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Quid novi: what's new on campus August 2017

Quid novi: what's new on campus August 2017

The evolution of medical education

All the evidence points to using a competency-based approach as the fundamental and logical next step in medical education.

Damon Dagnone, CBME Lead, Queen’s University

The Queen’s School of Medicine has adopted the competency-based medical education (CBME) model for medical residents.

The CBME model was created in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Under this model, this year’s cohort of about 130 residents will be moved to their next rotation once they have demonstrated competency in the clinical tasks and activities expected of them at each stage. Previously, residents usually moved on once they had completed a certain amount of time in a set rotation. Queen’s is the first school in North America to implement CBME across all of its specialty programs.

As an important next step, other hospital health-care professionals will be able to share their feedback with every resident and their supervisors as part of CBME. The School of Medicine also aims to allow patients and families to contribute to the educational process in the future. For the residents, this new model promises a rewarding learning experience as they will receive more timely feedback and mentorship from their faculty supervisors and academic advisors. This will help them identify their strengths and weaknesses at every stage. They will also have increased opportunities to pursue personal learning goals and desired areas of excellence.

While the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons has asked all Canadian medical schools to transition their specialty residency training programs to the new model by 2022, Queen’s opted to transition all 29 residency programs at once. The move caps more than two years of preparatory work, and was led by an executive team of eight faculty and staff members in the School of Medicine.

The Review will take a closer look at the CBME model in action at Queen’s in the next issue.

In memoriam

Harold Still, MA’55 (PhD, Virginia), retired professor (Mathematics and Statistics), died Jan. 7.

Gilbert Rosenberg, former professor (School of Medicine) and medical director, St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital, died Jan. 12.

Margaret Hooey, LLD’02, longtime secretary of the university, died Jan. 13.

Uri Fixman, Professor Emeritus (Mathematics), died March 8.

Barrie Pickles, former professor and director (Rehabilitation Medicine), died July 7.

John Freeman, BA’76, BEd’77, MEd’90, professor (Education), died Aug. 1.

We have posted obituaries for Dr. Hooey and Professor Pickles. If you have memories of any of these individuals you would like to share, email us at review@queensu.ca.

Let there be light

[photo of Innovation and Wellness Centre]
Workers are tearing out stone that has filled these window frames since 1970. New heritage-style glass windows will be installed by December. Photo: University Communications

Five large window frames facing union street are being opened up for the first time in 47 years as part of construction activities at the Innovation and Wellness Centre (the former Physical Education Centre.) Modern thermal windows with a heritage look will be installed in the frames by early December, allowing natural light into the new centre.

“The premise of the design is to deliver a building that is open, light, and inviting to all. Therefore, it was a natural direction to open up the main façade,” says Franco Lora, project manager, Physical Plant Services.

The limestone, brick, and block being removed as part of the window work is not going to waste. All of the stone will be used to stabilize and repair the degraded areas of the existing south façade. The demolition work should be complete within the next couple of weeks. Crews are working to enclose the Innovation and Wellness Centre construction site by the end of the year, with all construction activities set to be complete in time for a fall 2018 opening. Follow along with the Innovation and Wellness Centre’s progress via live webcam.

The Page Lectures: October 24

The annual Page lectures series, hosted by the Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature, honours the late Kingston writer and artist Joanne Page. Each year, a distinguished writer is invited to give a lecture on the subject of “the page.” this year, the series welcomes acclaimed poet Daphne Marlatt, whose talk is called “On the threshold of the Page.”

Where and when: Watson Hall, room 517, 2:30-4:30 pm
Learn more: www.facebook.com/Pagelecture/


The Queen’s Faculty of Law celebrates its 60th anniversary this September. In recognition of this milestone, Queen’s Law hosts a special Homecoming weekend on Sept. 8–10.
Learn more: law.queensu.ca.

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 3, 2017]