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Stepping up toxicity testing means a safer environment for all

Michelle Read

Humans are exposed to thousands of chemical substances every day. Yet alarmingly, the vast majority have not been tested in depth for their effects on the human body.

To date, more than 85 million chemicals have been synthesized, 140,000 on a commercial scale and even more appearing in natural products. However, only 10,000 to 20,000 have been tested for toxicity in humans—signalling a need to catch up with the growing numbers.

A student’s reflection on an elective opportunity in Bénin

David Lavoie, uOttawa MD student

When I applied to medical school, I had the goal to eventually work in Northern Canada and internationally in global health initiatives. In first year, I learned of the Bénin elective, jointly organized by Montfort Hospital and the Francophone Affairs office of the Faculty of Medicine. I was immediately convinced that I had to be part of it. This is one of the rare opportunities as a student to not only go on a Global health elective, but also to partake in the preparation.

A wish list for 2020

As 2019 ends, I have a wish list for 2020 and beyond. As a collective, we must focus on the greater good for the health of Canadians, and ensure the success and wellbeing of those in our environments including learners by:

Giving thanks

Having just spent a beautiful weekend with family and friends reflecting on all I am thankful for, my thoughts turn to reflecting on giving thanks in my work environment.

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