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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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In October of 1931, a 16-year-old college student joined a group of friends for a night of carousing and entertainment at the Driskill Hotel, in Austin Texas. He had no idea what to expect of the entertainment, the focus of the evening being on the “carousing” component. Rather unexpectedly, he is deeply moved by the performance, and particularly by the … Continue reading

With the all-too-soon end of summer comes the beginning of a new academic year. This week we welcome members of Meds 2018, the 160th class to enter the study of Medicine at Queen’s since our school opened its doors in 1854. A few facts about these new members of our learning community: They were selected from our largest ever applicant pool … Continue reading

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Perhaps nowhere on earth do the ancient and modern come into such stark juxtaposition as on the narrow streets of a small Tuscan town. Pedestrians, pets, strollers, bicycles, walkers, wheelchairs, motorcycles, private cars, taxis, trucks, buses, ambulances and horses all share these cobbled laneways, apparently with equal access. There are no lane dividers (there being only one lane), no bicycle … Continue reading

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Should Medical Schools be looking for it? Should Medical Schools be teaching it? What do professional sports teams, executive search firms and medical school admissions committees have in common? (This is not a trick question). Answer: they are searching for young people with the quality of resilience. This particular quality may go by many names, both formal and colloquial: grit, … Continue reading

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Incorporating technology into teaching should focus on providing high-quality learning experiences for students, not just adding the latest tech fad to your teaching toolbox. That was one of the messages shared by Sidneyeve Matrix, PhD, keynote speaker at the 7th annual Celebration of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Health Sciences Education. Sponsored by the Office of Health Sciences Education, the … Continue reading

In the course of my career, I’ve unfortunately had many occasions to deliver “bad news” to patients and their families. This usually involves making them aware that treatments are either not working or no curative options are available, and that the end is imminent. In these moments, reactions are personal, individual and usually unpredictable. No matter how much one rationally … Continue reading

How hard is this?  Not too hard.  Here are some ways to integrate science into the clinical courses (and vice versa) Hi all:  I’m recycling a recent post, having drastically reduced it.  I hope to write more about examples of integration and integrators from our curriculum in the future. You may think you don’t use basic science knowledge anymore.  Think … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about exam questions types in our curriculum!
Published Mon, September 29, 2014

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

MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights – August 27 and September 10, 2014
Published Fri, September 26, 2014

Faculty and staff interested in attending MD PEC meetings, should contact the Committee Secretary (Faye Orser, (orserf@KGH.KARI.NET)) for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules. Over the course of the next several meeting the Committee will be vetting and approving several policies and terms of reference.  The Committee has now reviewed and approved: Terms of Reference for Academic Affairs … Continue reading

Balancing service and learning in service-learning
Published Mon, September 22, 2014

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

New MEdTech Central Release on October 1st
Published Tue, September 16, 2014

The Health Sciences Education Technology Unit has been busy working on a few new features that we are excited to bring to your attention on the Undergraduate Medicine Blog. These new features will be available in MEdTech Central as of October 1st at around 7:30AM after the upgrade takes place. 1. Adding Resources to Learning Events Admin > Manage Events … Continue reading

How will Curriculum Committee Decisions impact on your Queen’s UGME teaching? Read this post to find out!
Published Mon, September 15, 2014

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