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An inspiring evening

Last Thursday night was the 2014 Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston.  What a magnificent evening!

It was an inspiring, proud moment for our Faculty of Health Sciences, for Queen’s University, for Kingston and for Canada. Hosting this 20th anniversary ceremony was everything that we had hoped for and more.

Cuts sutures and leaves: grammar advice from a surgeon?

“A preposition is a terrible thing to end a sentence with.”

— Winston Churchill

“As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler.” — Calvin Trillin

Janet Dancey Appointed to Lead the NCIC Clinical Trials Group

Last Friday, Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), announced the appointment of Janet Dancey as Director, NCIC-Clinical Trials Group (NCIC-CTG) and holder of the Edith and Carla Eisenhauer Chair in Clinical Cancer Research at Queen’s University.  Speaking on behalf of the search committee, and my co-chair, Christine Williams, VP Research at the Canadian Cancer Society, we could not be more delighted!

Our next deputy minister of health…

This week it was announced that Dr. Robert Bell, present CEO of University Health Network, will become our next Deputy Minister of Health. He replaces Saäd Rafi who served in the position for four years and was widely considered to have been an excellent Deputy who served the Province well.   Mr. Rafi went on to assume a new position as Chief Executive of the Pan Am Games.

When customer service transforms education delivery

This week we are changing the name of our Medical Education Technology Unit (or MEdTech as it is commonly known) to the Health Sciences Education Technology Unit. The new name more accurately reflects the scope of their service, a service I might add that is foundational to our education delivery in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The 2002 “Strategic Plan for Education Technology in the School of Medicine” report recommended the creation of a dedicated unit to ensure that our medical students were able to consistently access learning resources online.

A new international roadmap to address MS falls

Canada has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the world. In Manitoba for example, the age-adjusted prevalence has been estimated to be 226.7 per 100,000 (Marrie et al, 2010). In comparison, rates in Hong Kong have been reported to be 0.77 per 100,000 (Lau et al, 2002). Mobility and balance impairments are commonly experienced by people with MS, and place them at high risk of accidental falls. In fact, more than 50% of people with MS will experience a fall in a 6 month period and approximately ½ of those falls will require medical attention (Gunn et al, 2013).

An expanding family of doctors: good news for Ontario

Last week you might have heard about the release of the Family Medicine Expansion Report, released by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). The report details a very successful decade-long effort by Ontario’s medical schools and the provincial government to deal with a shortage of family doctors.

It takes a community to make a healthcare professional

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

– Michael Jordan

Patient Advisors: Empowering Patients in Hospital Decision Making

In the Monday Globe and Mail, a front-page article appeared about Kingston General Hospital.1 The article gave an account of a terrific initiative at the hospital to comprehensively involve patients in hospital decision making processes. The story focuses on a Kingston innkeeper, Patrick Dickey, who is one of the 55 patient advisers at KGH. Specifically, the article relays how Dickey was involved in the hiring of hospital staff, as part of an interview panel in selecting a hospital phlebotomist.

A Queen’s Nursing grad making a “huge impact”

As we say good bye to nursing students at convocation we wonder where they will be in five years – how their career will have developed, what their plans are for their continued education in nursing, and where they will be living.   Christiane Gray-Schleihauf (nee Macpherson) graduated in 2011 and we remember her as a student who participated in Queen’s life and through the Nursing Science Society.  Receiving feedback from employers is part of our evaluation process but it can be difficult to find where our graduates are practicing and find the right manager.  Occasionally we receive phone

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