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Queen’s preparing to launch online Honours Bachelor of Science

Over the last few years, we have been fortunate in the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) to launch a number of new programs. This past fall, we saw the first Masters of Science in Healthcare Quality class graduate, and this September, we will welcome our first set of students in our brand new Aging and Health graduate diploma and masters programs.

Join the FHS Fitbit Challenge

Almost one year ago, a visit from two healthy friends encouraged me to go out and purchase a fitness tracker called a Fitbit Flex. The wristband device has the ability to monitor a number of things, including steps, calories, distance travelled, active minutes, sleep habits, and much more. Throughout the day it automatically syncs with any smart device that has the Fitbit app installed, such as an iPhone, so that you can see how you’re doing and stay on top of your personal fitness goals.

An inventive, student-led approach to learner wellness

It’s no secret that pursuing a health sciences degree is hard work. We set high expectations for each of our students, because when those degrees are handed out on convocation day, we have a duty to ensure that each and every one will provide evidence-based, person-centred, and compassionate care to their patients.

Answering the Call to Caring

Earlier this spring, I was asked to speak on behalf of Dr. Duncan Sinclair as he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. It was indeed an honour to read his thoughtful speech, which spoke to the enduring importance of compassion in healthcare:

Lessons from the sixty-eighth World Health Assembly

Guest blog by Dr. C. Ruth Wilson, a Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, a practising family physician, and the president of the WONCA North American region.

Celebrating a commitment to faculty development

Guest blog by Dr. Richard van Wylick, an Associate Professor in General Pediatrics, and the Director of Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Office of Faculty Development has the mission to prepare faculty for their current and future roles through skill development by assisting faculty in attaining the skills relevant to their roles as educators, researchers, administrators and scholars.

Remembering David Sackett, “The Father of Evidence Based Medicine”

This past week, Canadian medicine lost one of its greats. One of the fundamental tenets of medical education and practice today, is that treatment should be guided by evidence. It seems so logical and fundamental, and yet, the “science of evidence-based medicine” is relatively young. Arguably, the father of that science[1], David Sackett, just recently passed away at age 80. Ostensibly, Sackett was able to pioneer and champion the marriage of statistically based epidemiology with the practice of clinical medicine.

Canadian military honours the dedication of Dr. Alice Aiken

Over the last six months, it has been nothing short of thrilling to watch the hard work and dedication of the team behind the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) come to fruition. Under the leadership of its Director, Dr. Alice Aiken, we’ve seen the number of it’s university partnerships grow to 37, and, incredibly, generous grants and donations from the federal government, True Patriot Love, and General Dynamics have come rolling in – over 21 million dollars worth since November.

How Phil Sheppard became a lifeline for the epicentre

Every once in a while, we hear of a story concerning one of our alumni that simply blows us away. Such a story came to us in the last week about two-time Queen’s grad, Phil Sheppard.

Following the completion of his Master of Science in Biomechanics, Phil pursued his Master of Science in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2013. While a student in our School of Rehabilitation Therapy (SRT), Phil was President of the Rehabilitation Society, and sat on a number of prominent committees.

The art of balancing technology and human connection

Lately, in the Faculty of Health Sciences we have been exploring the idea of the “flipped classroom”, an educational term used to describe the idea of switching the components of homework with the components of class time. For instance, instead of using valuable class time for a lecture, students are asked to watch the lecture as their homework, and time together in the classroom is spent on activities such as small group learning, debate, lab demonstrations, etc.

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