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McMaster grows collaborations with University of Waterloo

Published: January 9, 2013
Bruce Wainman showing a specimen to Russell Sterrett, John Kelton, Ken Seiling, Patrick Deane, Carl Zehrand John Milloy
Listening to Bruce Wainman, director of anatomy for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine (right), who is showing a specimen, are (clockwise): Russell Sterrett, second-year medical student; John Kelton, dean and vice-president, McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences; a photographer; Ken Seiling, regional chair of the Region of Waterloo; Patrick Deane, president, McMaster; Carl Zehr, mayor of the City of Kitchener and John Milloy, minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

McMaster University and the University of Waterloo are expanding their collaboration with the sharing of a new anatomy laboratory.

Part of McMaster's $1.3-million construction that includes classrooms, the laboratory is at the Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, located at the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Waterloo.

The new laboratory will be used for the study of human anatomy. This training is a basic part of the learning for the 84 students of the medical school and 40 medical residents in family medicine, psychiatry, internal medicine and pediatrics, all at McMaster University's Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, and the 467 students at the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy.

Of particular interest in the state-of-the-art laboratory of 2,300 square feet with an adjoining meeting room of 900 square feet, is the high definition video system that allows for anatomic specimens to be captured by high-definition cameras. These extraordinarily detailed images are then projected to be viewed by more students in greater resolution than previously possible.

Collaborations have been growing between McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy and School of Optometry & Vision Science since the establishment of the health sciences campus. These include joint curriculum development discussions, McMaster medical students learning in the University of Waterloo optometry clinic, all health students being involved at the Centre for Family Medicine at the campus and the establishment of interprofessional student groups between the two universities.

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"We welcome these opportunities to work more closely with the University of Waterloo. Building collaboration between our universities will of course lead to efficiencies, but more importantly it will enrich our education programs and open new opportunities for research," said Patrick Deane, McMaster president, at a reception at the Waterloo campus.

Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of the University of Waterloo, said: "As a world-class innovation university, the University of Waterloo is deeply and permanently committed to martialing our strengths as a global research powerhouse, and putting those talents at the service of communities in Canada and around the world through innovative health sciences solutions. And we recognize the lifting power of partnership to achieve these goals, and there could be no better partner in this initiative than McMaster University and its Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine."

John Kelton, dean and vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences and dean of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University added: "For the better care of our patients, it's important that we train health care professionals who appreciate the knowledge and perspectives of the whole health care team, and that starts here."

John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Kitchener Centre, who also attended the reception, said: "The opening of the new anatomy laboratories, which will be shared with the students at the University of Waterloo's School of Pharmacy, represents the kind of collaborative initiative that helps modernize our postsecondary education system and train our future doctors."

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