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. We partner with a different co-host department from the medical school for each conference, 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.

This conference is accredited by Dalhousie Continuing Professional Development.

Upcoming Conference

The 9th Annual Thomas Fear and Alice Morgans Fear Memorial Conference is coming on March 27-28, 2020 at the Halifax Convention Centre, Argyle Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

Agenda  [PDF 196 kB]

 

A Brief History

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,  2016, 2017 and 2018. The next conference will be in March of 2020.

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

2018: The 8th:  Health and Healthcare Systems -- Meeting Our Needs for the Future --  (November 2, 2018; cohosted by Dal-150)

2018 Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Lindsay Peach, VP Integrated Health Services Community Support and Management, Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Mr. Andre Picard, National Health Reporter and Columnist, Globe and Mail
  • Ms. Maureen MacDonald, Canadian academic and politician
  • Dr. David Petrie, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

2017: two conferences -- one in the spring; the other in the late fall  

(Fall 2017) (co-hosted with the Dalhousie Department of Emergency Medicine) celebrated 150 years of Medicine at Dalhousie University and commemorated 100 years since the Halifax Explosion (December 6, 1917). Two themes:

The 7th: Disaster Planning and Management (December 2, 2017)

Pre-conference Lecture: The Medical Response to the Halifax Explosion
(November 29, 2017)

2017 Conference (November/December) Speakers:

  • Dr. T.J. (Jock) Murray, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Dr. Stephen Wheeler, emergency physician; Medical Director, BC Air Ambulance Service, BC
  • Mr. Michael Laurie, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, Critical Care; Flight Paramedic, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Centre
  • Dr. Lori Connors, General Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhhousie University, Halifax, NS

The 6th: Ballast and Boyancy: Successfully Sailing Through Your Medical Career (March 24-25, 2017) (co-hosted by the Division of Medical Education and Department of Psychiatry)

2017 Conference (March) Speakers:

  • Dr. Allan Peterkin, Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Director, Program in Health, Arts and Humanities, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Lieutenant General (retired) D. Michael Day
  • Dr. Marlon Danilewitz, 2nd year research track psychiatry resident, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Angela McGibbon, Assistant Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS 

2016: The 5th conference and a follow-up workshop

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.

Follow-up to 2016 Conference Speakers:

  • 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
The 5th: 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)

2016 Conference Speakers:

  • 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: The 4th: Simulation Education in the Maritimes (November 14-15, 2014; co-hosted by the Division of Medical Education and Department of Surgery)

2014 Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Dimitri Anastakis, University of Toronto, ON
  • Ms. Colette Foisy-Doll, Grant MacEwan University, AB
  • Dr. Stanley Hamstra, University of Ottawa, ON
2013: The 3rd: 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)

2013 Conference Speakers

  • Dr. Kevin Imrie, University of Toronto, ON
  • Dr. Geneviéve Moineau, CACMS/CACME
2011:  The 2nd:  How Can Research Improve the Health Care System? (April 28, 2011; hosted by Community Health and Epidemiology)

2011 Conference Speaker

  • Sir Micheal Rawlins, UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, UK
2008:  The 1st: 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)

2008 Conference Speaker

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