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Change in the winds

Change in the winds

I am pleased to announce that the 2014-15 Dean’s Report is now available both online and in print. Originally, I wrote the following as my opening remarks, but I do hope you’ll enjoy reading the full report at your leisure.

In the early sixties, Bob Dylan penned his iconic song, “The Times They Are A-Changing.” To be sure, there was a great deal of social change that had its beginnings in the sixties. Yet, fast-forwarding fifty years, our lives in an academic Faculty of Health Sciences are similarly filled with change.

One of the most dramatic areas of change over the past year has been the tumultuous and somewhat rapid revision to the field of health research in Canada. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has undergone massive transformation with the development of the Foundations scheme and the Strategies on Patient Oriented Research program.

These changes have challenged our health science researchers to rethink their current strategies and adapt to a new reality. Given the flat-lining of research funding over the last several years, this new reality will mean a more challenging environment with respect to grant capture, one that is being intensified by the rapidly evolving need to acquire leverage funding in a grant competition.

Within the Faculty of Health Sciences, we are working tirelessly to optimally position ourselves to meet these challenges, including making specific strategic investments in our research operations. It also includes launching the second phase of our Industry Engagement strategy which, to date, has proved successful in making us more competitive.

Change is also in the winds with respect to our educational initiatives. We recently received the School of Medicine’s Undergraduate accreditation results and were thrilled to receive an eight‑year accreditation. Our School of Nursing is also accredited until 2020 and our School of Rehabilitation Therapy’s occupational and physical therapy programs are both accredited until 2017.

With this solid footing, we can now focus intently on building, launching, and expanding innovative pipeline programs, such as our new Graduate Diploma and Master of Science in Aging and Health, a Master of Science in Healthcare Quality, and a fully online Honours Bachelor of Science.

We are also working in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to be the first university in the country to implement competency-based medical education across all of our postgraduate specialty programs.

As always, you’ll find this year’s Dean’s Report is filled with great stories about our clinicians, researchers, educators and, of course, our students. I am continually impressed by the calibre of work that emanates from this Faculty.

Just over fifty years ago, Dylan said:

If your time to you

Is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’

Or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin’.

I know our faculty will meet the challenge.

If you would like to comment on this year’s Dean’s Report, please do so below…better yet, drop by the Macklem House. My door is always open.

Richard

Dale Loewen,MD,MSc.,FRCPC(meds 66)

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:39

Ah yes,how many hours indeed did I spend in the mid sixties at Queens listening to Dylan over a case beer!?Dylan always was and is prophetic,”Slow Train Comin” was one of the best.(It aint slow no more!)He changed too and in 1979 wrote,”When Ya gonna wake up”,meaning all of us!Here’s some of it. “God don’t make no promises that He don’t keep.You got some big dreams,baby,but in order to dream,you gotta be asleep.Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all your thoughts,Karl Marx has got you by the throat,Henry Kissingers got you tied up in knots.You got innocent men in jail,your insane asylums are filled.Adulterers in churches and pornography in schools,spiritual advisers and gurus to guide your every move.YOU GOT UNRIGHTEOUS DOCTORS DEALING DRUGS THAT WILL NEVER CURE YOUR ILLS.THERE’S A MAN UP ON A CROSS AND HE’S BEEN CRUCIFIED.DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHY OR FOR WHO HE DIED????”WHEN YA GONNA WAKE UP AND STRENGTHEN THE THINGS THAT REMAIN.”It’s very very late people,look around you.The problem is outlined and the only answer.(John 14:6).”For we dare not make ourselves of the number,or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves:but they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.:2Corinthians 10:12.We’ve spent so much time removing the one true God from our pursuits we really think we can do it alone.Without Him,we can do nothing but with Him,as He says,All things are possible!The times are a- changing,indeed.

Dale Loewen,MD,MSc.,FRCPC(meds 66)

Dear Dr. Loewen,

Thanks for your comment. We all would certainly agree that Dylan’s lyrics changes in substance and meaning many times over his career.

Richard

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Robert Prentice

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:40

Bob Prentice Med’s 60
As retired faculty (Pathology) this is the first I’ve read of our Accreditation results. Have I missed it or will you be commenting more?
Bob P.

Robert Prentice

Thanks Bob.

I have copied here the latter I sent to all students, faculty and staff, and as well have provided a link to a blog from the undergrad dean.

We are happy to report that our Undergraduate Medical Education program has received full accreditation for an 8-year term. This is excellent news and is acknowledgement of a tremendous amount of work by all participants in UGME.

As part of the accreditation process, CACMS/LCME have identified areas we need to work on. These include the need for attention to the diversity of the students, faculty and staff, further emphasis on service learning, and improving our process of program evaluation. With a focus on our students, the School will continue to improve student debt counseling and financial assistance, augment student personal counseling and optimize the learning environment. We will be providing a report to CACMS on our ongoing changes and improvements in 2017.

Accreditation is provided by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME – the American counterpart) and is offered under a reciprocal arrangement between the Canadian and American organizations. This accreditation cycle includes a two year process of Institutional Self Study and Independent Student Analysis that culminates in the site visit by the Ad Hoc team for the CACMS and LCME which was held in March of this year. This entire process required a monumental effort by students, staff and faculty. This involved the work of 8 committees, over a hundred faculty, all of our staff within UGME, hundreds of students and the production of thousands of pages of documentation.

The UGME team has led the undergraduate medical curriculum through a complete overhaul during the past 6 years. The result of this accreditation process is acknowledgement of that work and validates the path that has been taken. In the spirit of continuous quality improvement we will continue to work hard to create the best experience for our students that will ultimately translate to them giving the best of care to their future patients.

http://meds.queensu.ca/blog/undergraduate/?cat=13
All my bet,

We are happy to report that our Undergraduate Medical Education program has received full accreditation for an 8-year term. This is excellent news and is acknowledgement of a tremendous amount of work by all participants in UGME.

As part of the accreditation process, CACMS/LCME have identified areas we need to work on. These include the need for attention to the diversity of the students, faculty and staff, further emphasis on service learning, and improving our process of program evaluation. With a focus on our students, the School will continue to improve student debt counseling and financial assistance, augment student personal counseling and optimize the learning environment. We will be providing a report to CACMS on our ongoing changes and improvements in 2017.

Accreditation is provided by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME – the American counterpart) and is offered under a reciprocal arrangement between the Canadian and American organizations. This accreditation cycle includes a two year process of Institutional Self Study and Independent Student Analysis that culminates in the site visit by the Ad Hoc team for the CACMS and LCME which was held in March of this year. This entire process required a monumental effort by students, staff and faculty. This involved the work of 8 committees, over a hundred faculty, all of our staff within UGME, hundreds of students and the production of thousands of pages of documentation.

The UGME team has led the undergraduate medical curriculum through a complete overhaul during the past 6 years. The result of this accreditation process is acknowledgement of that work and validates the path that has been taken. In the spirit of continuous quality improvement we will continue to work hard to create the best experience for our students that will ultimately translate to them giving the best of care to their future patients.

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