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The word “education” has etymological roots that are both interesting and revealing. It evidently derives from the Latin “educo”, roughly translated “I lead forth” or “I raise up”. “Educatio” is “a breeding; a bringing up; a rearing”. The word “education” has been defined in various ways, but definition that I prefer is simpler and more consistent with the origin and … 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

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

The following note was sent by one of our fourth year students to her community preceptor at the end of her Integrated Community Clerkship. Both parties have graciously agreed to allow me to share it with you. Dear Dr. McLean Thanks for: Teaching me Medicine Trusting me with your patients Introducing me to Perth Letting me be wrong Helping me … Continue reading

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Sarah (fictitious name to protect the innocent) is a second year medical student attending my Cardiology clinic for an “observership”. Like her peers, Sarah had an outstanding academic career prior to entering medical school, as well as a variety of personal experiences that demonstrated an interest in the human condition and commitment to public service. Since entering medical school, she … Continue reading

At last month’s Convocation, we celebrated the beginning of 102 new medical careers. As the new graduates walked across the stage of Grant Hall, they stepped from their shared four-year undergraduate experience, into a diversity of career paths. Twenty-six will begin training programs in Family Medicine. Fourteen have chosen Internal Medicine. Eleven are entering Anaesthesia. Six in Pediatrics. Six in … Continue reading

Each year, our graduating class is asked to nominate a member to speak on their behalf at the Convocation ceremony. Last week, Yan Sim delivered an address on behalf of the Meds 2014 class. Yan’s heartfelt remarks certainly seemed to capture the sentiments of his colleagues and resonated with everyone in Grant Hall that afternoon.   It seemed clear that his … Continue reading

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Engaging Diversity to “enlighten” Medical Education
Published Mon, October 20, 2014

The word “education” has etymological roots that are both interesting and revealing. It evidently derives from the Latin “educo”, roughly translated “I lead forth” or “I raise up”. “Educatio” is “a breeding; a bringing up; a rearing”. The word “education” has been defined in various ways, but definition that I prefer is simpler and more consistent with the origin and … Continue reading

We’re thankful for our students!
Published Mon, October 13, 2014

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

How to make “DIL” work for you
Published Mon, October 6, 2014

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

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