Medical Variety Night 2019 presents: Circadian Rhapsody!

By Charlotte Coleman, Emily Wilkerson, Stephanie Jiang, and Therese Servito, 2019 MVN Co-Directors

Medical Variety Night is an annual variety charity show hosted by the Queen’s University School of Medicine students and faculty.

On April 5th and 6th, 2019, we will be holding the 49th annual Medical Variety night! MVN is a longstanding tradition, with participation from over 200 students as well as faculty members. Acts include musical performances, comedic shorts, and dance productions, such as a 4-act Bollywood dance, an a cappella group, and a touching tribute from the outgoing class of 2019. Drawing an audience of over 500 attendees each year, MVN has consistently been one of the largest events hosted by the Queen’s School of Medicine. The event is frequented by the Queen’s medical community, students from the university, and many Kingston residents.

This year all proceeds go to the Good Minds Program for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. (For more on Good Minds, check out their website: http://www.mbq-tmt.org/administration-and-services/community-wellbeing/good-minds)

The show will run on April 5th and 6th at Duncan McArthur Hall (511 Union St.), with doors opening at 6:30PM and the show starting at 7:00PM both evenings. Tickets are $15/students, $20/general admission online (medicalvarietynight.wordpress.com), or all tickets $20 cash only at the door. This year promises to be more exciting than ever before! For more information, and to meet our performers, check out our website: medicalvarietynight.wordpress.com

You can follow us on twitter @QmedMVN and attend our FB event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/312726582925340/?event_time_id=312726589592006.

Thank you so much, and we hope to see you at the show!

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Med Students’ activities extend beyond the classroom

It’s that time of the new year when the winter doldrums can set it – weather and routine can weigh everyone down. Along with that, there’s that old cliché about “all work and no play”. There’s little risk of our medical students being thought of as anything approaching dull and they provide great ideas for how to beat the winter blahs. In addition to their full class and study load, they make time for a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for fun, recreation and community involvement.

Aesculapian Society President Rae Woodhouse recently shared some highlights of these endeavours:

In early January, 68 pre-clerks attended the annual MedGames in Montreal and placed 2nd of everyone outside of Quebec. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), MedGames brings together medical students from across the country for a friendly sports competition and network building.

Thirty-one second year students competed in BEWICS.  This is the annual Queen’s Intramural sports competition which features a variety of self-proclaimed “quirky” sports such as water volleyball and rugby basketball. The QMed team placed third overall for competitiveness and spirit.

The Class of 2021 Class Project Committee hosted Queens’ first ever Scholars At Risk Talk (see more on this here).

Pre-clerk students recently competed in the Ottawa’s Winterlude Ice Dragon Boat competition and about 30 went on the annual ski trip to Mont-Tremblant two weekends ago.

And if ice dragon boating and skiing weren’t enough of a challenge, about 45 students from across the four years spent a couple of hours recently learning the basics of curling from a fourth year student. This is the fourth time for this event!

For Wellness month, the Wellness committee put together a month of activities with each week having a theme: social, physical, mental and nutritional wellness. During physical wellness week, 40 pre-clerks did a Crossfit class and 20 did a spin class taught by the AS Wellness Officer.

The 2nd annual Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities conference happened recently and was very well received.

This past weekend, 20 students went to NYC to learn about the history of medicine, led by Dr. Jenna Healey (Hannah History of Medicine Chair) and the What Happened In Medicine Historical Society. 

And, over 100 mentorship group members attend trivia at the Grad Club. (Take note of that, it could be a future trivia question!)

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Medical Students Recognize Exemplary Teaching

Contributing Authors:

Laura Bosco, Class of 2017 Co-President

Michael Baxter, Class of 2017 Co-President

Jonathan Krett, Aesculapian Society President

The Aesculapian Society (AS), the medical student society at Queen’s, administers a number of awards throughout the course of an academic year. One of our most treasured awards is for some influential educators in our preclerkship

Latest Recipients: 2015 Term 4B and Term 2B Lectureship Award Recipients (from left to right): Drs. J. Gordon Boyd, Stuart Reid, Lindsay Davidson, and Bob Connelly
Latest Recipients: 2015 Term 4B and Term 2B Lectureship Award Recipients (from left to right): Drs. J. Gordon Boyd, Stuart Reid, Lindsay Davidson, and Bob Connelly

curriculum: the AS Lectureship Awards. Twelve of these awards are distributed each year, two during each semester from each preclerkship class. These are important for us to award because, as students, we are privileged to have many dedicated and passionate people involved in our education. To be able to formally recognize the educators that have a lasting impact on our classes – those that go above and beyond for our education, is very meaningful to all students.

Near the end of each term of medical school (3 in each of Year 1 and Year 2), an open call for nominations is sent out to the class. Nominations are received by the respective class president, who tallies the nominations and creates an online vote. All students in that class then get to vote for one or two professors who they feel are most deserving of the award.

Take a look at the following list of recipients from the past two years. While every instructor is different, there were several common threads that lead to students feeling like they went above and beyond. These teachers engaged students in classroom sessions using highly interactive small-group learning. They delivered didactic lectures with skill and with a digestible level of simplicity. At all times, these professors remained approachable and open to student questions. They were receptive to feedback and allowed course content to evolve to suit the unique group of students in the classroom.

We as students definitely sense when an instructor challenges us and brings us along as a junior colleague and not just as a passive observer. Students appreciate being active participants even early on in medical training, and all of these professors were skilled in encouraging us to do just that.

2013-2014 Academic Year Recipients

Term 1 Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. Michael Sylvester (Family Medicine)
  • Dr. Conrad Reifel (Anatomy)

Term 2A Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. David Lee (Blood & Coagulation)
  • Dr. John Matthews (Blood & Coagulation)

Term 2B Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. Bob Connelly (Pediatrics)
  • Dr. Kathleen Nolan (Pediatrics)

Term 3 Recipients (Class of 2016)

  • Dr. Robyn Houlden (Endocrine)
  • Dr. Paul Malik (Cardiology)

Term 4A Recipients (Class of 2016)

  • Dr. Alex Menard (Radiology)
  • Dr. Greg Davies (Genitourinary and Reproduction)

Term 4B Recipients (Class of 2016)

  • Dr. Sean Taylor (Neurology)
  • Dr. Stuart Reid (Neurology)

2014-2015 Academic Year Recipients

Term 1 Recipients (Class of 2018)

  • Dr. Michael Sylvester (Family Medicine)
  • Dr. Heather Murray (Critical Appraisal, Research, & Lifelong Learning [CARL])

Term 2A Recipients (Class of 2018)

  • Dr. David Lee (Blood & Coagulation)
  • Dr. Jacalyn Duffin (History of Medicine)

Term 2B Recipients (Class of 2018)

  • Dr. Bob Connelly (Pediatrics)
  • Dr. Lindsay Davidson (Musculoskeletal)

Term 3 Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. Robyn Houlden (Endocrine)
  • Dr. David Holland (Renal)

Term 4A Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. Romy Nitsch (Genitourinary and Reproduction)
  • Dr. Heather Murray (Critical Enquiry and Expanded CARL)

Term 4B Recipients (Class of 2017)

  • Dr. J. Gordon Boyd (Neurology)
  • Dr. Stuart Reid (Neurology)

 

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