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Drs. Colin Bell, Hailey Hobbs and Susan Moffatt are 2020 recipients of Faculty of Health Sciences Awards

Drs. Colin Bell, Hailey Hobbs and Susan Moffatt are 2020 recipients of Faculty of Health Sciences Awards

The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s is pleased to recognize the 2020 recipients of the H.F. Pross Educational Technology Award and the Ron Wigle Mentorship Award.

Drs. Colin Bell and Hailey Hobbs are the joint recipients of the H.F. Pross Educational Technology Award. This award is given annually by the School of Medicine to recognize innovative uses of technology in teaching and learning. The award acknowledges the combined talents and leadership of Dr. Bell, Department of Emergency Medicine and Dr. Hobbs, Department of Critical Care Medicine in Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS).

Having identified substantial gaps in POCUS utilization and clinical integration, Drs. Bell and Hobbs sought to create a culture change surrounding POCUS use at Queen’s by developing the Queen’s Point of Care Sonography Collaboration (QSONiC) to assist and support trainees in integrating POCUS into their own practice patterns. Their advocacy efforts led to the development QPATH, a dynamic media POCUS image archiving and quality assessment system available throughout the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.

QPATH supports trainee education on the generation and interpretation of POCUS images while being a fully searchable part of the medical record. Dedication to quality assurance in the implementation of POCUS in clinical practice was cited by their nominators as a primary reason to recognize Drs. Bell and Hobbs with this award. Dr. Suzanne Bridge comments: “The programs they have both individually and jointly created are a major draw to clinical training here at Queen’s and are an essential addition to our clinical expertise.” Dr. Joey Newbigging notes that the QPATH archiving system “creates enormous opportunity for POCUS QI, resident and faculty education, and research.”

Dr. Susan Moffatt is the 2020 recipient of the Ron Wigle Mentorship Award. The School of Medicine confers this annual award to recognize the highest standard of achievement in mentorship of others. Dr. Moffatt’s nomination was made and supported by colleagues, fellows, recent graduates and current members of the Respiratory Medicine training program.  

Dr. Moffatt’s excellence in teaching, mentorship, and curriculum innovation has been recognized by more than 30 teaching awards over 33 years of service. But her nominators focused on the correlations between Dr. Moffatt and her own mentor, Dr. Ron Wigle, for whom this award was named. Dr. John Drover comments, “Dr. Moffatt has that magical combination of skill and expertise along with humility, vulnerability and humor that allows learners at any career level to flourish.” Dr. Diane Lougheed notes that she “embodies the professional values of an experienced and trusted advisor.”

In her work, Dr. Moffatt demonstrates steadfast support, provides clarity and perspective, and is eager to share her extensive knowledge and experience without hubris. Colleagues consistently recognize Dr. Moffatt as a leader and role model who inspires students, residents, and themselves to provide the best quality care, writing: “Dr. Moffatt is a role model we aspire to emulate. She has a mastery of clinical practice and an ability to simplify even the most complicated clinical physiology principles for learners. We have all learned how to be better physicians, teachers, and colleagues from her example, and will work to share her legacy for years to come.”

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