Congratulations

The strength of any department lies in its’ members and their achievements and awards. Congratulations are extended to:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent to Dr. Suresh Mishra’s team in the Section of Endocrinology & Metabolism on novel “preclinical models for obesity and obesity-linked cancer (Mito-Ob)”. These preclinical models are developed using an innovative approach by simultaneously manipulating adipose and immune functions in the body. Consequently, they spontaneously develop obesity and obesity-linked cancer in a well-defined timely manner, and have created new research opportunities. Their various uses include: 1) Discovery and development of new therapeutic targets for obesity and obesity-linked cancer, 2) Various types of intervention studies and 3) Preclinical drug screening.

Dr. Daniel Sitar, Professor  Emeritus Section of Clinical Pharmacology, has been granted an Honorary Life Membership Award by the College of Pharmacy of Manitoba for meritorious service and professional contributions to Pharmacy.

The Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award for Clinical Research Committee selected Dr. Chris Wiebe (Section of Nephrology) as the 2018 recipient of the Aubie Angel Young Investigator Award. The awards ceremony will take place Tuesday, June 12 at 10am in Theatre B in the Basic Medical Sciences Building.

The 2018 Internal Medicine Residents’ Educator of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Aditya Sharma (Section of General Internal Medicine) in recognition of his dedication and teaching excellence.

Congratulations are extended to Dr. Justin Cloutier who was selected by the 2018 Max Rady College of Medicine and Presidents Council Residents Appreciation Reception planning committee as this year’s recipient of the Resident of the Year Award.

The Dale Iwanoczko Award was awarded to Dr. Jeffrey Wheeler in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Core Internal Medicine Residency Program demonstrating commitment, compassion, caring and integrity.

The Internal Medicine Subspecialty Resident Teaching Award, recognizing a subspecialty resident who exemplifies excellence in teaching and supervision, was awarded to Dr. Rachel Fainstein.

 

Hector Ma Award in Research

We are delighted to announce the first recipient of the Hector Ma Award in Research in the Department of Internal Medicine – Dr. Brett Houston from the Section of Hematology for her research project: “Evaluating the use, efficacy and safety of tranexamic acid to reduce red blood cell transfusion in major non-cardiac surgery.”

Dr. Houston is a PGY5 resident,  and is  concurrently completing a PhD in the Department of Pharmacy.  Her ultimate goal is to practice hematology and function as an independent clinician-scientist at the University of Manitoba where she hopes to be engaged in patient oriented, practice-changing research in the fields of hematology, transfusion medicine and blood conservation.

With a generous gift from Dr. Hector T. G. Ma to the University of Manitoba in 2015 – an endowment fund to enhance resident research in Internal Medicine was established.  Dr. Ma, a graduate of the University of Manitoba (M.D./59) is currently the Director and Senior Consultant Radiologist in the Scanning Department at St. Theresa’s Hospital in Hong Kong. In addition, the Department of Internal Medicine provides matching funds to the award.

To be eligible, residents must be: enrolled full time in the Department of Internal Medicine and be in good standing, demonstrated outstanding interest and commitment to research and performing a supervised research project.

Congratulations to Dr. B. Houston on being chosen the inaugural winner of the award.

 

Doctors Manitoba Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the following Department of Internal Medicine Faculty members are recipients of the 2018 Doctors Manitoba Awards.

Dr. Amarjit ArnejaDistinguished Service Award – in recognition of service provided to patients and the community which has enhanced the image of the physician through devotion to the highest ideals of the medical profession and in the promotion of the art and science of medicine through teaching, writing and administration.

Dr. John EmbilScholastic Award – for scholarly activity in the health professions.

Dr.  Arneja and Dr. Embil will be recognized at the Friday, May 4, 2018 Doctors Manitoba Awards and Presidential Installation Dinner at the Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg.

Congratulations are extended to Dr. Amarjit Arneja and Dr. John Embil.

On Professionalism and Creativity

Professionalism is an “in” word these days. It stands for more than political correctness. When googling it, one can find “professionalism  is the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well”.  Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), who was a well-known British-American journalist, television personality and broadcaster, is quoted as having said ”a  professional is someone who can deliver his/her best work when he doesn’t feel like it”. The latter, of course, is hard, but, I guess it is what separates the wheat from the  chaff.

