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Simulation Centre Opening

125th anniversary celebrations

New Physician Assistant Education Program

editor’s message Welcome to the newly redesigned Manitoba Medicine. I want to introduce myself as the

editor’s message

Welcome to the newly redesigned Manitoba Medicine. I want to introduce myself as the new editor of Manitoba Medicine and the Faculty of Medicine’s Director of Communications and Marketing. I invite you to comment on Manitoba Medicine’s new format, content or anything else that moves you!

Manitoba Medicine has evolved over the years from a newsletter to a full-fledged magazine. With your input, we can make it the most relevant and informative magazine for Faculty of Medicine alumni, friends, supporters and students.

Our vision is to create a magazine you can relate to – one that provides pertinent information and is also enjoyable to read. I plan to feature more news about our Faculty of Medicine alumni through a new regular section highlighting alumni news. Please e-mail me about what’s new in your life on the career and personal fronts. We’d love to hear about any new books you’ve authored, interesting travels, professional accomplishments and community achievements.

At our recent Faculty of Medicine convocation in the Brodie Centre – where 86 graduates were conferred with their MD degrees – we were fortunate to hear the wise words of our Honorary Doctorate of Science recipient Dr. Hugh Smith (MD/65), a renowned cardiovascular researcher and former CEO of the Mayo Clinic. You can read about him and his great life accomplishments in this issue. Also, you will want to mark your calendars for the

Joe Doupe Lecture on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at Noon in Theatre A, Basic Medical Sciences Building,

featuring a lecture by Dr. Smith on Do We Know What We Know?

As we mark our 125th anniversary this year, it offers an opportunity to look back at our rich history and proud traditions—and also to survey the present and look ahead. This issue, we celebrate the opening of the new Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre, launch of the Alan Klass Memorial Program in Health Equity and the largest medical school class in decades starting in September 2008. We also look ahead to a new northern and remote family medicine residency program, new Physician Assistant Education Program and enhanced new Immunology Department space in the Apotex Centre.

To honour our faculty’s 125th anniversary, we have planned a gala dinner to take place November 1, 2008.

Please see details below and join us in celebrating this

momentous anniversary at a night to remember.


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dean’s message

the university of manitoba faculty of medicine dean’s message It was my privilege to serve as

It was my privilege to serve as a civilian physician working in the Canadian-operated, Role 3 ICU at Kandahar airbase (KAF), Afghanistan for five weeks through the Christmas Season this past year.

Dr. Kevin Patterson, one of our alumni who worked there previously, proposed this opportunity and I was pleased to take part in the program. The experience included a three-day orientation in April 2007, and in November, travel on Forces aircraft via Frankfurt to Camp Mirage in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. From there, we travelled by Hercules aircraft to KAF with the soldiers in “full kit”.

En route, I met the team that I worked with including Dr. Homer Chin-Nan Tien (Captain), Trauma Surgeon; Dr. John MacDonald (Lieut. Commander), Anaesthetist; Dr. Jean Cournoyer (Captain), Orthopedic Surgeon; and Dr. Gilles Guimon (Captain), Orofacial Surgeon. Dr. Randy Boddam (Colonel), Psychiatry and Dr. Terry Ratkowski (Colonel), Orofacial Surgeon joined us at Camp. Working with such a great team made the experience an excellent learning opportunity and, despite what we were faced with on a daily basis, fun.

A second team provided by the Danish Forces included a trauma surgeon, an anaesthetist and an orthopod. Approximately 45 nurses worked there including those from the Canadian, Dutch and Danish military and Canadian civilians.

The ICU in KAF is situated in the Role 3 hospital located just off the taxiway for the major runway, and was well equipped with 10 resuscitation bays, two ORs, two CAT Scans, digital radiography, and a small 14-bed hospital.

We functioned primarily as a resuscitation and stabilization unit to deal with multiple trauma. Once major injuries were surgically treated and the patients were stable, members of NATO Forces were transferred back home via Landstuhl, Germany. We also cared for a large number of the Afghan National Forces as well as a number of Taliban casualties.

The hospital performed approximately 900 procedures in 2007 and admitted approximately 1300 individuals. Ninety-eight per cent of the casualties treated in 2007, who reached the Role 3 Unit, survived their injuries In addition, we saw outpatient consultations in the ambulatory clinic next door, including a spectrum of medical disorders such as hypertension, diabetes and tuberculosis. One patient, who arrived with severe falciparum malaria, provided a considerable challenge, although the patient did well.

This was a fantastic opportunity to learn, not only about the practice of medicine in that area, but how proud we can be of the function of all aspects of our Canadian Forces. Canadian Military physicians and nurses do an outstanding job and have very exciting, widely varied careers.

Civilian physicians working in the ICU in Kandahar supplement the Military physicians and do so on contract.

To maintain my volunteer status, and as an employee of the University, proceeds from my Afghanistan assignment will be dedicated to an endowment at the University

of Manitoba.


Dr. J. Dean Sandham

Dean of Medicine

The MMCF Membership Committee welcomes you !

by: Eric Sigurdson

The MMCF Membership Committee welcomes you ! by: Eric Sigurdson Here is your opportunity to join

Here is your opportunity to join the Manitoba Medical College Foundation (MMCF) in supporting Faculty of Medicine students, the Library and other Faculty of Medicine programs. As summarized in the graph below, the majority of MMCF funds support our students. During the past four years, the Foundation provided about 200 awards to students, with a total value of approximately $225,000.

The MMCF is a direct channel for support of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. The MMCF Board oversees the administration of more than $4 million in assets, with the assistance of professional investment managers. MMCF distributes about $100,000 annually to students in the form of scholarships, grants and bursaries, to the Library and to Medical School campaigns in the form of donations.

Become a member: Membership fees maximize our ability to support students by defraying the administrative costs of running the Foundation.

• Annual Membership fees ($50.00) go directly towards operating costs.

• Lifetime Membership fees ($500.00) work in perpetuity, because these donations are added to an endowment fund. Investment income from the fund is available each year for the area of greatest need.

