VISION

"Building the medical network of the 21st century, a network without walls, without boundaries, without limits to quality patient care, research and education for the benefit of society"

IMPORTANT DATES

KRESCENT New Investigator Award
RSO Internal Deadline January 28th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline February 1st, 2021
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SSHR February Connection Grants
RSO Internal Deadline January 28th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline February 1st, 2021
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Alberta Lung Association National Grant Review / Provincial Grant-in-Aid Program
Sponsor Registration Deadline January 28th, 2021 | RSO Internal Deadline February 16th, 2021 | Sponsor Application Deadline February 18th, 2021
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Department Calendar

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD

Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc I wanted to thank all the members and trainees within the Department of Medicine who have worked hard in 2020 to support Albertans through the COVID pandemic. This has included significant and important contributions within all the CARE (Clinical; Administration; Research; Education) care pillars. Inspired by the FMC Act of Kindness tree, I have made a donation to the Calgary Mustard Seed in acknowledgement of all you. Your commitment to supporting your patients and colleagues, as well as your ability to quickly adapt and innovate, is inspirational. Please try to find some time to rest and recharge over this holiday season. I look forward to working with all of you in 2021, as we get through and past the pandemic.

– Dr. Jayna Holroyd-Leduc

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MESSAGE FROM ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERSHIP

Wendy Desjardins-KallarIt is with mixed feelings that I announce that as of December 14, I will be leaving the Department of Medicine in order to be redeployed back to the Peter Lougheed Centre to assist with front line care of COVID-19 patients.

With more than 10 years of critical care experience, I felt it was my responsibility to assist my colleagues in caring for the increasing volumes of patients that are being admitted daily to hospital, knowing that the team within the Department of Medicine are well situated to continue to support the physicians through this time.

I want to extend my thanks to Jeannie Shrout and the leadership team within Medical Affairs for being an amazing team to work with and learn from over the last year; the knowledge and expertise that they have shared with me has been invaluable. I also wish to deeply thank the team within the DoM who have been a spectacular group to lead and work with over what has been a most unusual and trying year.

I will miss all of the staff both within the DoM as well as Medical Affairs greatly; however, I am excited to give back to patients in their time of need before moving on to my role as Program Manager for ARCH.

Thank you all so much and all the very best in 2021.

– Wendy Desjardins-Kallar

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MEDICAL GRAND ROUNDS

Dr. Stacey Hall

“Geriatric Medicine Pre-Operative Clinic”
Dr. Stacey Hall

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Zoom Webinar

All health providers & learners are welcome, but registration is required!

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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NEW INTERIM DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Allison Mirotchnik has agreed to act as Interim Zone Clinical Department Manager for the Department of Medicine, effective January 4, 2021.

Allison is also currently fulfilling the role of Zone Clinical Department Manager in the Department of Family Medicine. She will continue in the role while also assisting with management of the DoM.

Please join us in welcoming Allison into this new role.

DEPARTURE ANNOUNCEMENT – TARA MILLER

Tara MillerOn behalf of the Department of Medicine, I would like to advise that Tara Miller will be moving on from her position as Executive Assistant to the Head of the Department of Medicine, effective January 11, 2020.

Tara has been with the Department of Medicine since January 2018. Alberta Health Services and the Department of Medicine would like to thank Tara for all of her contributions. She will be missed.

Tara has accepted an administrative position in the Dean’s Office at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her future endeavours.

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NEW CLINICAL DEPUTY DEPARTMENT HEAD

Dr. Jennifer WilliamsThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Williams has been appointed as the Deputy Department Head, Clinical for the Department of Medicine, effective January 1, 2021.

Dr. Jennifer Williams is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She completed her MD with Dean’s list honours at Memorial University of Newfoundland and completed her general internal medicine and gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Calgary. She began her professional career practicing both General Internal Medicine and General Gastroenterology. Maintaining an active general gastroenterology practice allows her to sustain an accurate understanding of the factors influencing wellness which front-line physicians encounter on a daily basis and provides availability to cultivate relationships with a diverse physician perspective.

