This year, McGill’s Mini-Med series takes an in-depth look at acute care, including intensive care, emergency rooms and trauma. The series of six talks runs from October 17 to November 21, 2012. The McGill Mini-Med School – which offers to the public a series of conferences by leading McGill experts – premiered in the fall of 2001, the first such program in Canada.

The series begins October 17 through November 21, on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, McGill University, 3655 Promenade Sir-William-Osler, Charles Martin Amphitheatre, 6th floor.

The schedule of this year’s series is as follows:

October 17 – Caring for casualties: The epidemic of sports-related injuries

Athletes participating in organized sports at both the amateur and professional levels are experiencing an increasing number of injuries. One of the most troublesome forms of trauma in the athlete is concussion. Recent statistics on the prevalence of trauma in all contact sports will be discussed.

Speaker: Dr. David Mulder, Chief of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine; Club Physician for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club.
 October 24 – Your heart health: getting to the heart of the matter

What is heart disease? Why do some people get it and some don’t? Learn about prevention and treatment of common cardiac conditions.

Speaker: Dr. Nadia Giannetti, founder and Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Centre at the MUHC; Chief of Cardiology, MUHC.
 October 31 – ER: Your safety net

The ER is your safety net. How does it function? When should you use the ER and what can the ER do for you?

Speaker: Dr. Marc Afilalo, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill; Director, Emergency Department, SMBD-Jewish General Hospital; Director, Emergency Multidisciplinary Research Unit (EMRU), SMBD-Jewish General Hospital.
 November 7– ICU: High intensity caring

Exploring the world of the critically ill – how do you end up there, how sick is sick, what are your chances of surviving? A short journey into the difficult world of the sickest patients in the hospital.

Speaker: Dr. Ash Gursahaney, Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill; Senior Physician, MUHC; Associate Chief, Department of Critical Care, MUHC.
 November 14 – Flying doctors: Air care

We will look at the history of aviation medicine from its origins to modern-day practice. We will explore the effects of the unique environment in a pressurized aircraft that the treating doctor must consider in order to properly care for the sick patient being transported over thousands of miles. Finally, we will consider the future of air transport and how modern medicine will be practiced.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Churchill-Smith, President, Division of International Affairs MUHC; President, MMI Montreal Medical International Inc. and its charity, Optimal Health Care Foundation; Senior Physician, MUHC; Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill.
  November 21 – Trauma: Why accidents are rarely accidental

An exploration of injury in our communities, from prevention to trauma team response – the good, the bad and the ugly of Montreal.

Speaker: Dr. Tarek Razek, trauma/general surgeon and intensivist who is the current Director of the Adult Trauma Program, MUHC; assistant physician for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club.

*All lectures are presented in English

The cost is $114.96 and $68.97 for students and seniors. Registration is on a first come first served basis.

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October 12, 2012