Published on October 14th, 2014 | from CAMH Education
CAMH Student Centre Welcome Mixer
by Rusan Lateef, MSW student, CAMH
The new CAMH Student Centre held its first event on Wednesday October 8th, welcoming students/residents from all disciplines across CAMH. This was the first ever student social event to be hosted at CAMH, with many more to follow. The event was meant to bring students/residents together to encourage interprofessional collaboration and to engage our students in their experience at CAMH.
Dr. Ivan Silver, VP of Education, personally welcomed the students to CAMH and ensured they knew they were highly valued by the hospital and they were aware of all the resources available to them.
Below, Rusan Lateef, a Master of Social Work student currently on placement at CAMH, offers her insights on the event.
Walking into the Student Centre for the Student Welcome Mixer, I was really excited and curious as to how the afternoon would go. When I first walked into room where the social was being held, I was delighted to be greeted by one of the Student Centre staff who approached me in a friendly manner and welcomed me to the event, which set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. There were balloons put up, and they had out snacks, including cookies and coffee (which was much appreciated after a busy morning). I didn’t recognize any of the other students in the room until I saw a student from my Social Work program and went over to chat with him, thinking that I would spend a good portion of my time speaking to familiar faces from school. However, my experience turned out to be quite the opposite – by the end of the event, I had spent 90 percent of the time having stimulating conversations with students from different disciplines, including Pharmacy and Medical students.
Aside from good conversation, I felt a sense of being appreciated as a student both by the fact that an event was being held for students, and even more so after Dr. Ivan Silver’s speech. Dr. Ivan Silver made it clear that students are valued at CAMH. He relayed this message with his genuine and friendly charisma. Dr. Ivan Silver ended his speech by reiterating a couple times that he is available for students to contact, which personally made me feel that students matter at CAMH.
Overall, I had a very enjoyable time at the Student Mixer, and even won a mini pumpkin by being the first person to complete the Human Bingo exercise! I came back all smiles to my supervisor when she asked me about the event. I am looking forward to upcoming events at the Student Centre!
The Student Centre will continue to host educational and social events for students/residents on an ongoing basis. In addition, the Centre will be hosting the following workshops in the near future: Tranquility in a Tea Cup, Releasing Stress through Laughter Yoga, and Positivity Generator.
The Student Centre is welcoming all students to visit on Halloween to enjoy some Halloween related movies and treats! The best costume of the day will win a prize!