Teachers and Learners “Spring” Forward for Each Other

By Jonathan Krett, Aesculapian Society President, Meds’18

Recently I attended the Canadian Federation of Medical Students Spring General Meeting in Montreal, QC. Sitting around a table with medical student society presidents from across the country discussing a variety of issues really drove home that at Queen’s School of Medicine, we students have it pretty good.

One of our strengths is certainly the huge part that learners play in driving the student experience. The peer-peer support at our medical school is a true standout and I believe it fosters a strong sense of community. Another one of our notable strengths is without a doubt, the engagement and responsiveness of the faculty that come into the classroom to teach us each day.

Twice a year, the Aesculapian Society (AS) Council hosts general assemblies in which we have an opportunity to recognize both faculty and student contributions to our life as learners at the Queen’s School of Medicine.

It’s on these rare occasions where I have the opportunity to reflect on, and be proud of, the above-and-beyond efforts of a handful of very special people. I wanted to take this chance to celebrate peers and faculty who fuel the very essence of our wonderful community at Queen’s.

Without further adieu…

First-year President and AS President-Elect, Gray Moonen presented two AS lectureship awards on behalf of the Class of 2019.

(From left to right): Gray Moonen (First-year President), Dr.’s Filip Gilic and David Lee – Term 1 and 2A award winners

(From left to right): Gray Moonen (First-year President), Dr.’s Filip Gilic and David Lee – Term 1 and 2A award winners

Dr. Filip Gilic (Family Medicine), applied his direct and practical teaching style, helping to render common presentations in Family Practice accessible to medical students in their very first term of school.

Dr. David Lee (Hematology), engaged students in the classroom with a life-sized red blood cell piñata to demonstrate hemolysis. His careful and thoughtful approach to lecturing went a long way towards enabling material to percolate into the heads of his students.

Second-year President, Monica Mullin, presented four AS lectureship awards on behalf of the Class of 2018.

Dr. David Holland (Renal Course), won over students with his simplified framework for approaching renal disease. Leaving us with the wise words, “Teach Once, Learn Twice,” Dr. Holland thanked his students for the lessons they have taught him along the way.

Dr. David Holland, award winner for Term 3 and Monica Mullin, Second-year President. Dr. Robyn Houlden was not available to attend.

Dr. David Holland, award winner for Term 3 and Monica Mullin, Second-year President. Dr. Robyn Houlden was not available to attend.

Dr. Robyn Houlden (Endocrinology Course), was recognized for her organized course framework and emphasis on key concepts for practice in endocrinology. Her sense of humour in the classroom brought a certain levity to otherwise intimidating, complex material.

Dr. Alex Menard (Radiology), made several appearances before the second-year class and de-mystified diagnostic imaging using an interactive teaching method. He left us with pragmatic approaches to common clinical scenarios.

(from left to right): Monica Mullin (Second-year President), Dr.’s Alex Menard and Heather Murray – Term 4A award winners.

(from left to right): Monica Mullin (Second-year President), Dr.’s Alex Menard and Heather Murray – Term 4A award winners.

Finally, Dr. Heather Murray (Extended CARL, 2nd-year Course Director), was applauded for her extensive contributions to the well designed second-year curriculum. This year she incorporated a brand new initiative called “Case of the Month.” This series runs longitudinally through second-year, helping students to consolidate approaches to several core clinical presentations and get comfortable with applying our non-medical expert physician competencies.

In addition, non-academic awards were distributed to non-graduating students. (Note that students in fourth year receive their awards at graduation, and will not be specifically mentioned here.)

Wei Sim presented the A.A. Travill Award to Graham Skelhorne-Gross.

Wei Sim presented the A.A. Travill Award to Graham Skelhorne-Gross.

Wei Sim, AS VP Internal Affairs, presented the A. A. Travill Award to Graham Skelhorne-Gross. Graham was congratulated for his immense work and sacrifice on behalf of the entire student body at Queen’s in his role as our VP External. He spent countless weekends out of town representing us on provincial committees, such as the Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA).

The AS Awards of Merit were presented to several students who excelled in their efforts to promote student life and learning in a variety of areas.

Adam Mosa (Meds’18), was applauded for his work as Queen’s Medical Review Co-Editor-in-Chief and as one of the Class of 2018’s Clerkship Curricular Representatives.

Peter Wang (Meds’18), was heavily involved in enhancing extra-curricular learning for his peers (SSTEP, Emergency Medicine Interest Group), along with his work in the community teaching first-aid to youths with Junior Medics.

(from left to right): Peter Wang, Henry Ajzenberg, and Wei Sim – winners of the AS Awards of Merit. Adam Mosa was not able to attend. Graduating recipients will receive their awards at convocation on May 19, 2016.

(from left to right): Peter Wang, Henry Ajzenberg, and Wei Sim – winners of the AS Awards of Merit. Adam Mosa was not able to attend. Graduating recipients will receive their awards at convocation on May 19, 2016.

Henry Ajzenberg (Meds’18), provided a great deal of leadership on the advocacy scene this year. He co-chaired the successful Health Policy Interest Group (HPIG) and acted as Chief Outreach Officer for the Ontario Political Advocacy Committee (OPAC).

Wei Sim (Meds’18), also received an award for heading up the popular acapella group, Hippochromatic Notes, and his many behind-the-scenes efforts on student council.

When all was said and done, I had to stop and think once again, at Queen’s we have things pretty good.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@qmed.ca with any questions or comments.

A list of past faculty winners can be found here.

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