A forecast of my next six months
I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to do with myself. Though not entirely true, I am about to start six months, technically known as administrative leave and commonly known as sabbatical. So, you won’t see me blogging until I get back in July, but I assure you that I will be back reenergized, recharged, and firing on eight cylinders for my final two years in my term as dean. I’m very much excited for the next six months, but as I have never taken any prolonged time in the last forty years, I’m not altogether certain how I will cope with anything less than the hour-by-hour structure I’ve become accustomed to. But I am looking forward to trying. One thing I am certain of, is that my wife Cheryl, although she may be excited to be spending a bit more time with me, will not want me around the house 24-7!
So here is my plan.
Twenty-two years ago, I had the good fortune to be the founding director of what is now known as the Wilson Centre. This is a centre dedicated to the focus of my academic scholarship, namely research in health professions education. The good folks at the Wilson Centre have been kind enough to provide me with an office for the first three months of my administrative leave. From that perch, I will plan on carrying on with some research in and around the transformation of our residency programs to CBME. I will also be involved in graduate student education. And I very much hope to do some writing, which has long been pushed to the side of my desk. During this time, I have a lot of travel planned. At the beginning of February, I will be travelling to Ethiopia to visit Haramaya University, where together with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), I will be exploring, on behalf of Queen’s, a potential partnership in residency education. Later that month, I will be the inaugural Professor-in-Residence at the RCPSC for a two-week period. In March, I am planning to travel to Chicago, where I will be formally exchanging ideas about residency education with both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American College of Surgeons.
For my second three months, I will be travelling to England. We have already rented an English country cottage in a small town, Stow-on-the-Wold. So I will be living in the Cotswolds and training into London where I’ll be working. While in the UK, I will be a Visitor at Imperial College of London to which I was appointed as an honorary Professor in 2007. Imperial College is regarded as one of the leading institutions in surgical education in the world, and I’m confident I will learn much there to bring back to Queen’s. I will also be spending time at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, with whom I have recently been involved with, consulting on CBME. I also have plans to travel to Dublin to the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, an organization that has pioneered the use of digital media for surgical training.
During my administrative leave, I also plan on lecturing, and currently I’m scheduled to deliver keynote lectures at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) in Seattle, the Royal Society of Medicine (Coloproctology Section) in Guildford, England, and the Kergin Lecture for the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
I am certainly excited for the next few months, and know that the Faculty of Health Sciences will be in excellent hands with Dr. Chris Simpson serving as Acting Dean. Most of our readers will know Chris, an outstanding cardiologist and former Division head at Queen’s, our former President of the Canadian Medical Association, and our current Vice Dean (Clinical) in the faculty. I am very grateful to Chris for agreeing to step in, and know that he will have the entire faculty’s support for the next six months.
Best wishes to all of my readers here for a very terrific holiday season and a happy new year. Before you know it, six months will pass quickly by, and I will be back blogging. See you soon.