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Update regarding Saudi Arabian students

McMaster University is working to provide assistance to students following the sudden announcement made by Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Approximately 150 Saudi students are enrolled in McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences programs, particularly post graduate medical training. A further 40 students are enrolled in other undergraduate and graduate programs across the campus.

The University is working with students to determine options and to share other information with a goal of mitigating the impact of this changing situation.

Students who may be impacted by this change may reach out to the Office of International Student Services or the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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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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Simple score to diagnose heart attacks is safer, faster than current methods

Andrew Worster, professor of medicine, and Peter Kavsak, professor of pathology and molecular medicine at McMaster University. An international team led by McMaster researchers has developed a simple laboratory score that is safer and faster at diagnosing patients who visit the emergency department with heart attack symptoms.

The score can also identify patients at risk of subsequent heart issues after discharge.

The details were published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

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McMaster nursing student shares notes from Honduran medical trip

From the left, Conestoga nursing student Megan Pople, McMaster nursing student Sydney Taylor, McMaster and Conestoga faculty member Marcella Veenman-Mulder, and Conestoga nursing student Brittany Thornhill. Sydney Taylor, who is entering her fourth year in nursing at McMaster University, travelled to Honduras with Medical Ministry International for two weeks in July. She was part of an interdisciplinary team of providing primary care, dental work, along with health education in the Central American republic.

Here, Sydney shares highlights of her journey in her own words: 

In the month of July, I joined an international medical team with the ambition of organizing pop-up clinics in La Ceiba, Honduras, and the surrounding rural villages.

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Nursing scholarship being established in honour of slain student

Salt shakers on a table.A scholarship is in the process of being established at McMaster University as a tribute to a student who had planned to study nursing.

Reese Fallon was preparing to start at McMaster this fall. Fallon, 18, was one of two people killed during the Toronto Danforth shooting on July 22, 2018.

The creation of the Reese Fallon Memorial Scholarship is underway, with the expectation it will be awarded annually to a first-year student of McMaster's School of Nursing, with a preference to a student who graduated from the Toronto District School Board.

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In the Media

Midwives help with the rebirth of Indigenous pregnancy care

  • A Globe and Mail article highlighted Midwifery grad Julie Wilson '98 and the program she manages at the birth centre at Six Nations.

Are medical schools keeping up with the times?

  • Teresa Chan (Emergency Medicine) and Nancy Fowler (Family Medicine) were interviewed for an article in CMAJ News about how medical students and physicians can keep current on new advances in medicine.

Niagara Health appoints new chief of surgery

  • CKTB radio reported that Ian Brown (Surgery) has been appointed to the position of Chief of Surgery at Niagara Health.

Frank talk by award-winning Hamilton doctor on gaps in the system

  • The Hamilton Spectator interviewed Blair Bigham (Emergency Medicine) who is being recognized as a young leader by the Canadian Medical Association.

The best anti-aging workout you can do

  • Mark Tarnopolsky (Medicine) spoke to SHAPE magazine about how cardio is the key to maxing the mitochondria you have all over.

Preventing DVT on flights

  • Gord Guyatt (HE&I) told Luxury Standard one tip is to book the aisle seat on a flight because we tend to sit longer when we're by the window seat.

Health Canada's new sodium reduction efforts 

  • MedKit and noted that Health Canada has announced new sodium reduction efforts despite scientific evidence like that from the PURE trial led by Andrew Mente (PHRI), which has shown that low-sodium intake is related to more heart attacks, strokes, and deaths compared to an average intake.

Hamilton cannabis conference highlights need for more studies

  • The Spectator reported that the many experts who gathered at the first cannabis conference hosted by the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medical Cannabis Research concluded that the only thing clear about research into medical cannabis is that more research is needed.

Housing and the aging population

  • Bill Brown (Medicine) penned an opinion piece for Niagara This Week about the types of housing that elderly want and need as they age.

Women's Health Scholars tackling ovarian cancer, mental health issues

  • The Spectator noted that two McMaster researchers, Sophie Poznanski (Medical Sciences program) and Irene Vitoroulis (Offord Centre for Child Studies) are among the ten distinguished Ontario university scholars chosen to receive Women's Health Scholars Awards.
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