MMCF Fund alloCations

The MMCF Membership Committee welcomes you ! by: Eric Sigurdson Here is your opportunity to join

Make a donation: Every dollar you donate goes directly to support health-care students, research, and campaigns directly associated with the Faculty of Medicine. We can accept donations of securities. Visit our website for details: faculties/medicine/mmcf . You are able to designate where you wish your donation or bequest to be directed: student support; Library; research; capital campaigns; memoriam for a specific individual. Tax receipts are issued for all donations and membership fee payments.

We invite you to become a member of a very worthy charitable organization and perhaps take a role as a Board Member of the Foundation in the future. Together we can ensure the legacy of caring and compassion established over the generations by physicians, practitioners and researchers.

MMCF Membership Committee: Dr. Eric Sigurdson (MD/74), Dr. Neil Margolis (MD/60),

Dr. Hardy Bock (MD/80).


Contact us at 260 Brodie Centre, 727 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, R3E 3P5. (204) 787-3737. The MMCF response form can be found on page 12 in this issue.

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External Relations on Bannatyne Medicine Staff (left to right):

Barbara Becker, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, Bannatyne Campus; Alexis Jones, Stewardship & Communications Officer; Rossana Tillberg, Development Assistant; Blair Nicholls, Development Officer; and Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, Faculty of Medicine.

Call External Relations on Bannatyne at (204) 997-5615 or email:

Eighty-six graduates in the Medicine Class of 2008 received their medical degrees at Convocation on May 16 at the U of M Brodie Centre.

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HD Hugh Smith Tells Grads:

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Patients will Teach you Benefits of Caring

by: Leah Janzen

University of Manitoba Chancellor William Norrie con- fers an Honorary Doctor of Science on Dr. Hugh Smith as President Emoke Szathmáry looks on.

Dr. Hugh C. Smith, B.Sc. (Med.), MD (Manitoba) was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine convocation May 16 for his dedication to patient care and service, his professional leadership and his academic achievements.

Dr. Smith is a renowned cardiovascular researcher, educator and practitioner who has played a leading role in the growth and development of the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Through diligent pursuit of excellence and dedication to his field, Dr. Smith has also helped improve the lives of countless patients and students in the areas of internal medicine and cardiology.

Graduating with his MD from the University of Manitoba in 1965, Dr. Smith moved on to the University of Washington and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine to undertake cardiovascular research and clinical training. Today, he is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiology and is professor of internal medicine and cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Dr. Smith joined the Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most influential medical organizations, in 1970. There he has held a series of positions, most notably Chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors, serving as Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2005. He has also served

Eighty-six graduates in the Medicine Class of 2008 received their medical degrees at Convocation on May

as the chair of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, vice-president of the Mayo Foundation and has been a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees.

Dr. Smith was instrumental in ensuring the expertise of physicians and researchers at the Mayo Clinic is within reach of as many patients as possible by helping found the Mayo Health System, the Mayo Clinic’s regional system of clinics and hospitals in 64 communities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. Dr. Smith also established the Mayo Clinic’s first international practice site, the Mayo Cardiology Clinic in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Prompted by a desire to improve the quality and safety of health care through standardized care and reporting, Dr. Smith helped found two Minnesota organizations: the Institute of Clinical Systems Integration and Safest in America, involving 10 Twin Cities and Rochester hospital systems. Dr. Smith also leads a number of health care and community organizations.

Dr. Smith was elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences in 2002. He credits his education at the University of Manitoba for instilling in him an appreciation for hard work and critical thinking. “U of M was an exciting institution during my years here. I had outstanding mentors in Drs. Joe Doupe, Rueben Cherniak, Ted Cuddy, Arnold Naimark and Lyonel Israels. They taught me the art and science of medicine,” Dr. Smith said in his convocation address. “I took my residency training in the US and was well prepared to compete with students from Harvard and Yale.”

Smith recounted the story of a patient that inspired him and shared with the Medical School graduates how exhilarating it is to take on new challenges and learn new procedures and skills and succeed. He encouraged the new physicians to “Continue with lifelong learning and enjoying

medicine as much as I. Patients will help you fully realize

the rewards and benefits of caring for others.”


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Is There a Doctor in the House?

Largest Med School Class in Decades

by: Ilana Simon

The number of students entering the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine will jump from 100 to 110 this fall, the University and Province announced February 5, 2008.

“My department of Advanced Education and Literacy has committed $3 million to this 10 seat expansion that will ensure the health of our people and create educational opportunities for Manitobans,” said Advanced Education and Literacy Minister Diane McGifford.

Since 1999, the medical school has grown from 70 to 110 seats, representing a 57 per cent increase in the number of students admitted to the faculty.

“This announcement reflects our strong commitment to the health- care needs of Manitobans. With these additional 10 seats, we are continuing to add to the growing number of physicians practicing in Manitoba.” said Health Minister Theresa Oswald. “Investing in front-line health-care professionals is part of our

continuing commitment to improving the quality and access to our health- care system for all Manitobans.”

Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, said his faculty is

proud to partner with the Province of Manitoba to enhance medical training and education in this province. “It’s wonderful news and the additional spaces address the challenges of today’s health-care system and will positively impact patient care in

Manitoba,” he said.


Buzz on Bannatyne: Oldest Immunology Department in Canada Moves to New Digs

by: Ilana Simon

The Faculty of Medicine’s Immunology Department will be expanded and enhanced thanks to a $1.6-million contribution through the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement announced Feb. 29, 2008.

All three levels of government supported the new research laboratory and teaching facility to open this fall on the fourth floor of the new Apotex Centre, located on the Bannatyne Campus.

“This new facility will encourage greater co-operation with the University and the life sciences community including the National Microbiology Lab, Cangene Corporation, Manitoba Institute of Child Health and Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology. And this will lead to new technological advancements and commercially viable products,” said theHonourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board. “The Government of Canada is proud to partner with colleges and universities, industry and other governments to find new ways to promote technologies and train tomorrow’s workforce.”

The Immunology Department has outgrown its current location in the Basic Medical Sciences Building. “This new research space will bolster the university’s immunology program by expanding its research

endeavours and collaborations and attracting, retaining and training the best and the brightest research and medical professionals to support the burgeoning immunology and infectious disease research cluster in Manitoba,” said Dr. Patrick Choy, Acting Head of Immunology and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine.

