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TIME for Translational Medicine at Queen’s University: A road map from Molecules to Populations

In 2018 we are launching the Translational Institute of Medicine (TIME) at Queen’s, beginning in the Department of Medicine. Like all good ideas TIME was born from a conversation over coffee. Stephen Vanner and I were trying to figure out how to grow the research pie, train more researchers and ensure that all faculty had access to research resources, which sometimes are hidden in plain sight. This blog will be your introduction to TIME. Although we have been hard at work on building TIME for almost 2 years, formal approval for several key components is pending, so consider this a preview.

The flaw in ourselves: a Shakespearean guide to improve preclinical research

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The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
 but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Julius Caesar, Act 1, scene 2, 135–141

Everything You Wanted to Know About Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) But Were Afraid to Ask. A guest blog by Dr. David Taylor with introduction by Stephen Archer

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon’s (RCPSC) has a new model for postgraduate medical training that is called Competency by Design (CBD). The program that realizes CBD is referred to as Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). This new educational regime is meant to improve the quality of residency training in Canada.

Cognogens—Disease-Causing Beliefs Can Be Addressed Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Definition*: Cognogen—Cog-no-gen: A belief that contributes to psychological or physical pathology*The term cognogen is a neologism. We are all familiar with the idea of diseases being caused by bacteria and viruses. We know that infectious disease can be transmitted person to person and across the population.  However, misguided beliefs can be as dangerous and transmissible as a bacteria and virus! Dr Johanna Murphy presented a fascinating Morbidity and Mortality round at Queen’s University on this topic last week.

The Oft Forgotten “Innovation” in Patient Centred Care: Curing Atrial Fibrillation through I-PCC

Atrial fibrillation affects 350,000 Canadians and triples risk of stroke-Heart and Stroke Foundation Patient Centred Care (PCC), a phrase that means different things to different people. Too often it is used as code for health care delivered in a convenient location and/or delivered competently in a courteous and timely manner. These are unequivocally attributes of PCC.

Creating a Live Renal Donor Program: Overcoming the 4 hurdles to achieve excellence

This is the story of how we are beginning to perform live donor renal transplant (LDT) at Kingston Health Sciences Center (KHSC). Like many of the stories in this News Discovery and Innovation blog much of the high tech is built on a strong team of doctors (surgeons and physicians) from several Departments, nurses, and technicians. This story emphasizes a common series of barriers that must be overcome to create programs of innovation such as this one. Kidney failure is a big problem-for the patient and for society.

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