QMed students cooking up wellness strategies

 by Meghan Bhatia, AS Wellness Officer

and Monica Mullin, Nutritional Wellness Lead

What is wellness? This is a question that proves far more complex than it would appear to be. Although on the surface it may seem easy to define, wellness is an interesting topic to discuss because it can be very personal and take different roles in students’ lives. Buzzwords often surround the wellness curriculum, things like work-life balance, healthy eating, ‘Get Your 150’ and mental or emotional well-being. These categories do indeed contribute to wellness, but with 400 different students and multiple faculty, one size does not fit all.

The idea of taking ownership of one’s own wellness was what piloted Wellness Month at Queen’s University. We may all know the areas of personal wellness, but this month added structure and challenge to these categories, in a hope that people would get new ideas, form habits and lifelong learning would result naturally.

The #keepsmewell challenge was piloted at Queen’s Medicine last year and this year was taken nationally through the CFMS, and run across the country concurrently. At Queen’s we had 160 QMed students participate (including clerks) as well as 18 faculty/staff and 16 QuARMS students.Salad

What was the #keepsmewell challenge? It was a positive habits challenge that had four themed weeks: nutrition week, mental health week, physical week and social academic balance week. Students would receive points for completing tasks on the spreadsheet and were often asked to promote these activities on social media with #keepsmewell.

It was always interesting seeing students stay active and well through their photos with all of the creative paths they took. In particular, the amazing cooking photos from last year were the inspiration behind the QMed cookbook. We decided to compile what students did throughout the challenge so they would have a reference for the rest of the year, of ideas and inspirations; QMED COOKS is available in ibooks or pdf and is free for anyone. It is available here and has been shared nationally and provincially. One of our contributions to the book was adding in nutrition facts and tips that we learnt in school, through resources, or the dietician talk during nutrition week to keep it fun and educational!

Our wellness curriculum is wide and quite diverse, but it is really only a part of QMed students’ wellness. The interest in this month and the positive feedback we have received from this book really does show that students are invested in their own wellness. We both hope that this is just a launching pad for even more nutritional integration into the curriculum, and that many wellness months will continue on, as wellness is difficult to teach, but so essential to learn.

 

 

 

 

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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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