News Release

REF NO.: 98

SUBJECT: New organization offers unique education and conferencing services

DATE: January 22, 2007

Media agencies are invited to send representatives to the official launch of Professional Development & Conferencing Services (PDCS) on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 3-5 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences Centre.
            Speakers at this event include Dr. James Rourke, dean of Medicine; Ralph Wiseman, minister of Health and Community Services; Paul Dube, executive director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries (NATI); and Fran Kirby, director of PDCS.
            Ms. Kirby said the event will be a celebration of our transformation. “PDCS was born out of the amalgamation of the Office of Professional Development (OPD) and Telehealth and Educational Technologies Resource Agency (TETRA). We are proud to present our new organization to the world.”
            As a branch of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University, PDCS provides internal and external clients with a host of unique education and conferencing services. “We now boast an extensive background in continuing medical education, professional development, e-Learning and conferencing services,” said Ms. Kirby. “Our conferencing infrastructure is state-of-the-art. The merger of OPD and TETRA and their transformation into PDCS position the organization in the vanguard of distributed learning.”

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