When she was working as a welder in northern Alberta after graduating from high school, Dawn Armstrong had no idea that she would one day go to medical school. She wouldn’t even really start to think about pursuing a career in medicine until several years later, when she was in her late 20s with three children working towards a bachelor’s degree at Acadia, double majoring in Neuroscience and Biology and completing an honours thesis. Now, at the age of 31, Dawn is a mother of four, a strong aboriginal woman, and a first-year medical student at the Queen’s School of Medicine.
Queen’s Health Sciences is a remarkable faculty. Our success is a product of the initiative and action of our students, faculty, and staff, and of the collaboration across schools, faculties, and our partnering institutions, that is the hallmark of our academic health sciences centre. Our success is also augmented with the support of our alumni, and our partners in the private and public sectors.
One of the unique strengths of the Faculty of Health Sciences is that its structure encompasses the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy. In May 2012, we published a new strategic framework for our three schools that affirmed a unified vision: ask questions, seek answers, advance care, inspire change.
Our new vision informs all of our initiatives: research, education, patient care and how we work with our faculty, students, practitioners, staff, alumni, benefactors, and the public and private sectors.
The Queen’s Initiative Campaign is an important moment, where our community can come together to support the most important priorities for our faculty, which will advance our faculty, inspire our people, and enable our vision.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is proud of the tradition where alumni classes celebrating milestone reunions raise funds for the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy.
Established over 150 years ago, the School of Medicine at Queen's University aims to advance the tradition of preparing excellent physicians and leaders in health care by embracing a spirit of inquiry and innovation in education and research.
The Queen’s School of Nursing has a long history of providing excellent nursing education has developed a strategic plan under the mission “to advance learning and scholarship in the discipline and profession of nursing”
Medical Student Bursary
The cost of becoming a doctor is continuously growing, leaving many students with over $160,000 in debt at the end of school. With about 50% of Queen’s medical students receiving financial assistance every year, many students need to access personal loan funding to afford this investment in their future. The Queen’s Medical Student Bursary was established in 2002 to ensure that tuition fees will not deter quality candidates for medical school.
School of Nursing Student Assistance
As national leaders in providing student financial aid, Queen’s is committed to providing bursary assistance to students with financial need to ensure that all students have the opportunity to attend Queen’s School of Nursing, regardless of their individual financial circumstances. Bursary assistance provides students with the fewest financial resources the opportunity to benefit from a Queen’s nursing education. In an age when students, their families, governments, and Queen’s are all feeling the pressures of rising education costs, it is more important than ever that we work together to provide bursary assistance to bright, qualified applicants who might not otherwise have the opportunity to access the Queen’s nursing program.
Rehabilitation Therapy Student Experience Fund
Learning experiences that go beyond the classroom are an important component of the programs in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. However, these experiences often come at a cost for our students that is above and beyond the cost of tuition and books. Occupational and Physical Therapy students are required to complete over 1,000 hours of placements over the course of their studies. Our students in Rehabilitation Science, Aging and Health, and Rehabilitation and Health Leadership are encouraged to attend conferences and present their research at scientific meetings to advance their careers. Despite the myriad of benefits of these additional learning experiences, many students experience significant financial barriers to participation.