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Reading week in Japan: A cultural and clinical exchange for rehab therapy students

The following is a guest blog by three Occupational Therapy students who recently represented the Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy in Japan. Faculty member Setareh Ghahari and students Casandra Boushey, Charlotte Larry and Gowshia Visuvalingam travelled to the Niigata University of Health and Welfare as part of a formalized a relationship between the two schools to foster cultural and academic exchange and research collaboration between the two institutions. 

Assisted Dying: A medical student’s perspective

I would like to introduce you to June Duong, Meds ’19. It was a pleasure to invite her to write a guest blog to share her thoughts on assisted dying.

 

Celebrating outstanding faculty members

Once a year, we spend an evening celebrating what has been collectively achieved in our Faculty of Health Sciences over the past year. We recognize the contributions by faculty members who are stepping down, and we honour special academic contributions through our Faculty of Health Sciences awards. This year, with the help of Dr. Phil Wattam, we established the Regional Education Awards to recognize the contributions of educators who are working in our partner programs across Ontario.

“What will you do next?” Preparing for a career in nursing

Convocation is in the air right now at Queen’s. Almost every day, graduates in gowns can be spotted on campus, smiling, carrying flowers and posing for pictures. On Monday last week, our nursing graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees in Grant Hall. As they did so, they moved on to a new chapter in their lives. And I am sure that now, more than ever (and like all of the other recent graduates across campus), they have been asked the age-old question: “what will you do next?”

Placements in India and Tanzania inspire eight student OTs

The following is a guest post by one of our student communication ambassadors and soon-to-be graduate, Ilan Mester (OT’17).

Occupational Therapy knows no boundaries and eight student OTs are proving that. Thanks to the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Scholarship in International Community Based Rehabilitation, these second-year students are now completing their final placement and a community development project in India and Tanzania.

Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital Decide to Integrate

One of the best things about being a Dean at Queen’s is the close and special relationship I have with our three academic hospitals in Kingston. I serve as a proud board member of the hospitals and meet on a regular basis with members of the senior executive team. In fact, it’s been my observation that the relationships between the hospitals and the University are closer and more integrated in Kingston than in most academic medical centres across the country.

Setting our sights high: creating a new strategic plan

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” ~ Orison Swett Marden

Shortly after my arrival at Queen’s just over five years ago, we developed a strategic plan for the School of Medicine. This plan has served as a fundamental guide to monitor our accomplishments, and measure our progress against stated goals and targets.

We are all very proud of the accomplishments to date, many of which were guided by our last strategic plan. Some of these successes include:

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