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On January 22-23, I attended the 8th annual Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation Conference along with my fellow SWAT co-executives, Deanna Lammers and Zack Zhang.
We met many inspiring people, learned about the progress, challenges and future of tobacco prevention and listened to a panel of patients who are currently struggling with quitting smoking. Dr. Pipe and Dr. Reid spoke about the latest research underlying clinical smoking cessation strategies in healthcare settings.
Matt Loranger, a former SWAT executive and a third year medical student at uOttawa, delivered a great presentation on undergraduate smoking cessation education across Canada.
Close to the end of the first day, there was a friendly debate full of a good humour. The topic was discussing the issue of hiring smokers in healthcare institutions. Shown here, are audience members raising a red card to indicate that they agreed that healthcare workers who are smokers should not be discriminated against in the job hiring process.
Friday night wrapped up with reception and a poster session where we presented a poster about the SWAT program. The research project is titled “Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT): A Program to Improve Medical Students’ Tobacco Counselling and Youth Education Skills”.
Several SWAT members volunteered at the conference and we hope next year even more will get this unique opportunity to attend such a great event. Stay tuned for the OMSC2017!
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Movember (also known as November) is a time to raise awareness and funds for Men's Health. These important issues include prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and physical inactivity. The Asoc Interest Groups have many exciting activities planned during this exciting month.
The Men's Health Interest Group (MHIG) will be running several Movember events. The Surgical Interest Group (SIG) and Oncology Interest Group (ONCIG) will be planning and hosting several education talks during this month from members of the Urology and Oncology departments.
Our uOttawa medicine MoBros and MoSistas will be diligently growing their staches' for this cause. You can donate to the team here.
For those who prefer to dash instead of growing a stache...you are welcome to take on the Movember MOVE challenge. Simply complete some sort of 30 minutes of physical activity per day and upload a picture of this activity to your Mo Page.
MHIG also plans to host a speaker series from members of the Urology and Oncology departments. Stay tuned for more information throughout the month!
Post By: Amy Chung
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Starting in November, members of the Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT) Interest Group have the opportunity to go to schools and give interactive and educational presentations about smoking. If you are considering it but are still undecided, here are five reasons why you should do it!
1. Learn more about smoking prevention and smoking cessation that you can use later on in your career to counsel your patients. It doesn’t matter in which specialty you will end up in as it is inevitable that you will encounter patients who need help to quit smoking. In our training session, we will help prepare you for this task and will help develop communication skills for different patient populations.
2. Gain Public Speaking Skills. At one time or another, we will be required to give presentations to a large group of people. Giving a school presentation will help to further develop your public speaking skills, a skill that we don’t often get a chance to practice. You will gain confidence and will build your self-esteem. In addition, you do not have to deliver the presentation alone; there will be another student to support and back you up. Overall, it will be a non-stressful experience with a great outcome.
3. It is a great opportunity to make a difference and reduce the most preventable risk factor for disease among youth.
We all know quitting smoking isn’t easy, so why not prevent people from ever starting the habit? Targeting children in elementary and high school may allow us to achieve this goal.
4. It is fun! Many people who did it last year really enjoyed the experience and had a great time interacting with kids.
5. E Portfolio, CARMs advocacy role and MSPR hours. Have you ever had a hard time thinking of a topic for your ePortfolio post? This might be a great experience to reflect on. It will also serve you a great example of a patient advocacy experience for the CARMS roles (or potentially interview). And if you care about getting MSPR hours from SWAT, this will give you a good portion of the credit.
We hope that now you have no doubt whether you should do the school presentation. Also, most of the schools are around RGN or within an accessible area, and different time slots are available.
To learn more, please ask your SWAT executives Deanna, Iuliia and Zack. You can reach us at email@example.com or by joining our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/449565285247920/.
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The uOttawa Aesculapian Society Interest Groups are always running engaging events. The week before Halloween seemed to be a time for medical students to get in touch with their creative sides. The Arts in Medicine Group (AIM) and Humanities Education, Artistic Living (H.E.A.L.) group were particularity busy celebrating this holiday.
On Wednesday October 28th the Arts in Medicine Group (AIM) held a pumpkin carving contest in the student Lounge. Students showed off their knife skills and many creative pumpkins were carved. Jiyeh Joo (2018) and Chelsea Soares (2018) took home the top prize for their creations.
On Thursday October 29th, Humanities Education, Artistic Living (H.E.A.L.) hosted a Halloween Mask Decorating event for young patients at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
H.E.A.L. would like to thank CHEO and Child Life Services for their support in this inaugural event. It was a real treat (no trick) to help make Halloween cheerful for those celebrating within the Hospital, and to provide an opportunity to use art to connect with patients in meaningful and healing ways.
