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New research reveals that personality key in predicting medical school success
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Michael Rieder, left, and Mitch Rothstein, professor and chair of the Department of Management and Organizational Studies, were part of a recent study that looked at how certain personality traits have the potential to contribute to the development of successful and effective physicians. The study will soon be published in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences.

Continued positive news on the Doctor of Medicine Program accreditation
In April 2015, the Doctor of Medicine program received full accreditation status for eight years from the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) in collaboration with the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME). In its report, CACMS identified that the School was required to address areas of education and processes aligned with meeting the following standards: Diversity; Interprofessional Education; Preparation of Resident and Non-Faculty Instructors; and Service Learning, and the direct observation of student patient assessment in required clinical learning. In February 2017, Dean Strong received a letter from CACMS and LCME commending the School on the progress it has made and its efforts. All five standards identified in April 2015, as non-compliant or compliance with monitoring have been revised to satisfactory or satisfactory with a need for monitoring.  The School is left with monitoring its progress in meeting the CACMS Diversity and Service Learning elements. CACMS has requested the School submit a status report on its continued work in these areas by March 15, 2020.

Anita Woods receives Western Award for Innovations in Technology Enhanced Teaching
Although large classes can often be a challenging environment for both students and instructors, with limited interaction, Anita Woods’ use of technology in classrooms has begun to close this gap. Over the past five years, Woods conceived, developed and popularized the use of a three-dimensional augmented reality (AR) software for the study of human organs in higher education. The program allows students to view and directly manipulate organs in augmented reality to further their understanding of how the structure of organs affects function.