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Celebrating Success of the Class of 2024 at the Dean’s Dinner

The annual Dean's Dinner is happening tomorrow—an occasion of celebration and camaraderie for the graduates in the Class of 2024. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, and classmates while reflecting on their achievements.

McMaster is honoured to welcome alumna Dr. Sonia Anand, who will share her journey from student to successful medical professional, providing invaluable insights into the medical field.

Attendees are encouraged to inspire the incoming MacMed Class by submitting their own White Coat note at the dinner, however you can still submit one digitally in advance. These words of encouragement, advice, and personal anecdotes will guide and uplift the next generation of medical students, fostering a culture of support and camaraderie.

Celebrating Match Day Success at McMaster University

McMaster University's Class of 2024 achieved a remarkable 93% match rate, with 25% of graduating McMaster students entering Family Medicine. While McMaster students have been matched to residencies across the country, 36% of Class of 2024 students will be completing their post-graduate training at McMaster University.

The Student Affairs team ensures unmatched students receive comprehensive support. Before Match Day, opted-in students received notifications if unmatched, early communication about available assistance, and were connected with personalized support teams that offered dedicated guidance. On Match Day, a collaborative effort from Student Affairs, UGME, and PGME leadership provided unmatched students with support, advice, and access to wellness services. Continuous support extends beyond Match Day, with ongoing resources and counseling available. 

Join MacEssentials Tutor Training

The UGME program invites faculty members interested in tutoring to join the MacEssentials Tutor Training Program. Training begins with self-paced e-modules and culminates with a complementary 1.5-hour live virtual workshop on June 12, 2024, at 6 pm. Develop your tutoring skills and earn educational credits. After completion, faculty members are eligible to start tutoring as early as August 2024. For further details and registration, click here.

IF Tutor Recruitment for Fall 2024

Are you passionate about medical education? The UGME is seeking tutors for its Integration Foundations (IF) program, running from August 26 to November 15, 2024. IF covers sub-units including Host Defense & Neoplasia, Complexity & Chronicity, and Aging & Maternal Health. Tutorials are in person, held twice a week for 3-hour sessions, either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday afternoons or evenings (between 1-9 pm). Preparation time varies but you will find significant support and resources through the MF manual, Medportal, and our curriculum team. 

Interested faculty can register by Thursday, May 9, 2024, by clicking here. Join us in shaping the next generation of medical professionals.

NRC Tutor and Preceptor Recruitment for 2024-2025 Academic Year

Niagara Regional Campus invites you to become a Clinical Skills Preceptor or Tutor for the Class of 2027 (2024-2025 Academic Year). Complete the survey or email for inquiries. Preceptors lead Clinical Skills Sessions once a week, per foundation, lasting 2-3 hours in the afternoons or evenings (usually Wednesdays). Tutors conduct Tutorial Sessions twice a week, per foundation, with 3-hour sessions on a Mon/Thu or Tue/Fri rotation. Recruitment for Preceptors and Tutors for all Medical Foundations is ongoing throughout the year. Your interest is greatly appreciated!

Glamour Gals: Bringing Joy to Older Adults

UGME learners at WRC have launched a heartwarming initiative: Glamour Gals. Over a dozen medical students dedicate one Saturday monthly to pampering residents at a local Retirement Residence. Inspired by the GlamourGals Foundation, the McMaster medical chapter was founded by Harleen Chahal in August 2023. This initiative serves as a meaningful approach to alleviate older adult loneliness and contribute positively to the community, while also improving important skills to foster positive patient interactions. Since launching, Glamour Gals were featured on White Coat Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman and the CBC. Follow their journey on their social media.

Unveiling the Mac Med Mural Project's Latest Masterpieces

The Mac Med Mural Project (MMMP) is proud to reveal its newest creations! Crafted by our skilled medical students, these exquisite tiles now grace the walls of St. Joseph's Hospital.

Dedicated to infusing healthcare spaces with art and creativity, the MMMP's latest endeavor exemplifies their commitment and artistic flair. You can view this years collection of talented artists and impressive tiles by going to the UGME Instagram page.

Consider contributing to this impactful project by sponsoring a tile. Whether in honor of yourself or a loved one, your support will include a commemorative plaque. Seize the opportunity to make a meaningful difference and leave a lasting legacy.

Ontario Rhodes Scholarship Info Session: May 7

Join McMaster UGME Class of 2023's Rishi Bansal, a 2023 Rhodes Scholarship winner, on May 7 for an insightful webinar about the prestigious Rhodes Scholarships for Canada. Discover what this esteemed scholarship entails, including funding, eligibility criteria, and firsthand experiences from current and recent Rhodes Scholars.

With a total of eleven Scholarships available annually in Canada, this is an opportunity not to be missed. RSVP for the webinar at this link and delve deeper into this transformative opportunity. For more details, visit the Canada webpage here. Don't miss your chance to explore the path to becoming a Rhodes Scholar.

Class of 2024

The Student Affairs (SA) team was delighted to observe strong student turnouts at the two virtual interview tour preparation LGS sessions held at the end of December and early January. These sessions, led by SA, featured a diverse array of first-year Resident guest panelists who shared insights from their virtual tour experiences the previous year. Additionally, there was significant participation in the final virtual LGS for the Class of 2024 on Tuesday night, February 6th, titled "The Home Stretch." This session provided crucial information about rank-order list decisions and the procedures leading up to and following Match Day on March 19th.

The annual post-interview tour survey request has been distributed. The SA team extends gratitude to all who have completed the survey thus far and encourages those who haven't to take the time to do so. Your feedback is instrumental in supporting future classes and enhancing the Student Affairs programming.

Class of 2025

First-round Career Counseling virtual appointments, one per student and each scheduled for one hour, commence before the end of April and continue through mid-July. Student Affairs sent emails to all students regarding these appointments on Wednesday, April 10th. Students will complete a brief intake form beforehand and can anticipate that the session will use their responses in the form to drive discussion of various career-related topics. These topics may include their career journey thus far, progress in the specialty selection process, exploration of key values, initial planning for residency applications later in the year, and a review of their current CV.

Class of 2026

A variety of 30-minute career counseling appointments are available for booking online using the Jane app at any time. Students can connect with a career counselor to address various career-related inquiries during their first year. Topics may include career and specialty exploration, strategies for enhancing one's CV, effective networking as a medical student, and guidance on stream selection choices and pre-clerkship elective selection. Additionally, students are encouraged to review the updated Professional Development Resource Document (updated Nov. 2023). This document provides valuable information on specialty-specific and other society/association memberships available to medical students, as well as details on related events such as annual conferences and meetings.

Follow this thread for more details: Undergrad Student Affairs > Your Career Journey Tab 4 CV's and Documents Professional Development Resource Document (PDF document, 20 pages in length) 

Student Support Offices

Student Affairs wants to remind you of some of the resource offices available to support you as a medical student. If you have any questions about any of these support services, do not hesitate to contact Student Affairs for clarification.

Learning Assistance

Studying with friends? Discover the Feynman Technique—a powerful method to enhance collaborative learning. Dive into our article to uncover how this technique can elevate your study sessions with friends. Give it a try and supercharge your learning!

The Medical Foundation 1 (MF 1) Director is responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of Medical Foundation 1 within the distributed medical education network of McMaster’s MD Program. Click here for more information: MF1 Director.

The Medical Foundation 2 (MF 2) Director is responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of Medical Foundation 2 within the distributed medical education network of McMaster’s MD Program. Click here for more information: MF2 Director.

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