This past month the class of Medicine 2016 was welcomed to our school. As part of that welcome they were provided with a number of presentations from faculty leaders. Included in those presentations was an articulation of four key expectations of them as medical students at Queen’s.
1. Devotion – We expect our learners to no longer regard themselves as simply students but as individuals who are embarking in the first stages of their life’s work. Consequently we expect them to show focus and dedication to their work, not simply to pass exams or please teachers but to learn the body of information that will be relevant to the care of their future patients.
2. Their Best Effort – The students were told that their selection process assures us that they had the fundamental capacity to learn and practice medicine. However that will only become a reality if they apply themselves to their studies appropriately. They will require knowledge, skills and personal attributes beyond anything that has been required of them in the past.
3. Trust – We expect the students to trust that the curriculum is designed with considerable thought and with their learning goals in mind. In fact every component of our curriculum links to an accepted competency and fits within a deliberately designed continuum of learning.
4. Respect – We expect the students to be respectful of each other, their patients, volunteers, faculty and their professional status. It was emphasized that they are under an increased level of scrutiny as representatives of the medical profession and that there will be accountability regarding their general deportment and behaviour.
In exchange, our students were told that they can expect the following:
1. To be part of a supportive community within the School of Medicine.
2. That they will receive the best efforts of our faculty to ensure their learning.
3. That they will be heard. A variety of mechanisms intended to provide both open and confidential communication are provided.
4. That they will have opportunities to engage a variety of activities that have been developed by faculty and students here at Queen’s to advance their personal and professional interest.
5. That they will be encouraged to develop individual interests and be provided support whereever possible.
6. That they will be accorded respect as individuals and as junior members of the profession.
Anthony J. Sanfilippo, MD, FRCP(C)
Undergraduate Medical Education