Dr. Williams has represented and advocated for colleagues, patients and the profession in various roles, including as Site Lead for Gastroenterology at the Rockyview Hospital and delegate to the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Representative Forum for the Section of Gastroenterology. She was also a founding member and inaugural Chair of the Specialty Care Alliance within the AMA, an initiative aimed at creating specialty collaboration and representation as well as unity of the profession. She is serving her second elected term on the AMA Board of Directors.

Dr. Williams has developed passion, expertise and ongoing growth in the areas of physician wellness, leadership development and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). She has completed the Stanford Chief Wellness Officer Course and the Leadership Development course at the Cumming School of Medicine and Haskayne School of Business. She holds a number of roles in the area of wellness and professional fulfillment, including as physician associate and collaborator with Well Doc Alberta and the Equity and Diversity Working Group with the DOM. In addition, she is an integral team member in the ongoing development of the AMA’s Healthy Work Environments Initiative which focuses on psycho-social wellness & safety, diversity, inclusion & equity, and leadership. In November, 2020 she accepted the role of Medical Representative South Sector, Physician Wellness and Diversity with Alberta Health Services.

Dr. Williams is a system level thinker and her unique area of interest is the interconnections of EDI, wellness, psychosocial health and safety and leadership in creating an aspirational culture where all are valued and supported to thrive to achieve physician wellness and fulfillment, improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, and system sustainability.

2020 has been a time of change and uncertainty for physicians and someone once said “With tremendous change comes tremendous opportunity “. Dr. Williams believes we can achieve wonderful things through physician engagement and development of highly functioning teams as we navigate the tremendous opportunities this turmoil has created, together.

Dr. Williams is excited to join the DOM team with her collaborative, inclusive and compassionate leadership to strengthen relationships and understanding with individuals, stakeholders and the system to build a culture and highly functioning teams where we can all thrive and achieve our best selves.

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

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NEW ACADEMIC DEPUTY DEPARTMENT HEAD

Dr. Doreen RabiThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Doreen Rabi has been appointed as the Deputy Department Head, Academic for the Department of Medicine, effective January 1, 2021.

Dr. Doreen Rabi is the Division / Section Head of Endocrinology and an academic Endocrinologist. She joined the Department in 2003 as a clinical scholar and was awarded an AIHS Population Health Investigator Award as a new Assistant Professor in 2007. Over the past 13 years, she has received grants, published papers, and contributed to guidelines in hypertension and diabetes. As a professor, Dr. Rabi spends most of her time striving for a more equitable and inclusive practice of medicine through her research, mentorship and advocacy activities.

Dr. Rabi has been an important leader within the department and the Cumming School of Medicine, including in her roles as Program Director of the Leaders in Medicine program and Endocrinology Section Head. In her new role as Academic Deputy Head, she will help to further increase the academic profile of the department and its members.

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

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NEW PHYSICIAN RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR

Rylan WiestThe Department of Medicine is pleased to announce that Rylan Wiest is the successful candidate for the Physician Recruitment Coordinator role for the Department of Medicine.

Rylan took on the role of Interim Physician Recruitment Coordinator on September 28, 2020. He will now continue in this role on a permanent basis.

Rylan joined the department in December 2019, and previously served as the Physician Recruitment Assistant.

Please join us in congratulating Rylan and wishing him all the best in his new position.

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DEPARTURE ANNOUNCEMENT – DALE RASHLEIGH

Dale RashleighOn behalf of the Department of Medicine Finance Team, I would like to advise that Dale Rashleigh will be moving on from Alberta Health Services and his position as AAMHSP Financial Coordinator within the Department of Medicine, effective November 30, 2020. Dale’s last day will be Friday, November 27, 2020.

Dale’s career with AHS and the Department of Medicine has spanned over 12 years. Alberta Health Services and the Department of Medicine would like to thank Dale for all of his contributions and for his many years of service. He will be missed.

Please join us in wishing him all the best in his future endeavours.

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