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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.

Is it our job to educate RNs for Canada or for the United States?

The following is a guest blog by Dr. Jennifer Medves, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing at Queen’s University.

In December 2011, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), and the regulators across the country, announced that as of January 1, 2015, graduates of nursing programs would no longer be required to pass the Canadian Registered Nurses Exam.[i]

The Museum of Health Care: Documenting our Inspirational History

The following is a guest blog by Dr. Anthony Sanfilippo, the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. The original post can be found on his blog.


A labour of love

Dr. Seth Chitayat is the Industry Liaison Officer for the Faculty of Health Sciences. Dr. Chitayat, a biochemist, received his PhD from Queen’s in Protein Structure and Function. He then pursued an MBA, and now works for FHS promoting and facilitating our Industry Engagement Strategy. He has kindly agreed to be a guest blogger for Dean On Campus. Seth writes:

Queen’s Clinical Simulation Centre celebrates RCPSC accreditation

This afternoon we celebrated a significant milestone for the Faculty of Health Sciences – the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s accreditation of our Clinical Simulation Centre (CSC).

We are all immigrants

I remember well one of the best teaching sessions I ever had with surgical clerks. This session happened many years ago when I was a surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital. As was often the protocol, one of the senior medical students started rounds by presenting a case. I recall that the patient had been admitted with a small bowel obstruction. When reviewing the history and physical, the student made the comment that the history of the present illness was a bit fragmented because the patient “had a language problem.”

Laura Bosco, Meds 2017, wins prestigious CMHF student award

It is my distinct pleasure to share The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame’s announcement of our third-year medical student, Laura Bosco, as the inaugural Queen’s University recipient of a prestigious new honour: The Export Packers and Rubenstein Family CMHF Award.

The Barry Smith Symposium: When students lead the way

Every September I have the honour of addressing our newest students in the Faculty of Health Sciences and welcoming them to Queen’s University.

Troubling times ahead for capacity building as the CIHR cuts the MD/PhD Awards Program

For the last several years, our School of Medicine has offered our students the exceptional opportunity to combine research training with a medical education through our MD/PhD-MD/Master’s program. This unique program provides benefits to both scholarship and the professional development of physician-scientists by allowing for better integration of clinical and research training experiences, and also provides better opportunities for fostering translational research.

Welcoming the new faces of the FHS to Queen’s

After three weeks away from the office, I must admit, it’s nice to be back! The end of August is always an extremely busy time at universities across the country, yet I always look forward to those first few days of school.

Over the next week or so, I’ll be making the rounds to a number of events, hoping to meet many of the new students joining us this year.  Although the pace never really slows too much in our office, September is nevertheless a time to celebrate renewal.

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