McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Science Education

Demystifying Medicine: Introduction to HTH SCI 4DM3

This video is an introduction to HTH SCI 4DM3: Demystifying Medicine, an undergraduate health sciences course at McMaster University. This inquiry course focuses on using knowledge translation of medical topics as a mean to develop soft skills of students.

Short presentations and interviews made by students enrolled in HTH SCI 4DM3

The DM3 Show: The Refugee Health Care Crisis Part 1 & 2

The first video includes a talk show in which the host will ask questions regarding certain controversies surrounding Canadian refugee health care. For instance, the budget cuts pertaining to the refugee health care. The second segment of the video (Part 2) will include a small trivia based game on the refugee health care policies. The objective of this video is to enlighten the audience regarding the current and past problems related to refugee health care in Canada.

— Created by Nawabzada Wahaj Alam, David Hanna, Shavaiz Malik, Susie Son and Matthew Wong-Pack

Do Learning Styles Really Exist?

The idea of learning styles is widespread throughout the field of pedagogy and people are often categorized according to their learning style. However, in scientific research, there has been no credible evidence that supports the existence of learning styles. In this video, we define the learning styles theory, talk about some previous research in the field of pedagogy, and explain why there is no true basis behind the idea of learning styles. This video also features a talk by Dr. Joseph Kim from McMaster University, who speaks about the inexistence of learning styles.

— Created by Dana Abu-Jazar, Ana Kovacevic, Amber Kayed, Jasleen Khaira, Babak Nouhi, Simranpal Dhanju, Ria Oommen, Hemisha Patel and Nisha Gajaria

Protege Effect: Learning by Teaching!

What makes a better learner? In this video, you will learn about the “Protégé Effect”, a way where one learns through different aspects of teaching. We discuss knowledge transfer, the roles of teachers and learners, and the history behind Learning by Teaching.

— Created by Babak Nouhi, Simranpal Dhanju, Amber Kayed, Dana Abu-Jazar, Hemisha Patel, Nisha Gajaria, Jasleen Khaira, Ria Oommen and Ana Kovacevic

The protege effect: does literature support it?

The protégé effect posits that teaching someone else a concept enhances the teacher’s understanding of the topic. Does scientific literature support this idea? This video examines some interesting findings in pedagogical research. It also investigates the applicability of the protégé effect in traditional classroom settings, social avenues, and within healthcare.


Plagiarism is often a topic most people think they know how to stay away from, but the truth may surprise you. Plagiarism doesn't have to be intentional, and you may be doing it without even knowing!

— Created by Cecilia Dai

Critical Evaluation of Scientific Articles

This video will give a brief overview of the general structure of a scientific paper and what kind of information each section is supposed to present. Additionally, this video will go through an example comparing information presented by a scientific article in comparison to the media, cautioning the audience to think critically.

— Created by Elizabeth Chan, Hannah Cho, Zainab Naimpoor, Rubaid Dhillon and Pavan Matharu

Internet Safety: How do you trust online information?

On the Internet, there are thousands of websites, videos, news articles, and lectures that use scientific knowledge. Some of these sources do provide reliable information. Some do not. Deciding which sources of information to trust has become an important factor in our daily lives. It is importance of first questioning facts and figures found on the Internet, and introduce the viewers to some of the questions to ask before making the decision to trust online information.

— Created by Justin Lu, Kosalan Akilan, Helen Kim, Tosin Tomiwa and Nabeelah Khan

Dr. Gordon Guyatt: Good science and bad science

The public may hear claims and counter-claims regarding medical interventions, including vaccinations, and their benefits and risks. Some of these may be supported by good science, and some not.

Speaker: Dr. Gordon Guyatt | Distinguished Professor, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Department of Medicine, CLARITY program [EBM]

— Thanks to Dr. Ellen Amster and the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine for co-organizaing this event. Thanks to Sohail Mahmood, Karun Tandon, Mawleshan Pathmarajah and Pavithra Parthasarathy for video recording and editing.

Developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD)

Many people do not know that genetic changes occur in response to environmental factors—even as early as a fetus. This video discusses the role of long lasting epigenetic effects related to poor nutrient environment for the fetus, and the first DoHaD study looking at obesity rates related to the Dutch Famine.

— Created by Akshay Venkatesh, Cindy Li, Archita Srinath, Haider Abed and Kyra Posterski

What is MRI technology and what happens when you get one?

MRI, which stands for magnetic resonance imaging, is a technique that uses magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed 3D images. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure that is used to image soft tissues in the body. It can help doctors identify infections and conditions that cause swelling inside the body. This video explains what MRI is, and the process of getting an MRI.

— Created by Ahmed Elsharawi, Jano Muralitharan, Jonathan Ho, Nerissa D’Mello and Reda Siddiqu

DNA Extraction Experiment

In this video, students from Demystifying Medicine show you how to take DNA from a banana and make it visible to look at under a microscope.

— Created by Mihnea Alb, Deline Anthonypillai, Clarence Chan, Melissa Ling and Nikunj Patel

What do you think makes a good video?

Have you ever thought about how we learn complex ideas? How scientific findings are relayed to the public? What about some of the methods video creators use to draw in their audience? Here, we will closely examine a great video on the Demystifying Medicine channel called “5 Myths About Nutrition”. We’ll break down the techniques used by the creators and explain what makes them so effective.

— Created by Archita Srinath, Kyra Posterski, Haider Abed, Akshay Venkatesh and Cindy Li

Making Videos and Captivating Audiences

Critical evaluation of videos created on the Demystifying Medicine channel and an overview of how to create a captivating and educational video.

— Created by Helen Kim, Nicole Vandenheuvel, Lyndsay Rayner, Jessica Kun and Fadi Hana

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