There is always an expectation throughout the Macklem House that the academic year will be somewhat hectic, and collectively at the university I think we all take a big breath when the summer finally comes. That said, this past month has felt busier than Julys of the past. With great anticipation, I look forward to signing off at the end of this week to spend some quality time with my family and take a break from the emails (and this blog).
My annual summer break is also a time for me to reflect on all that our faculty has accomplished over the year, and this has been an exciting one for each of our three schools. Our new programs are seeing an influx of talented students, our scientists are making great gains in their research, and we continue to push the envelope in how we educate future healthcare providers. I am very proud of this faculty, and feel confident in saying that my colleagues, Dr. Jennifer Medves and Dr. Marcia Finlayson, are as well.
Importantly, we have welcomed our new Provost, Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon, who is already making his mark at Queen’s. Our School of Rehabilitation therapy has initiated a bold new $20M partnership with the University of Gondar in Ethiopia. Our School of Nursing continues to expand its innovative programs, like the Master of Science in Healthcare Quality, which will take 60 students this September. Our School of Medicine has launched a major initiative to transform all of its 29-specialty medicine residency programs to a new paradigm of training – competency-based medical education. It’s been quite a year!
Finally, a break from the day-to-day allows me to think about what is in store for us as we embark on a new academic year. In conjunction with our teaching and research endeavours, we will focus on implementing the recommendations set out by our faculty’s Truth and Reconciliation Task Force and the university’s inclusion and diversity report, we will continue our efforts in finding a new home for our schools of nursing and rehabilitation therapy, and we will develop new ways of communicating our student, staff, and faculty accomplishments.
Thank you to each of you who have contributed your time, energy, and brain power to the Faculty of Health Sciences over the last year. I will be back in three weeks, and by the beginning of September and post my first new blog for my eighth year as dean (yes I also cannot believe I have been here for seven years). Please share any summer stories with our readers, as the blog has now attracted over a million page views (also hard to believe).
All my best to my colleagues, alumni, students and friends, for an enjoyable and relaxing rest of summer.