To all members of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences,

One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 had become a global pandemic. At the time, we could only imagine what would ensue. We now know, as we progressively make our way back to a new normal. In retrospect, so much has changed, and yet we continue to teach, learn, treat patients and conduct our science, because of the heroic and inspiring efforts of all of you.

Today, together with other Canadians and Quebecers, I invite you to take part in a moment of silence to remember the millions of people who have tragically died of COVID-19 worldwide, their families, their partners and their friends, and all those whose lives have forever changed. I know that many of us in the Faculty have lost someone close or have been deeply impacted in other ways. This moment of silence is for all of you. At McGill, various activities are planned, including a commemorative event organized by McGill’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Other events are taking place in our hospital centres. Quebec will hold a ceremony at 12:10 p.m. and a moment of silence at 1 p.m. If you choose to observe a moment of silence, please don’t hesitate to choose whatever time is best for you.

I also take this moment to thank all of you for what you continue to do, day in and day out, starting with our health care professionals, who are heroically and relentlessly fighting this virus and helping its victims fight for their lives. I am grateful for our outstanding students and residents, who have shown their deep commitment to our shared mission through their actions and resilience, and our amazing teachers who turned on a dime to deliver courses remotely and integrate safe in-person learning. Our administration and support staff have demonstrated the same valour and determination under very difficult circumstances and with diminished resources. And last but not least, I am very thankful for our world-class scientists, without whom we would not be looking forward to the spring, summer and fall with hope and optimism.

I consider myself very fortunate to be part of this community. Stay safe and well, and please don’t hesitate to avail yourself of the resources available to you, provided below.


Dr. David Eidelman

Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

McGill and other resources:

March 11, 2021