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Campus Update: The WRC staff and leadership team continue to work hybrid and are accessible to all questions and concerns via email. For a full list of contacts, please click here

C2024 Celebrates End of Clerkship

On March 19th C2024 learners gathered to celebrate the end of clerkship and the beginning of their next professional chapters.

Led by future surgeons, the cake was cut, travel plans were discussed and words of congratulations were offered to one another. The Waterloo Regional Campus faculty and staff congratulate these learners on their many academic achievements during unprecedented pandemic and post pandemic times.


Dr. Emily Arndt


Dr. Christine Johnstone

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Karl Rom


Dr. Michael Rondilla

Family Medicine

Dr. Gabriel Jeyasingham

Internal Medicine

Dr. Vasanti Shende

Internal Medicine

Dr. Emmanuel Erinaugha


Dr. Arun Natarajan

Internal Medicine

Dr. Julie Ray

Family Medicine

Dr. Sean Leonard


Dr. Carl Shen


Dr. Olusegun Omoseni


Dr. Tola Overduin

Plastic Surgery

Dr. Margaret Sweet


Dr. Lucy Yang

General Surgery

Dr. Zeeshan Rana

General Surgery

Faculty Needed for Electives

Calling ALL physicians in Cambridge, Elora, Fergus, Guelph, KW and WRC-catchment areas:

Waterloo Regional Campus needs your electives help!

Physician-preceptors are needed to supervise 2-week clinical rotations for pre-clerkship and clerkship from July to December 2024.

*Highest need is for physicians who can be pre-clerkship preceptors for July and August 2024*


Please email WRC REL-Electives, Dr. Lyle Bissonnette bissonnl@mcmaster.ca for more information and click on the button below to sign up.

Sign up here

Resident Awareness Week

From February 5th-9th residents across hospital and clinic sites were shown appreciation from WRC and hospital education admin staff for their year long hard work and commitment to excellent patient care. Gratitude was shown with online campaigns, cookies and many words of support.

From left to right:

Picture 1: PGY2 Sierra Sutcliffe with her preceptors, Dr. Melissa Mills and Dr. Robyn Sambrook at Waterloo West Medical Centre at The Boardwalk

Picture 2: PGY1 Vardhil Gandhi and PGY2 Bella De Blasi with their preceptor, Dr. Matthais Klomfass at Two River FHT in Cambridge

Picture 3: PGY2 Matt McArthur with Heidi Hallman at Vista Medical Group in Fergus

Picture 4: Larysa Soroka, Dr. Kim Moore, PGY1 Amber Macleod and Becky Thom dropping off treats to the office in Wellesley

Pot of Appreciation

All faculty and staff are invited to join the SP Program in celebrating the commitment and vital contribution of simulated patients to medical education and training:

Save the Date:

Date: May 7, 2024

Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 3rd Floor, Waterloo Regional Campus

Tea, refreshments and light fare

*No registration required*


Blast from the Retail Past

The eco conscious, vintage inspired pop up shop retailer, RetroRevive is rolling into WRC for a unique, on campus shopping experience. All faculty, learners and staff welcome to browse and shop.

Date: March 26th, 2024

Time: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: 3rd Floor, Waterloo Regional Campus

*Cash and e-transfer accepted*

Medical Colonialism and Poetry

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the virtual Poetry Month event featuring Shannon Webb-Campbell and Sarah de Leeuw. In a wide-ranging Q&A and poetry reading, faculty assistant clinical professor Shane Neilson will host a discussion with poets Shannon Webb-Campbell and Sarah de Leeuw on colonialism as it is embedded in medical institutions and medical practice.  

Date: April 3, 2024

Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: Virtual

Register Now: eventbrite.ca/e/801551511147

Spring Creating Brave Spaces Series

Session 1: A sim-based faculty development workshop on anti-black racism

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and identify covert and overt anti-black microaggressions.
  • Differentiate situations where calling in or calling out would be more appropriate.
  • Gain one technique in disarming microaggressions.

Date: April 18, 2024

Time: 3-5pm *Time is subject to change

Location: Virtual

Register Now: https://cpd.healthsci.mcmaster.ca/events

Spring Creating Brave Spaces Series

Session 2: A sim-based faculty development workshop on transgender rights

Learning Objectives:

  • Define and identify microaggressions.
  • Identify commonly offered “bad faith” or “straw man” arguments.
  • Gain one technique in disarming microaggresssions.

Date: May 22, 2024

Time: 3-5pm *Time is subject to change

Location: Virtual

Register Now: https://www.xcdsystem.com/mcmasterchse

Faculty Development Event:

Are you interested in learning about and discussing digital health and innovation topics such as AI, virtual care and EMR best practice tools?

