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IN-HOUSE COUNSELLING SERVICES

IN_HOUSE Counselling: Counsellor Jeff Vander Werf M.Sc., R.Psych, is taking appointments in the SAW Office on Friday's.

Some of the main reasons students seek support are:

1. Relationship Concerns 
2. Anxiety/Stress 
3. Depression/Grief 
4. Academic Concerns 
5. Career Concerns

http://www.ucalgary.ca/wellnesscentre/services/counselling

Contact Jo Holm to book an appointment.

IN_HOUSE Career Counselling:  Career Services is taking appointments in the SAW Office on Friday's for students needing career assistance. 

Your appointment could include:

  • Reviewing your application for residency.
  • Interview preparation.
  • Formal assessment testing on what your top 5 natural strengths are.
  • Any other career conversations you might want to have.

Contact Jo Holm to book an appointment.

IN_HOUSE Budgeting/Debt Counselling: Dr. Ian Walker in the Office of Admissions or Karen Chadbolt, Manger of Finance, UME, can be seen regarding financial concerns. 

Ian Walker

Karen Chadbolt (403-220-3945)

Class of 2018 Survival Guide

Class of 2018 Survival Guide

The Class of 2017 (The Goat's) has prepared a handbook to help you prepare for (and survive!) medical school. This handbook was originally created by the Glabers (Class 2010).

Please click here to download the guide. 

Where are the rooms for medical school? See this award-winning interactive map by UCMaps. Pick "Health Sciences" building, and then the room numbers listed below. Main rooms for med school are:

  • UME Main Office: G701 (and any room with G701 in the name)
  • Lecture Theatres: Libin Theatre (G201), Clara Christie Theatre (G202), Theatre 1 (G203), Theatre 4 (1550)
  • Small Group Rooms: G600's (e.g. G636, G637, G638, G639, G640, G643, G644, G646) and G700's (e.g. G732,G743, G744, G745, G748, G750, G737) and G1400's (upstairs by HSC Library e.g. (1461A, 1461B, 1462A, 1462B, 1463A, 1463B, 1464A, 1464B)
  • Bacs Centre (student learning space): G801 (and any room with G801 in the name) 

Harassment & Sexual Harassment

Harassment & Sexual Harassment

Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure - Click here 

Harassment & Sexual Harassment - Click here

The University of Calgary seeks to create and maintain a positive and productive learning and working environment in which there is:

  • respect for the dignity of all persons
  • fair and equitable treatment of individuals in our diverse community
  • personal integrity and trustworthiness
  • respect for academic freedom
  • respect for personal and University property

The "Code of Professional Ethics for Academic Staff" provides guidance in exercising the ethical responsibilities of faculty; Section VII, "Harassment and Sexual Harassment" states:

  1. Academic staff must not engage in behaviour that constitutes harassment.  Harassment means verbal, written or physical behaviour or visual display that is abusive or is intended to persistently annoy others and that the instigator knows, or ought to know, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living environment.
  1. Academic staff must not engage in behaviour that constitutes sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment means verbal, written or physical behavior, physical or visual display that emphasizes gender, sexuality or sexual orientation in a manner which the instigator knows, or ought to know, creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, learning or living environment.

If you are the target of harassment or sexual harassment, the first thing you should do is tell the harasser to stop.  Make it clear that this behaviour is unwelcome.  If the harassment does not stop or if you feel uncomfortable directly approaching the person harassing you, make an appointment with the Sexual Harassment Advisor, or talk to the Dean.  The Sexual Harassment Advisor will become involved with harassment issues that are not sexual in nature.  The Dean will either refer the matter to the Sexual Harassment Advisor or report to the Advisor that the matter is being pursued at the Faculty level.  Allegations that are brought to the Sexual Harassment Advisor will be held in the strictest confidence.  Complainants will be given advice as to the options available to resolve the complaint.  Informal resolutions are often possible.  Sometimes it is not necessary to disclose the complainant's name.  A formal hearing process is also available in appropriate cases.  Anyone who makes a complaint of harassment or sexual harassment is protected from any form of retaliation for having made such a complaint.

