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.
This year we were, once again, fortunate to have several thousand students apply to each one of our undergraduate programs in medicine and nursing and our graduate programs in physical and occupational therapy. In total, our School of Medicine reviewed over 4,800 applications this year for our 100-seat undergraduate program, our School of Nursing reviewed over 1,100 applications for our 99-seat undergraduate program, and our School of Rehabilitation Therapy reviewed over 1,900 applications for 140 seats in our physical and occupational therapy programs combined.
We are, of course, thrilled that Queen’s remains such a desirable place to study health sciences. More so, these fantastic application rates mean that we are able to choose some of the most highly qualified students to comprise our programs. We have no doubt they will one day make wonderful practitioners.
We will also be welcoming this September hundreds of new graduate students who will be enrolling in a large array of programs in our three schools. These students are studying a wide variety of topics that traverse nursing science, rehabilitation science, and science embedded in our Departments of Public Health Sciences, Biomedical and Molecular Science, and Pathology and Molecular Medicine.
In addition, this past July we also welcomed approximately 150 new residents studying in our postgraduate medical education programs.
In total, between new and returning students, the Faculty of Health Sciences is home to approximately three thousand learners.
Our students will spend the next four years learning from and training alongside our engaging clinical and research faculty, a group to which we will add 20 accomplished members this September. I hope to use this blog as a platform to introduce you to many of them over the year.
Finally, it goes without saying that our Faculty of Health Sciences couldn’t run our programs without our fantastic team of staff. At the Macklem House alone, we will be welcoming a handful of new people to the team in the next few weeks.
I invite you to join me in welcoming our newest additions to the Faculty of Health Sciences in the comments below. If you happen to be one of the new faces on campus, please drop by the Macklem House and say hello, my door is always open.