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Introducing Queen’s Meds 2018

Introducing Queen’s Meds 2018

Thank you to Tony Sanfilippo, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, for his guest blog, below, welcoming the new Meds 2018 class.

With the all-too-soon end of summer comes the beginning of a new academic year. This week we welcome members of Meds 2018, the 160th class to enter the study of Medicine at Queen’s since our school opened its doors in 1854.

A few facts about these new members of our learning community:

They were selected from our largest ever applicant pool – 4366 highly qualified students submitted applications last fall.

Their average age is 24 with a range of 20 to 31 years.  For the first time in several years, there are slightly more men (55) than women (45) in the class.

They hail from no fewer than 38 communities across Canada, including; Ajax, Belle River, Belleville, Brampton (2), Brooklin, Burlington, Caledon, Calgary(4), Dundas, Edmonton, Fall River, Guelph, Halifax, Harrowsmith, Holland Landing, Kanata (3), Kingston (5), Langely (2), London (3), Markham (4), Midland, Mississauga (8), North Bay, North York (2), Oakville, Ottawa (10), Peachland, Peterborough, Sherwood Park, St Marys , Thornhill (5), Toronto (21), Vancouver, Waterloo (2), West Vancouver (2), Whitby (2), Whitehorse, Winnipeg

Ninety-one of our new students have completed an Undergraduate degree, and twenty-seven have postgraduate degrees, including nine PhDs.  The average cumulative grade point average achieved by these students in their pre-medical studies was 3.76. 

An eclectic and academically very qualified group, to be sure.  Last week they undertook a variety of orientation activities organized by both faculty and their upper year colleagues.

On their first day at Queen’s, they were welcomed to the study of Medicine by myself and Dean Richard Reznick. Over the course of the week, they met curricular leaders who will be particularly involved in their first year, including Dr. Michelle Gibson (Year 1 Director) and Dr. Cherie Jones (Clinical Skills Director). They were also introduced to Dr. Renee Fitzpatrick (Director of Student Affairs) and our excellent learner support team, including Drs. Jennifer CarpenterJohn SmytheKelly HowsePeter O’Neill and Susan MacDonald, who oriented them to the Learner Wellness, Career Counseling and Academic Support services that will be provided throughout their years with us. They met members of our superb administrative and educational support teams led by Jacqueline SchuttJennifer Saunders and Sheila Pinchin, and first year Curricular Coordinator Brittany Lovelock.

Dr. Jaclyn Duffin led them in the annual Hippocratic Oath ceremony, and coordinated the very popular and much appreciated “Pearls of Wisdom” session, where fourth year students nominate and introduce faculty members who have been particularly impactful in their education, and invite them to pass on a few words of advice to the new students. This year, Drs. Bob ConnellyJay EngelMichelle GibsonMala JonejaMichael LeveridgeSusan MoffattMichael SylvesterDavid Taylor, Ruth Wilson and former Dean David Walker were selected for this honour.

On Friday, they were welcomed to our Anatomy Learning Centre and facilities by Drs. Steve PangConrad ReifelRon Easteal and facility manager Rick Hunt, and participated in the annual memorial service with a moving dedication by University Chaplin Kate Johnson.

Their Meds 2017 upper year colleagues welcomed them with a number of formal and not-so-formal events. These include orientations to Queen’s and Kingston, introductions to the mentorship program, and a variety of evening social events which, judging by appearances the next morning, were much enjoyed.

For all these arrangements, flawlessly coordinated, I’m very grateful to Rebecca Jozsa, our Admissions Officer, and second year President and Vice-President Jonathan Cluett and Arian Ghassemian.

At their first day welcoming session they were called upon to demonstrate commitment to their studies, their profession and their patients.  They were assured that they will have a voice within our school and be treated with the same respect they are expected to provide each other, their faculty and all patients and volunteers they encounter through their medical school careers.  I invite you to join me in welcoming these new members of our school and medical community.

Donald Wolochow, M.D.

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:46

What incredible changes since the class of 1957 arrived in the fall of 1951! A smattering of college graduates, with the vast majority having finished only high school (and in some cases, Grade 12 only) We were almost all teenagers, all but 6 being male, and, back then, 100 percent Caucasian. I was one of the seven Jewish members of the class, the quota (yes, there had been a quota) having been increased from five by the new Dean, Harold Ettinger. Fifty-five newly-minted doctors emerged from this group, and we look forward to our 60th reunion in 2017. It would be fun to meet with some of the Class of ’18 at that time, to compare notes and let them realize what fantastic advances have been made since the Dark Ages of the mid-50s!

Donald Wolochow, M.D.

Dear Donald,

I agree, there have many changes. We hope, all for the better. We would be delighted to organize some meetings with young students when you come back to visit Queen’s. Just let me know.

Richard

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gerald irwin

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:46

Greetings from a Meds 55 grad. Hope you do as well as we did. G..Irwin MD,CM,FACR

gerald irwin

Boyd Upper

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:47

Greetings to Meds 2018 from a Meds ’53 graduate. Meds 53 started with 66 students — 60 men and six women. Most of the men were veterans of World War 11 (as were two of the women). I was one of the high school graduates who gained admittance. The veteran group was the hardest working group of people I have ever met. Boyd Upper Meds 53.

Boyd Upper

Dr. K. G. Appleby

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:48

Look around Class of Med’s ’18. You will love your University and your classmates will be your best friends for life. As we gather for Med’s ’54s 60th Reunion next month we wish you well and kind of wish we could be starting all over again.

Ken Appleby

Dr. K. G. Appleby

Hi Ken,

Thank you for your warm wishes to the new class, and we look forward to having you for your 60th reunion in October.

Richard

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Diane Batchelor

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:48

Thank-you for sharing the profile. It would also be very interesting to see the profiles of applicants in other divisions of health sciences!

Diane Batchelor

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