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IMPORTANT DATES

Cancer Research Society (CRS) Operating Grant
RSO Internal Deadline March 9th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline March 11th, 2021
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SSHRC March 2021 Partnership Engage Grants
RSO Internal Deadline March 11th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline March 15th, 2021
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Kidney Foundation of Canada Kidney Health Research Grants
RSO Internal Deadline March 11th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline March 15th, 2021
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Department Calendar

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-LeducAs we welcome the New Year, we are all still unfortunately facing the ongoing professional and personal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The months of December 2020 and January 2021 have seen the largest impact on the acute care system since the start of the pandemic. I want to thank the members from all ten of the DoM Sections who have volunteered to provide care on our COVID teams, as well as those COVID volunteers from other departments and the DoM members who support the COVID volunteers by increasing their coverage of other patient care services. Department members have shown a clear commitment to providing ongoing high quality care to Albertans during these challenging times.

As we enter the 11th month of the pandemic, many are experiencing moral stress and injury. In an effort to help us support each other, the DoM Office of the Vice-Chair for Physician Wellness & Vitality is planning an event where we can explore this issue together in a supportive environment. Please look for further details in an upcoming DoM announcement.

Fortunately, there is now a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Although there have been some challenges with vaccine supply, all DoM members can expect to receive their vaccination in the coming weeks. Please pay attention to the emails from the AHS CMO for more details and updates on vaccination.

I want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership that the DoM Site Leads and Section Heads have shown throughout the pandemic. Additionally, I want to thank all those members who have contributed to pandemic planning and educational resource development over the course of the pandemic. Members have made significant and important contributions within all the CARE pillars (Clinical; Administration; Research; Education) over the past year, which are having positive impacts that will carry into the future.

Department members have also continued to develop and succeed in areas unrelated to the pandemic. Please explore some of our recent accomplishments outlined in the 2020 Annual Report and highlighted throughout this newsletter. I also want to mention that we have successfully launched the Nocturnist Acute Medical service at all four acute care sites, which will help us begin to address issues with evening/night clinical coverage. The department is also forming an MTU Restructuring task force to start to address the recommendations of the recent MTU external review. Lastly, I would like to introduce the two new DoM Deputy Department Heads: Dr. Doreen Rabi (Academic Deputy) and Dr. Jennifer Williams (Clinical Deputy).

I look forward to continuing to work with and support all of you, as we get through and past the pandemic. Please remember to be kind to yourselves and your colleagues as we begin to recover from the pandemic.

– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

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FALL 2020 GRANTS COMPETITION WINNERS

The Department of Medicine wants to acknowledge and congratulate all department members who were successful at obtaining CIHR funding from the Fall 2020 Project Grants competition. There are 6 exciting project grants that received funding where the teams will be led by department members. It is particularly great to see so many junior faculty members realizing early research funding success through CIHR.

Nominated Principal ApplicantTitleOther DOM Members as Co-PIsOther DOM Members as Co-Investigators
Dr. Anshula Ambasta"Re-Purposing the Ordering of ‘Routine’ Laboratory Tests on Medical Units (RePORT Study)"Drs. Irene Ma and Jayna Holroyd-LeducDrs. Caley Shukalek and Braden Manns
Dr. David Campbell"Healthy Food Rx - Empowering Food Insecure Albertans to Manage their Diabetes Through a Subsidized Healthy Food Prescription Program: Proposed Expansion of a Randomized Controlled Trial to Support Scale-Up and Implementation"Dr. Alun Edwards
Dr. David Campbell"Preventing Medication Complications During Acute Illness Through Symptom Evaluation and Sick Day Guidance (PAUSE)"Dr. Matt JamesDrs. Marcello Tonelli, Braden Manns, Pietro Ravani, Karmon Helmle, Doreen Rabi, and Meghan Elliott
Dr. Zahra Goodarzi"COPE LTC Study: Care Pathway for Older Persons with Depressive Disorders in Long Term Care"Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc
Dr. Sachin Pendharkar"Evaluating the Impact of a Primary Care Management Pathway for Obstructive Sleep Apnea"Drs. Pat Hanly, Ward Flemons, Willis Tsai, Marcus Povitz, and Gabe Fabreau
Dr. Leslie Skeith"A Prospective Cohort Study Evaluating Peripartum Anticoagulation Management Among Pregnant Women with VTE and its Impact on Patient Outcomes"Drs. Paul Gibson, and Adrienne Lee

We want to equally congratulate all department members who are part of successful CIHR grant teams where the nominated principal applicant is not from our department. We also want to acknowledge all the hard work that many more members put in to preparing CIHR applications last fall. We wish you luck on your resubmissions. Thank you to all those department members who mentored and supported their colleagues behind the scenes.

The department recognizes that many members were unfortunately unable to apply to CIHR last fall, given the many challenges that the COVID pandemic has variably placed on members.

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MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS

Dr. Danya Traboulsi

“Dermatologic Manifestations of COVID-19”
Dr. Danya Traboulsi

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Zoom Webinar

All health providers & learners welcome, but registration is required.

NEW INTERNAL MEDICINE CLERKSHIP DIRECTOR

Dr. Bonnie MeatherallThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Bonnie Meatherall has been appointed as the Internal Medicine Clerkship Director, effective April 1, 2021

Dr. Meatherall is a full time member of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada since 2010. She received her medical degree at the University of Manitoba and completed her training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Calgary. She perused further training in tropical infectious diseases and received a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine in Lima, Peru. She completed a master’s degree in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London, UK.

Dr. Meatherall’s main areas of interest within infectious diseases are tropical medicine, HIV and global health. She is currently the director of the Calgary adult tropical infectious clinic and her current research interests include the epidemiology and management of tropical diseases imported to Canada.