Creativity on the other hand can be defined as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations.”  Creativity is the basis of every innovation and as such is indispensable for sustaining the success of any business in an ever changing environment. This holds particularly true for our Department’s situation in the middle of the ongoing health care reform in our Province.

Creativity is easily mistaken to mean disorganized spontaneity with little or no accountability, and to be incompatible with professionalism which stands for predictability and trust. However, creativity and professionalism, as defined above, do not only go well hand in hand, but, are, in fact, mutually complementing each other. A creative professional finds new solutions to challenges, brings them respectfully forward and acts in a way that always has the greater good in mind. This does not mean having to enter a popularity contest or having to abandon (constructive) criticism, but to be mindful of one’s own (unconscious) biases and always respect a dissenting counterpart.

The best solutions are not owned by a single individual/party, but created through respectful argumentation between engaged – albeit initially dissenting – professionals.  Engagement is key here, our Department needs yours!

Dr Richard Warrington Honoured by Royal College

  • Dr. Richard  Warrington was recently honoured for his  long and continued service to the Royal College. Without volunteers like Richard Warrington – the Royal College could not fulfill their mandate.

When asked about a time while volunteering for the Royal College when he felt that his contribution had made a tangible impact Dr Warrington recalled that “During an oral examination, a candidate became ill. There were apparently no regulations as to what to do, so we sent the candidate to Emergency to be assessed. When the candidate was considered recovered by the ER physician, with the candidate’s permission, we continued the examination successfully.”    He stated that it is important to the College, to the medical profession, to the trainees and to the public  to give back to the medical profession through  work with the Royal College.

Thank you Dr. Warrington for your over 30 years of dedication and service to the Royal College.

 

GRANTS

Project:  “Integrating clinical data systems to improve the capacity, performance, & value of Manitoba’s healthcare system”

Nominated Principal Applicant: Ryan Zarychanski

Principal Applicants: Marshall Pitz, Alan Katz, Josée Lavoie, James Bolton, Lisa Lix, Terry Klassen

Principal Knowledge Users:

Clinicians: Piotr Czaykowski, Alex Singer, Jitender Sareen, Thomas Mutter

Decision-Makers: Deborah Malazdrewicz, Jeanette Edwards

Collaborators: Dan Skwarchuk, Brock Wright, Sri Navaratnam, Frank Krupka

Funding Source: Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR); Operating Grant: SPOR iCT Rewarding Success, Idea Brief

Funds Awarded: $100,000 Duration:  1 Year

 

TRAINEE GRANTS!

Project:  Reducing transfusion whilepreserving Canada’s blood supply: The use and effectiveness of tranexamic acid in     major non-cardiac surgical procedures at high-risk of bleeding

Principal Investigator: Brett Houston (PhD candidate)

Co Applicants from the Department of Internal Medicine: Ryan Zarychanski (Supervisor), Allan Garland

Funding Source: Manitoba Medical Services Foundation (MMSF)

Funds Awarded: $29,613 Duration:  1 Year

 

Project:  Intravenous immune globulin in septic shock: A Canadian national survey

Primary investigators: Murdoch Leeies (MSc Candidate), Ryan Zarychanski (Supervisor), Faisal Siddiqui

Co-applicants from the Department of Internal Medicine: Anand Kumar, Allan Garland, Bojan Paunovic, John Embil

Funding Source:   Anesthesia Oversight Committee Operating Grant. Winnipeg Manitoba.

Funds awarded: $10,000 Duration: 2 years

 

 

GRANTS

Project : Effect of an Exercise Rehabilitation Program on Symptom Burden in Hemodialysis: a Randomized Controlled Study

Principal Investigator:  Clara Bohm

Co-investigators: Todd Duhamel, Mauro Verrelli, Claudio Rigatto, James Zacharias, Jenniefer MacRae (University of Calgary),  Navdeep Tangri

Grant Funding Source: Kidney Foundation of Canada 2018 Biomedical Grant Competiti

Amount: $99,973.                 Time period:  2 years July 2018-June 2020

 

Project:  “Workplace Diesel Exhaust Exposure: Defining a Biosignature to Support Prevention”

Co-Principal Applicants: Neeloffer Mookherjee, Section of Proteomics and Systems Biology – University of Manitoba, and Chris Carlsten, University of British Columbia.

