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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

The sign on the door clearly said the store should have reopened at three. According to my watch, and confirmed by my cellphone, it was now 3:12. I’d been waiting a full 3 minutes. The place where I was waiting wouldn’t really qualify as a “store” as we would understand the term. It was really a ground level room of … Continue reading

If you’re reading beyond the title of this article, it is likely that you either believe this is already the case, or have a fairly strong opinion on the subject. In fact, I’ve come to learn that many Canadians, including medical school applicants and their families, believe that entry to medical school is the final major barrier to a career … Continue reading

How would you like to have been young Albert Einstein’s teacher? Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography, “Einstein. His Life and Universe” provides some intriguing glimpses of the great physicist’s early education that should be of interest to anyone involved in teaching gifted and naturally curious young people. Popular myth holds that Albert Einstein was a poor student in early life. Apparently … Continue reading

 At the end of each academic year, the graduating medical class selects faculty it wishes to recognize for outstanding contributions to their educational experience. This is always a difficult task for them, given the number and quality of the teaching faculty they encounter during the four-year curriculum.   The most prestigious such recognitions are the Connell Awards. Named in honour … Continue reading

I get asked this question a lot, mostly by those much younger than I – students, my children, nieces, nephews. It’s usually accompanied by an expression of pity that one would normally reserve for viewing the fossilized remains of extinct species. What they’re really wondering is “How could anybody in their right mind like baseball?”, or “Are you really that … Continue reading

There shouldn’t be much more to say about this subject. The highly contentious and divisive issue of medical assistance in dying (MAID) has been widely and publicly discussed. From a legal perspective, the issue has been settled in Canada. Citizens can now opt to have their lives ended given they fulfill certain criteria. The medical profession and our hospitals have … Continue reading

Over two full and very busy weekends in March, about 600 young people from across Canada are invited to Queen’s to apply for admission to our medical school. As they do so, they are welcomed, guided and encouraged by our first year class. Part of their welcome to our school is a video they screen for the applicants and their … Continue reading

  Preventive medicine: Medical practices that are designed to avert and avoid disease. For example, screening for hypertension and treating it before it causes disease is good preventive medicine. Preventive medicine takes a proactive approach to patient care.   Clinical medicine and medical education often intersect in intriguing ways. The concept of Preventive Medicine, defined above, is well understood and … Continue reading

  “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra   Mr. Berra definitely had a knack for the deceptively profound. This is one of my favourite “Yogi-isms”. He reminds us, in his inimitable style, that making and committing to a decision can be difficult but essential if we are to progress. In contrast, indecision, can … Continue reading

Post Timeline

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

Teaching, Learning and Integration Committee Summer Update
Published Mon, July 17, 2017

By Lindsay Davidson, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Integration As classes (at least in years 1 and 2) have now ended, and teachers are perhaps thinking about courses that will resume in the fall, I wanted to provide you with an update of items from the TLIC. Some of these may already be familiar to you, but perhaps some are … Continue reading