NGSA Weekly Newsletter

1. Graduate Dinner Committee
2. Operation New Socks for the Homeless: Starting January 27th
3. Timeline for Graduating and Licensing
4. MITCAS Information Session: February 6th
5. Graduate Diploma in Oncology/Palliative Care : Applications due February 15th
6. McGill Journal of Law and Health: Annual Colloquium: February 22nd

Graduate Dinner Committee

The NGSA is still looking for people to help out with organizing the dinner for this year’s graduating class. If you want to lend a hand in any stage of the process please drop us a line at You don’t need to be a graduating student to help out!

Operation New Socks for the Homeless

Welcome Hall Mission launches “Operation New Socks for the Homeless”, an initiative to collect men’s and women’s socks that will be distributed to thousands of Montreal’s homeless.

Wearing clean, dry socks during the frigid winter season comes as second nature for many people, but can you imagine walking miles every day without them? Soaked feet, constant standing, skin infections, frostbite and diseases like diabetes take their toll on the feet of homeless people. “Keeping feet warm and dry with clean socks is the best way to promote healthy feet” said Welcome Hall mission President Cyril Morgan. “This Sock Drive is a caring, effective way people can reach out to their neighbours in need.”

Socks can be dropped at the Research Unit in the Red McGill bag marked “Sock Drive” and will be delivered to the mission.

No time to get socks? Financial donations can be made towards the purchase of socks by donating online at:

Join us in spreading the word by following us on Facebook and Twitter and tweet using the #WarmHeartsWarmFeet and #OperationNewSocks hashtags!

Timeline for Graduation and Licensing

As per Anna (note that the licensing part applies only to the DE’s):
In order to be able work as ‘CPNP’ after completing your nursing program, the OIIQ must receive an official McGill transcript confirming that the degree has been granted – not just your grades. Students are responsible for requesting this official document after the ‘Degree Granted’ designation has been entered on the MINERVA transcript. This is the process before the designation can appear on your record:
1) Students must apply to graduate on MINERVA by the deadline (see
2) All winter term grades must be submitted on MINERVA by the deadline (usually by early May – see above link for the actual date when set by Grad Studies).
3) Graduate Studies office will then conduct a pre-graduation audit of students’ academic records (if there are issues Grad Studies will contact me for clarification and I will contact the student when needed).
4) Students that pass the degree audit are placed on the graduation list to be approved by McGill Senate prior to convocation (see above link for this year’s meeting date).
5) Once the list is approved by Senate, Graduate Studies office will enter the ‘Degree Granted’ designation on the students’ MINERVA transcript.

N.B.: Please verify MINERVA for the designation to appear on your record before requesting an official transcript at:

Sent your transcript to:

Bureau du registraire
Ordre des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Québec
4200, boul. Dorchester Ouest
Westmount (Québec) H3Z 1V4

MITCAS Information Session

The McGill Faculty of Medicine is pleased to invite faculty members and graduate students to an information session on Mitacs ( and its various programs to support industry and academic collaborations, given by Mitacs Director of Business Development, Rebecca Reich.
Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. More information can be found in the attached documents.
All researchers and graduate students are encouraged to attend this information session.
Please note that MITACS has several programs running and many Faculty members can benefit from their programs. Please also note that not all programs require an industry partner and the “Mitacs Globalink” can provide international summer students to Faculty paid by MITACS (housing, travel and stipend).

Date: February 6th, 2014
Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm
Place: Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre, Room 501
***Please RSVP to Olivia directly if you are interested in attending.

Olivia Novac, Ph.D.
Commercialization Officer for the Faculty of Medicine, office location: McIntyre room 903B | Office of Sponsored Research – Commercialization
McGill University | Research and International Relations | James Administration Building, 2nd Floor | 845 Sherbrooke St. W | Montreal, QC H3A 0G4 | T: 514.398.5887| F: 514.398.4853 | |

Graduate Diploma in Oncology/Palliative Care

The University of Windsor’s Faculty of Nursing ( is pleased to partner with de Souza Institute ( to offer the Graduate Diploma in Oncology/Palliative Care.

This program is designed to help health care professionals meet the challenges associated with working with oncology and palliative care patients. The online delivery allows this program to be accessible to students across Canada and potentially worldwide. An additional simulation component will take place on-site at the Faculty of Nursing’s state-of-the-art, newly expanded facilities in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

New for 2014: We have revised the admission criteria to open this program to health care professionals with a completed health-care related undergraduate honours degree and a minimum of two years’ experience in a health-related field. We welcome applications from health care professionals, including nurses, physicians, physician assistants, physiotherapists, dentists, social workers, psychologists, etc.

Program details, brochure and application information are available at:

We are currently recruiting students for this program for Fall 2014 – part-time or full-time. Application deadline for the Fall (September) intake is February 15 or until seats are filled.

Sheema Inayatulla, BSc, MBA
Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Nursing
University of Windsor
Room 334, Toldo Health Education Centre
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4

T: 519.253.3000, x2281
F: 519.973.7084

McGill Journal of Law and Health: Annual Colloquium

Greetings from the the McGill Journal of Law and Health!

We are currently reaching out to faculties at McGill that have interests related to our sixth annual colloquium, titled Litigating for health care reform in Canada: How new legal challenges aim to extend Chaoulli’s scope. The aim of this bilingual and student-based initiative is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on issues where health and law intersect, encouraging the development of better health care policy in Canada.

The Colloquium will address legal and policy issues associated with challenges in new cases coming from Alberta and British Columbia aiming to extend the reach of the decision in Chaoulli v. Quebec [2005], and how these legal challenges will influence the future of Canada’s public healthcare system. Panelists including Me. Bruce W. Johnston who represented George Zeliotis in the Chaoulli case, Prof. Alana Klein from McGill’s faculty of Law, and John Carpay of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms will discuss whether litigation is an effective forum to influence policy change, and beyond Chaoulli, discuss the impact positive outcomes in the Alberta and British Columbia cases could have on the medical profession and on patients’ rights.

This full day event is scheduled to take place on Saturday 22 February 2014 at the McGill Faculty of Law, so save the date!

All the best,

Colloquium Committee
McGill Journal of Law and Health
Faculty of Law/ Faculté de droit
305 – 3644 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1W9

****Thanks for reading, have a great week!****

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