News at Medicine - March 2021 - Dean's Notes March 22, 2021


Dean's Notes March 22, 2021
March 22, 2021
It has continued to be a busy few weeks. Several of our learners have been in the media.
 
Liz Rowe and Simal Qureshi were on CBC Radio talking about the medical students’ Provincial Days of Action taking place throughout March 22 to 26.

Hannah Wallace, a PhD candidate, spoke on CBC Radio’s St. John’s Morning Show and the Newfoundland and Labrador Morning Show in Grand Falls-Windsor about viruses such as COVID-19 and hepatitis C.

And Lisa Fang, a PhD candidate, spoke to CBC and NTV on racism against Asian individuals and how she has experienced racism.

Our learners have much to say and it is important to see the work, ideas and perspectives being discussed in the media.

On social media, our Twitter  account was very busy last week while two graduate student PhD candidates conducted a social media takeover as part of Brain Awareness Week. During the takeover, Stephanie Blandford and Lisa Fang profiled some of our researchers involved in brain-related research, highlighted important findings and shared facts about the brain. For a summary of the research happening here in our Faculty of Medicine, visit our website: http://bit.ly/3d4V0Wv
 
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Provincial Day of Action preparation
I had the opportunity to attend the Provincial Day of Action Training Day hosted by the Provincial Day of Action Working Group, through the Government Affairs and Advocacy MedSoc portfolio on Wednesday, March 17. The medical students have chosen to speak with the Members of the House of Assembly (MHAs), as candidates in the election, to advocate for funding of off-loading devices to prevent and treat diabetic foot ulcers, and avoid amputation.

The presentations on the training day included: me speaking about physicians as advocates; Liz Rowe, Simal Qureshi, who provided an overview of the Provincial Day of Action; Brooks Roche, government relations specialist from Diabetes Canada who gave an advocacy skills seminar; Natasha Lowe, regional skin consultant with Eastern Health who spoke on wound-related care;  Conrad Venter, a geriatric clinical orthotist and prosthetist, who spoke about off-loading devices;  Jessica Hearn and Katie Harris, medical students who lead the research team presentation; Mr. Philip Lundrigan a gentleman who provided the patient voice; and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Craig Stone who spoke about diabetic amputations.

Many thanks to Jessica Henley, President, MUN MedSoc who facilitated the training day, and all the presenters and participants. The role of a health advocate is important to influence the development of a health care system that is affordable and accessible to all people.
 
Operational and budget plans coming to a close
I want to thank all the academic and administrative leaders who have put together the operational work plans and faculty work plans, and reviewed their budgets for all the budget meetings with the Finance Committee of the Faculty of Medicine. The Finance Committee consists of the Vice Dean, Education and Faculty Affairs, the Manager of Finance, Financial Analyst, Manager of Human Resources, Manager of Academic Affairs, the Chief Operating Officer, and myself who chairs the meeting. At the end of the budget meetings which is slated for the end of March, 2021, the Finance Committee will meet to discuss all the budget requests and make decisions about what can be funded as it is mission critical and/or aligns with the strategic plan.
 
Destination Excellence
With respect to strategic planning, there has been a call for expression for representation on the newly established Wellness and Well-being Advisory Committee. Thanks to all of you who applied to be on the committee. It is so rewarding to see so many people invested in the Faculty of Medicine and one of our key priorities Wellness. In the near future, you will see a call for expression for learners, staff and faculty to be on the newly developed Internationalization project team.
 
The Culture of Excellence Project Team has established an email address for members of the Faculty of Medicine community to provide feedback on their initiatives. The Team welcomes feedback and suggestions about their implementation of Unit Assessment recommendations at the following address: excellence@mun.ca.
 
I hope your next two weeks are productive and positive. Wishing you a good long weekend and for those who are celebrating religious holidays I hope you are able to celebrate creatively with family and friends.