Sometimes we do not take enough time for ourselves. The recent death of the poet Derek Walcott brought this poem to my attention which I thought is far better than any blog I could write.
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Derek Walcott (23 January 1930 – 17 March 2017)
Gary tells me that I need to write a Blog. Once I looked up what this actually was and dragged myself into the twentieth century at least, I gave it some thought, and, well, he might be right. Before committing to this I thought I had better check out what the commitment looked like - just how long should a blog be? Not surprisingly if you search for this information on line you can get an answer that fits your requirement - some say as short as possible (60 words!) to a more lengthy missive of 2000-2500 words. I can assure you I ascribe to the former rather than the latter. As much as I would like to be pouring my thoughts upon the virtual paper on a regular basis I think I should spare you, and myself, and set a target of perhaps one a month and see how it goes. And now the tricky bit - content! Over the last three years there have been a number of topics that have arisen that are difficult to address outside of a conversation, but perhaps, as we are all too busy (which may be suitable topic in itself) this blog may act as a useful substitute. Most of these questions arise around the question of roles within the University department, expectations, protected time, academic output, educational roles, what the University does for you etc. So, coming soon I will give this a go. I hope it might generate an on line conversation, but that is up to you - I would welcome your comments, input and suggestions for discussion topics. Over the last few years we have used a number of surveys to garner your opinions but now that many of the projects have got up and running perhaps we can move to a more 'real time' interaction, addressing specific questions - we shall see.
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The Residents Research Day was held on 18th June in the pleasant surroundings of Snell Hall at the St. James Cathedral Centre. The day was focused on the presentations by PGY4s and PGY5s as part of their graduating requirements. Each presentation ran for 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Pleasingly the talks generated much interest and often the discussion had to be curtailed despite more questions in order to keep on time. The title's varied from 'The role of MRI in imaging of suspected appendicitis in pregnancy', to 'Factors Influencing Radiology Residents’ Fellowship Training and Practice Preferences' and included 'CT Image Optimization for Visualization of Vulnerable Plaque'. The winner of the residents' research prize for best presentation was Dr. Ali Jahed for his talk entitled 'The effect of priming using an instructional video on the performance of radiology residents in a hybrid simulation of an ultrasound guided biopsy'.
We had the honour of Dean Trevor Young joining us for lunch where he took the time to chat with the graduating PGY5s as well as welcoming the attendees to the afternoon session. During the lunch period there was an opportunity to view poster presentations displayed in the Library.
The prize for best poster went to David Chenhan Wang for his work entitled 'Acute Abdomen in the Emergency Department: Is CT a Time Limiting Factor'? David is a medical student working with Dr. Phyllis Glanc as a summer student, who has had significant success presenting his work at international meetings and achieving a recent publication.
Following the Resident presentations, a new part of the program provided the newly formed research groups an opportunity to present some of their research programs. The groups were asked to present short talks of three slides each by three group members representing senior and junior faculty and a trainee. Each group took different approaches to present their research, some resorting to free T-shirt giveaways! The gathered residents acted as the judges, similar to Dragons' Den, and the eventual winners of the competition were presenters from the Innovation, Translation and Attrition group.