He also acknowledged the vast contributions of Dr. Kent HayGlass, who recently stepped down after 10 years as department head and was instrumental in developing thedepartment as a national and international leader in research and seeing the new space become a reality. Established in 1969, the Department of Immunology is credited as the first immunology department in Canada. Since then the U of M has served as a leader in this field on a national and global scale. A centre of academic excellence, department faculty hold two prestigious Canada research chair appointments and other direct personnel awards from national and provincial sources. Support for research in the department from Canada’s research granting agencies and

other sources is over six million dollars.


Dr. Redwan Moqbel has accepted the appointment as the new Head of the Department of Immunology, effective October 1, 2008.

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Northern Exposure: New Family Medicine Residency Program Attracts Physicians

A new incentive program will improv access to physicians in northern communities while boosting specialized residency training opportunities for new doctors, the Province and Faculty of Medicine announced April 15, 2008.

“There are 235 more doctors working in Manitoba today than when our government took office and we are committed to ensuring that number continues to rise,” Health Minister Theresa Oswald said. “We will continue to invest in innovative strategies to ensure the number of doctors living and working in Manitoba keeps going up.”

Beginning this fall, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine will offer a two-year northern and remote Family Medicine-streamed residency program. Under the unique program, new physicians must return a minimum two years of service to a northern Manitoba community where there is a need for their service.

In return, they will be guaranteed a residency position in the specialty of their choice at the University of Manitoba. The initiative will cost $1.5 million per year, funded by the province.

“This is the quickest, most effective way to get more feet on the ground in remote and northern communities and to provide excellent education and service,” said Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. “Ultimately, this approach will ensure more doctors remain living and working in all areas of the province.”

Dean Sandham added that the new strategy will help keep more highly-skilled doctors in the province in the context of a nationwide challenge to recruit and retain medical professionals.

The new program will begin this fall with up to two positions, expanding to 10 positions

per year starting in 2009-10.


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Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced new Northern & Remote Family Medicine Streamed Residency Program at Brodie Centre.

Other initiatives announced April 15 by the Province:

Increased provincial support of up to $500,000 per year to ensure more Manitoba- trained medical school graduates – up to five each year to be selected by the faculty of medicine based on the university’s acceptance criteria – will be able to pursue a residency here at home if they do not secure a provincial residency spot through the national Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

An additional $2 million to bring more foreign-trained doctors to Manitoba. The new provincial investment will increase the number of seats available in the International Medical Graduates Medical Licensure Program to 35 from 25.

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simulate one


by: ilana simon


photos: wayne foster

Attending a cardiac arrest. Performing an endoscopy. Delivering a breech baby. Dealing with a shotgun victim. All in a day’s work or study at the new Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility where simulated patients in a hospital ward-like setting provide students and health-care practitioners an unprecedented opportunity for hands-on learning and training.

Opened by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Province of Manitoba on April 11, 2008, the centre is one of Canada’s most comprehensive simulation teaching facilities.

Hundreds of faculty and staff, donors, friends, alumni, WRHA employees and supporters toured the CLSF at the grand opening – seeing first-hand inter-disciplinary health-care teams treat a cardiac arrest on a robotic mannequin; trying out haptic simulation techniques like performing a colonoscopy; and observing students enacting realistic medical scenarios with Standardized Patients (actors.) The Faculty of Medicine, in collaboration with WRHA, will operate the new $4.6-million, 11,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility.

“The Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility will transform how Manitoba’s health professions are prepared to deal with real patients and

medical emergencies. Realistic simulation training will strengthen communication and clinical skills of students and ensure more confident, experienced practitioners,” said Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

Dr. Brian Postl, President and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority said the new centre is a huge step forward in terms of both education and patient safety. “This will allow students to practice the skills they need to develop before actually using them on patients. It is the way of the future.”

Funding for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility (CLSF) included $1 million each from the WRHA, Province of Manitoba and Faculty of Medicine; and $1.6 million from donors, students and alumni.

The CLSF promotes simulation education and training using life-like robotic mannequins for students and postgraduate students in Medicine, School of Medical

University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emoke Szathmáry; the Honourable Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mines; Kam Birdi, senior stick of the Manitoba Medical Students’ Association; the Honourable Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Health; President and CEO of the Winnipeg Health Region Dr. Brian Postl; and University of Manitoba Dean of Medicine Dr. J. Dean Sandham.

Ribbon cutting ceremony (or surgical tubing cutting ceremony, if you will) at CLSF opening event. From left:

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University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emoke Szathmáry; the Honourable Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of

Rehabilitation, Pharmacy and Nursing; clinicians, physicians and faculty members; and WRHA health teams and emergency medical service personnel.

Four large examination rooms are equipped with robotic headboards and elevated observation rooms which allow instructors to manipulate various medical scenarios or traumas.

Like a hospital, all of the CLSF’s 17 multipurpose examination rooms are equipped with a diagnostic headwall featuring blood pressure cuffs, otoscope, thermometer, medical gas columns, heart-rate monitors and intravenous carts. And the “patients” populating this health centre – two adults, a birthing mother, an infant and a child — are all anatomically correct robotic mannequins who can breathe and have pulses and reflexes. Some also talk!

The CLSF is already being used for examinations, clinical assessments, training sessions, Standardized Patient medical scenarios and continuing medical education. It is ideal for training or retraining sessions, new instruction, student exams, group exercises and evaluations.

“The CLSF provides a beautiful new home for existing programs but also holds great promise for developing novel ones,” said Dr. Andrew MacDiarmid, head of the Department of Medical Education. “We encourage faculty to contact us if they are interested in touring the facility or using it for new courses.”

Each room is also equipped with high-fidelity video cameras with real-time playback capability to facilitate evaluations and debriefing -central to the simulation

teaching style.


For more information about booking the CLSF, please call 272-3070.

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Teaching the Teachers

by: Alexis Jones

From standardized patients, task trainers and high-fidelity human simulators, the CLSF provides new ways to teach medical students. It is through the newly established Mindermar Professorship in Human Simulation that these teaching tools will be incorporated into educational programs.

Created through a $1-million dollar gift from the Rady Family Foundation, Mindel Olenick and Marjorie and Morley

Blankstein, the Mindermar Professorship in Human Simulation will provide leadership in the area of medical education through human simulation.

