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The lessons in leadership we've learned from Dr. Jennifer Medves

This month, Dr. Jennifer Medves, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing, will be stepping down from her role after serving two terms here at Queen’s.

Working Toward Inclusion: Listening to LGBTQI2S+ Student Voices in Medicine

The following is a guest blog by Dr. David Messenger, an emergency and intensive care physician and head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University.

Rethinking the way that we create positive spaces for our LGBTQI2S+ patients

We live in an era where it is increasingly important for health care practitioners to create safe spaces for their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI2S+) patients.

A medical student has her voice heard on Parliament Hill

As an undergraduate student, Caberry Yu did not think of politics as something that she’d ever be interested in. But now, as a second-year student in Queen’s School of Medicine, she finds herself growing into a role as an advocate for seniors care in Canada. With the organization Daughters of the Vote, she was selected to represent Kingston and the Islands in Ottawa, during which she delivered a speech to the Senate about the shortcomings in care for seniors in Canada.

A long-overdue degree and hope for our future

Last Thursday was convocation for the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine, and those of us on the faculty had the joy of seeing our tremendous graduates receive their new degrees. Convocation is always a meaningful occasion, but this year’s stands out because we had the opportunity to grant a posthumous degree to Ethelbert Bartholomew.

A call to disrupt racism in health sciences education

Last week at Queen’s, we hosted Dr. Barry Lavallee, who is a member of Manitoba First Nation and Métis communities and a specialist in Indigenous health and northern practice. Dr. Lavallee stayed with us for three days and provided a series of events aimed at raising our awareness of the ways in which Indigenous people in Canada experience the health care system. I cannot thank Dr. Lavallee enough for agreeing to travel from Manitoba to speak with us, and for offering us such an important perspective that we all need to hear.

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