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While I was drafting this post, I had an unexpected visitor in my office in the form of a juvenile bat. Yep. A bat. I followed the Queen’s Environmental Health & Safety bat protocol (yes, there is one. Find it here) and exited the room immediately, closing the door. I then had a colleague call to arrange for its removal. … Continue reading

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Dangerous Ideas in the History of Psychiatry is the theme of this year’s History of Medicine week here at Queen’s UGME. Highlights for the week include a panel discussion with speakers from Queen’s, York University, and University of Toronto and an artifact showcase. The Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Room … Continue reading

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We talk a fair bit about Pearls of Wisdom at the School of Medicine. The last class for the Class of 2016 ended with Pearls, presented by faculty selected by the class. Later this week, during orientation week, Pearls will be shared with our newly-minted class of 2020. Pearls are succinct pieces of advice, aphorisms or other sage musings designed … Continue reading

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This weekend many involved in undergraduate medical education at Queen’s are heading to Montreal for the annual Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME). From faculty, to students, to administrative staff, we’re attending as presenters, workshop facilitators, and in several other roles. As described on its website, CCME is the largest annual gathering of medical educators in Canada. Attendees include Canadian … Continue reading

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Anyone wandering through the second floor of the Medical Building after hours some days this term could be forgiven for wondering if they’d accidentally ended up in a dance studio instead of a medical school. What was actually happening was rehearsal for one of the dance numbers for this year’s Medical Variety Night (MVN). The show takes place Friday, April … Continue reading

This blog article is brought to you by Dr. Michelle Gibson, Year 1 Director, and Coordinator of our FSGL stream in pre-clerkship. gibsonm1@providencecare.ca Why should you be an FSGL Tutor? But first … what is FSGL anyway? FSGL is Facilitated Small Group Learning, a modified form of Problem-Based-Learning (PBL), adapted for the curriculum at Queen’s University. In Terms 2, 3, … Continue reading

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We’re incredibly fortunate at Queen’s to be blessed with a faculty that engages educational leadership with enthusiasm, creativity and dedication.  When new positions emerge, or when people who have been key contributors come to the end of their terms or move off to other phases of their career or life, the program faces both challenges and opportunities.  The challenge is … Continue reading

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Curriculum Committee Information – May 24, 2017 & June 22, 2017
Published Thu, August 17, 2017

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller (umecc@queensu.ca), for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules. A meeting of the Curriculum Committee was held on May 24, 2017.  To review the topics discussed at this meeting, please click HERE to view the agenda. The Curriculum Committee held its Annual Curricular Review Retreat … Continue reading

Bats, Blogs, and Story Ideas
Published Mon, August 14, 2017

While I was drafting this post, I had an unexpected visitor in my office in the form of a juvenile bat. Yep. A bat. I followed the Queen’s Environmental Health & Safety bat protocol (yes, there is one. Find it here) and exited the room immediately, closing the door. I then had a colleague call to arrange for its removal. … Continue reading

Life Lessons from an Unlikely Hero
Published Sun, August 6, 2017

Every sport, in fact every area of human endeavor, affords opportunities for heroes to emerge in dramatic fashion. In hockey, it’s the game winning overtime goal. In basketball, it’s the desperate long range shot with no time remaining that arches high over the court, seemingly suspended in space and time, before gracefully falling through the hoop. In baseball, it’s the … Continue reading

Rerun season nostalgia and course planning
Published Mon, July 31, 2017

In the era of Netflix, TiVo, and Internet downloading that has given rise to binge-watching an entire TV series in a weekend, my childhood appreciation for summer rerun season is distinctly absent. For those of a certain generation, summer was the time to catch-up: on sleep, on reading, on those episodes of your favourite TV show that you missed because … Continue reading

When teaching isn’t fun anymore…
Published Mon, July 24, 2017

People come to teaching through a variety of paths. That’s especially true in medical education. One thing that most educators – at any level – have in common is a sincere desire to teach. And, generally, most educators get some enjoyment out of it. But what happens if that’s not the case? What if you’ve been told you must teach, … Continue reading