I’ve been telling jokes since I was 5 years old. It was simply expected of me. I remember my father waking me up at 11:30 at night if a Marx Brothers movie was on TV after the evening news. He considered comedy part of our basic education.
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NEWSLETTER  •  SEPTEMBER 2017
Dr. David Goldbloom
Funny or Not: Humour in Health Care
I’ve been telling jokes since I was 5 years old. It was simply expected of me.

I remember my father waking me up at 11:30 at night if a Marx Brothers movie was on TV after the evening news. He considered comedy part of our basic education. My brother and I would often listen to — and memorize — comedy records. And we were taught that listening to and telling jokes was central to social interaction.

Mine was also a medical family — four generations of physicians — and I learned early that humour can play a role in health care. In my work as a psychiatrist, I use it a lot.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not blurting out in the middle of an appointment, “So a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar…”

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Dr. David Goldbloom, PGME’88 (Psychiatry), is Professor of Psychiatry at U of T, psychiatrist and senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He’s also an author and a really funny guy — don’t miss his stand-up routine November 22 at UofTMed Inside the Issue, the Faculty’s alumni event featuring UofTMed magazine’s upcoming humour issue.
OUR IMPACT
Professor Molly Verrier (right) seeing Rick Hansen on his 1885-87 Man in Motion Tour.
Powering Dreams: 100 years of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Professor Emeritus Molly Verrier, PTOT ’70, remembers the excitement of watching Rick Hansen wheel past on his 1985-87 Man in Motion tour. Amanda and Rick Hansen are speaking at an event this month celebrating 100 years of U of T’s Department of Physical Therapy.
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We Are. Dean's report
Dean’s Report: We Prepare. We Discover. We Partner.
See highlights of the past year at the Faculty of Medicine, including palliative care sub-specialty training, a renewed mission for child nutrition and a guide for primary care physicians on treating trans patients.
Read the Dean's Report ›
Rachel Harding
Researcher Reaps Benefits of Open Science
U of T biomedical scientist reflects on her open lab notebook, and her experience sharing research findings and tools.
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Sharon Straus
Working to Make Hopes a Reality: Wise Words from a Mentor
When Professor Sharon Straus’ mentor backed her career goals whole-heartedly, he asked only that she do the same for others. She did — and is most recently a volunteer mentor with the Faculty of Medicine’s new diversity mentorship program.
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Yeast Membrane Proteins
Searching for New Medicines in Baker’s Yeast
Donnelly Centre researchers collaborate with US and Japanese scientists to speed up drug discovery by testing in baker’s yeast.
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Dr. Naheed Dosani
Palliative Care and Homelessness
Department of Family and Community Medicine researchers examine the barriers to quality palliative care for Toronto’s homeless population.
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OUR PEOPLE
Pearl Gryfe
Pearl Gryfe, BSc (OT)’79, MSc (OT)’07
Her inspiration to improve care for people with neurodegenerative conditions came from a patient and young mother who was unable to move, speak or breathe without a respirator.
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Dr. Paul Blusys
Dr. Paul Blusys, MD’76
Emergency medicine, medical education, jail and health insurance: this UofTMed alumnus tells us about his wildly varied career.
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Dr. George Morrison
Dr. George Morrison, MD’52
We’re remembering this well-loved UofTMed alumnus, long-time Thunder Bay internal medicine specialist and committed medical leader.
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Paul Caulford
Dr. Paul Caulford, BSc’72, MSc’75, MD’78
He didn’t set out to be an activist, but this UofTMed alumnus and family physician ended up launching a centre to care for uninsured patients.
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UofTMED MAGAZINE
Beyond “Relentless Optimism”: UofTMed Magazine Survey
You spoke and we heard you. A huge thank you to UofTMed magazine readers for taking our online survey in June. Here’s what we learned:
  • You read us: 40% of you read every issue — and another 40% do so occasionally. (We’re thrilled.)
  • You take time: Nearly half of you spend 20–30 minutes with the magazine. (We’re humbled.)
  • You enjoy print — and digital too: Half of you prefer the “staying power” of print but digital appeals to many, especially younger grads. (We, too, like the mix.)
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YOUR TURN
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.
Letters: Alumni Respond to the MD 1T7 Valedictorian’s reflection on failure and façades.
“What a wonderful valedictorian address. The feelings you expressed will occasionally repeat during your time as a physician. I am a graduate of 6T6. Medicine is not perfect, and there will be lots of occasions that put you under stress. Be sure to follow your own advice, which you just gave your class.”
— Dr. Leonard Grover, MD’66
