Undecided on her career goal, Rita Watterson decided to spend a couple of years globetrotting after completing her undergraduate degree.
Traveling to Latin America and then Changwon, South Korea – where she taught English – allowed her glimpses into the daily lives of ordinary people.
“It was shocking how factors as simple as access to water and good nutrition shaped health outcomes,” says Watterson.
Seeing examples of gender inequities also motivated her to write a chapter in Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, to be published in August by Edward Elgar Publishing. The chapter is titled, A Gender-Based Consideration of Diseases of Occupation: Narratives of Ultra-Poor Bangladeshi Women Heads of Household.
That contribution earned the prestigious inclusion in the Top 30 Under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Co-operation in 2012, which recognizes persons who work in global health. Read more...
Welcome to the Menagerie AyeAyes!
At each spring convocation, the Faculty of Medicine adds another animal to its MD Alumni Menagerie. This year the Aye-Ayes, medical school class of 2013, joins the menagerie.
The Faculty of Medicine began naming its medical school classes after animals in 1975 when a professor became frustrated with his class and called them “a bunch of turkeys.” The name stuck and so did the tradition, with each medical class naming the class behind them. For obvious reasons, the inaugural medical class, the Class of 1973, identify themselves as the Guinea Pigs. Read more...
Menagerie TShirt Now on Sale!
The UofC Faculty of Medicine has partnered with the Medical Bookstore to offer TShirts showcasing the MD Menagerie. The Bookstore will contribute 10% of the proceeds to the Faculty of Medicine Alumni Bursary. Stay tuned for information about purchasing the t-shirt on line.
Alumni Time Capsule
In celebration of the Faculty of Medicine's 40th Anniversary, the Faculty of Medicine Alumni Association installed a MD Menagerie time capsule to preserve each graduating classes' mementos. Read more here.
More Benefits of Being a UofC Alumni
Congratulations! As a U of C grad, you've earned a free, lifelong membership into the Alumni Association and are part of a strong alumni family of 140,000. The various benefits that come with your membership will give you access to services and save you money throughout your life. Click here to read more about ways you can
Collaboration recognized in the 2013 Alumnus of Distinction Call for Nomination
This year, the Faculty of Medicine Alumni Affairs will be presenting the Alumnus of Distinction Award for Collaboration to a UofC medical graduate “in recognition of outstanding commitment to collaboration in the pursuit of excellence in health outcomes.”
Perhaps you are aware of one of our Alumni making substantial contributions to improve health outcomes by working as part of a team. This award will acknowledge the time and energy dedicated to any form of collaboration or interdisciplinary work. This could be demonstrated by cooperation and collaboration between such partners as educators, researchers, service delivery personnel and administrators.
We invite you to nominate a University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine graduate for this prestigious award. Nominations should be in the Alumni Affairs Office by July 2, 2013. The winner will be chosen by the members of the Alumni Affairs Committee and announced in September.
Beaver Named to Order of the University
Dr. Cyril Frank, MD '76, has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary for almost 30 years, achieving national and international stature as a clinician-scientist. He has been a champion for improving patient care, and had a wide-reaching impact in health care policy and delivery both locally and provincially. Dr. Frank was awarded the Order of The University of Calgary during the 2013 May convocation ceremony. Individuals who are recognized with The Order of The University of Calgary have a history of distinguished service to the university.
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On the Move
Dr. Lara Cooke, (MD'99, a Dugong) has been appointed UofC Faculty of Medicine, associate dean, CME. More...
Dr. Todd Anderson (MD '85, a Wombat) had been appointed as Zone Clinical Department Head and Faculty Department Head for the Department of Cardiac Sciences, and the Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Insitute of Alberta. Read more here...
Dr. Bill Ghali (MD '90, a Panda) has been named director of the Calgary Institute for Population and Public Health. More...
Dr. Cy Frank, (MD '76, a beaver) is named president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA). Read More...
Dik - Dik, Dr. Gurdeep Parhar (MD '92), is appointed Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism at UBC. Read more...
Bonobo, Dr. Jeff Veale, MD 2000, won the 2009 University of Calgary GOLD (Graduate of the Last Decade Award). More...