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Faculty of Health Sciences Newsletter | February 20th, 2018

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Civic professionalism – why leadership matters

By Chris Simpson, MD

We can all be forgiven for being a bit cynical about leadership these days. “Fake news”, “alternative facts” and endless political spin seem to have replaced critical discussions and debates of ideas. Identity politics have polarized debate on everything from social issues to economic policy. Social media, though positively transformative in so many ways, have (somewhat ironically) served to separate and silo us; reinforcing our biases and feeding a culture of cognitive dissonance. As opportunities for consensus and compromise seem to diminish, a fundamental question arises: Where have our leaders gone?

As health care professionals who have been entrusted with the privilege of self-regulation, we have a special responsibility. It is our job to serve our patients and clients and to discharge our fiduciary duties faithfully. There is a…Read More

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Celebrate Graduate Studies Week - Feb 26th - March 2nd 2018

Celebrating Graduate Studies is a great way to get to know and celebrate Queen's University. A chance for current students and alumni to celebrate their achievements and a chance for prospective students see if it is the perfect fit for further education. Whether you have applied or not yet applied, a current student or part of our wider community, we have events that suit where you are. You can connect with us virtually through online events or join us in person for a variety of on-campus events.

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Bracken Library launches two new resources

Bracken Library is pleased to announce two new resources this fall. The first one is Read By QxMD. If you are not familiar with this app, we believe you will be very happy to join the many users who find it amazing: the links to full-text purchased by Queen’s or free on the web are literally one click away. You can create a profile with your favourite journals, your areas of interest and specific keywords and email reminders let you know when new content is available. It is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and web.

Dr. John Rudan elected as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Queen’s University researcher John Rudan (Surgery) has been formally inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellowship, one of Canada’s premier academic honours. An internationally recognized trailblazer in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Rudan was selected for his global leadership, academic performance and scientific creativity.

Dean Reznick recognized for outstanding achievement by the Medical Council of Canada

Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, has been named the recipient of the Medical Council of Canada’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award in the Evaluation of Clinical Competence. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant and vital achievement in the field of assessment and evaluation of clinical and professional competence in the health professions.

Queen’s welcomes new partnership with Lakeridge Health on Chair in Palliative Care Research

Last Thursday, I hosted our annual reception to recognize members of our faculty who had recently been promoted. It is always a pleasure to see so many familiar faces and celebrate some important career milestones, but this reception was made even more special by the faculty’s good fortune in naming several new chairs over the last year. That night, it was a thrill for me to introduce Dr. José Pereira as the inaugural Dr. Gillian Gilchrist Chair in Palliative Care Research to our community for the first time.

Dr. David Pedlar appointed as Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research

Dr. David Pedlar appointed as Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University

Dr. Karen Yeates elected to RSC's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

Dr. Karen Yeates has been named to the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists program. The Members of the College are research leaders who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement these elections are indicative of the research excellence fostered at Queen’s. She was elected alongside Dr. Katherine McKittrick (Gender Studies). 

Dr. Yeates is focused on bringing healthcare expertise to impoverished areas of Africa including Tanzania.

Placing Patients at the Centre

One of the great joys of these last eight years as dean has been working alongside one of Canada’s most well-known and talented scientists, Dr. Roger Deeley. Roger’s successes are many, but importantly, a very major one just opened its doors this morning – the W. J. Henderson Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.

Dr. Anne Croy elected to the Royal Society of Canada

Three Queen’s University professors were granted the honour today of being elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), one of the highest honours for Canadian academics in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Dr. Anne Croy (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) was elected alongside Dr Richard Bathhurst, and Dr. Robert Morrison. 

A return to campus life

It is hard to believe that this will be my eighth September as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I wrote my first blog! There are a number of traditions and annual events that fall during this month, but my favourite is welcoming of new students and faculty to our campus. There’s a palpable buzz at this time of year for all of us at the Queen’s campus, or for that matter, all around Kingston. I love it.

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