The appointee of the Mindermar Professorship will be involved in the development, evaluation and research of educational programs utilizing human simulators and standardized patients.


Mindermar Professorship was created by generous $1-million donation from the Rady Family Founda- tion, Morley and Marjorie Blankstein (pictured left and right) and Mindel Olenick (pictured centre.) Photo by Renée Barclay.

University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emoke Szathmáry; the Honourable Jim Rondeau, Manitoba Minister of

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CLSF and Standardized Patient staff members in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Clinical Learning & Simulation Facility, located in the basement of Brodie Centre.

Front row (left to right): Standardized Patient co- ordinators Holly Harris, Tim Webser and Lezlie Brooks; back row (left to right): Nonato Nitafan, CLSF IT support, Kathy Harlos, Office Manager, Cathy MacDonald, office assistant, Ed Walker, CLSF IT support.

The Art of Innocence:

Children in Medicine

Art and medicine come together at the University of Manitoba Medical Art Show

by: Ilana Simon

Students in the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine expressed the humanistic side of medicine through art at the 7th annual Medical Art Show focusing on the theme The Art of Innocence: Children in Medicine held in February 2008.

The exhibit featured poetry, sculpture, painting, sketch and photography – including a powerful collage by a medical student about her own experiences as a child with an illness.

“Children perceive caregivers differently… how will we as physicians demonstrate care, empathy, compassion to children and reach out as clinicians?” asked senior co-ordinator Laura Kravetsky, Med II student:

The goal of the art show is to give medical students an opportunity to explore the humanistic and caring aspects of medicine, added senior co-ordinator Deanna Klassen, Med II student. “We are cognizant that our responsibility as doctors is not just about diagnosing and treating the illness or disease, but treating the patient as a whole. It’s an important part of practicing our profession.”

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Medical students participating in the art show gained insight into the issues faced by pediatric patients, their families and health care professionals treating patients. Interpretations of the theme ranged from how children react to illness to how parents and families feel at time of diagnosis.

Inspiration for their original art works came from learning about how the Children’s Hospital Child Life Department helps children deal with hospitalization and meeting photographer Keith Levit regarding capturing images of children in art.

Future doctors and health-care professionals must

demonstrate competence, compassion, and a high level of consistent quality care to children. Through art, the students were able to explore the emotional, physical

and spiritual impact of illness on children.


left to right: Dr. Xiao, Magda Drewniak, Sarah Freed- man, Jolene Fisher, Greg Reimer, Dr. Feng at a Chinese medical centre in Shantou.

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left to right: Dr. Xiao, Magda Drewniak, Sarah Freed- man, Jolene Fisher, Greg Reimer, Dr. Feng

East Meets West

Husky Energy Medical Exchange Program Opens Eyes

by: Ilana Simon

What Magda Drewniak (MD/08) will remember most about her remarkable exchange program with Shantou University in China last March is how east meets west in the practice of medicine.

Both Freedman and Drewniak acknowledge that the experience broadened their perspectives on health-care delivery and on their own medical education.

“The way we are taught medicine is not universal – evidence- based medicine is very North American,” explains Drewniak. “It forces you to think outside the Western box.”

Freedman says it’s important to recognize the many different ways to approach and view health-care delivery and to learn from the Chinese system.

“In China, medical care operates from a more holistic approach that is patient-centred,” Drewniak notes. “You look at all parts and the interaction between the patient and his or her environment.”

In addition to student exchanges, the Husky Energy Medical Exchange Program also supports faculty and researcher exchanges between University of Manitoba and Chinese universities. Last December, John C.S. Lau, President and CEO of Husky Energy announced a $1-million endowed gift, doubling the size of the university’s medical student and faculty exchange program with partnering Chinese universities which was originally supported by a $1-million gift from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

“We visited a community hospital and saw how traditional medicine was integrated in the hospital and patients are treated with both traditional and western medicines. It was eye opening,” said Drewniak, one of four University of Manitoba medical students who participated in this year’s Husky Energy Medical Exchange Program. The global exchange program gives four Manitoban and four Chinese students an opportunity to spend three to eight weeks experiencing each other’s country and learning hands-on about medical and patient care.

“We also visited a traditional Chinese medical pharmacy and sat in on a traditional Chinese medical clinic where they performed cupping, moxibustion (burning of an herb on specific acupuncture points) and massage,” she said.

Drewniak, Sarah Freedman (MD/08), Greg Reimer (MD/08) and Jolene Fisher (MD/08) completed one of their fourth- year electives at Shantou University Medical College located in the city of Shantou, Guangdong province, China.

For Freedman, about to start her residency program in pediatrics at UBC, the experience was invaluable. “I gained greater cultural awareness of traditional Chinese medicine and respect for where different immigrant groups are coming from,” she said, adding, she was also exposed to different ways to treat children like treating children with cerebral palsy and autism with acupuncture and massage.

Dr. Patrick Choy, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine lauded Husky and its President for their generosity and foresight. “We are building important cross-cultural connections between Manitoba and China. The Husky Energy Medical Exchange Program is already reaping many academic and research benefits as our students and faculty members gain exceptional global experience in medical education and patient care in China,” he said.

Drewniak, about to embark on her residency program in internal medicine at Dalhousie University, values what she took away from the exchange program: “It’s important to experience different cultures and different ways of medicine so you keep an open mind when approaching patients. It was a complete honour to represent our school and our university and I am very grateful for the support from Husky—it’s immeasurable.”

While students had a chance during their stay to visit Beijing, the Great Wall of China and Hong Kong, living in Shantou provided an opportunity to live in a part of China off the tourist track.

“It was an amazing experience and all of us are very appreciative of it and thank Husky for the opportunity. We

will take our experiences with us as we go off on different directions in our medical careers, and always remember

what we saw and learned in China,” said Freedman.


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donor news

Giving Back: Health Equity Lives on in Alan Klass Memorial Program

by: Alexis Jones

The life and work of Dr. Alan Klass (MD/ 32) leave a lasting legacy at the University of Manitoba with the launch of the Alan Klass Memorial Program in Health Equity April 4 and 5, 2008. The launch included a donor recognition reception as well as a day-long professional development series for students, residents and faculty.

This new initiative aims to provide all graduates of the University of Manitoba’s Medical School with the capacity to ensure that access to health care is the same for all who turn to them as physicians and that the quality of services offered is the best available.