Funding Source:  Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP), Workers Compensation Board Manitoba

Funds Awarded:  $198,400 Duration:  2018 – 2020.

 

2018 MMSA TEACHING AWARDS

At the 2018 Max Rady College of Medicine Teacher Recognition and Manitoba Medical  Students Association (MMSA) Awards Dinner,  the following Internal Medicine faculty   members, were  recipients of the following teaching awards:

 Med 1

Innovation Award:  Dr. Clarence Khoo (Section of Cardiology)

Med II

Innovation Award:  Dr. Donald Houston (Section of Hematology/Oncology)

Best Med 2 Teaching in Small Group:  Dr. Pam Katz (Section of Endocrinology)

Best Med 2 Course:  Urinary Tract 2 (Dr. Keevin Bernstein – Section of Nephrology)

Med III

Med 3 Award for Attending Professionalism:  Dr. Jillian Horton

Med 3 Award for Attending Clinical Teaching:  Dr. Michael Semus

Med 3 Award for Attending Mentorship:  Dr. Aditya Sharma

Drs. Horton, Semus and Sharma – Section of General Internal Medicine

Congratulations!

 

On Survival and Responding to Change

I recently stumbled across the following sentence: It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” The line is attributed to Charles Darwin and struck me as pertaining to our current situation as busy providers in a health care system which seems to change at (too) many levels simultaneously and at a pace that makes one wonder whether there is still a system – if there ever was one in the first place.

Working hard as a provider caring for patients in the middle of all these changes makes one feel powerless, generates anger and frustration which, in turn, carry the danger of leading to apathy and disengagement, potentially ending in burn-out. There are at least two other options: to leave or to speak up. While leaving for greener pastures, if there are any, may be a solution for an individual, it does not help those who cannot afford to quit for whatever reason and have to stay behind. The latter and the system as a whole need those who speak up; not for their own self-interests, but in order to improve the greater good and make our (health care) world a better place. This requires not only resilience and courage, but also the willingness to take on responsibility, and the ability to choose the right moment for the right message targeted at the right audience, i.e. patience paired with persistence; not an easy task.

And then – and that’s where Darwin comes into play – we, as individuals, need to be willing to make an effort and adapt to an ever changing environment. Not just trying to find the hair in the soup, but tasting the flavor; not just getting stuck with pointing out the problems, but finding solutions; not always comparing with the past, but creating the future. This needs optimism, looking at the glass half full, always attempting to find ways to fill it up even higher. It also requires to listen and observe before judging, to swallow and reflect before talking, and to stay humble, always keeping the greater good in mind.  If we accomplish this, we will not only make our health care world a better working place, but also survive into the future to provide the best possible care to our patients.

Let’s do it, together we can!

Nick Anthonisen Award of Excellence

 

The Nick Anthonisen Award of Excellence was created in 2015 thanks to a very generous sponsorship from Astra Zeneca.

This is one of five awards that Astra Zeneca funds across Western Canada with the goal of creating a network among Respirologists in Western Canada.

The award consists of a plaque as well as a one thousand dollar monetary award to be used towards an academic pursuit of the recipient.

Dr. M. Ainslie, Dr. N. Porhownik

Each year a member of the adult respiratory division who contributes significantly to the academic mission of the division is selected by the selection committee. This year the selection committee has chosen a member who contributes to the adult respiratory division’s educational mandate and is the current Program Director – Dr. Nancy Porhownik.

Dr. Porhownik has a busy clinical load with areas of expertise in sleep medicine, cystic fibrosis, and lung transplant.  She is currently the Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program, and under her guidance our program has become affiliated with the Edmonton Transplant program. This affiliation has resulted in a significant increase in lung transplant recipients in Manitoba. She is the current Program Director and is currently overseeing and guiding the program towards implementation of CBD – which will be the biggest change in post grad education since the introduction of CANmeds. Thanks to Nancy’s leadership the program will be able to smoothly introduce CBD.

Nancy Porhownik works tirelessly for her trainees and for the program and is a role model not only with respect to clinical care, but also to her work/ life balance.

Please join us in congratulating Nancy Porhownik on being this year’s recipient of the Nick Anthonisen Award of Excellence.