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When a Patient is Shot in the Hospital

Yesterday I was shocked to read a very disturbing article in the Sunday New York Times.1 An internet version of the story can be read at

When a Patient is Shot in the Hospital

Yesterday I was shocked to read a very disturbing article in the Sunday New York Times.1 An internet version of the story can be read at

The Gillian Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research: A Queen’s – Lakeridge Health Partnership

On Friday we celebrated the establishment of a new chair in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s.

This chair, which will be dedicated to palliative care research, will be unique, in that it stems from a partnership between Lakeridge Health (LH) and Queen’s. The intent is to attract an academic palliative care physician who will do his or her clinical work in the Durham Region and have protected time for scholarly work, done out of Queen’s.

School of Nursing celebrating 75 years

Guest Blog by Professor Jennifer Medves, 
Vice Dean Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Nursing

From a Whisper to a Roar—Bell Let’s Talk Day

Guest blog by Dr. Heather Stuart
Professor and Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair
Department of Public Health Sciences

We’re gearing up for another Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 27th.

This is the day that Bell donates 5¢ for every text message, mobile or long distance call made by Bell or Bell Aliant customers, Tweet using #BellLetsTalk, or Facebook share of the Bell Let’s Talk Day image.

Queen’s Research Unit Gets New Identity

We are extremely proud of our research accomplishments at Queen’s. And without a doubt, one of the units we are most proud of is our internationally renowned group dedicated to clinical trails in cancer. Known for the last thirty-six years as the NCIC Clinical Trials Group, this outstanding center, today, takes on a new name, the Canadian Clinical Trials Group, Groupe Canadien des Essais sur le Cancer.

My New Wearable

In last week’s blog, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions. One of the resolutions I have for this year is to work hard at keeping fit. I try to get in about four workouts each week. “Workout” is a bit of a stretch, in that pretty much my only goal is to just keep doing it. During my workouts I try to measure my heart rate. In the past I’ve used a chest strap synchronized to a watch, which is very accurate at capturing my heart rate.

What’s your new year’s resolution?

It has been said that the month of January is named after the ancient Roman god, Janus. Janus is depicted as a two headed god, symbolizing the ability Janus received from another god, Saturn, of being able to see into the future as well as see back into the past.1 And so it has become tradition of seeing the month of January as a time of reflection and an opportunity to set new goals.2

According to one website, the 10 most common new year’s resolutions last year were to:3

Ending the year on a high note

As I start to think about a few days off for the holidays, I am excited and invigorated by the progress we have made in the faculty this past year. It’s been a remarkable year of growth. And importantly, we have made significant gains in all four areas of our strategy: education, research, partnerships, and maintaining a focus on our patients.

Change in the winds

I am pleased to announce that the 2014-15 Dean’s Report is now available both online and in print. Originally, I wrote the following as my opening remarks, but I do hope you’ll enjoy reading the full report at your leisure.

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