an oncologist, researcher and clinician, and particularly for his development of a number of new treatments that have become the Canadian standard in clinical practice.

Dr. Harriet MacMillan is a professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and the Department of Pediatrics at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She is a psychiatrist and pediatrician who is being honoured for her leading research in the prevention of, and response to, family violence.

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Pioneer in AIDS treatment named YWCA woman of distinction

Cheryl Wagner

Dr. Cheryl Wagner (MD '82) was a fly-in doctor to First Nations communities when she got the call to take over the practice of a Toronto physician recently diagnosed with AIDS.

At that time 30 years ago, people with HIV/AIDS were often ostracized and many health professionals were hesitant to treat those infected. Few support programs existed and even fewer were available to women, but Wagner became one of the first — and few — physicians in Toronto to treat women with AIDS.

In the epidemic's early days, it became clear that clinical, social and legal problems facing women differed from those facing men living and dying with HIV. Cheryl began to research the variations and advocate for the services that women with HIV/AIDS and their children needed.

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Two residents receive inaugural Dr. Fred Baxter Award

Fred Baxter

Brent MacLellan and Josh Peachey, fourth-year residents of anesthesia, have been awarded the inaugural Dr. Fred Baxter Award for Excellence in Nephrology and Patient Care, created by the Division of Nephrology and named after the former anesthesia program director.

The award is given to anesthesia residents who demonstrate excellence in integrating CanMEDS roles in the provision of optimal patient-centre care. The award honours Baxter, who made major contributions in patient advocacy, patient safety and patient care.

Baxter, a clinical professor of anesthesia working in critical care at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, has held numerous administrative and academic positions since joining the Department of Anesthesia in 1987.

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