 

Peer Evaluation & Self Assessment

Peer Evaluation & Self Assessment

Medical student peers are in a unique position to assess each other in situations that a preceptor may not have an opportunity to observe. Peer evaluation has been shown to be an excellent method of providing students with formative feedback on their behaviors. Students benefit from learning how to give feedback as well as receive feedback. It is an CACMS accreditation requirement that students receive feedback related to “non-cognitive domains”, such as professionalism and related behaviours. Similarly, it is the philosophy of this medical school that achievement of educational goals should be assessed by self- and peer-evaluation in addition to formal certifying evaluations. Detailed information on “professionalism” can be found in the student handbook. The following policy outlines the Peer Feedback and Self Assessment (PFSA) program.

Purpose of Peer Feedback and Self Assessment

  • To provide valuable information to students regarding professionalism and related behaviours
  • To provide students an opportunity to receive support and intervention related to worrisome patterns of behavior
  • To ensure that this program meets the CACMS accreditation requirement for a narrative description of student performance, and of non-cognitive achievements

PFSA is also a learning tool for Medical students to prepare themselves for the Physician Achievement Review (PAR) Program.  Any practicing physician in Alberta will be required to participate every 5 years in a PAR Program as offered by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).  Details of the PAR program is available at www.cpsa.ab.ca/Services/PARprogram.aspx

Guiding Principles

  1. The PFSA is intended to provide students with an opportunity for self-reflection on attitudinal and professional areas of performance not generally examined in other ways.
  2. The PFSA is primarily a feedback (formative) process year I, and an evaluative (summative) process in year II. This is because peer feedback has been shown to be effective only after students become adjusted to the complex learning environment by the second year of medical school.  
  3. The PFSA will operate under the collaborative direction of both the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education.
  4. The Office of the UME and the Office of Student Affairs have a responsibility to both the public and the medical profession to ensure that the results of the feedback process are fully managed.
  5. Participation in PFSA is a mandatory educational event. Medical students should give criticism or feedback to colleagues considerately and constructively. In turn, they should accept criticism graciously, using peer assessment as an important part of the self-evaluative process.
  6. The PFSA can only be successful if delivered in an environment that allows for confidentiality, anonymity and self-reflection.

PFSA Tool

The questionnaire has been shown to be valid, reliable and feasible in the delivery of peer feedback. The tool consists of 21 items that use a Likert scale to describe specific behaviors rather than vague qualities (professional behavior vs. professionalism). A full range of behaviors are described for peer evaluators. Minor adjustments to the tool have been recommended by the Student Evaluation Committee for the purpose of tailoring the tool to the Calgary UME student experience.

 Questions?

If you have any questions about the PFSA process, please email Dr. Patrick Lee at pfsa@ucalgary.ca

PFSA Timelines & Activities - Year 1

 

December 2016

Mandatory Orientation to PFSA and Electives Introduction - Year 1 Students December 2, 2016 @ 12:30

Introduction to CaRMs & Pre-Clerkship Electives - Year 1 Students

CaRMs Interview Workshop - Year 2 Students

January 9 - 13, 2017    Students complete Self-Assessment online in One45.
January 16 & 17, 2017 Peer Feedback Distribution. Students receive evaluations to complete on Peers in One45. Each student will be evaluated by 8 peers. 
January 17 - February 19, 2017 Peer Feedback Evaluation. Students have one month during which to complete the evaluations of their peers.
February 19, 2017 Last date to complete an evaluation of a peer.
February 2017 PFSA Committee reviews Peer Evaluation feedback.
March 2017 Students receive feedback. Each student will receive, via email, the feedback from their peers. The feedback will be anonymous (i.e. you will not see the names of which peer wrote which feedback).  Students will also be given the average results from the class for comparison. 
March 2017 Reflection & Self-Remediation Time. Students have one month during which you are to reflect on the feedback received and complete any self-remediation. Note: If you received a score of "1, 2 or 3" from MORE THAN TWO peers on ANY feedback item, you must meet with Student Affairs or or designate and discuss specific remediation steps.
April 2017 PFSA Committee reviews survey results and meets to discuss concerns.