Plus join your colleagues for an engaging faculty development event:

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024

Time: 12:30pm-4:00PM

Location: Communitech, EBC Room, 151 Charles St. W Suite 100, Kitchener, ON N2G 1H6

Register now: https://forms.gle/xCb8cv3Chet7rEoj7

Registration closes April 1st, 2024

Recognizing Learning Environment Champions

Has someone made a positive contribution to your learning environment? The Office of Learning Environment and Mistreatment would like to recognize them as a Learning Environment Champion. Nominate anyone associated with your program or with a clinical learning environment such as a learner, faculty, supervisor, preceptor, tutor, resident, fellow, fellow-learner and other trainees, as well as non-physician hospital employees.

Those selected as Learning Environment Champions will receive a letter from your program (PGME, UGME, or PAEP) as well as a commendation pin to acknowledge their outstanding attitude. To nominate someone please click here

Volunteer Physician Member Needed-University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo is seeking a physician member to serve on the Human Research Ethics Board. This member will join a team of faculty and community members responsible for reviewing studies that involve procedures that pose more than minimal risk to participants. This physician member would complement other expertise on the REB and serve an initial term of three years beginning immediately.  

Prior experience on an REB is not required. Previous research or an interest in research is a definite asset. Training and orientation to the REB process and the physician member’s role will be provided by the staff in the research ethics office.  

The Human Research Ethics Board meets monthly, from 10:00 a.m. – noon on the third Thursday of each month (except August). Parking expenses will be reimbursed. There is a financial honorarium associated with this role. 

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact: 

Karen Pieters, MPH Manager, Research Ethics University of Waterloo 519-888-4567 x 41495 kpieters@uwaterloo.ca or

Julie Joza, MPH Director, Research Ethics University of Waterloo 519-888-4567 x 41063 jajoza@uwaterloo.ca

Active Teddy Bear Care:

The Teddy Bear Clinic made three visits this February, once to Kitchener Public Library and twice to The Girl Guides of Canada.

To appreciate the popularity of this clinic you would only have to look at the Kitchener Public Library to understand. As an, "open event" the library sees up to 70 children come through the clinic in a three hour time frame. There is no sign up in advance just an invitation and word of mouth of its success.

What makes The Teddy Bear Clinic a rewarding community service learning activity is educating children about healthcare through play. Medical learners can perform a surgery on a well loved stuffed bear and instantly see children witness the compassion of a physician.

Podcasts and Glam:

Through their work with GlamourGals, on Feb. 24th a group of medical learners visited Chartwell Terrace on the Square Retirement Residence to provide companionship and manicures to residents.

Dr. Brian Goldman from CBC's radio podcast, "White Coat Black Art" was present to interview both the GlamourGals and retirement home residents. He spoke with Harleen Chahal who started this chapter of GlamourGals about how effective the visits are in alleviating elder isolation.

In the podcast, conversations between residents and learners are heard where in spite of their age difference, commonalities are found in family, career aspirations and life stories. To hear the podcast click here

It's In You to Give:

Building, “Canada's biological lifeline” by planning a blood donor clinic is an invaluable investment in healthcare. Last month and with the help of other C2026 learners, Xinye Lu planned a two-day blood donor clinic hosted by Canadian Blood Services.

The behind the scenes planning of a blood donor event is a rewarding Community Service Learning activity for its impact in transfusion and transplantation care. Blood, plasma, stem cells and other components of blood are safely collected and used for those in need. 

Xinye expressed gratitude to all donors for taking time out of their busy schedules to truly give back.

Andrew Costa named Canada Research Chair

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) is a national program that aims to make Canada one of the world's top countries in postsecondary institution research..

Waterloo Regional Campus congratulates Andrew Costa on being named 1 of 8 McMaster Research Chairs. Costa is an associate professor in the department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact. Through his research program Costa will be applying health information and technology to examine the impact infectious disease has on long-term care environments and possible solutions to alleviate this problem.

InQuiry Project Day Winners:

Congratulations to Dr. Olivia Li, Dr. Vanessa Williams, Dr. Helen Vanderkooy, Dr. Isabella De Blasi and Dr. Farah Henry, PGY2 FM Residents on their InQuiry project, "Take a Deep Breath; Improving Environmental Sustainability in Inhaler Prescriptions."

For their incredible research top awards were given including, "Most Likely to Change my Practice" Viewer's Choice Award.

UGME Staff Peer-to-Peer Recognition Award

The UGME Staff Peer-to-Peer Recognition Award has been created to acknowledge staff members (Union only) who have contributed above and beyond the normal expectations of their position. The staff member may be someone employed by the UGME Hamilton office, our Hamilton Clinical Departments, MacCARE, our two regional campuses – Waterloo (WRC) and Niagara (NRC), or FHS Education Services. 

UGME employees from all three campuses are encouraged to nominate a colleague whose exceptional service to students, faculty, and staff has contributed to the efficiency and effectiveness of the program’s operations, and/or the extended UGME staff team relationships and effectiveness. To submit a nomination, please complete the form here and submit to Carrie McLaughlin, UGME Program Manager (interim), by March 31, 2024.

UGME COVID Communication:

Virtual Participation, Absences and Making Up Time Off

Health and Safety:



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