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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

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I’ve often wondered what makes Mike Krzyzewski so incredibly successful. For those of you not familiar, he is a highly accomplished college basketball coach. In the 34 years he has coached at Duke University, his teams have won 76% of their games. He has won 4 national championships, 13 ACC championships, been named Coach of the Year 5 times. He … 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

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I’m not normally inclined to idle conversation at 4:30 in the morning, but the cab driver who picked me up for my early morning flight home was simply too engaging.  Obviously of African descent, he was possessed of that captivating quality that can only be described as charm.  Although he spoke with a heavy accent, his vocabulary and language hinted … 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

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I recently received and read with great interest a book entitled “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey”, co-authored by former American Vice-President Dick Cheney and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner. In it, they provide both patient and physician perspectives on Mr. Cheney’s longstanding struggles with coronary artery disease, an illness that began with a myocardial infarction in 1978 at age 37, … 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

Should Medical Schools require, encourage, or support active research by students? As I was recently completing Medical Student Performance Reviews (aka “Dean’s Letters”) for our fourth year class I was, once again, struck by the scope and quality of research undertaken by our students. Our curriculum provides instruction in research methodology, statistical analysis and critical appraisal. It also features active … Continue reading

I was recently asked to speak at a conference on the topic of Competency Based Education.  My assignment was to provide definitions of that topic and to discuss the advantages and challenges associated with developing such an approach in an undergraduate medical program. My search for a universally accepted definition of CBE began with a call to Theresa Suart, Educational … Continue reading

Jonathan Quick made a mistake. For those of you not familiar, Jonathan Quick is a professional hockey player.  Moreover, he is a goaltender.  Moreover still, he is one of the best goaltenders in the world.  Yes, I said world.   Last year, playing for the Los Angeles Kings, he amassed an impressive numbers of wins and statistics in all things relevant … 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