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Dean's Report : Faculty of Health Sciences 2016-2017

Queen’s University has, for many decades, been known for its phenomenal student experience. But in recent years, there has been a big collective push to realize our goal for a balanced academy by combining that excellent student experience with an intensified research environment. There is a general appreciation around campus that what’s needed most, notwithstanding increasing challenges in the funding environment, is a redoubled focus on fortifying our research endeavours.

Why We Need to End Hallway Medicine

On October 3rd, the Ontario government announced the formation of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine, and I was asked to join this council. Dr. Ruben Devlin, who serves as a special advisor to the premier on healthcare, has been named the chair of the council, and he will be leading a group of ten individuals who bring various expertise from across the health professional sectors.

Dr. Ruzica Jokic appointed as Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education.

Dean Richard Reznick is pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Ruzica Jokic as Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education for the Faculty of Health Sciences. The appointment is for a five-year term beginning on October 1, 2018.

Damon Dagnone Publishes Powerful Memoir

I’m pleased to let you know that Dr. Damon Dagnone – Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and our CBME Lead – has recently published a memoir called Finding Our Way Home: A Family’s Story of Life, Love, and Loss. Damon was kind enough to share the manuscript with me before it even came out, and I don’t know if I’ve ever finished a book faster. Damon’s story is almost impossible to put down once you start, and it is even more moving than it is gripping. I had always known that Damon was an excellent physician and educator.

34th H.G. Kelly Visiting Lectureship with Dr. Samir K. Sinha on October 3rd at 4:30

On Wednesday October 3rd at 4:30 PM, the Aesculapian Medical Undergraduate Society will be holding the 34th H. Garfield Kelly Visiting Lectureship. This year's lecturer will be Dr. Samir K. Sinha, who will be giving a talk titled, "On Becoming a Geriatrician, Health Strategist and Effective Advocate for Change." There will be a reception before the lecture at 4:30 PM in the David M.C. Walker Atrium in the School of Medicine. Then Dr. Sinha will speak in the Britton Smith Lecture Theatre (132A) from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. 

Dr. Jocelyn Garland Wins Royal College Regional Prix d'excellence -- Specialist of the Year Award

Dr. Jocelyn Garland, Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, has won a Regional Prix d'excellence -- Specialist of the Year Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This award recognizes Fellows of the Royal College who have made significant contributions in providing outstanding care to their patients and the community in which they practice. Dr. Garland won the award for Region 3, which is comprised of Ontario and Nunavut. 

Celebrating Career Milestones in the Faculty

On September 5th, we had one of my favourite annual events in the Faculty of Health Sciences: the Faculty Promotion Reception.  During this event, many of the Department Heads and I publically recognize our colleagues who have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor or (Full) Professor. Celebrating these career milestones is important because it gives us, as a faculty, a chance to recognize the years of hard work and dedication that went into making these achievements possible. Getting promoted is no easy thing to do in the academy.

Using Innovation to Address Health Inequities

Guest blog by Adam Devon and Darsan Sadacharam, Queen's medical students in the class of 2020.

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