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Dr. Joan Tranmer appointed as Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing

Dean Richard Reznick and Dr. Erna Snelgrove-Clarke are pleased to announce that Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Principal (Academic) at Queen’s University, has appointed Dr. Joan Tranmer as Sally Smith Chair, School of Nursing. Her 32-month term begins November 1, 2019.

Dean Reznick would like to extend his sincere thanks to Dr. Elizabeth VanDenKerkhof for her service and leadership as past Sally Smith Chair.

The #NursesAre campaign: from class assignment to passion project

When Melissa Spadafora and Shannon Greer were given an assignment to develop a method to recruit young people to nursing in their final year of the Undergraduate Nursing Accelerated Standing Track (AST) program, they didn’t expect the assignment to turn into a passion project.

Training our OT students to solve problems through an innovative classroom space

For many of us, it’s easy to take for granted the daily activities that can be performed without difficulty. Most of us never think twice about our ability to cook dinner, wash the dishes, have a shower, or write an email.

But for those who experience difficulties performing daily tasks, the impact can be significant.

Dr. Vanner receives national award in bowel disease research

Dr. Stephen Vanner, Director of the Gastrointestinal Diseases Research Unit (GIDRU) at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University, and clinician-scientist, KGH Research Institute, has been named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). It is one of Canada’s most prestigious academic honours. Fellows are chosen for their international leadership, academic performance, scientific creativity and willingness to serve.

How a med student changed the course of his education to focus on Indigenous health

This spring, Thomas Dymond, a medical student here at Queen’s, requested a change to the way that students do their upper year clerkships. He asked to complete his 4-month longitudinal integrated clerkship in the Indigenous community of Akwesasne, under the guidance of Dr. Ojistoh Horn, a Mohawk family physician.

Thomas, who is Mi’kmaq from the Bear River First Nation in Nova Scotia, hasn’t always found his path through medical school to be easy. Last year, he took time away from school because of stress, and began to feel uncertain about whether he would complete his MD degree.

Two-Spirit physician visits Queen's to discuss decolonizing medicine

Here at the Faculty of Health Sciences, we are working with indigenous partners to answer the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation. You can read about how we’re doing in our progress report. This work is ongoing and multi-faceted, and it includes championing talks by leaders in Indigenous Medicine, such as Dr. Makokis.

Celebrating Queen’s Homecoming 2019

It was a great weekend. Cheryl and I always enjoy homecoming, but perhaps because this was my “last homecoming” as the dean, it was extra special. This past weekend we welcomed back Queen’s alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Therapy.

Progress Report: Our faculty’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Report Calls to Action

The word progress is key in the context of our response to the Calls to Action contained within the Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC). The Faculty of Health Sciences has made great strides in responding to the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, and we are proud of the work that we have done so far. But we are by no means finished. Creating a welcoming and safe place for Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and patients will remain a faculty-wide priority. The Indigenous Health Education Working Group, co-lead by Dr. Leslie Flynn and Dr.

Dr. James Makokis to give lecture at Queen's School of Medicine

On October 23rd, Dr. James Makokis, a family physician, will kick off a new lectureship with his presentation, “Decolonizing Medicine: Creating an Inclusive Space for Transgender and Two-Spirit People” 

A seniors’ oasis

With an aging population, it is critical that seniors living in the community receive the support they need. It is important that new effective and cost-efficient strategies are developed to help seniors live where they want to live and prosper in their chosen communities.

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