Education

Oh hello! Still in that hammock from our last blog? Well don’t worry—this time I’m not here to get you up to plan next year’s courses. 🙂  I do have more to say about bookends, but that can wait until closer to September, when you start planning your classes. For now, I’m here to help with your summer reading list … Continue reading

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Anyone with their ear to the medical education ground in the past year will know that service learning is a very, very hot topic. Ever since the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) endorsed service-learning as an important (but optional) element of the education of future physicians, medical schools across the country have sought to incorporate this as … Continue reading

This week, I’ve invited one of our soon-to- be-graduating students, Elizabeth Clement (Meds 2016), to report on the LEAD (LEadership Enhancement and Development) program, an initiative she and a group of her colleagues have conceived and completed over the past year. When Liz, Alia Busuttil and Graydon Simmons first came to me with this idea, I must admit to thinking … Continue reading

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It’s been a busy four days at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Montreal – five or six days for those involved in business meetings and pre-conference workshops that started on Thursday. In addition to attending sessions, plenaries and business meetings, Queen’s contributors were lead authors, co-authors, supervisors, and collaborators with colleagues from other universities. We presented posters, led … 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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By Theresa Suart & Eleni Katsoulas Writing and editing test questions is an ongoing challenge for most instructors. Creating solid multiple choice questions (MCQs) that adequately address learning objectives can be a time-consuming endeavor. Sometimes you may have existing questions that are pretty good, but not quite where you need them to be. Similar to a house reno versus new … Continue reading

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 by Meghan Bhatia, AS Wellness Officer and Monica Mullin, Nutritional Wellness Lead What is wellness? This is a question that proves far more complex than it would appear to be. Although on the surface it may seem easy to define, wellness is an interesting topic to discuss because it can be very personal and take different roles in students’ lives. … Continue reading

This weekend, I was digging around in my hard drive, and pulling files, as I’m working with Dr. Lindsay Davidson on the concept of integrated threads in our curriculum. (Stay tuned for a future blog.) All of a sudden, out popped a document called “3 key teaching principles,” which Dr. Elaine Van Melle and I worked on in 2008.  It … Continue reading

What our students are experiencing, and how to help them get through it 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 … Continue reading

Imagine you’re responsible for planning a public health response to a virulent disease that is expected to kill 600 people. You have to choose between two management programs: If Program A is adopted, 200 people will be saved. If Program B is adopted, there is a one-third probability that all 600 people will be saved, and a two-thirds probability that … Continue reading

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Island Inspiration
Published Mon, June 27, 2016

Inspiration comes in various forms and at unexpected times.  For me, it came recently and quite unexpectedly during a brief getaway in Prince Edward Island with three great friends.  Although the trip was structured largely around golf (or a reasonable facsimile thereof), we took the opportunity one evening to attend a concert, the first in an annual series that’s known … Continue reading

From Bookends to Bookcases: On Finding Some Great Summer Reading
Published Mon, June 20, 2016

Oh hello! Still in that hammock from our last blog? Well don’t worry—this time I’m not here to get you up to plan next year’s courses. 🙂  I do have more to say about bookends, but that can wait until closer to September, when you start planning your classes. For now, I’m here to help with your summer reading list … Continue reading

End of Classes and Bookends
Published Mon, June 13, 2016

Whew! Classes are over, summer is beginning, the students are off on a well-deserved vacation, and so are you! It’s time to relax, kick back,have an umbrella drink, perhaps mow the lawn occasionally, right? Wrong! What I’d like to suggest that now is the time to plan your next course.That’s right—while the course is fresh in your mind, and the … Continue reading

Navigating multiple paths to service-learning projects
Published Mon, June 6, 2016

Anyone with their ear to the medical education ground in the past year will know that service learning is a very, very hot topic. Ever since the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) endorsed service-learning as an important (but optional) element of the education of future physicians, medical schools across the country have sought to incorporate this as … Continue reading

Canada’s Medical Schools collaboratively engaging the issue of Student Wellness.
Published Mon, May 30, 2016

For this week’s article, I’ve asked Renee Fitzpatrick, Director of Student Affairs, to write to us about a topic of critical importance. Indeed, the issue of student wellness and risk should be a major concern of both individuals and institutions engage in the education and development of young people. As she points out, our efforts in this regard need to … Continue reading