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Communications - News at Medicine - September 2014 - New vice-dean for Faculty of Medicine

New vice-dean for Faculty of Medicine
September 17, 2014
Dr. Cathy Vardy is the new vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine. She began her duties July 1, taking over from Dr. Sharon Peters who served in this position since Sept. 1, 1999.
Dr. Vardy (Class of 1983) went on to train as a pediatrician (Memorial University) with sub-specialty training in development and behavioural pediatrics (Chedoke-McMaster University). She is currently an associate professor; she has been a faculty member in the Discipline of Pediatrics since 1988 and a developmental pediatrician at the Janeway Child Health Centre. She has served as chair of the Discipline of Pediatrics since 2008. 

From 2004-2012, Dr. Vardy was the assistant registrar with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador. Within the Faculty of Medicine she served as assistant post-graduate dean (1998-2005), pediatric residency program director (1995-1998), and clerkship co-ordinator for pediatrics (1988-1995).

As a developmental pediatrician, Dr. Vardy holds four to five half-day child development clinics per week. She has a special interest in autism and has been involved with research in this area.

Dr. Vardy has held leadership positions at the national and international level. She served as a member of the Credential Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and recently finished her term as a member of the Accreditation Committee of RCPSC and chair of the Area of Focused Competence, a sub-committee of the Accreditation Committee. She is currently the university representative to the Medical Council of Canada and was president of the Medical Council of Canada from 2004-2005. She is also currently a member of the Royal College International Committee.

As the new vice-dean for the Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Vardy will work in support of accreditation of the Faculty of Medicine’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She plans to optimize communication with faculty members and facilitate distributive learning.

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