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Dr. Daniel Klass spoke at the launch of the Alan Klass Memorial Program for Health Equity.

“My dad was a strong example and proponent of medical professionalism, putting the interests of the patient first and being socially accountable”, says Dr. Daniel Klass (BA/63, B.Sc.Med and MD/67), of his father Alan Klass.

The program was established by the family of Alan Klass. Daniel and his sister Baillie Jean Tolkien (BA/62) took the cause to the Tolkien Trust, a charitable foundation established by the family of the late JRR Tolkien.

“I am very proud and delighted in the program coming together. I have to thank the Tolkien Trust for contributing to the program and the University for being so open to it,” says Klass.

The undergraduate medical education program will focus on several targeted areas: Aboriginal health, disability health, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender health, inner-city health, international health, refugee/immigrant health, and women’s health. Students will learn about the sociological and biological factors that contribute to disparities in health care.

“The program is designed to provide students with direct experiences in helping those who are stigmatized in one way or another,” Klass explains.

The generosity of the Klass family and the Tolkien Trust follows in the footsteps of Dr. Alan Klass, who gave back to his alma mater and to his community throughout his life.

“He came from a large immigrant family that was not well off by any means,” Klass says. “He experienced the benefits of a supportive family and community. He felt an obligation to give back.”

And just as Dr. Alan Klass will be remembered for his outstanding work as a surgeon and teacher, his advocacy

and passion for providing medical care to all will also be remembered through the Alan Klass Memorial Program

in Health Equity.


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Grad to Donate Family Farm to Medicine Students

An innovative gift of real estate will see a farm in Saskatchewan help fund future doctors.

by: Beth Proven, Advancement Services

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Dr. John Downey bequeathed family farm to support Aboriginal medical students.

Dr. John A. Downey (MD/54) who grew up on a farm near Nokomis, Saskatchewan, has left his family’s farm to his medical school in his will as a way of showing his gratitude for the medical education he received at the University of Manitoba.

This gift, once realized, will add to a $50,000 endowment fund – set up by Dr. Downey with contributions from family and friends – that supports the Victoria & J. Stuart Downey Entrance Scholarship in Medicine in honour of his parents. The scholarship will support Aboriginal students entering the Faculty of Medicine.

“Coming from a rural area, I know the challenges one faces when going to university,” says Dr. Downey. “This scholarship will help encourage Aboriginal students who may face similar challenges as they pursue their medical education.”

Canada’s Aboriginal population is growing at a rate faster than the general population, which makes access to education provided by the Victoria & J. Stuart Downey

Entrance Scholarship in Medicine very important. This award adds to the university’s ability to provide Aboriginal students with programs to support them in their success.

The gift is symbolic as well. “My roots are on that farm, and by giving this gift I’m sort of transferring that over to the University of Manitoba which will then transfer it to the students,” says Dr. Downey.

Now a doctor in New York City, Dr. Downey graduated from the University of Manitoba with his MD and B.Sc. (Med) in 1954. He interned at the University of British Columbia and at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in the area of Rehabilitation Medicine. He spent two years in Internal Medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital at Harvard University and completed his D.Phil. at Christ Church Oxford. Ultimately Dr. Downey became the Simon Baruch Professor and Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical

Centre in New York, where he is Professor Emeritus.


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news briefs

School’s in

Faculty’s Mini Medical School Demystifies Health Issues

by: Ilana Simon

More than 100 “med students” of all ages had a chance to learn first-hand about today’s hottest health issues from Faculty of Medicine professors and researchers at the innovative Mini Medical School held in March and April.

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine joined numerous medical schools across the country with its launch of Mini Medical School, a series of lectures aimed at increasing awareness and understanding among the public of the scientific principles behind many of today’s emerging medical issues.

While no prior scientific or medical background was required, the level of information presented on topics such as allergies, depression, obesity and heart health was similar to introductory medical school classes. Two lectures were presented each evening followed by a question and answer session. Lecture notes were also provided.

“Mini Medical School gave members of the public an inside view of medical issues that went beyond your average public lecture,” said Dr. Giselle Bourgeouis-Law, Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education. “Participants became very engaged and were excited by the level of learning offered through Mini Med School.”

Feedback, collected at the end of each lecture, was extremely positive with participants stating that they gained an understanding of complex health issues and enjoyed student-professor interaction. On the final evening, students received a “diploma” signed by Dr. J. Dean Sandham, Dean of Medicine attesting to their completion of Mini Medical School. Cost for the six evenings was $125.00 with a special rate of $75 for students and seniors over 65; and a fee of $30 to attend a single lecture.

“Mini Medical Schools are one way universities and faculties of medicine are reaching out to the wider community,” said Dr. Bourgeious-Law. “Perhaps just

as importantly, they have been shown to be fun, informative and memorable

for all involved.”


The Faculty will present another Mini Medical March 11 – April 22, 2008 – with different “curriculum” to be presented. For more information, check the Mini Med School website at

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School of Medical Rehabilitation student referendum group leaders at a reception in March. Pictured (left to right): Jenneth Swinamer, Physical Therapy Department Head; University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Emoke Szathmáry; Kristine Christoph, Respiratory Therapy Year 3 student; Diane McGifford, Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy; Dr. Emily Etcheverry, Director, School of Medical Rehabilitation; Donna Collins, Occupational Therapy Department Head; Jenna Faurschou, Occupational Therapy Year 2 student; and Jesse Dziad, Occupational Therapy Year 1 student

The School of Medical Rehabilitation will hold a Homecoming reception for the SMR classes of ’63, ’68, ‘73, ‘78, ‘83, ‘88, ‘93, ‘98 and ‘03 on Friday, September 12 at 7:00 pm in the Brodie Centre atrium.

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University of Manitoba Leader:

New Physician Assistant Education Program

Meets Health-care Needs

by: Ilana Simon

The University of Manitoba faculties of Medicine and Graduate Studies will launch Canada’s first university- based Physician Assistant Education Program (PAEP) in September 2008, a graduate-level education program leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

The innovative education program for physician assistants is supported by the Province of Manitoba. Until now, the only Canadian Medical Association-accredited physician assistant training program has been through the Canadian Forces.

