St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association Events

Our scheduled events will also be posted on the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Events Page and be distributed through the Research Training Centre and SRSA newsletters.

Here is a list of the types of events* held by the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association:

*Please note that all events will be held over Zoom for the time being. Events may be cancelled or adjusted due to the evolving situation and availability of speakers.

Socials

Welcome Trivia – September 24th, 2020 at 7 pm

Meet the new graduate students and show everyone your trivia skills! A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winner.

Halloween Party – October 29th, 2020 at 3 pm

Come join us for an afternoon of games, costume contests and prizes! Please submit photos of you in your all-time favourite costume by October 29th at 10am at bit.ly/SRSACostume

Meeting ID: 945 1572 4390
Passcode: 717344
 
Research Month Book Club – November 27th, 2020 at 3PM
 
Since November is Research Month, SRSA has planned a book club + discussion that will occur on November 27 based on the novel The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Please check out the following link to find out how to access the book: bit.ly/SRSABook
 
Meeting ID: 951 8327 3218
Passcode: 940430

SRSA Movie Night – December 4th, 2020 at 6PM

Come de-stress with SRSA on Friday, December 4th. We will we watching Arthur Christmas using Teleparty (Google extension) so bring your popcorn and get comfortable! Please be advised that a Netflix account is required to participate in this event.

Briefly join us on Zoom at 6pm to get the Teleparty link.

https://zoom.us/j/97223004367?pwd=Q3RMUzQ1dUdjdGdYMGZXeXJxQU5JUT09

Meeting ID: 972 2300 4367
Passcode: 037197

Holiday Party – December 17th, 2020 at 6PM

Join SRSA for a night of fun games and activities! We will have several prizes to be won throughout the night, so get cozy and come celebrate the holidays with SRSA!

https://zoom.us/j/97223004367?pwd=Q3RMUzQ1dUdjdGdYMGZXeXJxQU5JUT09
Meeting ID: 972 2300 4367
Passcode: 037197

SRSA Board Game Night – Jan 8th, 2021 at 4PM

Start the year off right with our fun Zoom game board night! Grab your favourite snacks and join us for a night filled with fun online board games and phone games like Among Us.

Come out to have a good time and make new friends!

https://zoom.us/j/95893399397?pwd=OFZ5Mm5paHl1NGt6Nk4wVjZ2RmRzZz09
Meeting ID: 958 9339 9397
Passcode: 596272

Academic

Graduate School 101 – October 5th 2020, at 3 pm

This panel features current SMH graduate students who will speak about their experiences including PAC meetings, extracurricular engagement and presentations.

Meeting ID: 997 0080 7375 Passcode: 599187

Scholarship Workshop – October 15, 2020 at 2 pm 

Please join us for our workshop on how to successfully apply to scholarships featuring Dr. Eno Hysi!  Throughout his studies, Dr. Hysi has been the recipient of numerous academic awards and scholarships including OGS, NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and most recently, two prestigious fellowships, Banting and KRESCENT.

https://zoom.us/j/93229579161?pwd=OWN4azJ1aVhpVEswY3FsM3Z6Yi9aZz09
Meeting ID: 932 2957 9161
Passcode: 942239

Becoming a Better Reviewer – October 28th, 2020 at 1 pm 

Join RTC and SRSA for a special session hosted by Drs. Kati Szaszi and Janet Parsons on becoming a better reviewer. You will learn how to catch common mistakes and avoid pitfalls in grant and scholarship applications. Please note this session is open to everyone but highly recommended for reviewers of SRSA’s Internal Peer Review Program.

 
Meeting ID: 948 2000 4880
Passcode: RTCxSRSA
 

Elevator Pitch Prep Session – November 12th, 2020 at 4 pm 

This seminar is a favourite! Hosted by Dr. Erica Conte (Director of Funding Strategy and Stewardship, Unity Health Toronto) and Ana Gajic (Senior Communications Advisor, SMH), the session will teach you how to concisely present your research to a lay audience. This session is open to everyone but mandatory for competitors in the Elevator Pitch Competition.

https://zoom.us/j/93448188119?pwd=dXZVVHBhNTBGOENEOURYeVZYRnJXUT09
Meeting ID: 934 4818 8119
Passcode: 451320

Elevator Pitch Competition & Networking Session – November 26th, 2020 at 2 pm 

SRSA and RTC are excited to present the 2020 Elevator Pitch Competition, which will be hosted on November 26th on Zoom from 2-3:30 pm. Networking will take place at 3:30-4:30 pm.

This year’s contestants are fierce and ready to present their 3-minute elevator pitch to you, the audience, and a panel of 5 judges. Audience vote matters! So please mark the date on your calendars and come join us for this epic event and support your fellow peers. Register at bit.ly/SRSAEPC for Zoom information!

Shut Up and Write! SRSA Thesis Writing Session 1 – Jan 13th, 2021 4-6PM

Having trouble with finding the time and motivation to write? Join our writing sessions as we come together for a couple of hours of pure productivity! The drop-in sessions will follow the Pomodoro technique where there will be a sequence of short sprints of writing with a few breaks in between. Work on your thesis, your next research paper, or you can even use the time to plan out your next project!

https://zoom.us/j/94991939940?pwd=RVYwQ3BYZXA4bGxLbVpMUng3SXJUQT09
Meeting ID: 949 9193 9940
Passcode: 993729

Shut Up and Write! SRSA Thesis Writing Session 2 – Jan 19th, 2021 1-3PM

Having trouble with finding the time and motivation to write? Join our writing sessions as we come together for a couple of hours of pure productivity! The drop-in sessions will follow the Pomodoro technique where there will be a sequence of short sprints of writing with a few breaks in between. Work on your thesis, your next research paper, or you can even use the time to plan out your next project!

https://zoom.us/j/94991939940?pwd=RVYwQ3BYZXA4bGxLbVpMUng3SXJUQT09
Meeting ID: 949 9193 9940
Passcode: 993729

Life Sciences Career Symposium – July 2021 This is an annual event that showcases keynote speakers and panelists who have unique and interesting careers in the Life Sciences. Last year, we were joined by over 175 students from around the world!

