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Striving for a Culture of Competency A few days ago walking through the hospital I ran into a very excited third year medical student who was anxious to tell me about a recent clinical experience.  Apparently she’d admitted a patient with a complex array of medical problems and, after considering the differential diagnosis, ordered a test that confirmed the presence … Continue reading

The student lecture entitled, “Let’s Talk Mental Health” is to take place Thursday, March 27th, 2014 from 6:00PM – 7:00PM in Lecture Hall 132A (main floor) in the School of Medicine Building (15 Arch St. in Kingston). Dr. Kevin Varley from the Department of Psychiatry will be there for the Q and A period. This event is open to the public. All … Continue reading

This report comes from Ellen Miles,Women’s Athletic Stick.   On February 7th, 2014 the faculties of Medicine and Law came together on a Friday afternoon for the first annual Med-Law Games. The first of its kind here at Queen’s, Med-Law Games was designed by a committee of students from both faculties to foster inter-professional competition while raising funds for local charities.   … Continue reading

For medical students in Canada, there are three days in the course of their career that stand out above all others: the day they receive their letter of acceptance to medical school; convocation (when they officially become graduate physicians); and Match Day.  The most emotionally charged by far, is Match Day.  For those of you not familiar, Match Day is … Continue reading

Nothando Swan, one of our first year medical students is heading up a new initiative, Community Health Talks, which begin Feb. 20 at 6:00 p.m. in room 132 of the School of Medicine Building.   She writes: Our medical students at Queen’s University are privileged to study in a state-of-the-art facility taught by experts in the medical field. But what … Continue reading

How we do what we do. One of the greatest challenges we face in the accreditation process is convincing the outside world that we’re actually doing what we claim to be doing.  Accrediting councils and review teams, themselves made up of medical school Deans and Associate Deans, are well aware of the needs and challenges involved in recruiting committed and … Continue reading

In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, … Continue reading

When are Medical Students ready to decide? Medical students begin their studies believing they have decided upon and achieved their career path, and can now devote their energies and attention to advancing that goal.  They soon learn that even greater and more complex decisions lay ahead.  The process of career selection has become a major cause of concern and stress … Continue reading

Last week, Dr. Sanfilippo wrote about our medical students who have been part of research projects and studies.  He promised a list of all of our students who have been first authors of studies published or in progress. Before we bring you to the list, we’d like to correct an error in the last blog–two of the articles by students … Continue reading

One of Queen’s own surgical specialists, Dr. Paul Belliveau was awarded the The John Provan Outstanding Canadian Surgical Educator Award, which is given to recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate surgical education in Canada. Dr. Belliveau learned of the distinction at the November 14-16, 2013 CUSEC Symposium held in Ottawa, Ontario.  The award  is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Surgical … Continue reading

  • Meds students to discuss nutrition at next Queen’s Medicine Health Talks
    Published Tue, April 15, 2014

    Next, Thursday, April 17, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Queen’s Medical students are giving another in the Queen’s Medicine Health Talks for the public. This time, the topic is Nutrition and Dr. Cathy Ferri, PhD, Nutritional Physiology, will field questions after the talk. The talk is given in Room 132 of the School of Medicine Building at 15 Arch Street. … Continue reading

  • Curricular Council Meeting Highlights Wednesday April 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Published Fri, April 11, 2014

    Admissions: Admission for the UGME program is becoming increasingly complex.  Not only have applications for the general MD streams increased by 14% over last year, we also now admit students to the MD/PhD and QuARMS programs. The general admissions process relies heavily on a large number of faculty participants to review application files and to participate in the interview process.  … Continue reading

  • Can students achieve excellence without stress or competition?
    Published Mon, April 7, 2014

    Striving for a Culture of Competency A few days ago walking through the hospital I ran into a very excited third year medical student who was anxious to tell me about a recent clinical experience.  Apparently she’d admitted a patient with a complex array of medical problems and, after considering the differential diagnosis, ordered a test that confirmed the presence … Continue reading

  • MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm
    Published Mon, March 24, 2014

    AAMC Curricular Inventory – UPDATE:  Data for this initiative was not submitted as it was felt that the submission did not adequately reflect the curriculum.  The problem was a result of the categories available for mapping of our instructional methods to the LCME methods.  Work will continue on this project with the hope that submissions can be made in the … Continue reading

  • What students have to teach us about lectures
    Published Sun, March 23, 2014

    On Feb. 20, 2014, as part of the Queen’s Medical Health Talks, a group of first year students gave a lecture to the community about heart health one of a planned series, with the next coming up March 27.  It was a terrific presentation and the students had obviously worked very hard at putting the medical expertise together.  I learned … Continue reading