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Fear Memorial Conference

 

Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference  

At Dalhousie, we’re proud of our status as one of the top medical schools in Canada and we strive to ensure our medical education programs are responsive and of the highest quality. The Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference is an important tool in our efforts to achieve excellence in medical education.

Each Fear Memorial Conference focuses on an important theme in medical education. The Division of Medical Education partners with a different co-host department from the medical school every year, resulting in a fresh and collaborative approach. Departments can apply to co-host the conference; a selection committee and the Dean of Medicine choose a new co-host department each year.

Upcoming Conference:

Poster [PDF 197 kB]

 

Register

Although there is no charge, registration is required.

Please download, save and fill in  the Registration Form [PDF 87 kB] and return to linda.macnutt@dal.ca

Conference objectives

  1. Identify the types of challenges and stressors learners face during their medical training.
  2. Understand the impact of these challenges and stressors on the health and wellness of learners and practicing physicians.
  3. Consider ways in which we can change the culture of medicine to support and nuture health and wellness.

Conference booklet

This will be present when the next conference is set.

 

Background Readings

To be announced when the next conference is set.

 

 

 

Program

Ballast and Buoyancy: Successfully Sailing Through Your Medical Career

Friday, March 24, 2017 2:30-8:30 p.m.

Locations:

  • Halifax - Theatre A, Tupper Link
  • Fredericton (via videoconference) - DMNB Room 220
  • Miramichi (via videoconference) - DMNB Room 3111
  • Moncton (via videonference) - DMNB 1711
  • Saint John (via videoconference) - Theatre 105
  • Upper Rivier Valley Hospital - Room 14-020A

2:30 p.m.    Registration

3:00 p.m.    Welcome and Introduction

3:15 p.m.    Student perspective (More information to follow)

4:00 p.m.    Resident perspective (More information to follow) -- Dr. Angela McGibbon, DMNB

4:45 p.m.    Small Groups/Scenario Tasks

5:15 p.m.     Large Group Discussion

6:00 p.m.    Wrap Up and What's Happening Tommorrow

6:15 p.m.    Reception and Buffet Dinner

 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Locations: same as above

7:30 a.m.    Breakfast

8:15 a.m.    Recap of Friday's Activities

8:30 a.m.    Keynote Presentation:  Staying Human During Residency Training: How to Survive and Thrive After Medical School - Dr. Alan Peterkin, Psychiatry, University of Toronto

9:30 a.m.    Interactive Resident Problem Solving/Next Steps (More information to come) with Coffee Break

11:15 a.m.    "Round Up" Presentations (more information to come)  - General (Ret'd) Michael Day

12:15 p.m.    Conference WrapUp and Thank You

 

Speakers

Dr. Allan Peterkin

Porfessor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Director, Program in Health, Arts and Humanities, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

He is the author of 14 books for adults on medical humanities, cultural history, narrative medicine, human sexuality and physician wellness including Staying Human During Residency Training: How To Survive and Thrive After Medical School (now in its sixth edition). He has published three picture books for children, The Flyaway Blanket (Magination Press) being the latest.  

Dr Peterkin's talk will be "Staying Human During Medical Training -- How To Survive and Thrive” He will be reviewing the literature on the risks and challenges of medical training, while exploring strategies that promote balance, wellbeing and career satisfaction.

Until fairly recently, researchers and medical licensing bodies concerned themselves only with "physician impairment". A whole new perspective looks at how training programs and colleges can foster a culture of resilience, vocational renewal and happiness in the lives of doctors.

 

 

 

Hotels, tourism and travel

The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Originally built in October 1928, the Lord Nelson Hotel is a legendary landmark in downtown Halifax located at the corner of Spring Garden Road and South Park Street overlooking the famous Public Gardens and the historic Halifax Citadel Fort.

As Halifax’s most historic hotel, The Lord Nelson is the first choice for corporate events, international conferences, wedding receptions and dinners. The hotel’s elegance, charm and Maritime hospitality attracts guests from around the world, including royalty, politicians and celebrities.

Hotel guests are just steps to the vibrant and upscale shopping, dining and entertainment of Halifax’s popular Spring Garden Road area. The picturesque Halifax waterfront, Dalhousie University and hospitals are all within easy walking distance.

Address
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 2L2
Phone: 1-800-565-2020
Website: lordnelsonhotel.ca

Cambridge Suites Halifax

A hotel centered in the vibrant and historic downtown Halifax, all that captures the city's unique spirit is just steps away. There's always something going on, something to do and something to see in Halifax and Cambridge Suites is right in the middle of it all. See what's around the corner and make our city your city during your stay. Step inside a hotel that is at once redefined and playful. Welcome to your downtown Halifax hotel experience.

At Cambridge Suites Halifax, we let you get the most out of downtown Halifax with the added value and comfort of more space. Extra-roomy suites and the fast and friendly service of our up-casual hotel keep you feeling at home in the city. And our perfectly central location next to the famed Citadel Hill will infuse your stay with the hottest sights and sounds of Nova Scotia's capital.

