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Vol 38  No 11
March 16, 2006



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Committee work includes lecture series

Exploring collaborative health education

Memorial University has responded to one of the requests contained in the White Paper issued last summer by the provincial government by forming a Committee on Collaborative Health Professional Education and Research.

President Axel Meisen said the committee is seeking optimal ways and means of promoting what is known as inter-professional education and research.

“This committee is currently studying how our Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Social Work and possibly the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation can co-operate more closely,” he said in a recent memo to faculty. “In particular, they seek an answer to the question: How best can Memorial University meet the new and growing needs of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for health professionals who are educated and trained to work happily and productively together in teams?”

Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair, retired vice-principal (health sciences) and dean of medicine at Queen’s University and past chair of Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Commission, is the chair of the committee which also includes: Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch, director, School of Social Work; Dr. Linda Hensman, director, School of Pharmacy; Dr. Sandra LeFort, director, School of Nursing; Dr. Mary Bluechardt, director, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation; Dr. Jim Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Shirley Solberg, School of Nursing; Dr. Roy West, Faculty of Medicine; Sr. Elizabeth Davis, former CEO of the St. John’s Health Corporation; Dr. Wayne Ludlow, former dean of Student Affairs and one of the White Paper co-authors, who will act as facilitator and co-chair.

Documents relating to the committee’s work are available in pdf format at

Any questions or comments that faculty have on the work of the committee can be forwarded to Glenys Woodland, c/o Office of the Vice-President (Academic), or by e-mail at She is providing administrative assistance to the committee.

Part of the work of the committee includes a lecture series ­ the President’s Lecture Series on Collaborative Health and Research ­ aimed at informing the campus community and the general public about the growing awareness of the benefits of inter-professional education and research.

The first of these lectures took place March 7 with Dr. Carol Herbert, dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario.

Jessica Diamond will deliver the second lecture, titled Learning Together to Work Together: Enhancing Interprofessional Education Experiences, on Thursday, March 16, at 5 p.m. in the Main Auditorium, Health Science Centre. Ms. Diamond is with the Strategic Initiatives Branch/Best Start Team, Ministry of Children and Youth Services based in Toronto, Ontario.

The third lecture will be given by Dr. John Gilbert, principal, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia. He will be visiting Memorial on March 29-30.


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