Dean of Health Sciences praised for innovations in surgical education
The dean of Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences recently joined a small, illustrious group of Canadians who have received an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.
The College, founded in 1505, recognized Richard Reznick for his commitment to surgical eucation, simulation, research and academia.
“I am humbled to be honoured by one of the world’s oldest medical colleges and considered in the same light as some of the surgical icons who have received honorary fellowships in the past,” he says.
Dr. Reznick has earned the reputation as an innovator in the field of surgical education for his focus on performance-based assessment, technical skill acquisition and simulation. He served on a World Health Organization study group that produced the surgical safety checklist that has been adopted worldwide.
“In some ways receiving this honorary fellowship validates surgical education as a bona fide academic discipline in its own right,” says Dr. Reznick, who trained as a colorectal surgeon.
Dr. Reznick recently travelled to Edinburgh to accept the honorary fellowship. He will also receive an honorary fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in November.