Dr. Meatherall is also actively involved in undergraduate medical education programs at the University of Calgary as well as developing a post-graduate infectious diseases training program at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia.

Dr. Bonnie Meatherall will be taking over from Dr. Rahim Kachra, who has served in this role since January 2016. The Department would like to thank Dr. Kachra for his contribution and commitment to the position of IM Clerkship Director over the past five years.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bonnie Meatherall on her new leadership role.

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NEW ZONE CLINICAL DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Allison MirotchnikWe are pleased to announce that Allison Mirotchnik has accepted the position of Zone Clinical Department Manager for the Department of Medicine, effective February 22, 2021. Allison brings with her a variety of knowledge and experience with a background in kinesiology, education, consulting and leadership. She holds a Bachelor’s of Kinesiology, a Bachelor’s of Education, and a Master’s of Science specializing in Cardiovascular Physiology.

Allison began her career with AHS in 2013, working as a Service Planning Consultant with the Department of Family Medicine. She then moved to an Academic Service Planning Consultant role where she was responsible for planning, developing, and implementing departmental projects and operational initiatives. Since 2016, Allison has worked as the Manager of the Department of Family Medicine, where she has played a key role in the Department’s operational, fiscal, and strategic management.Allison will continue to assist with the oversight of Family Medicine in the interim.

Please join us in welcoming Allison to her new role.

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ROLE DEPARTURE, PROJECT COORDINATOR

Angela HunterOn behalf of the Department of Medicine, I would like to advise that Angela Hunter will be moving on from her position as Project Coordinator for the Department of Medicine, effective January 27, 2020.

Angela has been with the Department of Medicine for almost eight years, beginning as the Administrative Assistant to the Head of the Division of Respiratory Medicine in early 2013. In April 2016, she joined AHS and the department’s administrative team on the 9th floor of the North Tower. Angela has held the roles of Senior Administrative Assistant to the Department Head, Project Coordinator and Communications Team lead.

Please join me in thanking Angela for all she has contributed to the Department of Medicine over the past few years. Angela has been instrumental in the development and implementation of a robust and effective communication strategy for the department. This has been of particular value during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has also lead in the production of the DOM Annual reports, and for the past two years was seconded to produce the annual report for the AMHSP South Sector.

Angela has accepted a Project Coordinator II position with the Connect Care Clinical Operations Team. The department wishes Angela luck in this new exciting endeavor within AHS. She will be greatly missed by everyone in the department.

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NEW DOM SITE LEAD, SOUTH HEALTH CAMPUS

Dr. Jolene HawsThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Jolene Haws will be taking on the role of Department of Medicine Site Lead for South Health Campus (SHC), effective February 1, 2021.

The Department would like to thank Dr. Leanne Reimche for her significant contributions and many years of service in this role. Dr. Reimche will be transitioning to her new leadership role as the Division Head / Section Chief of General Internal Medicine.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Haws on her new leadership role

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ROLE DEPARTURE, IMRP PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Marcy MintzOn behalf of the Department of Medicine Leadership, we would like to announce that Dr. Marcy Mintz will be stepping down from her position as Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP), effective January 15, 2021.

Dr. Mintz has been the Program Director for the IMRP since November 2015. The Department of Medicine, University of Calgary, and Alberta Health Services thank Dr. Mintz for her years of leadership and many contributions to the success of our IMRP Program. As a testament to her exemplary leadership in residency education, Dr. Mintz was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) 2020 Program Director of the Year Award in October 2020.

Please join us in thanking Dr. Mintz for her service and wishing her all the best in her future endeavours.

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NEW INTERIM IMRP PROGRAM DIRECTORS

We are pleased to announce the interim appointment of Dr. Stacey Hall and Dr. Rahim Kachra as the Interim Co-Program Directors for IMRP, effective January 15, 2021.

Dr. Stacey HallDr. Stacey Hall is a specialist in Geriatric Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, and an Associate Program Director at the Foothills Hospital for the IMRP.

She can be reached at stacey.hall@ahs.ca.

Dr. Rahim KachraDr. Rahim Kachra is a specialist in General Internal Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and the Director of Teaching Innovation with Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Calgary. He will remain in this role while acting as one of the interim Co-Program Directors for the IMRP.

He can be reached at rahim.kachra@ucalgary.ca.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Hall and Kachra on their interim leadership roles with the Department of Medicine.

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NEW ASSISTANT TO ZCADH & ZCDM

Shezmin RashedWe are pleased to announce that Shezmin Rashed will be joining the Department of Medicine as the Administrative Assistant to the Department Head and Zone Clinical Department Manager for the Department of Medicine, effective January 25, 2021.

Shezmin comes to us from the AHS Forensic Adolescent Program, and has 15 years of experience working within the health care system. Prior to joining AHS, Shezmin provided administrative support for Executive Directors’ portfolios within both Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health in British Columbia, and has advanced-level skills in a significant range of administrative programs.

Shezmin describes herself as a passionate worker and learner who is very hands-on and approachable. She is a hard-worker, a team player, has excellent relationship building skills and works tirelessly to get the job done. She thrives on challenges and always remains extremely committed to the success of any project she is working on.

Outside of work, Shezmin is the mother of two beautiful girls, who are 12 and 3 years old. She loves music and singing, volunteering, baking (she loves to make sugar cookies and cakes for every occasion), travelling, making new friends, and spending time with her family, please join us in welcoming Shezmin to the Department, and wishing her all the best in her new role!

Note: from January 11 – 24, 2021, please contact Dr. Holroyd-Leduc directly via email (jayna.holroyd-leduc@ahs.ca) with any urgent matters or documents for signature.

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