News at Medicine - January 2020 - Dean’s notes - Jan. 6, 2020

Dean’s notes - Jan. 6, 2020
January 7, 2020
Welcome to 2020! Not only are we starting an exciting new year but a new decade!  

I hope all our learners, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the Faculty of Medicine had a restful holiday season filled with laughter and wonderful shared experiences.
Every year we reflect on where we want to go in the next year. I have great optimism that this is going to be another successful year in which we will continue to move our strategic plan Destination Excellence forward so that we can achieve our three long term goals: thriving learners and graduates, impactful research and healthier communities.
As we enter the next decade I would like to see increased recognition of our learners, staff and faculty who: have innovative ideas, are creating and disseminating new research\scholarship, enhancing medical\health education, and engaging more with our communities. Raising the profile of the numerous and significant accomplishments of our people acknowledges, celebrates and encourages them and those around them to continue to make a significant difference in the lives of the people and communities we serve. The “kindness” initiative led by Michelle Snow, wellness coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs (which will evolve to the Office of Learner Well-Being and Success), was a wonderful way to value individuals, teams and programs in the faculty. While away on my holiday vacation I shared this story with friends and colleagues who were all impressed with this terrific initiative. I hope it encourages everyone to continue to treat people with dignity, respect and kindness.
Just prior to the holiday, the 20th anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) which is led by director, Dr. Stephen Bornstein, was held. The team in NLCAHR did a great job of planning and hosting the anniversary event. Big congratulations to Dr. Bornstein and the many people over the years who have developed innovative programs including the Contextualized Health Research Synthesis Program (CHRSP) which is designed to increase the use of scientific evidence in health care decision making and the Research Exchange Groups which were developed to engage with our community and to build research capacity in the province. NLCAHR was also instrumental in developing the Aging Research Centre -Newfoundland and Labrador (ARCNL). NLCAHR has also influenced the careers of many successful health care researchers.
Memorial University announced its 13th president, Dr. Vianne Timmons, who will be the first female president of the university. Dr. Timmons will start her new role April 1, 2020. We look forward to working with Dr. Timmons.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful 2020! We can all do great things to advance the vision and mission of the Faculty of Medicine. I look forward to hearing stories about how our learners, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the faculty are contributing to our academic mission.