Student Seminar Series: 2009-2010

25 March 2010: Career Workshop

Speakers:

The purpose of this seminar is to inform students in the department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health (both MSc and PhDs) of various career possibilities, the proceess of starting a career (e.g. training and/or experience requirements) and current job opportunities in various fields/organizations.

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4 March 2010: Thesis Workshop

Speakers: Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, Dr. Amee Manges, Mr. André Yves Gagnon

This workshop provides all the information you need and want for preparing your thesis, including: tips for organizing your time; the differences between traditional and manuscript-based theses; important deadlines (getting the proper forms signed, initial submission, etc.); and a long Q&A session to answer any questions students had about their theses.

26 November 2009: HIV risk behaviours in MSM in Mumbai - An overview

Speaker: Dr. Maninder Setia (PhD Candidate)

In this seminar, Dr. Maninder Setia presents his preliminary observations and findings from his study on HIV risk behaviours among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Mumbai, India. Dr. Maninder Setia is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology in the department. By training, he is a Dermatologist from Mumbai, India, who then went on to pursue a Master's in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the health of immigrants in Canada and HIV prevention and care in India.

7 October 2009: Choosing your supervisor: advice, tips and faux-pas

Speakers: Dr. Robyn Tamblyn, Dr. James Brophy, Maninder Setia (PhD Candidate) and Helen Cerigo (MSc Candidate).

The seminar is a panel discussion with 4 speakers: 2 students (1 MSc and 1 PhD) and 2  professors. The goal is to help new students understand what are the appropriate and inappropriate dynamics between supervisors and students; what they should look for; and what to expect.

Resources: PhD/MSc Supervisor Checklist

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9 & 10 September 2009: Meet the Fields of Epidemiology

Speakers: Dr. Claire Infante-Rivard, Dr. Samy Suissa, Dr. Christina Wolfson, Dr. Tim Brewer, Dr. Dick Menzies, Dr. Stan Shapiro, Dr. David Buckeridge, Dr. Robert Platt, Dr. Amelie Quesnel-Vallée, Dr. Abby Lippman, Dr. Mark Goldberg, Dr. Eric Latimer and Dr. Rebecca Fuhrer

An introduction to a variety of fields within epidemiology: Genetic epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Neuroepidemiology, Global Health, Infectious Diseases, Clinical Epidemiology, Health Surveillance, Perinatal Epidemiology, Lifecourse Epidemiology, Women's Health, Environmental Health, Health Economics and Mental Health.

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Resources: The following documents were prepared by the professors for the seminar with the intention of addressing the following questions:

  1. Daily applications of the field (e.g. perhaps name some 'famous' studies in the field that have changed daily life? This will help make it more relevant for the students)
  2. What does this research entail? (e.g. How do the research questions typically become formulated (community group, literature review, governmental request, etc)?  Does the work involve data collection or use of databases (if so what databases are available and types of data collect - e.g. clinical setting, community)?  Who are typically involved in the research team? How and to whom are the results disseminated? Etc.
  3. Funding issues in field (e.g. What organizations/agencies typically give money for this type of research? Competitiveness?)