The Faculty of Medicine’s new Office of Physician Assistant Studies has been inundated with inquires by hundreds of prospective applicants since the program was officially announced this spring.

“The U of M is proud to be Canadian leaders in the education of physician assistants,” said Dr. Wil Fleisher, Associate Dean, Office of Medical Education. “The collaboration of physician assistants with members of an inter-disciplinary health team will result in increased patient satisfaction and patient care, and be part of a comprehensive approach to address our province’s growing medical and health-care needs for the future.”

Physician Assistants are highly skilled health-care professionals who work under the supervision of a physician in a variety of health-care setting from emergency to primary care to sub-specialty sites.

As part of an inter-professional health team, PAs can perform a spectrum of duties including conducting physical examinations, ordering diagnostic tests, providing therapeutic procedures, and prescribing medications when indicated.

Up to 12 candidates will be accepted each year for entrance in to the two-year full-time program. Criteria for applicants include a four-year undergraduate degree, a background in the health sciences and a minimum of one year (2000 hours) of direct patient contact in a health-care field.

During the first year, students will engage in a formal didactic/seminar-based learning process, while year

two will focus on clinical-based training.


The PAEP application deadline for the inaugural September 2008 beginning of this graduate program was June 1, 2008. For more information about the program, contact the Office of Physician Assistant Studies at: or telephone (204) 272-3065.

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faculty awards

  • Dr. Francis Plummer, OC, MD, LLD, FRCPC, FRSC one of the world’s foremost HIV/AIDS researchers, was
    Clinical Research. The University of Manitoba researcher received the prestigious Michael Smith Prize in Health Research at an awards banquet in Ottawa last November.

named Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year in the field of Biomedical and

Dr. Plummer is a University of Manitoba Distinguished Professor of medical microbiology and Canada Research Chair in Resistance and Susceptibility to Infections. He is also the Senior Scientific Advisor of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Director General of the Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control in Ottawa, and Scientific Director General of the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

Additionally, the Winnipeg Chapter of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presented the prestigious Scopus Award to Dr. Plummer at its Celebration of Global Research gala dinner on May 14, 2008 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

The Scopus Award is the highest honour conferred by the Friends on behalf of the Hebrew University. The Friends and the University recognized Dr. Plummer as an outstanding community leader for his active involvement in humanitarian causes of local, national, and international scale.

Dr. Evelyn Shapiro was named to the Order of Manitoba for her instrumental
role in the development of Canada’s first province-wide homecare program. With demographics showing a particularly large number of people joining the ranks of the elderly over the next few years, Dr. Shapiro’s research into the need for cost-effective, patient-centred care will continue to be an invaluable tool for policy makers.

Many U of M students have benefited from Dr. Shapiro’s work as a senior scholar and professor.

  • Dr. Estelle Simons received the World Allergy Organization’s scientific
    achievement award “in recognition of outstanding scientific contributions in allergy and immunology which have aided clinicians around the world to treat patients more effectively.” Dr. Simons is a professor in the department of pediatrics and child health and in the department of immunology at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Daniel S. Sitar has been appointed the first Canadian Editor of the Journal
of Clinical Pharmacology. The appoint- ment was recently announced by the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Sitar will also become the publication’s first non-physician editor.

Dr. Sitar is professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Concurrently, he is professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology section; the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health in the faculty of pharmacy. He also is research affiliate with the university’s Centre on Aging.

Mr. Dallas J. Legare, Department of Pharmacology, was presented with the
President’s Award of Excellence at Medicine Convocation. The President’s Award celebrates the exceptional contributions of support staff during their careers at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Legare joined the University of Manitoba in July 1984 as head research technologist with the newly formed Hepatorenal Research Unit. Over the past 23 years, he has been an active mentor and support to junior technologists, graduate students and visiting scientists.

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alumni news

An Acute Case of Class Spirit

by: Renée Barclay, Advancement Services

With its class spirit alive and well, the Medicine class of 1967 has established a campaign to raise $100,000 for an endowment fund to support bursaries for future medical students. “We have had a few really strong class reunions and many of us reflected fondly on our time at the University of Manitoba,” says Edna Becker (MD/67), chair of the fundraising committee.

“People felt that the U of M had given them a good start in the world and we should pay it back if we can,” says Becker, who herself is a

longstanding supporter of the university, contributing to various projects over the years.

The Medicine class of 67 campaign committee – Paul Mitenko (MD/67), Norm Bell (MD/67), Joe Bocklage (MD/67) and Merv Kroeker (MD/67) – has had an excellent response from their classmates and to date has raised $70,000 toward its goal.

“I think many of the class felt that the amount of money we could raise would make a difference to students, recognizing the

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The Faculty of Medicine class of 1967 celebrated its 40th reunion last year in British Columbia and is well on its way towards raising $100,000 for bursaries.

financial challenge that many students face in medicine,” says Becker.

Barbara Becker, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, Bannatyne Campus, notes that class gifts offer an ideal opportunity for alumni to recognize the

role their alma mater has played in their lives.

“Establishing a class gift at a reunion is a way for alumni to give back to the university that has shaped their careers, and help future medical students,”

she says.


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Alumnus Receives Top AGA Award

The 2008 Julius Friedenwald Medal, the American Gastroenterological Association’s (AGA) highest honour, was presented to Martin Brotman, MD, AGAF, president and chief executive officer of California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. This award, presented annually since 1941, recognizes a physician for lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology.

Dr. Brotman (MD/62) has provided his expertise to several medical organizations, including service as president and numerous other appointments for the AGA and AGA Institute, founding chairman of The Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, and chair of the Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology for the

American Board of Internal Medicine. In all, Dr. Brotman has been recognized with nearly 20 achievement awards. Since 1967, his medical career has taken

root in San Francisco, and he has served as president and chief executive officer of California Pacific Medical Center since

  • 1995. He has devoted himself to his

organization in many capacities, including as chairman of the department of medicine, director of medical services for the inflammatory disease center, director of the division of education and chief of the division of gastroenterology.

Dr. Brotman has also served the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

for 41 years, currently as a clinical professor

of medicine.


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We extend our condolences to all family and friends of our University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine alumni and colleagues who have recently passed away.

Dr. Daniel Egil Bergsagel, CM, MD, D.Phil.