Address
1583 Brunswick Street
Halifax, NS  B3J 3P5
Phone: 1-800-565-1263
Website: cambridgesuiteshalifax.com

The Atlantica Hotel Halifax

This is the place to stay in downtown Halifax. The Atlantica Hotel is a four-star experience where guest rooms are thoughtful and warm, the staff goes above and beyond to please, and the best our city has to offer is close at hand.

All the best our city has to offer is right there outside our doors, ready to greet you. In fact, there’s so much to see and do, it can be a little overwhelming. So our helpful staff would like to make a few suggestions:

  • Delve into the origins of our world at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History.
  • Spend an afternoon browsing the unique boutiques along Spring Garden Road.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade of a camperdown elm in the Public Gardens, an authentic Victorian-era garden.
  • Explore our seafaring heritage at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, home to several significant artifacts from the Titanic.
  • Discover Halifax’s roots as a key British military base inside the walls of the mighty fortress atop Citadel Hill.
  • Sample international cuisine at its finest at any of the many restaurants along Quinpool Road.
  • Take a stroll through the city’s historic north end, home to many local artists and the unique hydrostone area, built shortly after the Halifax Explosion.

Address
1980 Robie Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 3G5 
Phone: 1-888-810-7288
Website: atlanticahotelhalifax.com


Tourism: For more information about local attractions, visit: Destination Halifax and Nova Scotia Tourism

Airport to City Transportation: For local transportation, we suggest Atlantis Limousine (902-240-7100).

The Thomas Fear and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference – A brief history

At Dalhousie, we’re proud of our status as one of the top medical schools in Canada and we strive to ensure our medical education programs are responsive and of the highest quality. The Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference is an important tool in our efforts to achieve excellence in medical education.

Each Fear Memorial Conference focuses on an important theme in medical education. The Division of Medical Education partners with a different co-host department from the medical school every year, resulting in a fresh and collaborative approach. Departments can apply to co-host the conference; a selection committee and the Dean of Medicine choose a new co-host department each year.

Major (Retired) George H. Fear established the Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Endowment at the Dalhousie Medical School in 2005. The endowment called for the development of an annual conference of high standard that would advance medical knowledge of physicians and surgeons.

The first annual Thomas and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference took place in 2008. Dr. Wolfgang Drexler of Cardiff University was the keynote speaker. It was followed by conferences in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The Fear Memorial Conference is accredited by Dalhousie Continuing Professional Development.

Previous Fear Memorial conferences and speakers

Since its establishment in 2005, the Fear Memorial Conference has covered key topics in medical education and attracted renowned experts as speakers.

Previous conferences

The Clinical Learning Environment: Shaping the Physician of the Future (Oct. 21 and 22, 2016)

This one-and-a-half day follow-up workshop arose from the 5th Conference's recommendation to promote respectful learning clinical learning environments. Department Heads/Educational Leads in clinical departments were invited to serve as champions to lead the work of focusing on developing strategies for creating respectful clinical learning environments. 

Workshop objectives were to (a) build on the work done in January 2016 on changing the learner-faculty power dynamics in the clinical learning environment; (b) build/increase capacity to effectively create a respectful learning environment; and (c) build sustainability of this program in the future

Changing Power Dynamics in the Clinical Learning Environment..Check Yourself, January 15-16, 2016 (cohosted by the Division of Medical Education and the Department of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Perioperative Medicine

Simulation Education in the Maritimes, November 14-15, 2014 (co-hosted by the Division of Medical Education and Department of Surgery)

Moving On Up! (Are our medical students well prepared to enter clerkship?) January 11-12, 2013 (co-hosted by Division of Medical Education and Department of Medicine)

How Can Research Improve the Health Care System? April 28, 2011 (hosted by Community Health and Epidemiology)

Form and Function in Ocular Disease (A multi-disciplinary clinical and basic science symposium), September 26-27, 2008 (hosted by Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)

Previous keynote speakers

Follow-up to 2016 Conference

  • Dr. Wendy Stewart, Medical Humanities-HEALS, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The Honourable Judge Heather A. Lamoureux, Q.C., Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Dr. Dolores McKeen, Dept. of Anesthesia, Pain Management and Peri-Operative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

2016 Conference

  • Dr. Joyce Fried, Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Dr. Wendy Stewart, Medical Humanities-HEALS, Division of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • The Honourable Judge Heather A. Lamoureux, Q.C., Provincial Court of Alberta, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Elaine Seifert, Calgary, AB, Canada

2014 Conference

  • Dr. Dimitri Anastakis, University of Toronto, ON
  • Ms. Colette Foisy-Doll, Grant MacEwan University, AB
  • Dr. Stanley Hamstra, University of Ottawa, ON

2013 Conference

  • Dr. Kevin Imrie, University of Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Geneviéve Moineau, CACMS/CACME

2011 Conference

  • Sir Micheal Rawlins, UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK

2008 Conference

  • Dr. Wolfgang Drexler, Cardiff University, Wales, UK