When is an hour only 50 minutes?

This blog post is part of the series of periodic updates from UGME committees.

Have you looked at your teaching or learning schedule recently? You know those hour-long and two-hour long blocks? They’re a bit misleading.

We’ll admit it, we’re part of the problem since we routinely talk about hour-long and two-hour-long classes. The reality, however, is that our class blocks are really divided into 50 minutes for class and 10 minutes for a break. If you’re teaching a two-hour block, that first 10-minute break can be a little flexible about where it lands, but for finish times, it’s vital to stick to the end at 20 minutes past the hour rule.50min_icon_cyan-01

What are those 10 minutes for? That’s actually time for the next instructor to get set up, so they’re ready to start on time. Time for folks to grab a coffee or hit the washroom – or check their Facebook or email. It’s also the 10 minute traveling time from room to room. This hasn’t always been much of an issue for our medical students, but it’s more important than ever as we cope with the classroom disruptions because of the flood in the Medical Building in August.  Often, our students are now moving between farther-flung campus buildings for back-to-back classes – those 10 minutes are golden.

If you’re concerned about how to plan your lecture or SGL or other learning event with timing in mind, get in touch with the Educational Development team. We’re happy to help with plotting out sufficient flexibility so you can finish on time without missing out on essential instruction. (Email Theresa Suart at theresa.suart@queensu.ca)

Integrated Threads

The Curriculum Committee recently approved the TLIC proposal to map a series of “Integrated Threads” through the UGME curriculum. Integrated Threads represent important domains of learning for medical students that span multiple courses, terms and academic years.  These may represent disciplines (e.g. genetics, geriatrics, imaging, pathology), competencies (e.g. communication, leadership) or other defined groupings (e.g. patient safety, diversity) which contribute to the attainment of the skillset of a graduating physician.

queen's tartan fabricThe aim in mapping Integrated Threads is to clearly articulate where particular topics occur and re-occur through our curriculum. It will help guide both learners and instructors in expectations and achieving learning objectives. Some integrated threads have an “anchor” unit within a course with other related material taught elsewhere throughout the curriculum (for example: Genetics). Others don’t have an identified unit, but are taught in relation to other material throughout the four-year UG program (for example: Imaging).

The inaugural Integrated Threads list – also approved by the Curriculum Committee –  includes 28 distinct topics.  Over the next academic year, TLIC will be working with faculty and the Education team to map existing curricula and identify opportunities for enhanced teaching of each topic. The Integrated Threads list will be reviewed on an annual basis.

The TLIC will keep you posted as the Threads are identified and mapped. Faculty who would like to suggest additions to the Integrated Threads list should contact the TLIC Chair, Dr. Lindsay Davidson (lindsay.davidson@queensu.ca) or the Educational Development team.

 

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Policies (new or revised) for Community Input

Prior to a new or amended policy or regulation being submitted for final approval, it must be published for review and comment by faculty and/or students within the School of Medicine.  Feedback received will be directed to the Policy Sponsor.

In the event that major changes are made based on this feedback, a new draft will be posted for additional comments.

In keeping with this procedure the following policies are being posted for comment or feedback:

 

If you wish to comment on any of these documents, please add your feedback to the discussions in this community or email saunderj@queensu.ca

 

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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.

UPDATE:

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:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate

 

 

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Proposed New Policy – Comments requested

Prior to a new or amended policy or regulation being submitted for final approval, it must be published for review and comment by faculty and/or students within the School of Medicine.  Feedback received will be directed to the Policy Sponsor.

In the event that major changes are made based on this feedback, a new draft will be posted for additional comments.

In keeping with this procedure the following policies are being posted for comment or feedback:

 

If you wish to comment on any of these documents, please add your feedback to the discussions in this community or email saunderj@queensu.ca

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Highlights – January 22, 2015

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

Highlights from January 22, 2015:

The Curriculum Committee has now approved all of the following:

  • Policies/Procedures
    • Policy #CC-12 v1: Policy governing curricular time in Years 1 and 2, and in the Clerkship Curricular Courses (minor amendments)

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate.