(April 25, 1925 – October 20, 2007)

Dr. Daniel E. Bergsagel attended Outlook College and Camrose Lutheran College before obtaining his medical degree from the University of Manitoba in 1949. After pursuing his training in internal medicine and hematology under Dr. Max Wintrobe at the University of Utah, he completed his D.Phil. at Oxford University.

He began his career in hematology at the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, becoming a pioneer in medical oncology, and world renowned for developing the first effective treatment for multiple myeloma. He was physician-in-chief at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto from 1964 to 1991. He remained active in myeloma research even in retirement. He was an Emeritus Professor of the University of Toronto and Member of the Order of Canada.

Danny loved his work but was also a ‘bon vivant’ and equally loved to entertain, sing, travel and visit family and friends. All memorial gifts in Danny’s name were directed to the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation. Images of his life can be seen, and notes and comments shared at www.daniel_bergsagel.

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Dr. Lawrence Redmond Coke, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP

(June 12, 1913 - February 9, 2008)

From his early years, Dr. Laurie R. Coke’s goal in life was to be a doctor, like his father, caring for Manitobans, and to have a family. He prevailed in this endeavour and received his MD degree with honours from the University of Manitoba Medical College at age 21 and after a year of internship, graduated in 1936.

He studied Cardiology under the supervision of Sir John Parkinson at The London Hospital. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1939. He enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and served as medical officer with the Suffolk Regiment before becoming an officer with Number 6 Commando Unit. Laurie served with distinction and received special mention in the official history of the British Commandos, The Green Beret.

At the end of the war, he returned to Winnipeg to join the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba as an Associate Professor. After completing additional training in Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Laurie began work as an attending physician at St Boniface Hospital, acting as Director of Outpatient Services and helped create its first Heart Clinic.

He participated actively in local medical associations, the American College of Physicians, held a life membership as a Fellow Emeritus in the American College of Chest Physicians, was a member of the Medical Council of Canada and was a founding member of the Manitoba Heart Foundation. Throughout his life, Laurie maintained a busy private practice at the Medical Arts Building until he retired at age 82. He

respected his colleagues and all who devoted their skills and expertise to the care of the ill, both in hospital and at home. He enjoyed the many successes of his students. He freely gave his patients and their families his care and support in any way possible to alleviate their illness and improve their lives.

Memorial gifts were directed to the Deer Lodge Hospital or a charity of choice.

Dr. Duncan Eben Govan, MD, PhD

(1923 – November 30, 2007)

Dr. Duncan Govan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1923. His university career began in 1941 at the University of Manitoba and eventuated with his MD in 1948, following a required year of internship. He spent three additional years at the University of Manitoba, two in general surgery and one in Gynecology. He entered the urology residency program at the University of Chicago (1951-54).

Duncan joined Dr. Thomas Stamey and the new Stanford University School of Medicine in 1961. Duncan took on pediatric urology, neurogenic bladder problems, general urology and most of the cancer problems. Neurogenic bladder dysfunction in adults and children was an area of great interest to Dr. Govan and led to some of the earliest literature on urodynamics in adults and children.

Duncan was always heavily involved with medical student teaching and he originated several programs of importance to the School, the Division and to the residency programs at UCSF, UC Davis and in addition to the Army and Navy urology programs. He received several Kaiser Awards for teaching and he was the recipient of the Alvin C. Rambar Award for Excellence in Patient Care (1993).

Duncan became Professor Emeritus in 1988 at Stanford University, but continued with patient care until 1993. While Duncan was Deputy Chief of Staff in 1992, he helped organize a Free Medical Clinic in East Palo Alto sponsored by local Rotary Clubs. He was Medical Director of this clinic which serves people who have no access to medical care. It is run entirely by volunteer physicians and nurses in addition to a host of Stanford undergraduate students.

Dr. Max Minuck, MD

(May 5, 1921 – November 7, 2007)

Dr. Max Minuck graduated from the University of Manitoba Medical School in 1946. For the next three and one half years he practiced general medicine in Lafleche, Saskatchewan. Upon his return to Winnipeg, in January 1951, he took up residency in Anesthesia at the St. Boniface General Hospital. He remained as Head of the Section of Anesthesia until 1976. During this time he led a successful campaign to have Anesthesia become a separate and independent department both at the University of Manitoba Medical School and at the Hospital.

In 1973, Max became a full-time, tenured Professor of Anesthesia with the University of Manitoba which enabled him to fulfill his desire to pass on his extensive knowledge to future

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Anesthesiologists. He published many professional articles mostly relating to the use of drugs in the management of cardiac arrest. Throughout his career he was active in anesthesia politics and became President of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society in 1968.

In 1976 Max moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he continued to practice anesthesia until his retirement in 1991. Memorial gifts in Max’s memory were directed to the University of Manitoba; to The Max Minuck MD Family Trust Fund at the Health Sciences Library, 770 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, or to a charity of choice.

the university of manitoba faculty of medicine Anesthesiologists. He published many professional articles mostly relating to

Dr. Carl Pinksy, PhD Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba

(1928 - May 29, 2008)

Dr. Carl Pinsky died on May 29, 2008 after several years of failing health. He was 80 years old. Carl came to Manitoba as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. George Frank, for five years was supported by an MRC Scholarship, and was appointed Assistant Professor in 1962 during the headship of Dr. Mark Nickerson. This was a period in which Carl was privileged to participate in the development of a centre of pharmacology that became highly regarded for both its research and scholastic excellence. He achieved the academic rank of Professor in 1978.

Carl’s beginnings were in the field of biomedical engineering. His undergraduate specialties were physics and mathematics. He became a research assistant for Dr. B.D. Burns, a neurophysi- ologist at McGill University, in an era when evolution of electronic equipment for neurological research was in its infancy. Most of the equipment required for those studies had to be built from scratch, calibrated, maintained, and in perfect operating condition during the experiments. While at the University of Manitoba, his attention to detail in the preparation and use of instrumentation for his brain-neuron studies is legendary. Recognizing Carl’s sense of responsibility and constant aim for perfection in his instrumentation, one can only imagine the time and pains he took , on a daily basis, to meet the needs of Dr. Burns’ research program. Carl obtained his M.Sc. and PhD in Physiology at McGill University.

