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Preparing for assisted dying legislation

Shortly after the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on assisted death was announced, I wrote a blog article on how we will need to address the upcoming changes to legislation within our faculty. Just two months later, this topic remains high in the public consciousness. As such, Post Media health reporter Sharon Kirkey contacted me recently to discuss how medical schools might begin to prepare for this change. I was pleased with the corresponding article that Ms. Kirkey produced, and felt that it accurately captured my views.

Care and Collaboration: Our Students Set the Example

Guest blog post by Anne O’Riordan, Clinical Educator with the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice and Lecturer with the School of Rehabilitation Therapy.

The anticipated visit

Perhaps you’ve noticed that the accreditation countdown clock on our School of Medicine’s webpage has finally reached zero. Early last night, we welcomed the visiting accreditation team to our school, eager to start a critical process that we have been preparing for over the last several years.

To give you a sense of the breadth of the work and coordination involved, here is an accreditation visit “by-the-numbers”:

128 accreditation standards

7 committees involved with accreditation, each consisting of at least 10 members

The PulsePoint app: crowd-sourcing nearby heroes

Guest blog from Dr. Steven Brooks, Emergency Physician and Resuscitation Scientist at Queen’s University.

Community Health Promotion in action at the H’art School

In the Faculty of Health Sciences, we are always looking to provide our students with opportunities to experience service learning, which is a strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction. In the School of Nursing, one of the unique courses that incorporates service learning is Nursing 405: Practicum in Community Health Promotion. Providing hands-on community experience, the course allows nursing students to work in small teams to create and implement a health promotion project that contributes to the work of a community agency and the clients they serve.

An unprecedented CaRMS matching outcome for Queen’s

The outstanding results of the match are a testament to many. To our staff, our residents, our program assistants, every community faculty member who teaches, our university faculty, and our leaders in postgraduate and undergraduate education – you all deserve credit for helping us to achieve excellence in medicine. You have worked so hard for this great outcome.

Living Heart Healthy

Guest blog from Trisha Parsons, Professor at Queen’s University’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy

Building bridges to industry with Paul Lucas

When I became Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s and began talking about the idea of building partnerships with industry, I realized that I was entering into a divided world. The pendulum, with respect to industry-academic relationships had swung far to the left; communications were not open, relationships were fractured. I knew that bringing that pendulum back to the centre had to be a goal of mine, and yet I knew I couldn’t do it alone.

The SCC’s ruling on assisted death: Where do we go from here?

It has been just eleven days since the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) unanimous ruling to remove the ban on physician-assisted death. This leaves 354 days until the ruling becomes law, at which point our governments, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, and healthcare professionals need to be ready to handle and implement such requests.

Vaccines: what are we teaching our students in the Faculty of Health Sciences?

In light of the media attention this week surrounding vaccines, I thought that this would be an opportune time to expand on what we, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, teach our students about immunization.

In FHS, we deliver education about immunization in our medical school, our nursing school, our school of rehabilitation therapy, our MPH program and in many of our residency programs, such as family medicine, paediatrics and public health & preventive medicine.

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