Queen's University

New School of Medicine building fosters learning opportunities

 
2011-09-22

From the outside, the new School of Medicine Building stands as an architecturally stunning addition to campus. What’s going on inside the facility is just as impressive.

“It’s going to be an exciting year in undergraduate medical education. Many of our faculty have redesigned and enhanced their learning events, with a greater balance of lectures and independent group learning,” says Anthony Sanfilippo, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education.

The incoming Class of 2015 as well as the current students in Medicine will have sessions in two spaces equipped with the latest acoustic and audiovisual technologies. More importantly, the rooms can accommodate lectures as well as small group learning sessions. Outside these spaces, students can gather in one of the 30 small rooms throughout the building for group studying sessions.

Students can hone their clinical skills in a facility set up as a real-life clinic. Another floor of the building is devoted to simulation with mannequins and other equipment that will help students build and test their technical skills. There is also a floor dedicated to foundational sciences such as anatomy, including pharmacology and toxicology and a new home for the Anatomy Museum.

New programming for the first-year class extends beyond the School of Medicine Building. The First Patient Program partners students with patients in the community with chronic conditions. Students will attend clinical visits and community resources to learn and report through the eyes of the patient.

First-year medical students will also participate in a pilot program based at the Napanee hospital shadowing a nurse for a shift to learn about their work in a hospital and how a hospital functions.

Other innovations in undergraduate medical education include:

• An e-portfolio has been introduced for incoming students that will allow them to begin self-regulated learning in medicine;
• The Cardiovascular and Respiratory course introduced to second-year students, now at the beginning of their second year;
• Clinical and Communications Skills to include new sessions on clinical reasoning;
• The Clinical Enquiry course redesigned, giving second-year students the opportunity to learn research skills in a three to one ratio with clinical and scientific researchers;
• The Introduction to Clerkship unit expanded to include recommendations from residents, strategies for making clerkship work, complex cases students may encounter in clerkship, tours of the hospital, getting mask-fitted and other key aspects of the beginning of students’ workplace-based learning.

The grand opening of the School of Medicine building will occur Thursday, September 22 from 4-5 pm.
 

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