For some time now, those of us who work in medical education have been speaking about the “hidden curriculum.” The hidden curriculum refers to the many different things – ideas, behaviours, norms, values, and so on – that students learn informally while they are in medical school. These are the lessons that faculty members do not set out to explicitly teach students but that we pass on nonetheless.
Last year, the Faculty of Health Sciences welcomed Cortney Clark to our staff as our new Indigenous Access and Recruitment Coordinator. In this role, Cortney is doing the very important work of helping Indigenous students find their way into health sciences programs, navigate the university once they’ve arrived and ultimately thrive in their time here at Queen’s.
A guest blog by Laura McDiarmid, leader of the FHS Employee Engagement initiative, with an introduction by Dean Reznick. Laura shares the report on the first year of the employee engagement committee's work and reflects on their strategy and goals.