“I greatly appreciate reading about the wondrous things done by my ex-classmates and colleagues as reported in the MedAlumni Newsletter. The esteemed members of my medical school class all seem to have been the best and brightest of their medical generation. They have all done world-shaking research, teaching, administration and raised exemplary families. I note that they seldom seem to have left home. After I finished U of T, I spent two years in family medicine, first in the Canadian north, then Nepal and finally the outback of Australia. I then completed my orthopaedic residency at U of T — where else? For reasons which are still unclear, I then became the first spine surgeon in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In that capacity, I was also surgeon and physician to three Saudi Kings and their families. I was able to return to Kathmandu where I performed and taught the first anterior thoracotomies for TB. Subsequent work visits to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Cairo rounded out my overseas adventures. In welcoming the class of 2017 to our ranks, I might suggest that they seek the “Path Less Travelled” — it was the most exciting ten years of my life.”
— Dr. Robert Lifeso, MD’69 PGME’78 (Orthopaedic Surgery)
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EVENTS
SEP 30
2017
Alumni Event: U of T Community and Medical Careers
Join three UofTMed alumni and co-founders of MD Consultants, Jiayi Hu, MD’13, Manveen Puri, MD’13 and Sameer Masood, MD’13, to hear how their time at U of T influenced their medical careers and how alumni can strengthen the U of T community.
OCT 3
2017
2017 Oliver Smithies Lecture with Professor Daniel Drucker
Leading diabetes researcher Professor Daniel Drucker on how far we’ve come in identifying gut peptides as therapeutic targets.
OCT 4
2017
Mindfest 2017
Join a mental health fair and festival celebrating all minds. Inspirational speakers include Jean-Paul Bedard, Jack.org, Elaine Uskoski, Katie Robinette, Suzanne Stewart and The Bathroom Stall Project. Workshops include yoga, comedy improv and Tai Chi.
OCT 5
2017
MD Admissions Volunteer Information Night
MD alumni have a unique opportunity to help select the incoming class of 2022, as file reviewers or interviewers. Find out more at our information night, and/or get in touch if you’re interested in volunteering.
OCT 6
2017
A Matter of Life: New Approaches to Care for Patients with Physical and Severe Mental Illness
The 2017 Medical Psychiatry Alliance Annual Conference will focus on new ways of caring for patients who are living with co-existing physical and severe mental illness.
OCT 6
2017
Ori Rotstein Lecture in Translational Research
Keynote speaker UBC Professor Connie Eaves discusses the rising challenge and thrill of complexity in biomedical research.
OCT 13
2017
Pulmonary Hypertension Conference
This year’s conference focuses on the translation of evolving concepts in the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension, including common diagnostic dilemmas faced by practicing clinicians.
OCT 13–15
2017
Organ Imaging Review
Radiologists, radiology residents and fellows as well as sonographers and medical imaging technologists will benefit from this review program highlighting updates and advances in diagnostic imaging.
OCT 20–21
2017
BBDC Joslin UCPH Diabetes Conference 2017
Canada's Premier Urology CPD Conference, this in-depth update features various topics in clinical urology and new developments presented by world-renowned experts in the field.
OCT 25
2017
Psychiatry Alumni Event
Connect with fellow alumni, catch up with old friends and make new connections.
OCT 28
2017
Arthritis Day for Primary Care Clinicians
Develop a structured and concise evidence-based approach to early assessment, investigation and management of musculoskeletal disorders.
NOV 6–7
2017
HealthAchieve
Join fellow global health care and business leaders at the Ontario Hospital Association’s HealthAchieve conference and trade show, which explores new ways of pushing boundaries to move the health care system forward. Use promo code ALUMNI when registering online, for discounted admission.
NOV 10–11
2017
Child Development Update 2017
This two-day conference will enhance the clinicians understanding of the link between current developmental paediatric research and its translation into clinical practice.
NOV 10–11
2017
(IM)MaterialCulture: Health History Collections in a Digital Era
Hosted by U of T’s Health History Partnership, this interdisciplinary symposium and reception is focused on broadening perspectives on health, as represented through material culture. It will explore how collections can recover and present the histories of previously ‘invisible,’ or marginalized groups.
NOV 15
2017
Medical Record Keeping
This is one-day interactive workshop features case-based exercises, peer assessment exercises and training on practice tools, and addresses the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Medical Record Keeping Policy.
NOV 22
2017
UofTMed Inside the Issue & Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Alumni Awards
Join fellow UofTMed alumni for stand-up comedy and a panel discussion focused on “Humour as Medicine,” featuring the latest issue of the award-winning UofTMed magazine. This event is preceded by the 2017 Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Alumni Awards Ceremony.
NOV 27
2017
Charles H. Best Lectureship and Award
Professor Matthias H. Tschöp of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center and Germany’s Technische Universität München will be speaking about targeting gut-brain communication to reverse obesity and diabetes.
NOV 29–30
2017
Health and Wellbeing in Developmental Disabilities Conference
A forum for health care professionals, educators, caregivers, social workers, researchers, and strategic decision makers, focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities.
View all events ›
Young boy as Groucho Marx
U of T Psychiatry Prof. David Goldbloom as a young Groucho Marx impersonator. Don’t miss his stand-up routine at UofTMed Inside the Issue on November 22.
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