Highlights in Medicine 2018

33rd Annual Alumni Reunion Conference:

"Healthcare Innovation"

June 21-June 23, 2018

University of Saskatchewan Campus

Hosted by the College of Medicine Alumni Association

Reconnect and celebrate with your fellow College of Medicine alumni at the 33rd Annual Alumni Reunion Conference.

This year, we honour the medical classes of 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013.


Early bird registration is now open. Register by April 30 at midnight and save 20%!


33rd Honourary Alumni Lecture
Dr. Charles Pierce (MD'68)
The Problem and Resolution of the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Dr. Pierce has experience in the clinical research aspect of drug development, including more than 48 years as a family physician, seven years as an ER doc, and more than 28 years in medical research, including seven years as a full-time principal investigator. A fellow and life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and emeritus fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), Charles received the 2004 Nathaniel Kwitt Distinguished Service Award. Presently Charles works part time in urgent care and is a ‘waived’ physician in the addiction epidemic.


4th Annual Dr. Anita Chakravarti Lecture in Wellness
Dr. Susan Shaw (MD'95)
Can Joy in Work Be a Prescription for System Transformation?

Dr. Shaw balances a rewarding career in critical care medicine and anesthesiology with clinical and system improvement work at the local, regional and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She is currently chief medical officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and board chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. Susan has also been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, co-led the Saskatoon Health Region Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative, and was the director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership with the Saskatchewan Medical Association. Susan is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement, and large-scale change.


14th Annual Clara and Frank Gertler Lecture in Medicine
Dr. Gaylord Wardell (MD'78)
Medical Marijuana: Is Opposition Based on Faith or Fact?

Dr. Wardell is a pain management specialist at the Sante Surgi-Centre and Wardell Pain Center, a clinic he owns in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He oversees vein procedures, sclerotherapy, and varicose vein treatment. A specialist in neuropathic pain, he is also secretary of the Pain Society of Alberta, and is on the advisory board for the National Pain Coalition. Gaylord is a popular public speaker, lecturing peers, interest groups and patients for educational purposes.

11th Annual Betty-Ann and Wade Heggie Lecture in Integrative Medicine
Dr. Scott Shannon
The Evolution of Integrative Mental Health

Dr. Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been involved in holistic medicine since joining the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978. Scott is a past president or founding board member for four of the major professional organizations in integrative medicine. He currently teaches as assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Colorado-Children’s Hospital in Denver . In 2010 Scott founded Wholeness Center, offering integrative and naturopathic treatments through a wide variety of holistic services in Fort Collins, CO. His latest textbook for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child was published by Norton in 2013.