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Beyond competencies – What should every Canadian medical graduate be able to do? Consider this: When you find yourself a passenger on an aircraft coming in for a tricky landing on a stormy night, would you be more comforted by the knowledge that your pilot is an expert in aeronautics and aircraft design, or that he/she has demonstrated the ability … Continue reading

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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

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

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Formalizing opportunities for service-learning is increasingly important to schools of medicine, both for the inherent merits of service-learning itself (for both learners and communities), as well as for accreditation considerations. The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) report places a strong emphasis on social accountability, and service-learning is integral to carrying out this mandate: “Central to these social accountability … Continue reading

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Have you ever used brainstorming in your teaching? If you want groups of students to come up with a variety of ideas quickly, brainstorming is one tried-and-true way to get creative juices flowing. Since the concept was introduced in Alex Osborn’s 1953 Applied Imagination, brainstorming has caught on in business, education, volunteer organizations and elsewhere to generate ideas and solve … Continue reading

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Incorporating technology into teaching should focus on providing high-quality learning experiences for students, not just adding the latest tech fad to your teaching toolbox. That was one of the messages shared by Sidneyeve Matrix, PhD, keynote speaker at the 7th annual Celebration of Teaching, Learning and Scholarship in Health Sciences Education. Sponsored by the Office of Health Sciences Education, the … Continue reading

As part of your summer reading list, may I encourage you to look at Faculty Focus, higher ed teaching strategies from Magna Publications. Whenever Maryellen Weimer writes, I sit up and pay attention, but actually the other contributers have great ideas, and provide evidence for them too.  This is not just for medical education, but for all educators in general. … 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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Do you have an ever-growing “to-be-read” (TBR) pile of books and journals that you’ve told yourself all year you’ll get to “in the summer”? And now it’s summer and the pile is daunting and the beach is calling. What to do? Try these five steps to get started. Weeding the list (or culling the pile): If it’s been a while … 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

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A Call for Clarity
Published Mon, November 17, 2014

Beyond competencies – What should every Canadian medical graduate be able to do? Consider this: When you find yourself a passenger on an aircraft coming in for a tricky landing on a stormy night, would you be more comforted by the knowledge that your pilot is an expert in aeronautics and aircraft design, or that he/she has demonstrated the ability … Continue reading

New Policy – Feedback requested
Published Tue, November 11, 2014

Prior to a new or amended policy or regulation being submitted for final approval, it must be published for review and comment by faculty and/or students within the School of Medicine.  Feedback received will be directed to the Policy Sponsor. In the event that major changes are made based on this feedback, a new draft will be posted for additional comments. In keeping with … Continue reading

Congratulations to our UGME committees for their hard work and action plans!
Published Tue, November 11, 2014

Soren Kierkegaard wrote “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”  It was in this spirit that the UGME Curriculum and MD PEC Committees met a few weeks ago to review and celebrate the past work of the major subcommittees and their action plans for moving forward. We teach our students that it’s important to pause, … Continue reading

The Greatest Generation: Our Greatest Teachers
Published Mon, November 3, 2014

There is, perhaps, no more common or expected site on a warm, late summer afternoon than that of a man mowing his lawn. When I came upon just such a scene during a solitary walk not too long ago, I nonetheless found it distinctive for two reasons. Firstly, the gentleman mowing the lawn was elderly. In fact, very elderly. A … Continue reading

MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights – October 15, 2014
Published Fri, October 31, 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. UPDATE: MD PEC and, when applicable, the School of Medicine Academic Council (SOMAC) has now approved all of the following: Terms of Reference Academic Affairs Committee (new) Progress and Promotion Committee (updated) Professionalism Advisory … Continue reading