 

PFSA Timelines & Activities - Year 2

 

October 11, 2016 Student receive Self-Assessment online in One45
October 21, 2016 Students complete Self-Assessment online in One45.
October 24 & 25, 2016 Peer Feedback Distribution. Students receive evaluations to complete on Peers in One45. Each student will be evaluated by 8 peers. 
October 24 - November 22, 2016 Peer Feedback Evaluation. Students have one month during which to complete the evaluations of their peers. 
November 22, 2016 Last date to complete an evaluation of a peer.
December 2016 PFSA Committee reviews Peer Evaluation feedback.
January, 2017 Students receive feedback. Each student will receive, via email, the feedback from their peers. The feedback will be anonymous (i.e. you will not see the names of which peer wrote which feedback).  Students will also be given the average results from the class for comparison.
January  2017 Reflection & Self-Remediation Time. Students have one month during which you are to reflect on the feedback received and complete any self-remediation. Note: If you received a score of "1, 2 or 3" from MORE THAN TWO peers on ANY feedback item, you must meet with Student Affairs or or designate and discuss specific remediation steps.
February 2017 PFSA Committee reviews survey results and meets to discuss concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Health

Student Health

All medical students are automatically enrolled in a health and dental plan with payment of their student fees.  The health plan is explained to new students by a senior medical student at orientation, and information is emailed to students during their first month at the school.  The health plan includes:

  • Pay direct drug benefit
  • Supplementary hospital benefit
  • Supplementary health benefit (physio, ambulance, chiropractor)
  • Out of province benefits
  • Dental – basic, preventative and minor restorative

Although it is not policy to offer disability insurance to students, private plans are available at lowered rates and discussed with students at information seminars offered by the AMA and its affiliated disability insurance company.

Many students arrive in Calgary without a family physician.  Extended efforts are made by staff and physicians to aid medical students in this regard.  The University of Calgary family medicine clinic accepts medical students.  The Student Affairs Office will make every effort to find physicians accepting medical students, some of which have extended hours to accommodate clinical clerks.  The AMA physician and family support line (1-877-747-4637) or www.albertadoctors.org will assist medical students who require a family physician.  Many students also use the on-campus health services clinic open from 9:00 – 4:30 that is staffed continually by family physicians.  For more information you may call 403-210-9355.

  1. Students from outside of Alberta, including international students, are eligible to apply for Alberta Health Care.  This is strongly recommended, as policies from other countries do not cover all medical problems.  For information, dial 310-0000, then dial 780-427-1432.
  2. The Student Health and Dental Plan Office is located on main campus in Room 352 of MacEwan Student Centre (403-220-3906).  You may opt out of either or both plans if you already have extended medical or dental coverage but this must be done by the Plan's stated deadline date.  You can extend either plan to include your spouse or children by paying an extra enrollment fee but this, too, must be done by the deadline.
  3. University Health Services is located in Room 370 of MacEwan Student Centre.  Students can make an appointment by calling 403-210-9355 or 403-210-WELL(9355)
  4. Brentwood Family Medical Centre has extended hours and is located at 510, 3630 Brentwood Road (403-289-6631).(Shopping Centre facing Crowchild Trail)

Immunization, Blood Borne/Air Borne Infections

With admission, medical students must submit immunization status (with appropriate vaccine renewals) with respect to diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B vaccine, measles mumps rubella (MMR), varicella and Mantoux.  Vaccinations are mandatory and must be up-to-date.  Vaccination reminders, vaccination status, and a Mantoux are reviewed with each student by a public health nurse before entering clerkship.

