News at Medicine - February 2022 - Dean's Notes Feb. 14, 2022

Dean's Notes Feb. 14, 2022
February 14, 2022
I hope you were able to share the feelings associated with Valentine’s Day, love, respect, compassion and kindness with those who you are close to as well as those who may be experiencing difficult challenges in their lives.
At the request of President Vianne Timmons, I have agreed to take on the Interim Provost and Vice President (Academic) role while the university conducts a search for an individual to take on this important senior administrative role permanently. I will begin this role on March 15, 2022 and will lead key priorities for the overall university. I will continue as Dean of Medicine spending one designated day in my office in the Faculty of Medicine. I want to thank all of you who have offered to assist with the ongoing initiatives and activities of the Faculty of Medicine. I am currently compiling the key activities and delegating them to the appropriate senior leaders in the faculty. We have an excellent team of learners, staff and faculty and I feel confident that things will run smoothly while I am performing both roles. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email or by calling my office at 709-864-2364.


With respect to research, I want to congratulate Dr. Janna Andrownoski, Assistant  Professor, clinical anatomy, Division of Biomedical Sciences who was awarded a four-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant for her research entitled Analysis of Opioid-induced Osteoporosis and Associated Impacts on Intracortical Porosity and Bone's Cellular Organization”.
Memorial also received a CIHR bridge grant for Drs. Holly Etchegary and Dr. Lesa Dawson for their research “Cancer prevention in cancer predisposition syndromes: Testing the feasibility of building a hereditary cancer research registry and nurse navigator follow up model”. Congratulations!
Finally, there is a call out for the Medical Education Research Fund with the submission deadline being March 31, 2022.


A lot of work is continuing to prepare for our upcoming undergraduate medical education (UGME) accreditation on April 3-6 and May 11.  Dr. Taryn Hearn, the new Associate Dean, UGME, who also has been the Faculty Undergraduate Accreditation Lead, has been working closely with Mr. Brian Kerr, UGME accreditation and curriculum lead to prepare for a successful accreditation. Please see the February accreditation moment. Please disseminate the moment to your units, peers, staff and learners. You may download a copy (jpeg and a PowerPoint slide) from the UGME accreditation website.

At the postgraduate education level, last week was resident doctor appreciation week. I would like to thank all of our residents who are at the frontline of patient care and are working so hard and diligently to ensure the patients are receiving the best possible healthcare. They have continued to learn and care for patients and their families despite the challenges of the pandemic.
It will soon be the beginning of the postgraduate residency matching process, also known as the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). I want to thank all of you who helped develop videos to showcase our excellent programs, screened applications, and will be interviewing candidates. Good luck to our fourth-year students during the interview process!!

The Joint MD degree program between University of Prince Edward Island and Memorial

Much work is being done on establishing the joint MD degree program between UPEI and Memorial. Dr. Cathy Vardy is the Executive Director and is working closely with Ms. Gerona McGrath and Ms. Joan Fillier. They have been working on finalizing the terms of reference, reviewing possible governance structures and setting up a variety of committees including curriculum, one health and climate change, admissions, evaluation, faculty development, community engagement and facilities.
We have established the steering committee which is co-chaired by Dr. Greg Keefe, Interim President (UPEI) and myself. It is currently meeting monthly. I want to thank all the staff, learners and faculty who are contributing to the new joint MD degree program.
Wishing you all a good few weeks.
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