Farewell but not Goodbye: Fall Convocation 2018

As we welcome one cohort of students to the program, we say goodbye to another. Last week, the University of Toronto had its Fall Convocation, recognizing the accomplishments of its graduates. We had several graduates come together on this overcast November Tuesday, to celebrate and reflect on their time at the Translational Research Program.
Julia Antolovich, Razan Bouzieneddine, Craig Madho and Kathleen Mounce were among the TRP alumni at convocation. They worked on their capstone project entitled ICONS, Improving Cancer Outpatient Nutrition Status. Their research examined why the current tools and resources to improve nutrition in cancer outpatients weren’t working. From this, they identified barriers to be addressed in redesigning current initiatives. You can read more about their project here.
Catherine and Haley were also at the fall convocation. Their capstone project, Fall Risk Assessment at a Geriatric Rehab Hospital, sought to evaluate the current methods of fall risk assessment being used and how they can be improved. You can read more about their project here.
Also at the ceremony was Kate Kazlovich, representing her capstone team: Invasive Placentation. With team members Connor Janeteas, and Dr. Julia Kfouri, they understood invasive placentation as a medically and surgically complex condition, and recognized the opportunity to improve the sharing of knowledge between physicians in the medical community. For their capstone project, the team created a 3D printed simulation of invasive placentation that could be used to facilitate training of physicians on the intricacies of interventions. You can read more about their project here.
Dr. Joana Dos Santos was also there to represent her capstone team: Refractory Incontinence in Children: Is There Hope? With team members Dr. Reza Vali and Edyta Marcon, they sought to understand what treatment options patients and parents were interested in, and to learn what it takes to bring a treatment used in adults to the paediatric setting. Their final milestone was the initiation of a pilot project at SickKids to test the efficacy of an adult treatment in children. You can read more about their project here.
We at the TRP are proud of the hard work that our students put into these projects and all they learned along the way. Over two years, the faculty has seen these students grow, in their thinking, their skillset, and their passion to fostering an innovative healthcare system. We offer our sincere congratulations to all our alumni who’ve graduated this year. We’re excited to see you move forward as Translational Researchers and follow the amazing work you’ll spearhead.
Where our 2018 graduates are now:

Ahlexxi Jelen: Learning Solutions Consultant, Ontario Hospital Association, Ontario Health Association; Co-Founder HIIO
Catherine Rivers: Business Development Specialist, Baycrest Mitacs
Connor Janeteas: Medical Applications Specialist, Cimetrix Solutions Inc.
Craig Madho: Research Analyst, OpenLabs; Knowledge Broker, NICE; Associate Editor, The Local
Edyta Marcon: Senior Research Associate, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto; Course Instructor, Translational Research Program, University of Toronto
Hayley Roher: Health Data Analyst, Ontario Internship Program MOHLTC
Joana Dos Santos: Medical Urologist Urology, The Hospital for Sick Children; Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
Julia Antolovich: Project Assistant, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Sinai Health System
Julia Kfouri: Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Sinai Health System, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Kate Kazlovich: Junior Creative Innovation Associate, INVIVO Communications Inc.
Kathleen Mounce: Field Case Manager, AmerisourceBergen
Marcos Silva: Staff Anesthesiologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto; Medical Director, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), The Michener Institute
Megan Lofft: Research Assistant, The Foundation for Medical Practice Education, McMaster University
Razan Bouzeineddine: Knowledge Translation Coordinator, Aphasia Institute – The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre
Robby Spring: Trade Advisor – Health and Life Sciences, Danish Trade Council; Co-Founder HIIO
Vaishnavi Batmanabane: Clinical Research Project Coordinator, The Hospital for Sick Children

Interested in hearing about the TRP from one of our alumni? Craig Madho wrote a blog post on what drew him to the program and what he learned along the way, that you can find here.