Students are required to complete a series of immunizations (including Hepatitis B).  Students will be required to provide serological evidence of Hepatitis B immunization.  This will be required nine months after starting medical school.  If there is not conversion, appropriate counselling will be offered.  Students must absorb costs for mandatory immunizations and must find clinics willing to immunize.  The health clinic on main campus can provide student immunizations.  Costs are not considered prohibitive.  You may encounter difficulty when trying to register for electives at other sites and will certainly have problems when you begin the clerkship if this is not attended to.

The process of management of people with needle stick injuries and significant exposure risks involves the department of infectious disease, occupational health of the Alberta Health Services and the emergency department.  Occupational health has well-defined policies around blood borne infections.  Students are informed of the policy on two separate occasions (in the third month of medical school and again before clerkship).

Students who are exposed to blood bourne infections during training must report this to the undergraduate medical education office.  However, the UME office does everything in their power to ensure that these individuals complete their training with the appropriate supports.

Blood Borne Exposure

Post Exposure Management CRH Administrative Manual Blood and Body Fluid

(http://www.calgaryhealthregion.ca/policy/docs/1465/PostExposureGuidelines.pdf:

Post Exposure Management:

Workplace Health and Safety Line: 403-955-2900.

  1. Immediate Action by Student
  • allow exposure site to bleed
  • cleanse exposure site with soap and water (if not available use waterless hand cleansers)
  • flush mucous membrane exposure sites with water or saline
  1. Reporting and Testing
  • report the exposure immediately Physician/delegate/nurses; the charge nurse or attending physician (not the exposed employee or student/resident) will then undertake a Patient Risk Assessment, obtain the necessary consent and order appropriate lab testing on the source patient.
  • All incidents of exposure to blood and body fluids must be reported to OH&S by contacting the 24 hour OH&S Call Line (403-234-7799).  Employees shall activate the Accident Reporting System using the “Employee Accident/Incident Investigation Report” form.  Post exposure follow up will be offered to all employees.
  • If patient is known HIV positive or considered high risk to be HIV positive, student should
  1. be immediately referred to Infectious Disease physician and to the Emergency Department for consideration of chemo-prophylaxis.
  2. telephone protection Services (dependent on which hospital you are currently in) to request and "Employee Accident Report" form.  Complete and forward it to Occupational Health and Safety.
  3. if the exposure takes place in a location where there is not a charge nurse, then the attending physician will have to do a Patient Risk assessment.  If the attending physician is unable to do this, then the student should make their way to the Emergency Room.

Air Borne Exposure (Tuberculosis)

Upon exposure provide the following:

  1. Name of Patient
  2. Patient ID #
  3. Date of exposure
  4. Nature of exposure
  5. Names of others exposed
  6. Date of your last TB skin tests
  7. Result of your last TB skin test
  8. Document any of TB or exposure you have received previously.
  9. YOU MUST ALWAYS CONTACT AN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY NURSE (403) 944-4923 FOR:
  • TB status update
  • As required for follow-up
  • To gather further information about the patient who might be infected and others exposed.

Study Buddy Program

Study Buddy Program

This program allows students who are having academic difficulties to obtain tutor support from one of their medical colleagues.

Objectives

  1. Assist in the learning process.
  2. Provide specific assistance in a particular area of medicine.
  3. Aid in studying for exam rewrites.
  4. Providing guidance to the student in developing more efficient study skills.

Referral to the program can be made by the student or by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Medical Education).  If a student wishes to obtain a "study buddy", they should approach the Director of Student Advising & Wellness, who will arrange, with mutual consent, a suitable tutor.  It is important to work closely with the office so that the best tutor match can be found.  Tutors are recruited from each medical school class in the first few months of each academic year.  A coordinator from each class is appointed to help the Director of SAW oversee the program.  A workshop will be offered to those interested in the program.  A mutual contract between the tutors and tutees will need to be signed conjointly.  In addition, this program is a wonderful opportunity to develop friendship.

Contact Jo Holm 

Useful Links and Resources

Useful Links and Resources