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Anesthesia residents win top prize

A team of residents from McMaster took home the top prize in the latest Canadian Anesthesia Society simulation competition.

Justine Denomme, Scott McCusker and Jeff Overington were on the winning team of the CAS Residents' Section Simulation Olympics. They share a prize of $3,000.

Eight teams of residents from anesthesia programs across the country competed for the honour. Residents from Ottawa and Dalhousie universities took second and third place respectively.

Karen Raymer, program director of the anesthesiology residency training program, said the win is a tremendous accomplishment and a credit to McMaster's clinical and academic training, simulation program, and most importantly, to the excellence of its residents.




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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Liz Darling named assistant dean of midwifery

McMaster study looked to understand how cannabis use impacts suicide attempts in men and women with psychiatric disorders.A McMaster-trained midwife has been appointed the assistant dean of the Midwifery Education Program of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Liz Darling is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. She is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and holds an associate appointment in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.

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Study suggests cannabis does not increase suicidal behaviour in psychiatric patients

McMaster study looked to understand how cannabis use impacts suicide attempts in men and women with psychiatric disorders.McMaster University researchers have found there is no significant association between cannabis use and suicidal behaviour in people with psychiatric disorders.

The study findings contrast with pre-existing data that shows the drug is linked to an increased chance of suicidal behaviour in the general population.

However, based on a small subset of participants, researchers did note the heaviness of cannabis use increased risk of suicidal behaviour in men, suggesting a closer follow-up by medical professionals of those patients. 

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John Kelton awarded honorary degree by alma mater

McMaster study looked to understand how cannabis use impacts suicide attempts in men and women with psychiatric disorders.John Kelton received an honorary degree from Western University, from which he graduated as a physician 45 years ago.

The professor of medicine, and pathology and molecular medicine also spoke to the convocation which included the graduates of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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In the Media

Anesthesiologists are critical to surgical success

  • An opinion piece in the Hamilton Spectator by student Mario Kovacevic (Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine) looked at the training anesthesiologists receive and their role in the emergency room. The piece was picked up by The Standard, Welland Times, Niagara Falls review, The Record, Niagara This Week, The Peterborough Examiner, The Guelph Mercury and

Families with children aging out of care seek answers

  • Jan Willem Gorter (CanChild/Pediatrics) participated in CBC Radio's Crisis of Care town hall discussion, which brought together health experts and concerned families with high needs children who are aging out of care.

Program keeps seniors healthy and in their home

  • The Hamilton Spectator and Hamilton Mountain News published an article about the Health Tapestry program developed by the Department of Family Medicine and the need for more volunteers to serve those clients' needs. 

How cannabis can benefit women's health

  • The Kit interviewed Shelley Turner '06 (Centre for Medical Cannabis Research) about the ways cannabis can contribute to a better quality of life for women.

Nursing student embarking on medical adventure

  • wrote about student Sydney Taylor (School of Nursing) who is entering her fourth year and will be travelling to Honduras in July.

How does pot affect you compared to booze?

  • The National Post quoted Michael DeVillaer (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) on the expectation that the use of cannabis will increase when it becomes legal.

MD grad receives influential woman award

  • Sudbury Living wrote about Jennifer Jocko '09 (North Eastern Ontario Women's Health Network) who was among 12 women honoured for their leadership and community contributions by the Northern Ontario Business awards program.

Expensive drugs are becoming the new norm

  • The Niagara-on-the-Lake Advance published a piece by Bill Brown (Neurology) about big pharma and huge profits from the development of new, high cost drugs.

'Gaming disorder'

  • Iris Balodis (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to CHML radio about the World Health Organization's announcement that they plan to add "gaming disorder" to their manual of disease classifications as a mental health condition.

Babies and heartburn

  • Ramsay MacNay (Pediatrics) spoke to CHML radio about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in young infants.

Exercise kindness like a muscle

  • Exercise kindness like a muscle, because it will atrophy if not used regularly. The London Free Press reported on this message from John Kelton (Medicine) as he received an honorary degree at Western University's 311th convocation ceremony.

What is helpful for depression?

  • Jon Davine (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences) spoke to CHML about prescribing exercise for depression, and how using marijuana for depression can get in the way of counselling.

Medicinal marijuana instead of pharmaceuticals

  • Michael Verbora (Family Medicine) spoke to AM 640 and 610 CKTB radio about whether substituting cannabis, rather than pharmaceuticals that can have side effects, can improve quality of life for people with anxiety, depression and PTSD, etc.

Looking and feeling your best, from A to Z!

  • Akbar Panju (Medicine) spoke to ZOOMER Magazine about aspirin therapy for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.


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