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Congratulations Dr. Lukings!

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 The Preceptor Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Pre-Clerkship Family Medicine was recently awarded to the NRC's own Student Affairs Director, Dr. Jorin Lukings.  This award is presented to the most deserving Family Medicine preceptor for excellence in teaching undergraduate, pre-clerkship (FME) medical students.

My Elective Experience Helped Me Choose My Residency Program

By Ellen Robb, MD Candidate, Class of 2018

I was lucky to spend elective time with the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team in beautiful Niagara West. Smithville is a small farming town just outside of Grimsby, close to of Hamilton and St. Catharines, but very much its own community. This family health team includes a group of 8 physicians, a dietician, a diabetes educator, a nurse practitioner, social workers and nursing staff. Physicians in the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team work in a variety of settings within the community; taking care of their own patients at West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, going on home visits, working in nursing homes and the staffing the local emergency department.

As a learner in family medicine my time spent in Smithville allowed for a unique experience in primary care. A typical day could include seeing patients of all ages in the clinic for acute and routine health visits, participating in inpatient care, assisting with obstetrics at the local hospital, or seeing nursing home residents. It was a wonderful introduction to full service medicine, and opportunity to gain an appreciation for the importance of providing comprehensive health care in a rural setting. Being able to see patients across environments gave a new perspective on the natural course of common diseases, and the role of primary care in identifying early changes and navigating treatments. For me, it was an example of the power of primary care, and a model of how I would like to practice medicine in the future.

Beyond the varied clinic environments, the Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team supports and encourages teaching and learning. Everyday there was space set aside for me to see patients, computer access and training provided, and an engaging and supportive preceptor. It was common for physicians to discuss cases together, to seek out the advice of the onsite allied health professionals and to invite me to see uncommon presentations or procedures. Questions were encouraged and always welcomed. This combination of comprehensive primary health care, exceptional teaching and an intentionally supportive learning environment made for a phenomenal experience that inspired me to pursue family medicine training in residency.

First Day in Niagara

Class of 2020!

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Since opening in 2008, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, Niagara Regional Campus has hosted the “First Day in Niagara” event to welcome our 28 incoming medical students and provide them the opportunity to explore and experience the Niagara Region.
The “First Day in Niagara” is the perfect opportunity to meet our students, have an open dialogue, and encourage them to appreciate the Niagara Region during their program.  The campus welcomes the community representatives to participate in the event to illustrate to our students how the communities contribute to making Niagara a wonderful place to live, work, and grow.

On September 13, 2017, the campus welcomed the new class of 2020.  We enjoyed a  fun-filled day exploring the Niagara Region, including the Niagara Campus, NHS St. Catharines Site, Roselawn Centre (Port Colborne), Niagara Helicopters, Niagara Hornblower, and 335 on the Ridge Restaurant (Ridgeway).

Thank you to all of the donors, contributors, community participants, and campus partners for making Welcome Day so successful!

2017 CFPC Student Scholarship Award

NRC's very own Mike Milo (Class of 2018) was the latest recipient to receive the 2017 CFPC Student Scholarship Award. These awards recognize outstanding medical students who have demonstrated an interest or commitment to a career in family medicine.

Mike joins past Niagara recipients, including;  Kate Jolley 2016, Clara Sellers 2015, and  Aidan Jeffery 2013.

Congratulations Mike!



Teddy Bear Clinic


The Teddy Bear Clinic is an engaging initiative for children aged 3-9 in which they role play medical scenarios with their plush teddy bears. Participants work through a variety of situations including routine doctor’s visits and hospital settings (x-ray imaging/fracture clinics, anesthesia/ORs) as well as health promotion stations (dental care, physical well-being, mental health, nutrition, hand hygiene).

The purpose of this activity is to alleviate fears associated with medical procedures by providing children with an opportunity to become familiar with the health system in a safe and fun environment. Furthermore, Teddy Bear Clinics have therapeutic utility, as children are given a protected environment in which to explore fears they may have surrounding their own illness or that of a loved one.

Overall, a Teddy Bear Clinic is a child-centred learning opportunity to educate children about their health by exploring topics, including mental and physical well-being, through the lens of teddy bears. Each child is provided with their own hand-made teddy bear, dental kit and a certificate of courage to take home.

Thank you to our Class of 2018/2019 students for participating in this amazing initiative!


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Farewell Celebration for Dr. Karl Stobbe


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From Left: Dr. Rob Whyte, Mr. Brian Hutchings, Dr. Jorin Lukings
From Right: Dr. Paul O'Byrne, Dr. Stephen Taylor, Dr. Maynard Luterman
Centre: Dr. Amanda Bell & Dr. Karl Stobbe


To honour Dr. Stobbe for his extensive contributions towards learning and his passion for global health initiatives the campus has establishing the Stobbe Global Health Fund.  The bursary would provide students financial support while allowing them the opportunity to experience and learn about serving marginalized people in different settings around the world.

On June 17th, 2017, the Niagara Regional Campus hosted a farewell celebration to honour Dr. Karl Stobbe as he completed his ten-year tenure as our Regional Assistant Dean.

The farewell celebration included a Karl E. Stobbe Lecture (KES  established by the graduating class of 2011) on Opioid Prescribing, featuring international speaker Dr. Edwin Salsitz, followed by a campus open house, and farewell dinner at White Oaks.

Congratulations on your retirement Dr. Stobbe!

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