News at Medicine - April 2022 - Dean's Notes April 13, 2022

Dean's Notes April 13, 2022
April 13, 2022
As the winter semester comes to a close, I think we can all acknowledge it has been a busy few months. With many learners, faculty and staff having returned to campus and other teaching locations over the last few months, it has been a pleasure to see so many of you when the opportunity arose.

Undergraduate medical education accreditation

I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone for supporting our undergraduate accreditation, both during this week and in the months leading up to it. Your contributions of both your expertise and your time during this process were appreciated and essential for its success.

In particular, for their instrumental support throughout the accreditation process, I would like to thank both Dr. Taryn Hearn, for her role as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) as well as the Faculty Undergraduate Accreditation Lead, and Mr. Brian Kerr, the UGME Curriculum and Accreditation Advisor.

Provincial human genetics and genomics

The Newfoundland and Labrador Human Genetics and Genomics Interim Steering Team met for the second time on Friday, April 1. Terms of Reference and a draft governance structure have been developed. More information will be made available in the coming months and I look forward to sharing that with you.

Employee town hall

On Monday, April 11, a virtual employee town hall was held for all Memorial University staff. It provided an opportunity to ask questions and share perspectives directly with senior leaders. As the interim Provost and Vice-President (Academic), I was able to provide some updates on searches for certain leadership roles like deans of faculties and schools. A recording of the town hall will be available and shared through Newsline.

Joint medical degree with the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI)

Work is underway with establishing a joint medical degree with UPEI and I appreciate everyone who has played a part in this exciting partnership. For more information and to access regular updates, please visit the UPEI Faculty of Medicine website.

Postgraduate residency match

April 12 was the first iteration for the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Match Day. I would like to extend my thanks to all who were involved in meeting candidates applying to our postgraduate programs. And many thanks to everyone who has supported our MD class of 2022 as they prepared for this year’s match. For those of you continuing your medical training here at Memorial University, we look forward to you starting your program on July 1. For those of you continuing your training elsewhere, please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

Physician recruitment and retention

Work continues on developing a tool kit for communities to use to attract and retain physicians. The team has just provided input to Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador on a survey that will go to municipalities about health-care provision in their communities.

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME)

CCME will take place April 23-26 in a hybrid format with events being held in Calgary, AB and some activities held virtually. I encourage you to consider registering for the conference and join the forums and conversations that will be held with our colleagues across the country. You can find more information about CCME online.

National Administrative Professionals Day

Next week, please take a moment to recognize and thank our administrative professionals on April 21. So much has happened over the past two years and our administrative professionals have had to adapt (often very quickly) to the ever changing circumstances due to the pandemic. Their support and dedication plays an important role to ensure that we are able to continue delivering education and carry out research. Thank you!

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