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Celebrating five years in the School of Medicine building

This September marks five years since the opening of the School of Medicine building. This new home for the School of Medicine was made possible by tremendous generosity from our alumni, friends and donors. Leveraging investments from both the Federal and Provincial Governments, our alumni and friends contributed over $19 million to build a state-of-the-art home for the School of Medicine to expand teaching and student learning facilities all under one roof.

The Queen’s community came together in ways that inspired generosity from our students, our faculty, our alumni and our friends. The spirit is exemplified in the story of the pledge of $1.5 million from the Clinical Teachers’ Association in support of the building construction.  Their gift was recognized through the naming of the Clinical Teaching Centre. The unprecedented gift from our clinical faculty inspired the medical students of the day to pledge $500,000. The students chose to have their gift recognized by dedicating the main floor atrium in honour of former Dean of Medicine David M.C. Walker. These are just two of many stories the building encapsulates.

The hallways of the building are filled with artifacts, photos, art and displays that convey the unique history of one of Canada’s oldest medical schools.  The unique Connell door from the old house of former Deans of Medicine Dr. Walter Connell, MD1894, LLD’41 and his son, Dr. W. Ford Connell, MD’29, LLD’73 was rescued from demolition and donated by Richard and Sarah Jane Dumbrille, Arts’65 for display that serves as a reminder of this rich history.

Now five years later, we have grown into our 11,600-square-metres of teaching and learning space with determined focus on the implementation of the School’s patient-focused competency-based curriculum. Nearly every feature of the building was designed to facilitate teamwork and case-based learning. Instead of mainly sitting and taking notes in lectures, students spend much more time working together to solve clinical problems. Our curriculum ensures students become fully rounded practitioners.

Appreciation for the abundance of generosity can be seen in every corner of the building. We are grateful for all of the gifts that were made; from classes and alumni, in memory of friends and family, and from stakeholders and partners.  Along with our donor wall, you can find our benefactors proudly recognized in:

  • The Howard W Justus Grand Corridor
  • The Britton Smith Foundation Lecture Theatre
  • The Clinical Teachers’ Association Clinical Teaching Clinic
  • The David M. C. Walker Atrium
  • The Aesculapian Society Student Lounge
  • The John T. M. Fraser Lecture Hall
  • The Joan and Donald McGeachy Lecture Room
  • The Rita Friendly Kaufman and Nathan Kaufman Lobby
  • The Abramsky House
  • The GlaxoSmithKline Inc. Patient Simulation Lab
  • The William James Henderson Foundation Anatomy Museum and Learning Centre
  • The Connell 3rd Floor Lantern Room
  • The Ontario Medical Association 2nd Floor Lantern Room
  • The David Cook and Margaret Cook Lantern Area
  • The Christopher Lui Information Commons
  • The B’NAI BRITH Lodge 1191 Seminar Room
  • The Dr. Charles Sorbie Seminar Room
  • The John Wing-Chung Wong Seminar Room
  • The Annie Seminar Room
  • The M. Sullivan and Son Seminar Room
  • The Empire Life Insurance Company Seminar Room
  • The Arthur F. W. Peart Seminar Room
  • The Dr. Michael F. C. Walker Seminar Room
  • The Dr. Ruth (Bell) Tatham and Class of Medicine 1954 Seminar Room
  • The Wayne S. Rosen Seminar Room
  • The James Howard Goudie Seminar Room
  • The Mark Fisher Seminar Room
  • The George Sampson and L. Bruce Cronk Seminar Room

Led by Meds ’74 and Meds ’66, many medical classes supported the new building and the following spaces have been named in their honour:

  • The Class of Medicine 1960 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1961 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1966 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1971 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1972 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1974 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1981 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1985 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1986 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 1980 Seminar Room
  • The Class of Medicine 2010 Seminar Room

Thank you to those who have helped create a home for the School of Medicine that we can all be proud of.  To celebrate this milestone we have created an impact report that we hope our donors and friends will enjoy.  I welcome every opportunity to show off this unparalleled facility, so if you haven’t already, I encourage you to drop by 15 Arch Street…the School of Medicine’s doors are always open.

Donald Forsdyke

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:06


Campus buildings for teaching and research in the biomedical sciences are Botterell Hall and 15 Arch Street. The former was named after a distinguished neurosurgeon. While it was under construction, David Murray (Psychology) and myself (BMMS) suggested that the new medical building be named after the distinguished Kingston-born neuroscientist and evolutionist – George John Romanes (1848-94). Details of his many accomplishments may be found in my comment (July 12) on the Neuroscience Outreach Program (guest blog from the Centre for Neuroscience Studies by Angela Luedke). However, I understand that Queen’s is awaiting a generous donor who will be rewarded by having his/her name attached to the building.

Donald Forsdyke

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