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For a teenage boy growing up in a small town, the local auto mechanic can become a best friend and key to social success. I had great admiration for one in particular who would let me watch and explain what he was doing as he went about trying to resuscitate whatever antiquated pile of spare parts I was currently passing … Continue reading

Is it a problem, or just a shrewd investment? By the end of his or her medical education, the average Canadian graduate will owe $71,721. That amount, which has increased by about 7.3% over the past 5 years, may seem either huge or trivial depending on your perspective and stage of life. Interpretation might be enhanced with a few more … Continue reading

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Beyond competencies – What should every Canadian medical graduate be able to do? Consider this: When you find yourself a passenger on an aircraft coming in for a tricky landing on a stormy night, would you be more comforted by the knowledge that your pilot is an expert in aeronautics and aircraft design, or that he/she has demonstrated the ability … Continue reading

Soren Kierkegaard wrote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  It was in this spirit that the UGME Curriculum and MD PEC Committees met a few weeks ago to review and celebrate the past work of the major subcommittees and their action plans for moving forward. We teach our students that it’s important to pause, … Continue reading

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There is, perhaps, no more common or expected site on a warm, late summer afternoon than that of a man mowing his lawn. When I came upon just such a scene during a solitary walk not too long ago, I nonetheless found it distinctive for two reasons. Firstly, the gentleman mowing the lawn was elderly. In fact, very elderly. A … Continue reading

We’re thankful for our students! It’s Thanksgiving again, and an opportunity for us to express gratitude. This year, we have had the gift of several groups of students working with us in Undergraduate Medical Education and we’d like to showcase their efforts and publicly thank them for their help in making our program even better! Making DIL work! Beginning with … Continue reading

Best Practices in DIL: Directed Independent Learning Thanks to Dr. Lindsay Davidson, Director of UG Teaching, Learning and Innovation for writing this blog article. Have you ever wondered about the mysterious learning event type used in the undergraduate MD program known as a DIL? You may even have your name associated with such an event but be unsure what you’re … Continue reading

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Are all exam questions created equal? Not really—different type of questions test different levels of understanding. In the UGME program, we use a variety of exam questions to assess student learning—broadly classified as multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and short-answer questions (SAQs). But within these broad categories are a range of types of questions designed to test different levels of cognition. We … Continue reading

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Formalizing opportunities for service-learning is increasingly important to schools of medicine, both for the inherent merits of service-learning itself (for both learners and communities), as well as for accreditation considerations. The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) report places a strong emphasis on social accountability, and service-learning is integral to carrying out this mandate: “Central to these social accountability … Continue reading

In 2013-2014 the Queen’s UGME Curriculum Committee made the following decisions of general interest.  Please read to see if this will impact on your UGME teaching. (Note:  resource documents for the following are available in MEdTech Faculty Resources Community.) Change from “QMCCs” to MCCs In July 2013 the Curriculum Committee decided to adopt the list of MCC clinical presentations http://apps.mcc.ca/Objectives_Online/objectives.pl?loc=home&lang=english … Continue reading

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Why, What and How We Teach at Queen’s Medicine.v3
Published Mon, December 15, 2014

For a teenage boy growing up in a small town, the local auto mechanic can become a best friend and key to social success. I had great admiration for one in particular who would let me watch and explain what he was doing as he went about trying to resuscitate whatever antiquated pile of spare parts I was currently passing … Continue reading

Enjoy these early and lasting gifts from the Bracken Health Sciences Library
Published Mon, December 8, 2014

By Suzanne Maranda, Head, Bracken Health Sciences Library When I meet faculty in person, especially if I’ve not seen them in a while, or if they are new to Queen’s, they often embarrassedly admit that they never come to the library. Over the years, I’ve refined my answer: ”Oh, but you do; you probably just don’t know it. Most links … Continue reading

Curriculum Committee Meeting Highlights – October 23 and November 27, 2014
Published Fri, December 5, 2014

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller, at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.   Highlights from October 23, 2014: The Curriculum Committee has now approved the following: Policies/Procedures: Visiting Medical Electives Policy (updated) Observership Policy and Procedures (updated)   Highlights from November 27, 2014: The Curriculum Committee … Continue reading

Medical Student Debt:
Published Mon, December 1, 2014

Is it a problem, or just a shrewd investment? By the end of his or her medical education, the average Canadian graduate will owe $71,721. That amount, which has increased by about 7.3% over the past 5 years, may seem either huge or trivial depending on your perspective and stage of life. Interpretation might be enhanced with a few more … Continue reading

WHAT’s NEW in the world of Learning Technologies ?
Published Mon, November 24, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to attend the DevLearn 2014 Conference.   The conference was about discovering tomorrow’s learning technologies, strategies and practices today and joining the community of industry pioneers that are exploring the new learning universe and are defining the future of training and development. I jam packed my days with amazing learning sessions that I thought we … Continue reading