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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.

Ugandan ophthalmologist trains with Hotel Dieu eye specialists

In early November, Hotel Dieu Hospital’s Ophthalmology department responded to a request from the Queen of England by welcoming Dr. Moses Kasadhakawo and offering him a six-week observership to acquire skills needed to prevent avoidable blindness back in his home hospital in Uganda.

Introducing the new FHS Communications Team

The following is a guest blog by Emma Woodman, Communications Coordinator for the Faculty of Health Sciences.

The Meds ’74 40th Reunion Class Gift story

The Queen’s Initiative Campaign is the largest fundraising campaign in its history. Since it began, we have received some incredible gifts that are helping develop the next generation of physicians, nurses, rehabilitation therapists and researchers. The generosity that our faculty, alumni and friends have shown is awe-inspiring, and marks the importance of our work as an institution.

A dark day for our civilized world

The tragic events of November 13th have cast a cloud on the civilized world. The events in Paris are a staggering reminder that we live in a turbulent world. To think that lives, precious lives, could be considered expendable for what are primarily religious beliefs or territorial conflicts, is a throwback to the dark ages.

We must all speak out; not just mourn the loss of life, not just prepare to eradicate enemies. We must call on all leadership, civil and religious to take the stage.

In November of this year…

Our fantastic experience with the NHS

My son Gabriel is currently studying law at Queen Mary University of London. Fourteen days ago he developed a severe sore throat, and after a few days of cold medication and lozenges, he was getting no better. With advice from Cheryl and me, Gabe went to the student health clinic where he was seen by a family physician. She diagnosed tonsillitis, started him on Penicillin, and requested that he return to the clinic in two days to follow up on his condition.

Public Health Sciences and Empire Life – a thank you

The following is a guest blog by Dr. William Pickett, Head of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University. 

Growing up in a small town in rural Ontario, I was exposed to certain lessons that I believe have served me well. And one of these life lessons is that there are times in life when it is important to pause for a moment, and to be intentional about saying thank you.

Queen’s Homecoming: A celebration of community

This past weekend we celebrated the return of Queen’s alumni, including over 300 alumni from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Therapy.

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