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Communications - News at Medicine - December 2018 - Dean’s notes – Dec. 11, 2018

Dean’s notes – Dec. 11, 2018
December 10, 2018
On Nov. 27 the Office of Professional and Educational Development (OPED) held their annual Health Professions Educational Scholarship Forum. This year was the first time we had participation on the planning committee and throughout the program from the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy.
The 2018 Meredith Marks awardee this year was Dr. Jocelyn Lockyer, a national leader in medical education research. She has expertise in feedback and gave an engaging key note lecture at the forum entitled “Contemporary Feedback: Research and Direction.” She also offered a workshop prior to the forum to those physicians who have agreed to be peer mentors for the new NL360 peer assessment program; another workshop during the forum on how to use her “R2C2” of model for feedback and coaching; and then offered one on one meetings with faculty and staff on various aspects of medical education scholarship. Many thanks to all the participants including learners, staff and faculty and to the planning committee of: Drs. Heidi Coombs, Beverley Fitzpatrick (Pharmacy), Heather Flynn, Connie Hapgood, Caroline Porr (Nursing), Steve Shorlin, Carolyn Sturge-Sparkes, Mr. Adam Reid, Ms. Cindy Whitton and Ms. Lorna Coles.

On Nov. 30, we held our second annual Destination Excellence strategic planning day. It was a terrific success with approximately 85 learners, staff and faculty in attendance as well as some of our key stakeholders. Invitees included members of our initial strategic plan steering committee, Destination Excellence Implementation Steering Team (DEIST); all project team members (Wellness, Research, Mentorship, Social Accountability, Progress Report Card and Undergraduate Curriculum Review); from undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate learners; senior management committee; staff and; faculty (early career and mid-career leaders).
Participants heard an update on the progress of Destination Excellence, engaged in meaningful discussions about the projects and provided important feedback on how the project teams and DEIST can move forward in the coming year. Special thanks to our project team co-chairs, as well as Michelle Osmond, Jennifer Armstrong, Carol Ann Walker, and Gerona McGrath, who is the project manager for Destination Excellence and was a terrific facilitator for the day. Please refer to the website for further information about the strategic plan. (Photo by Jennifer Armstrong, HSIMS)
I would also like to welcome Tracy Pittman, the new manager of Academic Affairs in the dean’s office. Tracy has a masters of business administration and a masters of employee relations from Memorial University. In addition, she has worked at Memorial in the central Human Resources Department and more recently the Office of Faculty Relations.
I would like to end these notes by congratulating Mr. Matthew Downer, a current phase 3 medical student, for being awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Matthew has previously received many prestigious awards including the Memorial University Award for Outstanding Self-Directed Learning in 2018. He has also been actively involved as a coach for persons living with disabilities and has been a head coach for the St. John’s Special Olympics in hockey and golf. In addition, he has been engaged in research in the area of neuroscience and rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Ploughman, our Canada Research Chair in Neuroplasticity, Neurorehabilitation and Brain Recovery.
If you haven’t already seen it, our latest issue of MUNMED magazine is now published. In it, you’ll read more ab out our alumni, faculty, staff and learners and they’re many accomplishments over the last year.
I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season with family and friends. I hope you find time to rest, relax and engage in laughter which is important for our own personal wellness.


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