Why bother with vaccinations?
Three members of the McMaster community volunteered their time last weekend to answer that question at the Quarantine Tent.
The interactive display allowed visitors to meet people transported from the past who, by today's standards, have vaccine-preventable diseases. It was hosted by Hamilton Public Health Services (HPHS), and took place at this year's Open Streets Hamilton festival on James Street North.
At the Quarantine Tent, visitors met actors (a mix of students and healthcare professionals) who played patients with diseases such as diphtheria, polio and smallpox. The actors also communicated how the diseases affected families and communities from past eras.
Aiman Alak knows the elation of having research published and the impact it can have on the success of a career.
The former internal medicine resident, now a cardiology resident in the Department of Medicine, recently published his paper, How to Succeed in Research During Medical Training, in the journal Clinical Investigative Medicine. The study was funded by the Regional Medical Associates Research Scholarship Fund.
"Having a research background is important to your career, and for fellowship applications it's a major bonus," he says. "Unfortunately, 90 to 95 percent of resident research gets close to being finished, but it's just that one last step of publishing the paper — and probably getting the most benefit and credit for the work — that gets dropped by the wayside."