Welcome to the


A National Conference on Ophthalmology and Global Health

May 29, 2021


Welcome to the first COSIG Annual Meeting (CAM)! This conference is an opportunity for Canadian medical students interested in ophthalmology to connect, gain exposure to the field of ophthalmology, and share their research with their peers. The theme for this year's event is Global Health.



Time (EDT)


Event Information

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30 

12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30


Opening Keynote - Dr. Hélène Boisjoly, MD FRCSC


MEDSKL-COSIG presents: Trivia

14:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

18:00 - 18:30

Sponsor Exhibit Hall

Speed Mentoring Sessions with the Canadian Ophthalmology Mentoring Program (COMP)

Closing Keynote - Dr. Jennifer Rahman, MD FRCSC

Awards and Closing Remarks



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Dr. Hélène Boisjoly C.M. MD MPH

After obtaining her degree in ophthalmology from Université de Sherbrooke in 1981, Dr. Hélène Boisjoly specialized in Cornea at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, affiliated with Harvard University (1981-1983). In 1992, she obtained a Master of Public Health degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She was a clinician-scientist with salary supported from 1986 to 2001 by the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQ_S). She worked at Université Laval (1983-1993) in Québec City before moving to Université de Montreal where she became Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (1993-1998). She was the first Scientific Director of the FRQ_S Provincial Vision Health Research Network (1996-2002). A full professor at Université de Montréal since 1998, she served as the Chair of its Department of Ophthalmology (2000-2008) and as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (2011-2020).

Dr. Boisjoly’s research interests include corneal transplant outcome, ocular herpes viral disease, and functional visual outcomes after ocular surgeries and in patients with low vision from chronic eye diseases. She received research funding without interruption until 2013, publishing more than 80 original scientific articles. She trained 120 residents and 50 graduate students, including a number of fellows. She is a member of several Boards of directors and organizations for the advancement of science and medical education. Since 2012, she leads Université de Montréal as a member of the prestigious M8 Alliance, an international network of universities and academies dedicated to improving global health. Member of the Order of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, she was also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society.

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Dr. Jennifer W. Rahman, BScH MD FRCSC

Dr. Rahman is an Eye Physician and Surgeon specializing in the treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Rahman is one of a handful of glaucoma consultants serving patients in Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Rahman established GEM Clinic in 2011 and is the Medical Director of GEM Clinic.


Dr. Rahman was born in England, and raised in Winnipeg where she graduated from Saint Mary's Academy High School. She completed a Bachelor of Science Honours in Biology from Queen's University at Kingston, and then briefly entered the After-Degree Education Program at the University of Manitoba. Before completing this additional degree, she was accepted into Medical School at the University of Manitoba and graduated in 1997. She then entered a 5-year Ophthalmology Residency program at Queen's University. Before starting regular practice, she joined the DC-10 "Flying Eye Hospital" team of Orbis International (a charitable eye care organization) for one year, traveling to China, Bangladesh, India, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Upon return, Dr. Rahman started practicing as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist in Winnipeg in 2003-2004, and then entered a year-long Glaucoma Fellowship program at Dalhousie University. She returned to Winnipeg in 2005 to start a full-time clinical and surgical practice, providing both glaucoma and cataract surgery.


Dr. Rahman has volunteered for the Canadian and the International Blind Sports' Associations and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba.


Dr. Rahman currently serves as the President of the EPSOM, the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. (www.manitobaeyephysicians.ca)

Trivia: medskl.com

medskl.com is a free, open-access medical education platform founded by Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Professor of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology at Queen’s University. medskl.com’s library of content comes from a collaboration of nearly 200 of the best medical school professors from around the world. All modules undergo an editorial peer-review process. medskl.com's mission is to help reach ALL medical students around the world and help them become outstanding clinicians.