2015-16 Dean’s Report: Looking back on a great year
The 2015-16 Dean’s Report has just been sent to print and will be available both in print and online in the new year. The report serves as a retrospective on the year we’ve had and is full of successes across our three schools. In the interest of giving you a sneak peak, the following are my opening remarks, with mention of some of the stories that you’ll see highlighted in this year’s report.
2016 marks a huge milestone for Queen’s. It is the 175th anniversary of the University, and this year has seen a large number of celebrations across our faculties and many reminders of our rich history as an institution. And this is a very special time for the Faculty of Health Sciences. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the School of Nursing, and 2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. Both schools have used their anniversaries as opportunities to hold celebratory events, and to unite alumni around the important work that our schools do in educating health professionals.
This Dean’s Report marks a much newer anniversary: my fifth report, and the completion of my first term as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Reflecting back on my time here, much has been accomplished, and it is all thanks to a remarkable group of individuals who make up our faculty, staff and students.
We have developed and launched 11 new educational programs, from the Queen’s Accelerated Route to Medical School to the continuously growing Master of Science in Healthcare Quality to a graduate diploma, Masters and PhD in Aging & Health. And as you’ll read in this year’s report, the Faculty of Health Sciences has launched a brand new online undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Health Sciences.
Despite a challenging research environment in Canada, we have focused on strengthening our research mission. Over the last five years we have seen the establishment of several new research chairs; we have built a clinician scientist recruitment program that led to the recruitment of 11 outstanding clinician scientists; we saw the Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research become the driving force behind military health research in our country. And as you’ll read in this report, we have seen some of our clinical trials from the Canadian Cancer Trials Group recognized as the best in the world.
But what I am most proud of is the work that we have done to bring our three schools together. While each school has a distinct mission, five years ago we created a shared vision: In the Faculty of Health Sciences, we ask questions, seek answers, inspire change and advance care. Our three schools now work collaboratively at our executive table, in budget processes, in fundraising and in interdisciplinary programming and we are all better for this great partnership that we have forged.
I would like to say a special thank you to Jen Valberg for all of her work in putting this year’s report together. I look forward to sharing it with you in the new year.
This will be my last blog post of 2016, and before I sign off, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday and a happy new year. Please share your thoughts and holiday plans by commenting on the blog. And if you would like to drop by the Macklem house, I would suggest waiting until January 3rd….After that, as always, my door will be open.
All my best,