No safe bet…
– Yogi Berra
Hall of Fame catcher for the New York Yankees
I lost a bet.
Western medical school Dean, Dr. Michael Strong and I had a wager on the Queen’s/Western game last September 28th. The loser would have to deliver a lecture to the winner’s medical school students. Unfortunately, as you may know, the Mustangs prevailed 50-31 over our Golden Gaels in a hard-fought game.
So I travelled to London on Monday to pay my penance and deliver some words of wisdom to the Dean Strong’s students at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. I spoke to them about being careful in making a casual bet…and about the changing landscape of medical education and the system where they will practice.
As you can see from the photo – Western purple may not be my best colour (note to Dean Strong…I don’t recall “wearing the team colours” as part of our original terms…).
All good-humoured competition aside – I had a terrific visit! I have a great working relationship with Dr. Strong and it was a pleasure to have the chance to meet and get to know his students. Like our Queen’s students, it was energizing to be around such talented and dedicated young people at the outset of their careers. They were great hosts and, like our students, very proud to be studying medicine, and very proud of their school. My thanks to all involved at Schulich for making this such an enjoyable trip.
Next September, our Gaels play host to Western here in Kingston and I may think twice about another wager with Dean Strong. But without a doubt- he, his faculty and students are always welcome guests at Queen’s University
If you have any Queen’s/Western memories that you would like to share, please comment on this post. Better yet, drop by my office at the Macklem House…my door is always open.