The Department is happy to announce that we will return to hosting an in-person MBP Retreat from Monday, September 19 to Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Previously, the Retreat was hosted at Geneva Park, near Orillia. Unfortunately, this venue is unavailable this year, so we will be holding the event at Campfire Circle Muskoka. This new venue is located on a beautiful site in the heart of the Muskoka’s, approximately 2.5 h North of Toronto. The Department will be providing buses to and from the event. There is a slide show at the bottom of the Campfire Circle webpage that showcases the venue and amenities.
The event program will be shared shortly, but it will be similar to past in-person retreats, featuring talks from MBP Faculty and students, social activities, a rotations market for incoming students to engage with recruiting MBP Faculty, and more.
More information is available below.
The MBP Retreat has evolved into a great way for students and faculty in Medical Biophysics to meet and learn about their research programs in a relaxed and bucolic setting.
The retreat program features:
- Keynote address from a prominent scientist in the field of Medical Biophysics
- Scientific seminars presented by faculty and students
- 'Faculty rotations market' to assist new MBP students with securing labs for the second and third rotation
- Departmental meeting with Q and A session.
- MBP award banquet
- Generous time to network, socialize and enjoy all the recreational activities Geneva Park has to offer
The cost of the retreat is fully covered by the Department. Please note that students who register are required to attend the entire program. Those who choose not to attend the entire program will be charged the full cost of their accommodation.
The event will be hosted at Campfire Circle Muskoka, located on Lily Lake, about a 2.5h drive from Toronto.
Campfire Circle Muskoka
Important Information About Accommodations
It is important to note that accommodations for students will be shared in rooms of up to 6 people (most likely 4 people per room).
This venue is typically used as a summer camp for children, so the bulk of the beds are in shared rooms. Social distancing will be challenging in shared rooms, so all attendees must be fully-vaccinated, and mask-wearing will be recommended when and where possible. If you have any major Covid-related concerns, please consider them before you register. The Department and the venue will be following a carefully-considered plan to ensure the safety of students and faculty at this event, which will be communicated closer to the event, but there may be instances where it will be impossible to properly socially-distance.
Also, please note that attendees are required to bring their own bedding (pillow, blanket/sleeping bag), towels and toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.).
If you are interested in attending, please fill out the registration form by no later than Friday, July 15th. Please note that we can accommodate a maximum of 250 total people at this event. If more students register than can be accommodated, preference will be given to MBP students who started the program between Winter 2020 and Fall 2022, as most did not have the opportunity to participate in an in-person retreat while Covid restrictions were in place. In the event that more than 250 people register, students who started the program before Winter 2020 will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.
A registration link has been sent to MBP students and faculty. If you missed this email, please contact us.
There will be buses available for those who do not make their own arrangements for transportation.
There will be three buses going up to Campfire Circle to accommodate those who signed up for a ride. To catch the bus, please be sure you are in the lobby of PMCRT by 10:30 am -- see below for further details:
Where: MaRS Centre, PMCRT, 101 College Street (Elizabeth and College) Bus will arrive at PMCRT at 10:15 am. Bus will depart promptly at 10:30 am.
There will be three buses coming back from Campfire Circle to PMCRT on September 21st to accommodate those who signed up for a bus ride. Bus will arrive at Campfire Circle at 1:30 pm. Bus will depart promptly at 1:45 pm.