Namta Gupta1It is with great pleasure that we announce the re-appointment of Dr. Namta Gupta as Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, effective June 1, 2015.

Dr. Gupta, initially appointed to the position in 2009, has led the Student Affairs Office and services with enthusiasm, energy and dedication. Over the course of her first term, she co-launched several programs, together with the Assistant Dean of Resident Affairs, to promote wellness, resilience and professionalism in the Faculty of Medicine learning environment.

Services offered by Dr. Gupta and her team range from on-site academic, career and personal counseling to cultural and financial support. She also serves as the Faculty’s Ombudsperson. In addition to advocacy and advising, her office organizes a number of information sessions and workshops to address the challenges and opportunities on the road to becoming a doctor. She is founder and Director of the Longitudinal Wellness Course in McGill’s new medical curriculum.

In her Assistant Dean role, Dr. Gupta is also Chair of the Faculty’s Scholarship Committee, Chair of the Admissions Professionalism Standards Committee and Co-Chair of the Learning Environment Committee. She has been a key presenter to all faculty levels regarding the learning environment and the Faculty Code of Conduct.  She is also responsible for liaising with the Faculty’s Medical Students’ Society executive team and the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec, among other relevant groups.

Dr. Gupta received her MD from the University of Manitoba in 1993 and completed her residency training in Family Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Center in Montreal. She received her Fellowship from the College of Family Physicians in 2010.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, as well as Chief of Teaching and faculty member at the CSSS de la Montagne. Dr. Gupta has been involved in teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in our Faculty, with a particular interest in women’s health, health promotion and mental health. An empathetic and effective advocate for student wellness, her strengths were most recently recognized with a Mary H. Brown Endowment Award.

Our congratulations go to Namta on her re-appointment, together with our support and wishes for continued success in this key area of our educational mandate.

Dr. David Eidelman

Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Robert Primavesi

Associate Dean

Medical Education & Student Affairs