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Dean’s notes, Dec. 11, 2017
December 12, 2017
We have recently received the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) report. I would like to extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to Dr. Vernon Curran, associate dean, Educational Development, and the Office of Professional Development (OPD) team. 
The team has achieved accreditation for eight years. The report outlined a number of significant strengths. Some of the strengths reported are as follows:
  • People: MUN OPD has an effective and dedicated senior management team including the associate dean, the academic directors and manager of operations. The well-respected OPD team has a wide range of skills and expertise that support programs.
  • Activities: OPD supports many live events which are simultaneously broadcast as webinars and then archived for future use. The office supports a broad array of online modules through MDcme and other learning portals. OPD has developed some innovative programs including the Certificate in Medical Teaching and the Physician Management and Leadership Program.
  • Partnerships: OPD has strong relationships with Eastern Health, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of NL, NL Medical Association, NL Centre for Health Information and Centre for Nursing Studies. National partnerships with Canadian Medical Association, McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre and various specialty societies.
  • Programs + Resources: OPD has a strong online module development service. The Faculty Development program under OPD has an important role in bridging all levels of medical education and is accredited for both the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Research: Research is a priority and the OPD research program supports a very active needs assessment and evaluation unit partnering with key provincial stakeholders.
There are two areas which will require a status report in May 2020 and they include:
  1. “The CME/CPD office has a defined ongoing evaluation process to ensure its long-term strategic plan and objectives are being met.”
  2. “The CME/CPD office has and manages sufficient academic and administrative Human Resources to fulfill its CME/CPD mission and objectives.”
The next full accreditation visit will be carried out in the 2024/2025 year. As a Faculty of Medicine we are proud of the exceptional work that is being done!
On Dec. 5, 2017, we launched Destination Excellence, the new Faculty of Medicine strategic plan. Our new vision is: Through excellence, we will integrate education, research and social accountability to improve the health of people and the communities we serve.
The strategic planning retreat included members of the strategic planning steering committee; undergraduate medical students; postgraduate learners and graduate students; members of the strategically focused task groups; representatives from Biomedical Sciences; Community Health and Humanities and the clinical disciplines; the Health Sciences Library; and staff members. We aimed to include early career leaders, mid-career leaders, senior career leaders, and leaders across the university. In addition we included senior leaders from our Regional Health Authorities as well as other community stakeholders. Members of the strategic planning steering committee provided an overview of the strategic plan and facilitated breakout sessions. If individuals would like a copy of the strategic planning booklet you can obtain it here: Also I would encourage you to print the strategy map, have it laminated and put it in your offices and continuously think of our vision, mission, values and outcomes. In the New Year we will outline our 12 month priorities and establish project implementation groups. Regular updates on the strategic plan will be provided through various avenues of communication (e.g. town halls, faculty council and our website (
The Building a Healthy Tomorrow Campaign reached a significant milestone on Dec. 6, 2017. With honorable guests their Honours Frank and Patricia Fagan, the Minister of Health Dr. John Haggie, Memorial University of Newfoundland president Dr. Gary Kachanoski, countless donors and friends of the Faculty of Medicine. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Dr. Peter Collingwood and Mr. John O’Dea who have co-chaired the Faculty of Medicine campaign cabinet as well as our cabinet members including Shirley Strong, Don McKay, Conor Maguire, Christopher French and Anne Whelan. We announced the total of $5,163,000 which will go to the three priority areas: scholarships, bursaries, and awards; simulation and educational technology; and medical research. I would like to thank Julia Corcoran, events planner, Michelle Osmond, communications advisor, and Virginia Middleton, senior communications advisor, who ensured the campaign celebration was a big success. We will continue to make fundraising a high priority for the school. We plan on implementing a fundraising advisory board to continue the momentum. I would also like to especially thank Jillian Gibson, senior development officer, who has been instrumental in achieving our milestone of over $5 million dollars.
This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Medicine and I want to thank the celebration committee chaired by Drs. Reza Tabrizchi and Cathy Vardy and supported administratively by Joan Fillier, I hosted a 50th celebratory dinner at my home on Sunday, Dec. 10. The celebration committee did an amazing job with a variety of initiatives to celebrate: monthly themed displays, a mixer, a public speaker’s series, a community open house, a gala event, a commemorative bag, several dinners and events across the country, and a commemorative book to celebrate our 50 years of achievement!
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season with family and friends. See you in 2018!

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