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Will we soon be replaced by machines?

The prospect that much of what humans do will be replaced by machines is nothing new. From the earliest days of the industrial revolution, there has been a massive amount of human labour that has been replaced by machine-based solutions. But many predict, we are on the cusp of another, digitally-based revolution that will see much of our professional work being replaced by artificial intelligence technologies.

Paving the road for mental health advocacy with Jack.org

The following is a guest blog written by Queen’s MD/Phd candidate Lori Minassian with contributions by QMed 2019 student Elisabeth Merner.

The new Providence Care Hospital opens its doors

In late April, the longstanding quest to create a facility that meets the aging, rehabilitation, and mental health needs of the people of southeastern Ontario came to fruition with the opening of the spectacular and brand new Providence Care Hospital.

eConsult pilot improving access to care

Guest blog by Danielle Claus, Executive Director, Southeast Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO)

It’s no secret that lengthy wait times for specialist appointments are one of the biggest barriers to accessing health care in Ontario. Here, in our corner of the province, however, we are diligently chipping away at that obstacle, one eConsult at a time.

Indspire Award winner embraces personal journey

University often offers young people more than just a degree. For Thomas Dymond, currently a first-year medical student at Queen’s, post-secondary education has been a journey of self-discovery.

“It wasn’t until I got to Memorial University for my undergraduate degree that I started getting to know about my culture. I jumped over that barrier of not being sure how I fit being an Aboriginal person in modern society,” says Mr. Dymond, who recently accepted an Indspire Award, the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its achievers.

Health careers beyond academia: exploring connections with industry

Our number one goal for our students has always been to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will allow them to sustain a fabulous career in their particular field of interest. Graduate studies is one area where our strategy for achieving this is changing rapidly and requires constant re-evaluation. For some of our graduate students, a career as a university scientist is the end goal.

Tragically Hip honoured for contributions to brain cancer research

On April 5th, the Canadian Cancer Trials Group (CCTG) honoured the Tragically Hip for their contributions to brain cancer research, and presented the band with a commemorative plaque.

In the research world we talk a lot about the importance of collaboration in driving research breakthroughs. Today, no researcher would question that pooling expertise, trading ideas and sharing resources is a better way to solve problems or answer difficult questions than working alone.

The Integration of Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals

Saturday was an auspicious day for the patients of Kingston, for our health system and for Queen’s hospital partners. On Saturday April 1, 2017, Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital officially integrated their functions, and a new corporation was born. The integrated hospital will adopt a new “legal name” the Kingston Health Sciences Centre, pending a full analysis over the coming months of a permanent “business name”, by which the hospital will operate.

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