Carl was Founding President, Montreal Chapter on Biomedical Instrumentation, of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 1960, a technological consultant in medical electronic instrumentation to biomedical investigators in the Montreal area and advisor on instrumentation technology during construction of the MacIntyre Medical Sciences Building at McGill University. His teaching duties have included major responsibilities in laboratory and didactic instruction on biomedical instrumentation and medical electronics, both at McGill University and the University of Manitoba.

Carl was a gentle man with calm demeanor and was perpetually optimistic. He was never heard to say a harsh word about anyone. He could never say no and often found himself immersed in administrative and teaching duties above and beyond what was normally expected. He had a passion for science and learning and for encouraging others, particularly students, to enjoy the journey.

Dr. Stephen S. Toni MD/36 – February 2, 2008

at Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Peter Oswald Lehmann MD/37 – July 19, 2007

at Vancouver, BC

Dr. Charles Rennie MD/40 – August 17, 2007 Dr. W. H. Sparling East MD/41 – June 23, 2007 at Fernie, BC Dr. Margaret C. Chambers MD/43 – November 11, 2007 Dr. George D. Barnett MD/44 – December 28, 2007 Dr. John D. Stevenson MD/45 – August 31, 2007 at West

Vancouver, BC

Dr. Michael Paul Barry MD/48 – August 22, 2007

at Montreal, QC

Dr. J.K. Clokie MD/48 – May 22, 2007 at West Vancouver, BC

Dr. James Peter Enns MD/48 – January 19, 2008 Dr. Nancy Gemmell MD/48 – January 12, 2008

at Courteray, BC

Dr. Hugh R. MacPhail MD/48 – December 20, 2007

Dr. Leslie J. Cera MD/49 – January 18, 2008 at Toronto, ON

Dr. Peter James Shelton MD/50 – September 18, 2007

at Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Clara Jean McFarlane MD/51 – December 16, 2007

at Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Edward H. Waugh MD/51 – April 18, 2007 at Sarnia, ON

Dr. William C. Meredith MD/55 – October 18, 2007

at Grand Forks, ND

Dr. Henry D. Hildebrand MD/56 – February 13, 2008

at Vancouver, BC

Dr. Walter Knickerbocker MD/57 – October 26, 2007

at Vancouver, BC

Dr. Katrina P. Nagy MD/59 – November 23, 2007

at Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Lawrence F. Werboski MD/78 – July 17, 2007

at Burlington, ON

Dr. Jennifer Gwen Siemens MD/93 – May 2, 2008

at Winnipeg, MB



Calling all Faculty of Medicine Alumni!

Reconnect with fellow classmates, old friends and your alma mater at a Medicine class reunion. Many Faculty of Medicine class reunions will take place over the University of Manitoba Homecoming Weekend September 10-14, 2008.

All Faculty of Medicine alumni are invited to join us for the Medicine Homecoming Breakfast and Tours at Brodie Atrium, 727 McDermot Ave. The breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. with tours starting at 10:00 a.m. The new Clinical Learning & Simulation Facility, located on the lower level of the Brodie Centre, will be a highlight of the tour.

For more information about partici- pating in any of the 2008 Medicine reunions, the Homecoming breakfast or becoming involved in organizing your own class reunion, please contact the alumni office at (204) 977-5650.

Class of 1953 – 55th Reunion September 10-14, 2008 Winnipeg

Sept. 12 – Welcome Reception at

private home Sept. 13 – Faculty of Medicine Homecoming Breakfast, Brodie Atrium Sept. 13 – Lunch at Hotel Fort Garry, Palm Room

Class Leader: Dr. Donna Semelka

Class of 1958 – 50th Reunion

Sept. 10-14, 2008


Sept. 12 – Welcome Reception at I.H. Asper Clinical Research Institute (Mezzanine), St. Boniface General Hospital Sept. 13 – Faculty of Medicine

Homecoming Breakfast, Brodie Atrium Sept. 13 – Cocktails and Dinner at The Gates on Roblin September. 14 – Brunch at Hotel Fort Garry, Gateway Room

Class Leaders: Dr. Earl Hirshfeld, Dr. Henry Friesen, Dr. Helmet Huebert, Dr. Henry Krahn, Dr. Harold Standing

Class of 1965 – 43rd Reunion Sept. 22 - 25, 2008 Vancouver

(Princess Cruise to LA)

Class Leaders: Dr. Howard Book, Dr. Richard Mark, Dr. Brent Schacter

Class of 1968 – 40th Reunion

Sept. 10-14, 2008


Sept. 12 – Welcome Reception at St. Charles Country Club Sept. 13 – Faculty of Medicine Homecoming Breakfast, Brodie Atrium

What Have You Been Up to the Last 40 Years? Session – Theatre C

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Sept. 13 – Cocktails and Dinner at Hotel Fort Garry, LaVerendrye Room Sept. 14 – Brunch at Hotel Fort Garry, LaVerendrye Room

Class Leaders: Dr. Ron Devere, Dr. Ted Lyons, Dr. Bob Ramsay, Dr. Bill Rennie

Class of 1973 – 35th Reunion Date to be determined. California Class Leaders:

Dr. Ed Banman, Dr. Larry Reynolds (Wpg.)

Class of 1978 – 30th Reunion

Sept. 10-14, 2008


Sept. 12 – Welcome Reception at University Women’s Club, 54 Westgate Sept. 13 – Faculty of Medicine Homecoming Breakfast, Brodie Atrium

What Have You Been Up to the Last

30 Years? Session – Theatre B Sept. 13 – Cocktails and Dinner at Hotel Fort Gary, Gateway Room Sept. 14 – Brunch at Hotel Fort Garry, Club Room

Class Leaders: Dr. Murray Kopelow, Dr. Blake McClarty

Class of 1988 – 20th Reunion

Class Leader: Dr. Nobby Woo

Details TBA

Class of 1993 – 15th Reunion

Sept. 12-14, 2008

Details TBA


Class Leader: Dr. Andrew MacDiarmid

Class of 1998 – 10th Reunion

Sept. 12-14, 2008

Details TBA


Class Leaders: Dr. Sherry Gard, Dr. Dave

Dillon, Dr. Leroy Storsley, Dr. Shelley Zieroth