Announcement: Dr. Valerie Schulz appointed Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Valerie Schulz has been appointed as Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, effective October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2022.

Dr. Schulz completed her biochemistry studies at the University of Windsor in 1978 and graduated with her MD in 1982 from Queen’s University. She went on to complete an internship in Internal Medicine the University of Toronto, a residency in anesthesiology in 1986 and Pain Management Education in 1995 at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western. She earned her MSc in Public Health from the University of Alberta in 2001. She became an active Lecturer at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and its teaching hospitals in 1997 and is presently a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine practicing palliative care.

Dr. Schulz is primarily interested in palliative care and has numerous publications in this field. Some of her recent publications include; Beyond simple planning: existential dimensions of conversations with patients at risk of dying from heart failure, Adaptive practices in heart failure care teams: implications for patient-centered care in the context of complexity, The Distinct Role of Palliative Care in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, A Palliative Approach to Neurological Care: A Literature Review and Being a Hospice Volunteer Influenced Medical Students' Comfort with Dying and Death: A pilot study.

Dr. Schulz is the Director of Palliative Medicine within the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western. She is a member of the inaugural Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada Palliative Care Specialty Committee, and its Exam Committee. In addition she has been on the Board for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, and on the inaugural Hospice Palliative Care Provincial Steering Committee Clinical Council.

Dr. Schulz is the recipient of several awards and honours including the Board of Governors Medal in Science & Mathematics, University of Windsor in 1978; Best Oral Paper Presentation Award, in 2002, The Development of a Malignant Wound Assessment Tool at the 12th Annual Hospice Palliative Care Conference, Toronto, Ontario; 2010 Best Research, Runner-up, The influence of being a hospice volunteer on medical students attitudes and behaviors toward palliative patients at the Canadian Conference for Medical Education and the Ontario Medical Association’s 2013 Award of Excellence in Palliative Care.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Schulz on her appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Arthur J Hudson Chair in ALS Research
Scientist, Robarts Research Institute