By: Amy Chung
With material from Kayla Simms (H.E.A.L.) and the Arts and Medicine Interest Group
10 things to do in Ottawa for Vertical Mentorship events: The Ultimate Guide for Mentors and Mentees
By: Iuliia Povieriena
Are you thinking of new ideas for an event to make your Vertical Mentorship experience more fun? Have you tried to set up an event last year and something did not work out? Whether you are a mentor, a second year coordinator, or a mentee in the group, you will find some of the things to try this year that hopefully would help facilitate your interaction as a team.
1. Dinner at a Restaurant This was the most popular event so far that was used by many groups. It is important to remember that the ultimate goal is to promote some communication, so try to consider a quiet place where you can all hear each other. Another important point is to keep in mind food allergies or restrictions of all group members before deciding on a place.
2. Dinner at the Mentor’s Place This could be a potluck, a meal prepared by the mentor if he or she has a cooking talent to share, or even an ordered pizza, sushi or shawarma if everyone is busy and have no time to cook. Either is a good way to spend time together. This could be a great opportunity to save money on a restaurant and have a good time together. You can also meet mentor’s family members and learn more about their daily life from different perspective. Last year our group had a chance to taste the mentor’s amazing baking talent and learn a lot about wine making from her daughter who joined us for that night (and degustate some too!).
3. Festivals and Shows This is a good way to explore the benefits that a capital city offers. Throughout the year, there are plenty of interesting events to attend and we don’t always have the time and occasion to do it for ourselves. Why not combine it with a mentorship meeting? One of the popular things every year is the Food and Wine Show which will take place Oct 30-Nov 1, 2015. Tip: try to figure out the common interests in the group so that everyone is motivated to attend.
4. Free events Some museums, art studios etc. have open houses or free admission days. For example, you can visit Museum of Nature every Thursday 5 to 8pm for free (regular exhibition only). Combine it with some snacks and there is no need to reserve a restaurant and have a three course meal. Also, you can always look up the Open House events on Facebook at different dance companies and attend a salsa, belly dance or a ballroom class for free!
5. Board Game Night This could be at someone’s place or at The Loft or place like Monopolatte .
6. Escape Game Adventure Some groups last year had a very fun and positive experience at the Escape Manor (http://www.escapemanor.com/). Discuss if yours is interested in this kind of activity and make sure you secure some quiet time for chatting and discussions that day as well.
7. Halloween Fun! In October there will be lots of opportunities to visit different haunted houses or even go for a Haunted walk. There are good deals on groupon sometimes for those and if you can coordinate the rides together this could be a really fun experience.
8. Arts and Crafts Do people in your group enjoy painting, knitting, photography or maybe pottery? There are lots of arts studios and organizations that offer that kind of workshops. For example, try PaintNite (make sure to use the groupon or a code for a discount). For those ones you will need a certain level of responsibility from each group member in terms of attendance, because they usually don’t let you cancel less than 24-48 hours in advance. Even though it could be a bit more challenging to schedule because it requires more commitment from everyone, it is still possible. Alternatively, you may find that one of the students in your group is a seasoned artist and can lead a workshop for you at the mentor’s place. Why not?
9. Active events G o karting, wall climbing, bowling, pool, laser tag, horseback riding, trampoline, zip lining… There are multiple places and things to do in Ottawa if your group wants to do something active. It is a great team building opportunity and 7would be a good break from studying or daily work routine. Some groups participated in fundraising walks and runs, some went rock climbing - there are many options. Again, as mentioned in the student’s feedback, make sure you set up some quiet time for a group to chat. Having fun is helpful, but the idea of a mentorship event is for you to get to know each other better and have a support, networking opportunities and advise from different perspectives (physician, clerks and pre-clerks).
10. Outdoor Activities Ottawa is famous for its Rideau Canal skating and proximity to parks, waterfalls and trails. The challenge with those could be scheduling the event in the winter time (winter break, exams, etc.) as well as the weather that you cannot predict few weeks in advance (it is very hard to set up a meeting on a short notice). Consider a potluck picnic at one of the parks, going snowshoeing or skating with your group but again, make sure there will be a place to talk all together… maybe, while having a beaver tail? Have a backup plan for a bad weather. Also, you can join one of the free Ottawa walking tours (would be very beneficial for those new to Ottawa and even native Ottawa citizens) or lead it yourself. Outdoor activities are super fun but keep in mind that they may take the most part of the day so it might be a good idea to discuss with a group whether they would be able to allow that much time.
The list could be expanded more; these are just some ideas. We tried to include some of the budget options as well so the mentorship does not become a financial hassle for a mentor. The events last year ranged from Nordic Spa to skating on a Canal. There is always something for everyone. Make sure to take lots of pictures and make it to the cover page of the yearly Mentorship Photobook!
Our team would try to keep you posted on some of the upcoming opportunities for events (free workshops, festivals, etc.). Please feel free to share them by directly contacting us or posting a comment here. Have fun this year and we hope you take advantage of all the opportunities the Vertical Mentorship Program offers you. We are all very enthusiastic about building a strong community among medical students and mentors! Our Facebook group .
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