I didn’t have a black physician as a mentor when I was younger. I wish I had. I think the idea of being able to become a physician would have seemed more attainable to me - it would have become a more realistic goal.
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DECEMBER 2016
Dr. Dominick Shelton
Sometimes a mentor's words can mean the world
Dr. Dominick Shelton, MD ’91 PGME ’94, is a Faculty of Medicine graduate and an emergency physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I didn’t have a black physician as a mentor when I was younger. I wish I had. I think the idea of being able to become a physician would have seemed more attainable to me — it would have become a more realistic goal.

What I did have was a father who knew how to use his networks and the resources around him. When he realized I had an interest in medicine, he reached out to our own family doctor Dr. J. Lusis to ask if he’d spare some time.
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OUR IMPACT
Dr. Abhimanyu Sud
“We don’t need high doses of painkillers… we need ‘suffering-killers.’” — Dr. Abhimanyu Sud
As we try to tackle a devastating opioid crisis, Dr. Abhimanyu Sud, MD ’09, PGME ’11, questions our approach to treating pain in a recent Toronto Star Doctors’ Notes column.
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Valerie Tarasuk
Is basic income a solution to food insecurity?
Nutrition Professor Valerie Tarasuk spoke on CBC’s Metro Morning about working families who struggle to put food on the table, and how food banks are not enough.
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Dr. Christian Marshall
International Study Uncovers New Schizophrenia Risk Genes
U of T and international scientists in the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium have found six new schizophrenia risk genes, adding to evidence of the important role genes play in disease susceptibility.
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Alumni Awards with Dean Trevor Young
“Our alumni are improving health care and helping patients” — Dean Trevor Young
The Faculty’s 2016 Alumni Award winners share their stories — from creating the renowned Surgeon Scientist Training Program to restoring balance to deaf children and engaging alumni.
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Bad Genes aren't always bad news
Bad Genes Aren’t Always Bad News
Why do some people have problem genes, but remain perfectly healthy? Faculty of Medicine researchers help compile first comprehensive set of suppressive mutations in a cell, featured in Science. It could explain mutations that soften the blow of bad genes, or even prevent disease.
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Culinary with Alexandra majerski
MD Students Put Culinary Skills to the Test
Find out what this first-year MD student blogger Alexandra Majerski learned from trading “stethoscopes for aprons” through a specially designed cooking class and grocery tour, initiated by the Faculty’s Centre for Child Nutrition and Health.
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Hannah Kozlowski
HIV, Crocodile Blood, Ebola
Meet first-year MD/PhD student Hannah Kozlowski, who has already published in major journals and is the inaugural recipient of the Dean Catharine Whiteside Scholarship for Clinician-Scientists.
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OUR PLACE
Dr. Suan-Seh Foo
Physician Artist
On the third floor of the Medical Sciences Building you can find this recently unveiled portrait of former Dean Catharine Whiteside, BSc ’72, MD ’75, PGME ’83 PhD ’84, painted and donated by the multi-talented alumnus Dr. Suan-Seh Foo, MD ’90.
OUR PEOPLE
Wilfred Chung
Wilfred Chung, MD ’79
Kemptville District Hospital’s Chief of Emergency Services shares his love of learning, and reflects on his work “managing chaos.”
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David Caplan
David Caplan, MSc ’12
Web development and computational biology are dual passions for the Chief Technology Officer & Cofounder of SolveBio, a genomic intelligence company.
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May Cohen
Dr. May Cohen, MD ’55
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee on her career in family medicine and activism in women's health.
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Dr. Henry Barnett
In Memoriam: Dr. Henry Barnett, MD ’44
U of T is remembering acclaimed Faculty of Medicine alumnus, neuroscience and immunology researcher and founder of the Robarts Research Institute.
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UofTMED MAGAZINE
UofTMed Magazine - The Change Issue - Change Has Its Enemies
Award-winning UofTMed magazine on what needs to change in health care
UofTMed was recently recognized as 2016 Magazine of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Be sure to check out The Change Issue. And if you’ve missed them, be sure to catch up on past issues on Mystery and Food.
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EVENTS
JAN 19
2017
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Toronto Cardiac Tumour Conference 2017
This full-day professional development conference focuses on the evaluation and treatment of primary tumours of the heart.
FEB 25
2017
6:30 PM
Daffydil Alumni Reception
All alumni are welcome to a reception hosted by Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association, just before the evening’s Daffydil performance.
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GETTING INVOLVED
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Letters: Alumnus offers his own ode to anatomy
“I have long emphasized to students the need for a 3D appreciation of anatomy, even for family physicians and especially emerg docs. A few examples: a knife cut causes the flexor digitorum profundus tendon in the finger to retract out of sight and is missed when suturing the superficial laceration; a chest tube is inserted too close to the midline and impales the internal thoracic artery.”

Morton Doran, Class of ’64 alumnus, retired surgeon and University of Calgary professor, responding to Jacob Rullo’s recent reflections on anatomy.
Bernard Langer
“I loved the way he drew on the board with both hands.”
Bernie Langer MD ’56, Class of 1956 alumni reflect on J.C.B. Grant, and share some colourful anecdotes.
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