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Online resource boosts professional development among McMaster faculty

CASCaDe (Continuing Academic and Scholarly Career Development) is a one-stop online career development resource designed to help McMaster's health sciences faculty members progress seamlessly through their careers. The resource is a coordinated effort among some of McMaster's most vital professional development services.

To access the CASCaDe website, please visit:

Dr. Aliya Khan receives hypoparathyroidism award

Dr. Aliya Khan, clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Division of Geriatric Medicine, has received the International Hypoparathyroidism Award from the Hypoparathyroidism Association.

The award recognizes Khan's significant contribution to advancing excellence in research, education and patient care. She was presented with the award at the 8th International Conference on Hypoparathyroidism in Sacramento, California on June 6, where she spoke on the latest research developments in the management of hypoparathyroidism and how the information can be applied to maximize medical care and quality of life.


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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Visitors from the past communicate importance of vaccinations

Why bother with vaccinations?

Rachel Gysbers, Lydia Garland and Nicole Archer in front of the Quarantine Tent at Hamiltons's Open Streets festival (2014)

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.

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Jumping the last hurdle: Secrets to publishing success for residents

Aiman Alak

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."

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