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Shaving for a cause: med students do Manuary

Here in the Faculty of Health Sciences, I am continually amazed at the extra-curricular work that our students do. Despite the demands of clinical education, our students still find time to give back, dedicating themselves to the causes that they find most important.

Take Vince Wu and Kousha Azimi, both first year medical students, both aspiring otolaryngology/head and neck surgeons. Together with third year student Jennifer Siu and fourth year student Josie Xu, they led the organizing committee of Kingston’s Manuary campaign.

A Report Worth Reading: Promoting Health Innovation in Ontario

Ontario has huge opportunities to become a global leader in health innovation. The Province has six excellent medical schools, 24 research hospitals and serves as the Canadian corporate headquarters for many of the world’s largest health companies. Yet Ontario does not have a strong track record in fostering health innovation.

Treating the whole patient: integrating spirituality and healthcare

In the highly scientific field of healthcare, the concept of spirituality can be uncertain and uncomfortable territory for a practitioner. Not only does the term have several definitions, but often healthcare providers don’t know if, how or when to bring up the concept, let alone integrating spirituality in to a care plan.

Découvertes Médicales en France

The world turned its eyes on Paris and France this week. The unimaginable tragedy of the paired terrorist attacks leaves the world struggling to find answers. It also reaffirmed that the world is united in its resolve against terrorism. In Paris on Sunday, 3.7 million people marched in unity and solidarity.

The attention to France reminds me of the many seminal discoveries that it has given to the world of medicine. Here is just a sample of five such discoveries; five ways in which France has moved the world of biomedical science forward.

Celebrating the Twelfth Night

Queen’s has reopened and it’s back to work and school today for those of us here at the University. And what better way to celebrate the end of the holiday season, than with…another party! Some dear friends, the Weatheralls, have invited us to their Twelfth Night dinner, which takes place about twelve nights after Christmas, and this year’s celebration is tonight.

2015 Accreditation: putting the school of medicine under the microscope

Every eight years, each Canadian medical school must earn accreditation in order to maintain its status. It is a peer-review process that is designed to ensure that medical students are receiving high quality education that meets the standards set across North America.

How old is too old to become a mother?

On Friday, Globe and Mail reporter Kelly Grant discussed the Québec Government’s recent proposition to limit In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to women over age 42.1 Since 2010, Québec has been the only province, and one of the few jurisdictions worldwide, to fund IVF. Not only are they proposing to end IVF funding, the Québec government is proposing to fine doctors who facilitate IVF for older women. This would restrict access to IVF for women over age 42, even if they want to self-fund, and even if they want to avail themselves of the use of eggs from younger donors.

Celebrating Giving Tuesday

This year, I was introduced to the idea of Giving Tuesday. It’s a simple idea, one that is timed to fall four days after Black Friday, and it captures what I’d venture to say is the real ‘spirit’ of the season. Calling it the ‘opening day of the giving season’ (whereas Black Friday opens the ‘shopping season’), Giving Tuesday calls itself a global movement of individuals and organizations that believe that everyone whether a large or small donor has a role in helping solve challenges at a local and global level.1

New funding will transform military & veteran health research

Monday was an extraordinary day at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum in Toronto, and not just because we had a sold-out crowd of over 500 delegates. To open the day’s events, Minister Ambrose and Michael Burns announced that Health Canada and the True Patriot Love Foundation would each commit $5M to in funding to the institute. To end the day, Kelly Williams from General Dynamics announced that the company would be donating a further $500,000.

NCIC Lung Cancer Trial: Largest in FHS History

I am thrilled to announce that the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) has developed and will lead an international clinical trial of a new class of cancer drug aimed at curing lung cancer in patients who have had surgery and chemotherapy for disease confined to the lung. This research contract with AstraZeneca is the largest in the history of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Our ongoing efforts in the NCIC CTG serve to reinforce our FHS industry engagement strategy, which strives to fortify existing relationships with industry and to promote and develop new ones.

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