News at Medicine - June 2022 - Dean's Notes June 28, 2022

Dean's Notes June 28, 2022
June 24, 2022
I hope that wherever you are, there has been some nice weather for you to enjoy as we welcome the summer months. Perhaps this is a time you are able to focus on certain projects or you are planning to enjoy some time with family and friends during the province’s Come Home year.

The MUG UP podcast

On Friday, June 17, the Office of Learner Well-Being and success hosted the launch of The Mug Up, a student led podcast. Congratulations to the learners, faculty and staff who have been involved in this wonderful project!
The first episode is available on Spotify and focuses on the topic of identity beyond the field of medicine. Host Alex Darmonkow will speak with Dr. Natalie Bridger and Dr. Mina Gerges. Click here to listen to the episode and to access the transcript.
The Mug Up podcast organzing committee.
Photo by Jennifer Armstrong, HSIMS

In-person White Coat Ceremony

On June 21, we held an in person White Coat Ceremony for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) class of 2024. It has been a challenging couple of years for these students who started their medical education in the middle of a pandemic and it was wonderful to be able to host this special celebration with our learners and their family and friends.
The Doctor of Medicine class of 2024
Photo by Jennifer Armstrong, HSIMS

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21 was National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is in important day to celebrate and recognize the heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding accomplishments of the diverse Indigenous groups of Newfoundland and Labrador. We acknowledge with respect the histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province. The Faculty of Medicine continues to work diligently to implement the 10 recommendations of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Joint Commitment to Action and to address the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada’s recent report card indicating areas for our improvement in the Faculty of Medicine.

Postponed convocation celebration

Congratulations to the Faculty of Medicine graduates attending their postponed convocation ceremony on June 21! This included any graduates who completed the MD, graduate program or PhD in 2020 and 2021. Before completing your studies and research, you had to adjust to the changing climate and its impact on health care and medical education. The Faculty of Medicine is extremely proud of your accomplishments and it was a pleasure to be able to see some of you in person to celebrate this important milestone.

Call for facilitators

The Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education (CCHPE) is hosting an information session about facilitating interprofessional education (IPE) at Memorial. CCHPE organizes interprofessional education (IPE) activities for learners from various health/social care backgrounds.  IPE prepares new health and social care practitioners for their future in collaborative, interprofessional team-based care. 
CCHPE’s programming relies on volunteer facilitators, who join interprofessional teams of learners to deliver IPE curriculum.  Faculty and staff members with experience in health or social care excel in this role. The training and support provided to facilitators will help ensure they are confident and comfortable facilitating these discussion-based team learning activities. To learn more, visit their website for facilitators. 
Faculty or staff are invited to join this information session on Wednesday, July 20, 12 – 1 p.m. CCHPE staff will deliver a short presentation with details about IPE activities and facilitation, followed by a question and answer period. To register, please email

When many of us think about professionalism, we tend to think about formal codes of conduct, guidelines, and best-practices that govern us in our chosen fields of work. What many of us don’t consider is the role of professionalism when dealing with the practical realities of asynchronous work communications such as emails and phone messages. It is important to develop and utilize strategies to manage emails, in particular, because so much work today takes place using this tool. Backlogs in inboxes and lengthy response times don’t just stress you, the receiver, but also result in stress to the senders who may be waiting on responses before being able to proceed with aspects of their work.
There are several websites with great tips for managing email, including:
10 business email best practices for a productive workplace 
Email management
While recognizing the importance of timely responses to asynchronous communication, it is equally important to establish boundaries in your professional life and disconnect with work-related communications outside of work hours or the work week. As we enter into a well-deserved summer of long weekends and vacations for many, this is an important time to consider how to address the pressures of establishing boundaries to ensure you are rested and re-charged while also being respectful of your colleagues and their workload. 
This will be my last dean’s note for the summer. I wish everyone a very happy, healthy and safe summer. I hope you are all able to find some time to relax and recharge so you will be fresh for the fall of 2022.
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