Next Meeting:  February 26, 2015

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Feedback requested on New or Updated Policies

Prior to a new or amended policy or regulation being submitted for final approval, it must be published for review and comment by faculty and/or students within the School of Medicine.  Feedback received will be directed to the Policy Sponsor.

In the event that major changes are made based on this feedback, a new draft will be posted for additional comments.

In keeping with this procedure the following policies are being posted for comment or feedback:

 

If you wish to comment on any of these documents, please add your feedback to the discussions in this community or email saunderj@queensu.ca

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Curriculum Committee Meeting Highlights – October 23 and November 27, 2014

Faculty and staff interested in attending Curriculum Committee meetings should contact the Committee Secretary, Candace Miller, at candace.miller@queensu.ca for information relating to agenda items and meeting schedules.

 

Highlights from October 23, 2014:

The Curriculum Committee has now approved the following:

  • Policies/Procedures:
    • Visiting Medical Electives Policy (updated)
    • Observership Policy and Procedures (updated)

 

Highlights from November 27, 2014:

The Curriculum Committee has now approved all of the following:

  • Terms of Reference:
    • Course and Faculty Review Committee (updated)
  • Policies/Procedures:
    • Curricular Hours Policy (updated)
    • Examinations Regulations Policy SA-02 (updated)
    • Clinical and Educational Activity in Clerkship Policy (updated)

 

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate.

Next Meeting:  December 18, 2014

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New Policy – Feedback requested

Prior to a new or amended policy or regulation being submitted for final approval, it must be published for review and comment by faculty and/or students within the School of Medicine.  Feedback received will be directed to the Policy Sponsor.

In the event that major changes are made based on this feedback, a new draft will be posted for additional comments.

In keeping with this procedure the following policies are being posted for comment or feedback:

 

If you wish to comment on any of these documents, please add your feedback to the discussions in this community or email saunderj@queensu.ca

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MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights – October 15, 2014

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.

UPDATE:

MD PEC and, when applicable, the School of Medicine Academic Council (SOMAC) has now approved all of the following:

  • Terms of Reference
    • Academic Affairs Committee (new)
    • Progress and Promotion Committee (updated)
    • Professionalism Advisory Committee (updated)
    • Student Assessment Committee (updated)
    • Teaching, Learning and Innovations Committee (updated)
    • Program Evaluation Committee (new)
    • Diversity Panel (new)
  • Policies/Procedures:
    • Student Progress and Promotion Policy (updated)
    • Policy on Academic Accommodations (new)
    • Student Professionalism Policy (updated)
    • Student Assessment Policy (updated)
    • Access to Student Records and Privacy Procedure (new)
    • Conflict of Interest Procedural Statement
  • Diversity and Equity Statement (new)

 

All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate

The Committee will be hosting an annual retreat November 3 at 5:30 pm to receive and hear annual reports of all of its sub-committees.  Anyone wishing to attend should contact Faye Oser (orserf@KGH.KARI.NET).

 

 

Next Meeting:  November 19, 2014

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MD Program Executive Committee Meeting Highlights – August 27 and September 10, 2014

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.

Over the course of the next several meeting the Committee will be vetting and approving several policies and terms of reference.  The Committee has now reviewed and approved:

  • Terms of Reference for Academic Affairs Committee (new)
  • Terms of Reference for Progress and Promotion Committee (updated)
  • Terms of Reference for Professionalism Advisory Committee (updated)
  • Terms of Reference for Student Assessment Committee (updated)
  • Diversity and Equity Statement (new)
  • Student Progress and Promotion Policy (updated)
  • Policy on Academic Accommodations (new)
  • Student Professionalism Policy (updated)
  • Student Assessment Policy (updated)

 

Final approval of all documents will be requested at the upcoming SOMAC meeting.  All Undergraduate Medical Education policies and terms of reference are available on the UGME website:  http://meds.queensu.ca/undergraduate

 

Next Meeting:  October 15, 2014

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