Speaker Profile



Cathy Arnold Cormier

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Dr. Jeff Critch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Memorial University

I completed medical school and pediatric residency at Memorial University, St. John’s NL; followed by a 3-year fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto ON.
I practice pediatric gastroenterology at the Janeway Children’s Health Centre, St. John’s NL.
I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Memorial University.
I have an interest in medical education and I am actively involved in teaching medical students and pediatric residents. I sit on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examination committees for both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology.
I have research interests in pediatric gastroenterology; including pediatric IBD and pediatric liver diseases.

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Dr. Mark Borgaonkar, Professor of Medicine, Memorial University

Dr. Mark Borgaonkar obtained his MD from Memorial University in 1994. He completed Internal Medicine residency training at Memorial and then Gastroenterology training at McMaster. He obtained a Master’s degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. He joined the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine in 2000, where he is now appointed as Professor of Medicine. Dr. Borgaonkar has a strong interest in education and served as the Memorial Internal Medicine Residency program director, CAG GRIT course chair, CAG Education Committee member and has served as a faculty member at the Resident’s Endoscopy Training Course and the CAG Scholar’s Program. He served on the CAG Quality in Endoscopy Consensus Committee and has published on safety and quality in Gastroenterology. He has been involved with the SEE program since 2014 and is certified faculty for both the Colonoscopy Skills Improvement (CSI) course and the Train the Colonoscopy Trainer (TCT) course.

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Dr. Gerard Farrell, Director, eHealth Research Unit, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Gerard Farrell graduated Memorial University’s Medical School in 1984. In 1986, he bought his first computer and found something useful to do with it shortly thereafter. He has been trying to replicate the experiment ever since, with mixed success. He was a founding member of the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information. He lectures on Medical Informatics in the Faculty of Medicine and has co- supervised graduate students in Computer Science, Psychology and Pharmacy. He was the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies with the Faculty of Medicine at MUN, responsible for the four year MD Education Programme. He is the Director of the eHealth Research Unit, Faculty of Medicine, investigating what works and what doesn’t when computers are used in health education and care delivery. He is also a General Practitioner in Oncology, developing a cancer aftercare programme.

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Rayleen Hogan, Regional Waitlist manager for the medicine program at Eastern Health

Rayleen graduated from St. Clare’s School of Nursing in 1993 and began her endoscopy career in Vero Beach, Florida until she returned to Newfoundland in 1998. She wrote her CNA GI Certification exam in 2013 and graduated from Memorial University in 2015 with her BN post RN degree. She is currently enrolled in Yorkville University’s Masters of Adult Education Program and works as the Regional Wait List Manager for the Medicine Program at Eastern Health in St. John’s. She is the president of the CSGNA NL Chapter. Of note, Rayleen was the first Newfoundland nurse to receive the GI Professional Nursing Award in 2017.

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Gail Mason, Charge Nurse Clinic E and Education Director, The Moncton Hospital

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Dr. Jerry Shane McGrath, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jerry S. McGrath, is the Medical Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Colon Screening Program. He has held this position since 2012, when the program was initially launched. He first start practicing as a staff gastroenterologist at the General Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, NL in 2004 after he returned from Internal Medicine and GI fellowship training at University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He also is an Associate Professor of Medicine with Memorial University of Newfoundland and he is actively involved with undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. His passion is Gastroenterology and this past year he took on the role as Chief of Gastroenterology for Eastern Health.

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What to do When your Endoscopy Wait List is 25,000?

Speaker: Rayleen Hogan, Regional Waitlist manager for the medicine program at Eastern Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize process of intense review of a wait list.
  • Discuss pitfalls and challenges with high volume wait lists.
  • Compare pre and post review data.

This session is an overview of a 2 year wait list review project completed at Eastern health to help maximize efficiency, reduce patient risk, increase and then maintain compliance to recommended guidelines within its endoscopy service. It is geared towards nurse managers and clinical leaders within endoscopy, risk management, and clinical efficiency.

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Sheila Williams, Music Therapist, Eastern Health

A proud Newfoundlander and renowned celebrity in her province, Sheila Williams has been performing for 30 years. Included in her list of credits are: singing, acting, conference hosting, motivational speaking and her favorite, comedy. Sheila is able to weave all of these abilities into a unique tapestry which will entertain your audience while compelling them to think differently. Sheila is a founding member of Spirit of Newfoundland and has been involved in countless productions. Some highlights of her career include travelling to Ireland to perform Nunsense in the Light Opera Festival for which she received the Adjudicator’s Award. She has performed with Simon Cotter (Just for Laughs), and has also acted in commercials for television and radio. Outside of performing, Sheila has a degree in Music Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and a degree in Music Therapy from Capilano University, British Columbia. She believes in the healing powers of music and humour and is presently working as a Music Therapist. Sheila is the honored recipient of the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal for her Cultural Contribution to Canada.

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