MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights – March 19, 2015

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.


Learning Environment Panel:  A panel, assembled to discuss concerns relating to instances of mistreatment of medical students, has released its report and recommendations.  The panel reports that “although Queen’s ranks favorably compared to its peers, more work needs to be done to ensure a positive, safe, and collegial learning environment for our medical students.”  In response to a recommendation from the panel to enhance collaboration with our Educational partners, a Hospital Liaison Committee has been established and the report disseminated to three larger teaching sites.  An implementation group has been assembled to address the other recommendations.

Student Debt Panel:  A panel, assembled to explore the impact of increasing medical student debt, has released its report. The panel found that while the debt is manageable for most students, there are several areas in which the Faculty may be able to provide advice and direction to students.  The recommendations include the development of a more progressive and coordinated curriculum on financial management beginning with counselling on financing to incoming first year students as well as the exploration of ways to moderate the impact of CaRMS and elective expenses.  The report and recommendations will be forwarded to various UGME Committees for response in the upcoming weeks.

Policy on Guest Teachers:  The Committee approved a new policy addressing the inclusion of non-faculty teachers during core learning events.

Student Affairs Committee:  The Committee approved the Terms of Reference for a new Committee to develop all policies and procedures related to health, safety and wellness of MD students.  This Committee will be chaired by Dr. R. Fitzpatrick in her capacity as the Director, Student Affairs.

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:



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