Community Outreach

Food Drive: COVID-19 Response – September 14th to October 6th, 2020

We will be holding a drive to collect non-perishable food items for donations to local food banks who work hard to feed everyone in our community!

Practicing Mindfulness October 21, 2020 at 4 pm

It is normal to feel overwhelmed as a (new) graduate student. This feeling is probably exacerbated with the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic. This is where taking time out of your tight schedule for self-care is important! Come join us via zoom on October 21st (4-4:30pm) to practice mindfulness. Together, let’s start a 20 day meditation challenge! This session is inspired by Jay Shetty. We will listen to his podcast, guided meditation and end off with a short introspection activity.

https://zoom.us/j/96416202294?pwd=RUxmRHZFVHA5ZGttV25zVWtMZS8zQT09
Meeting ID: 964 1620 2294
Passcode: 910580

Letters to Our Frontline Workers

Since December is the month of giving, let us all take some time to appreciate the efforts of our frontline workers (i.e. healthcare workers and non-clinical staff) at Unity Health Toronto for keeping our hospital running despite the pandemic by writing letters! Please write letters and upload them digitally at https://bit.ly/SRSAletters or bring letters to LKSKI 617 by December 13th 2020. This is a perfect way to end the year of 2020 on a positive note.

This event was made possible by a collaboration between the St. Michael’s Hospital Research Student Association (SRSA), the Unity Health Toronto (UHT) Partner Recognition Committee and the UHT Pandemic People Support Team.

Winter Drives

We hold yearly drives to collect much needed items in our community. Last year, we held a winter clothing drive for the SMH Rotary Transition Centre and toy drive for the SMH Pediatrics Clinic.

This year, the SMH Pediatric Clinic is accepting gift cards, new books or a small toys in the lobby at 61 Queen St. by December 18th or before if possible.

Fundraising for Visions of Science

Join us for an interactive fundraiser to raise funds for an organization which introduces children from low-income and marginalized communities to STEM.

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Self-Care During COVID-19 – Thurs, Jan 28, 2021 at 3 pm, followed by games & relaxation at 4 pm

On Bell Let’s Talk day, join us in welcoming the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) who will run a virtual interactive workshop on self-care during COVID-19 for our trainees (limit first 100 people)!

Every SRSA’s mental health-related event you attend from January 28th (Bell Let’s Talk Day) onwards will equal one entry for a raffle at the end of March. Attending both the workshop (3-4PM) and the relaxation session (4-5PM) will grant you two raffle entries!

Please register for the event using the following link: http://bit.ly/SRSABellLetsTalkDay

SRSA De-Stress with Pawsome Friends – Thurs, Feb 9, 2021 at 4PM

Having a ruff day? Paws everything you are doing right now, and come out to meet some of our furry, and not-so-furry friends! Join us for an evening filled with fun games, contests, and a talent show, featuring your favourite pet.

Attendance for this event will equal one entry for a raffle at the end of March.

Do you have the cutest pet? Enter our Cutest Pet Contest to win a $25 gift card! Send in your pet’s photo at bit.ly/SRSAPetContest

https://zoom.us/j/97945703721?pwd=eHVXNmRrNjJ4UGF5K1VOdTlsR0t1QT09
Meeting ID: 979 4570 3721
Passcode: 585594

Mental Health Awareness Month – March 2021

This month is full of activities to help support our graduate students. These include dog therapy, arts & crafts and invited speakers.

Equity

SRSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Series, Session 1: Building Awareness: EDI in Medicine and Academia – November 10, 2020 at 2 pm

This interactive workshop will be an introduction for students on the issue of institutional discrimination in research and medicine.

How can we promote equity in medical sciences? Participate in our interactive workshops to learn how to build awareness and turn it into action. Please register via Eventbrite and Zoom information will be sent to you: http://bit.ly/SRSAEquitySeries1

SRSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Series, Session 2: Implicit Biases in Medicine and Research – January 15, 2021 at 2 pm

Calling all St. Michael’s Hospital Students! (Masters, PhD, PDF)

Please join us for our second EDI workshop, discussing the crucial topic of implicit biases in medicine and research. Proudly in collaboration with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, our interactive workshops will help you build awareness and turn it into action.

Themes for upcoming workshops series: underrepresentation in healthcare and research, institutional discrimination 

Please register for this meeting through the following link: bit.ly/SRSAEquitySeries2

SRSA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Series, Session 3: Mistreatment and Inequities in Healthcare – Fri, February 5, 2021 at 2 pm

Calling all St. Michael’s Hospital Students! (Masters, PhD, PDF)

Please join us for our third EDI workshop, discussing the crucial topic of implicit biases in medicine and research. Proudly in collaboration with the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Office of Inclusion and Diversity, our interactive workshops will help you build awareness and turn it into action.

Themes for upcoming workshops series: underrepresentation in healthcare and research, institutional discrimination 

Please register for this meeting through the following link: bit.ly/SRSAEquitySeries3

Women in STEM Panel – March 8, 2020 Join us for a panel on the unique challenges that women face working in STEM. We will also discuss about the phenomenal successes that women have achieved!

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