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IMS50 Conference

Co-Chairs: Melvin Silverman and Mingyao Liu

Breakfast and registration (8:00 – 8:30am)

Morning Session (8:30 – 10:45am)

Welcome and objectives

  • Mingyao Liu, IMS Director
  • Trevor Young, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UofT
  • Cheryl Regehr, Provost, University of Toronto


Chair: Trevor Young, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Uof T and Daniel Jay, Dean, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University

  • IMS and Clinical Departments – A 50 year synergic relationship: Rebooting for the next 50! – Mel Silverman, former IMS Director, Professor of Medicine, UofT
  • Graduate training in clinical departments and hospitals – Allan Kaplan, Vice Dean Graduate and Academic Affairs, FofM, UofT
  • Graduate training in medical science at Harvard Medical School – David Cardozo, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Director of the Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University
  • The 10,000 PhDs Project:  Implications for Graduate Education in IMS – Reinhart Reithmeier, Senior Advisor to the Dean of School of Graduate Studies, former Chair of Biochemistry

Coffee break (10:45 – 11:00am)

Concurrent Sessions (11:00am – 12:30pm)

Session I. Student support and engagement

Chairs: Luc Di Nil, Acting Dean Students, SGS and Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

  • The role of faculty members – Howard Mount, Professor, IMS Director of Education and Graduate coordinator, UofT
  • The role of staff members – Dan Volchok, Associate Dean, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University
  • Helping Hands: The Role of Peer Support and Mentorship in Graduate Training  – Craig Madho, MHSc Candidate and IMS Students Association Co-President
  • Discussion

Session II. Development of interdisciplinary research programs

Chairs: Mel Silverman, former IMS Director and David Cardozo, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Director of the Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard University

  • Proposal for introducing programmatic based graduate science curriculum – Cindi Morshead, Professor and Chair of Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, former IMS Graduate Coordinator, UofT
  • The American experience – TBC
  • The Canadian experience: Program Areas within Medical Sciences at McMaster University – Judy West-Mays, Assistant Dean, Medical Sciences Graduate Program, McMaster University
  • Discussion

Session III. Developing graduate courses.

Chairs: Gregory Downey, Associate Dean, University of Colorado and Tara Beattie, Associate Dean, Graduate Science Education, University of Calgary

  • Training PhD students with medical knowledge – Connie Cepko, Co-Director, Leder Medical Sciences Program, Harvard
  • Disruptive technologies – Preparing students for tomorrow – Lucy Su, Ontario Government
  • Graduate course review and renovation – Anne-Marie Lauzon, Director of Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University
  • Discussion

Lunch and networking opportunities (12:30 – 1:30pm)

Afternoon Session (1:30 – 3:30pm)

Chairs: Reports from concurrent sessions (1:30 – 2:00pm)

Panel discussion: Clinician Investigator Training – the future leaders (2:00 – 3:00 pm)

Chairs: Catharine Whiteside, former Dean, Faculty of Medicine, UofT and Eliot Phillipson, former Chair of Department of Medicine, UofT

Panelists: Clinical chairs from Faculty of Medicine, UofT.

Topics to be discussed:

  • What kinds of Clinician Scientists and Clinician Investigators would you like to hire?
  • How do we encourage trainees to regain an interest in biomedical science?
  • How do we deal with the shortage of funding for MD/PhD students in Canada?
  • How do we best manage non-MD graduate students in clinical departments?
  • Should clinical chairs be involved in graduate education?

Keynote presentation: Graduate education in biomedical science (3:00 – 3:30 pm)

Introduction: Aubie Angel, former IMS Director and President, Friends of CIHR

Speaker: Shirley Tilghman, President Emerita, Princeton University

Concluding remarks – Mingyao Liu