When we made our foray into mentorship matchmaking, we had a few surprises along the way.
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NEWSLETTER  •  NOVEMBER 2017
Katie Mattina and Samik Doshi
UofTMed Students: How I Became an Alumni Mentorship Matchmaker
By: Katie Mattina and Samik Doshi

As the 1T8 MD class co-presidents, we were looking for a way to support our class as we all went separate ways during clerkship. When we heard funding was available for projects connecting medical students with alumni, we decided to launch the MD Alumni Mentorship Program.

Why add yet another project when everyone is so busy?

This was a time when we were making big decisions about our career paths – and while we had many mentorship opportunities in our first two years of medical school, there wasn’t a formalized mentorship program in the last two years.

Busy or not, it’s immensely helpful to connect with alumni, even if for one get-together.

So we made our foray into mentorship matchmaking, and had a few surprises along the way.

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Katie Mattina and Samik Doshi are MD 1T8 co-presidents and founders of the MD Alumni Mentorship Program.
OUR IMPACT
Health Care operation room in Ethiopia.
Transforming Health Care in Ethiopia
In 2003, Ethiopia had only a handful of psychiatrists. Fourteen years later, a U of T and Addis Ababa University partnership has propelled that number to 70.
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Leading Global Effort to Prevent Chronic Disease
UofTMed researchers will lead the Canadian arm of a $40 million research project to prevent chronic disease and advance child and family health worldwide.
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Finding New Genetic Variants in Breast Cancer
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Amol Verma and Fahad Razak
Harnessing Medical Data to Improve Care
Alumni Amol Verma, MD ’09 PGME ’13, and Fahad Razak, MD ’09 PGME ’13, are integrating internal medicine data from seven U of T-affiliated hospital sites, ensuring we keep learning from aging patients with multiple chronic diseases.
OUR PLACE
Prof Sharmistha Mishra
The Math of Medicine: Raw Talk Podcast
Prof Sharmistha Mishra, MD ’02 PGME ’08 (Infectious Disease), joins Institute of Medical Science graduate students and producers of the Raw Talk Podcast, on the magic of mathematics, infectious disease and stigma.
Taaha Muhammad
Food Basics for Future Doctors
A new workshop is bringing nutrition into U of T's MD curriculum. Now in its second year, the half-day event features hands-on training in how to buy and prepare healthy food cost-effectively, focusing on practical tips that can be passed on to patients.
OUR PEOPLE
Laurence Klotz
Dr. Laurence Klotz, MD ’77, PGME ’83
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Kelly Metcalfe
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Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan
Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan, PGME ’06, ’12 (Psychiatry)
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Celine Nathoo
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“Seeing the impact physiotherapy can have on someone’s quality of life has been eye opening,” says Nathoo, who graduated earlier this month.
Mitesh Badiwala
Mitesh Badiwala, MD ’04, PhD ’13, PGME ’13 (Cardiac Surgery)
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Dr. Bronwyn King
Dr. Bronwyn King, PGME ’09 (Radiation Oncology)
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Brian Goldman
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James Maskalyk
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Precilla Veigas
Precilla Veigas, PhD ’02 (Institute of Medical Science)
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2017 University of Toronto Arbor Award Recipients
Committed volunteers Joanne Brathwaite BSc ’06, MSc ’11 (Nutritional Sciences), Stefanie Haws MHSc ’10 (Speech-Language Pathology), Agnes J Makowski BSc ’95 (Physical Therapy), and Prof. Emeritus Dr. Martin McKneally were honoured for their dedication and leadership.
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NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.
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“Thought you might be interested in our musical comedy Group, The Comedics. We’re a wacky group of doctors and associates who ‘specialize’ in keeping our audience in stitches (non-surgical of course). And to date, we’ve raised more than $2 million dollars for a number of local charities.”
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Real Medicine or Just a Joke?
We asked our Twitter followers if they thought this was an actual headline: “Attempting to Prove Masculinity Results in Over 8 Million Pulled Muscles Per Year.” 88% thought it was legit, and 12% didn’t. Take the full quiz to find out, and see if you can tell fact from fiction on other medical headlines.
Calling all Alumni Artists
UofTMed student group ArtBeat is looking for original artwork to display at the annual art show Synesthesia. Submit your paintings, photography, graphic design, poetry, sculpture or other displayable art by January 31, 2018.
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JUN 1-2
2018
Leaf and Acorn MedAlumni Reunion: Save the Date!
When we asked what you’d want to do at our upcoming MedAlumni Reunion in June, so many of you reached out and weighed in. Thank you! We listened and are busy planning a CME-accredited workshop on physician wellness, family-friendly activities, MSB tours, the Dean’s Alumni Awards celebration and much more. Be sure to save the dates!
DEC 1-2
2017
2017 Walter Wright Ophthalmology Symposium
Explore the most significant changes in glaucoma management in ophthalmology over the past decade, with updates from world-renowned experts in this two-day symposium.
DEC 4
2017
Medical Record Keeping
Learn to identify the benefits of keeping good medical records, define the requirements and evaluate the relevance of electronic medical recorders in your practice, with this one-day interactive workshop.
DEC 5
2017
IND-equity: Centre for Urban Health Solutions Lecture
As health system planners work on strategies to improve health equity, how will the needs of Indigenous people be considered? This talk focuses on moving from benevolence to a rights-based health care approach for Indigenous populations.
DEC 7
2017
Master’s in Health Science in Translational Research — Info Session
Learn about this unique and practical approach to a Professional Master's education in Health Science, focused on translating health knowledge to action.
JAN 19
2018
11th Annual Peter Munk Cardiovascular Symposium
This symposium will highlight the optimal assessment and management of patients at risk for the complications of cardiovascular disease.
JAN 25
2018
Toronto Cardiac Tumour Conference
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FEB 25
2018
31st Annual Update in Emergency Medicine
Improve your Emergency Medicine skills, including identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with a number of common yet potentially challenging problems.
FEB 26 – MAR 2
2018
Leading and Influencing Change
This two-week intensive certificate program is designed for professionals interested in promoting excellence, innovation and change in continuing education initiatives for health professionals.
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From left: MedAlumni Director Julie Lafford; award recipients Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan, Dr. Laurence Klotz and Prof Kelly Metcalfe; and Dean Young
Dean Trevor Young presented the 2017 Dean’s Alumni Awards on November 22. From left: MedAlumni Director Julie Lafford; award recipients Dr. Mohammad Alsuwaidan, Dr. Laurence Klotz and Prof Kelly Metcalfe; and Dean Young. Next year’s awards will be presented on June 1at the MedAlumni Reunionfind out how to nominate outstanding alumni.
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