Accreditation

Medical school accreditation has been described, with some justification, as the colonoscopy of medical education. The parallels are rather striking: Both require a long and distinctly uncomfortable period of preparation. Both require a public exposure of personal features most would prefer to keep modestly hidden. Both can get messy. Both carry high potential for embarrassment. In both cases, the procedure … Continue reading

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The first accreditation visit to the Queen’s School of Medicine occurred in October of 1909, and didn’t go particularly well. The reviewer was Abraham Flexner, a rather determined iconoclast and career educator who had been commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation to carry out a review of all North American medical schools. Flexner undertook his charge with a shrewd earnestness that … Continue reading

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Medical Grand Rounds are a longstanding (dare I say, traditional) feature of the academic medical centre.  In fact, their durability and continuing appeal might be considered somewhat perplexing in an age of increasing, almost frantic, busy-ness, and easy access to medical information and prepared presentations ready for review at our convenience.  Here at Queen’s, they have become rejuvenated and are … Continue reading

For a teenage boy growing up in a small town, the local auto mechanic can become a best friend and key to social success. I had great admiration for one in particular who would let me watch and explain what he was doing as he went about trying to resuscitate whatever antiquated pile of spare parts I was currently passing … 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