News at Medicine - November 2016 - Dean Steele's notes - Nov. 21, 2016


Dean Steele's notes - Nov. 21, 2016
November 22, 2016
The last few weeks have been busy with travel to different meetings. I started off the beginning of the week of Nov. 7 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, serving on the test committee for child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Kim St. John, discipline chair for Psychiatry, is the vice chair of this exam committee. This was my last meeting on the examination board and I found it a very rewarding experience.
 

I returned to the Faculty of Medicine for a day and met with Dr. Larry Alteen, who is responsible for physician services in Newfoundland and Labrador, to discuss a variety of issues related to physician services. I had my regular meetings with Paula Corbett, manager of Academic Affairs, and Gary Peddigrew, acting director of Administrative Services, to be apprised of key faculty and financial issues. I then attended the Eastern Health Board of Trustees meeting.
 
The following day I travelled to Seattle, Washington to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) annual conference to represent Memorial University of Newfoundland at the Council of Deans (COD) meetings. I was invited to give a talk on my first few months transitioning to the dean’s role at Memorial to the AAMC COD Fellows. It was a great opportunity to reflect on all that has happened at the FOM since my arrival on Aug. 15 and the top ten things I have needed to focus on in my first few months. I was the only Canadian dean to be represented at the COD meeting. The atmosphere in Seattle was quite somber in the first few days after the American election. Dr. Jim Rourke participated in a social accountability panel at the conference and Ms. Janet McHugh represented Memorial at the admissions meeting. Out of 19 medical schools in North America, Memorial and Calgary are the only Canadian schools participating in this study to review the new MCAT. Janet McHugh and Wanda Parsons are active participants in this study.
 
Following my arrival back to St. John’s, I had a meeting with Gary Peddigrew, Wes Drodge and Facilities Management to discuss a variety of issues. I had a number of other meetings including one with Dr. Jennifer Keyte to hear more about the planning for the new Animal Resource Centre, which will be important for both our education and research missions (more information on that coming up in our next issue of MUNMED). On Nov. 19, I attended the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) session organized by the Office of Professional Development. It was an excellent session on what the expectations are for physicians and how the MAiD legislation is being implemented in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are some logistical things that need to be developed; for example, a well-defined process on how physicians can refer to physicians who are willing to provide primary and secondary assessments on whether the patient is eligible for MAiD. Many thanks to Drs. Aaron McKim, Marsha Eustace, Stephen Crummey, Kimberly Babb and Jehan Siddiqui who facilitated the afternoon sessions.
 
I then attended the 40th Monte Carlo Charity Gala which was a fabulous success. I would like to formally thank all the students and other volunteers who gave of their time and creativity to raise funds for the following charities: NL Sexual Assault Crisis Prevention Program, Choices for Youth, Planned Parenthood, and the Canadian Mental Health Association. There was also a pie toss with the proceeds going to Team Broken Earth. Also a big thank you to Mercedez Benz St. John’s, the title sponsor. Thanks as well for all the staff, faculty and community members who came to the event.
 
I ended my week at an event hosted by Drs. Shree Mulay and Jill Allison to meet the alumni of the InSIGHT program and to hear their reflections about their experience in Nepal. The students were very positive about their experience. They enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and be mentored by medical students from Nepal, have exposure to clinical settings in Nepal and to learn about the social determinants of health. The InSIGHT program is a unique global health experience for our medical students.