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How the power of teamwork drives the Faculty of Health Sciences

It is hard to believe that another year is almost over already. Since things are going to be relatively quiet around Queen’s starting next week, this is going be my last blog post of the year. I want to take the chance now, then, to offer my best wishes to all of you for the holiday season and the new year, and also to unveil this year’s issue of the Dean’s Report, which you can find here: https://healthsci.queensu.ca/administration/reports/deans-report

As we leave 2018 behind, I hope that all of you will have a chance to catch your breaths, because I know that everyone in the Faculty of Health Sciences has been working exceptionally hard this year. And we have a lot to show for it. 2018 saw a lot of milestones in the faculty, and a sample of them have been captured in this year’s issue of the Dean’s Report.

Each year, I give a theme to the stories collected in the Dean’s Report, and this year’s theme is the power of teamwork. Looking over our accomplishments from the 2017-2018 academic year, it’s clear to me that collaboration is at the heart of everything we do in the faculty, and that we would accomplish very little without it.

I hope that you will take a chance to read this year’s report because it speaks to the breadth of work we’re doing in the faculty and the wide array of people who are behind that work. The stories span our accomplishments in research, education, and clinical practice, and they profile faculty, students, and staff from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy.

I don’t have the space here to tell you everything that is in this year’s issue of the Dean’s Report, but I’ll share a few of the stories to whet your appetite. In the pages of the report, you’ll have a chance to learn about how competency-based medical education is impacting Dr. Julia Tai, a second-year resident in Internal Medicine. You’ll also be able to read about why two nursing students made these videos to let Indigenous students know that they are welcome and supported at Queen’s. And you’ll be able to learn about the faculty members who joined the School of Rehabilitation Therapy last year: Drs. Beata Batorowicz, Dorothy Kessler, David Pedlar, and Mohammad Auais.

As satisfying as it is to look backward, I’m excited for the new year and all of the opportunities it will bring to create new milestones and continue striving toward our goals.  You can tell that we’ll be having a busy year in the FHS just by looking at the faculty and administrative searches that we have planned.

Next year, we will be finding a new Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing to replace Dr. Jennifer Medves, who will be concluding a fabulous ten years in those roles. Similarly, we will be looking for a replacement for Dr. Roger Deeley, who will be finishing a tremendous tenure as our Vice-Dean Research. We will also be finding new heads in a number of departments, including Public Health Sciences, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and Surgery. On top of these searches, we will also be recruiting four new Canada Research Chairs in the fields of bioinformatics, metabolomics, and microbiome research.

These are just a few of the developments in the works that I’m looking forward to telling you all more about in the coming months. In the meantime, though, I hope you have a wonderful and restful holiday.



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