Why are bold colours and cheerful artwork emphasized in pediatric designs, yet not to the same degree in geriatric spaces? And given that there is no therapeutic value to strict bed rest, which can in fact be detrimental and lead to deconditioning, should the patient bed continue to be the focal point around which we design the room?
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JANUARY 2017
Dr. Diana Anderson
Better Design, Healthier Patients?
Diana Anderson, MD ’08, is an architect, Faculty of Medicine graduate, internal medicine specialist and self-titled Dochitect©.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Change Issue of UofTMed, and wanted to add my thoughts on what needs to change in medicine today. I believe we need to put more focus on the importance of architectural design in health care — and on researching the elements and impact of our built environment.

For example, why are bold colours and cheerful artwork emphasized in pediatric designs, yet not to the same degree in geriatric spaces? And given that there is no therapeutic value to strict bed rest, which can in fact be detrimental and lead to deconditioning, should the patient bed continue to be the focal point around which we design the room?
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CAMPAIGN UPDATE
$513,482,006
Raised to date!
$65,332,894
from alumni
OUR IMPACT
Leja Stagljar Molecular Cell Cover Art
U of T Research Unlocks New Data for Cancer Drugs
Faculty of Medicine researchers have uncovered more than 300 drug targets for potential cancer therapies. Donnelly Centre Professor Igor Stagljar led the study, featured on the cover of Molecular Cell.
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Order of Canada medals
Six Faculty and Supporters Named to Order of Canada
Six Faculty of Medicine community members were named to the Order of Canada in 2016. They are among more than 40 members of the U of T community named to Canada’s highest civilian honour.
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Amanda Khan
Meet Amanda Khan, One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women
MD/PhD student was recently selected one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network. She shares her thoughts on making surgery safer, mentorship for underrepresented minorities and the importance of having female role models.
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Professor Daniel De Carvalho
Research Uncovers Possible Treatment for Incurable Brain Cancer
Canadian researchers have identified promising drugs that could target an aggressive type of brain cancer that typically affects children. The team, which includes Professor Daniel De Carvalho, was able to classify the cancer’s tumours into three distinct subgroups
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Dean Trevor Young
Doctors’ Notes: Our health care system is good. Let’s make it better
Dean Trevor Young writes in the Toronto Star that while technology in health care is advancing at a breathtaking pace, health care needs to change in many ways.
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OUR PEOPLE
Dr. Arun Lakra - aqua orange split design
Dr. Arun Lakra, MD ’90 PGME ’95 (Ophthalmology)
Physician playwright opens up about his dual professional career, ahead of the Toronto premiere of his award-winning screenplay, Sequence.
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Dr. Louise Walker
Dr. Louise Walker, BSc ’72 MD ’77
Olympian MD on balancing athletics with medical training, and her career in sports medicine.
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Dr. Steve Arshinoff
Dr. Steve Arshinoff, PGME ’79 (Ophthalmology)
On his work with the Eye Foundation of Canada and the importance of having a healthy disrespect for paradigms.
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Dr. Joshua Landy
Dr. Joshua Landy, PGME ’11 (Critical Care)
Co-founder of the widely popular photo-sharing app Figure 1, on making medical knowledge more accessible.
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Dr. James Bassingthwaighte
Dr. James Bassingthwaighte, BA ’51, MD ’55
University of Washington Bioengineering and Radiology Professor on modelling human complexity through the Human Physiome Project.
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Joan Pape
Joan Pape, PT ’49
Pioneer, advocate, leader and archivist, she has devoted close to 70 years to the profession of physiotherapy.
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UofTMED MAGAZINE
Professor Stephen Scherer
The Risk of Risk Aversion: Op-ed
The pace of scientific progress is breathtaking, but our 21st century regulations, institutions — even ethics — are holding us back. In the genomic era, Professor Stephen Scherer, MSc ’91 PhD ’95, asks what is the cost of doing nothing?
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EVENTS
FEB 4
2017
Medical Imaging Alumni Day
This one-day course held by the Department of Medical Imaging, aimed at alumni, community radiologists and trainees, focuses on topics of interest to all general radiologists.
FEB 22–25
2017
Daffydil 2017: Dr. Gabe & the Ward of Wonders
Now entering its 106th year of production, Daffydil is one of the longest-standing traditions at the Faculty of Medicine.
FEB 25
2017
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.
FEB 25
2017
Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario Annual Health Symposium
Health care providers in primary and specialty care are invited to this one-day continuing education event, covering new approaches to treating hypertension, oncoplastic surgery, prevention and treatment of HIV and more.
FEB 25
2017
Toronto Cataract Course 2017
This full-day Continuing Professional Development course focuses on funding models, new technology to improve postoperative refractive accuracy, application of femtosecond laser cataract surgery and managing comorbidities.
MAR 4
2017
Heart to Heart Communication Skills Essential in Palliative Care
This one-day retreat provides palliative care physicians and nurse practitioners with the tools necessary to communicate with patients and their families.
MAR 15
2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Alumni Reception — San Diego
All alumni are welcome to a reception hosted by Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Alumni Association, just before the evening’s Daffydil performance.
MAR 30
2017
17th Annual Toronto Breast Surgery Symposium
Current concepts and new innovation in the field of reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.
MAR 31–APR 4
2017
47th Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium
In this two-day symposium, through a combination of both didactic and interactive discussion, participants will learn about the latest techniques and developments in aesthetic plastic surgery.
APR 5–8
2017
Update in General Surgery 2017
This four-day course features interactive lectures, case presentations and small workshops. Delegates will be given opportunities to present their own cases and exchange ideas in an open dialogue with faculty.
APR 8–9
2017
Toronto Anesthesia Symposium 2017
This year’s theme is “Recent Advances and Challenges in Airway Management.” Find out about the development of new equipment, algorithms, drugs, and adaptation of new concepts.
APR 21
2017
8:00 AM
Competency-Based Training Workshop
A practical approach to competency-based education in your residency training program — from concept to implementation.
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GETTING INVOLVED
UofTMed Asked if Medicine is Too Risk Averse: You Answered
72% YES
22% NO
6% NOT SURE

— Out of 103 respondents in our informal poll

“The Scherer essay is timely and provocative but your questionnaire asking if medicine is too risk-averse is overly simplistic. There is a difference between medical practice and exploratory medical science. Practice must be risk averse. Research should be daring for the most part, but risk averse when dealing directly with humans. Even professional dare-devils take great care not to be injured. The central question for informed consent is how much risk the informed human subject is willing to take — and both immediate and long-term consequences must be considered.”

Andrew Baines, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology Professor Emeritus, MD ’59, PhD ’65, FRCPS ’79
Looking to get your classmates together in 2017 for a reunion? The Alumni Relations Office and Medical Alumni Association would be happy to help.
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UofTMed on display at health-focused U of T alumni gathering in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
UofTMed in Riyadh
UofTMed on display this past December at a U of T alumni gathering in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, during Alfaisal University’s 3rd Health Promotion Exhibition. Organizing the event was alumna and chair of Alfaisal University’s Department of Family & Community Medicine, Dr. Baraa Alghalyini, PGME ’06 (Family Medicine) MHSc ’06, (second from left). Dr. Wael Al Kattan, PGME ’03 (second from right) and other alumni shared U of T memories.
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