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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

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Dangerous Ideas in the History of Psychiatry is the theme of this year’s History of Medicine week here at Queen’s UGME. Highlights for the week include a panel discussion with speakers from Queen’s, York University, and University of Toronto and an artifact showcase. The Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, March 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Room … Continue reading

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We talk a fair bit about Pearls of Wisdom at the School of Medicine. The last class for the Class of 2016 ended with Pearls, presented by faculty selected by the class. Later this week, during orientation week, Pearls will be shared with our newly-minted class of 2020. Pearls are succinct pieces of advice, aphorisms or other sage musings designed … 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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Anyone wandering through the second floor of the Medical Building after hours some days this term could be forgiven for wondering if they’d accidentally ended up in a dance studio instead of a medical school. What was actually happening was rehearsal for one of the dance numbers for this year’s Medical Variety Night (MVN). The show takes place Friday, April … Continue reading

This blog article is brought to you by Dr. Michelle Gibson, Year 1 Director, and Coordinator of our FSGL stream in pre-clerkship. gibsonm1@providencecare.ca Why should you be an FSGL Tutor? But first … what is FSGL anyway? FSGL is Facilitated Small Group Learning, a modified form of Problem-Based-Learning (PBL), adapted for the curriculum at Queen’s University. In Terms 2, 3, … Continue reading

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We’re incredibly fortunate at Queen’s to be blessed with a faculty that engages educational leadership with enthusiasm, creativity and dedication.  When new positions emerge, or when people who have been key contributors come to the end of their terms or move off to other phases of their career or life, the program faces both challenges and opportunities.  The challenge is … Continue reading

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6th annual Medical Student Research Showcase
Published Tue, September 19, 2017

By Drs. Heather Murray & Melanie Walker This year the School of Medicine is proud to invite you to the 6th annual Medical Student Research Showcase on Wednesday September 20th. This event celebrates the research achievements of our undergraduate medical students, with both posters and an oral plenary session featuring research performed by students while they have been enrolled in medical … Continue reading

Names matter
Published Mon, September 11, 2017

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.  So mused the ill-fated heroine in Romeo and Juliet, about her equally ill-fated love. In medicine and in teaching, however, names can mean a lot. The late Dr. Kate Granger of the United Kingdom was one of the strongest advocates for using … Continue reading

Welcoming Queen’s Meds 2021
Published Mon, September 4, 2017

The academic cycle is such that, for a few short weeks each summer, our student population reduces by a quarter. Last May, we graduated and congratulated the class of Meds 2017, who have now gone on to engage the next phase their careers. This week, our school continues its cycle of annual renewal, welcoming another eager and very promising group … Continue reading

Anatomy studies begin with focus on respect
Published Mon, August 28, 2017

Each September, first year students in the Queen’s Undergraduate Medical program quietly begin their studies in anatomy with a service acknowledging the donation of bodies that will be used in the lab assignments. This year the short service will be held on Tuesday, September 5 at 3 p.m. in room 032 of the Medical Building, following the introduction to the … Continue reading

Hope Amidst the Chaos of Charlottesville
Published Tue, August 22, 2017

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has defined hope as “being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”. It is difficult to find such light amid the darkness of the recent events in Charlottesville and their aftermath. But such dark times are certainly not unprecedented in the history of our American neighbours. Two hundred and fifty-five years ago, 56 … Continue reading