Humber River Hospital signs Affiliation Agreement with Queen's University: Faculty Dean "excited about the potential opportunities that may be provided to our learners"

TORONTO, July 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Humber River Hospital in Toronto, and Queen's University in Kingston, ON, have reached a formal affiliation agreement that will see students, residents and clinical fellows from Queen's University's Medical School rotate through all of the acute care service disciplines provided at the hospital.  The first rotation will be in the hospital's Women's and Children's Program starting this August.

"The Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University is excited about the opportunities presented by working more closely with Humber River Hospital," says Dr. Richard Reznick, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's. "We welcome Humber's emerging strategy that is focusing increasing attention on educating health professionals for the future. We look forward to our engagement on the vital issue of advancing interprofessional education and care. We are also excited about the potential opportunities that may be provided to our learners when they take advantage of the impressive new facilities being constructed for the HRH Redevelopment project."

"Humber River is uniquely positioned to be an institution of learning for medical students at all levels," notes Dr. Rueben Devlin, President & CEO of Humber River Hospital. "The educational opportunities that present themselves at Humber River Hospital are varied and numerous.  It's a very challenging, yet very rewarding, rotation for our Queen's students, and we are delighted to formalize our partnership with the University."

"This is great news for Humber River Hospital, and reflects well on the expertise of our medical staff both as clinicians and teachers," explains Dr. Ray Martin, Humber's Vice President of Medical & Academic Affairs. "It speaks volumes that an organization as impressive as Queen's University chose Humber as its Toronto partner. It is a strong endorsement of the quality of our Medical Education Program, and the instruction medical students receive at our hospital."

About Humber River Hospital:

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada's largest regional acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. The hospital currently operates on three sites with a total of 549 beds, 3,000 staff, approximately 600 physicians and 400 volunteers. Also affiliated with the University of Toronto, the hospital is home to Ontario's first Centre of Excellence for laparoscopic bariatric surgery, has the GTA's third largest cancer program, and is the first community hospital in Canada to perform robotic surgery.

Humber River Hospital is currently building North America's first fully digital hospital, one that the organization plans to make a technological and environmental showcase. Learn more about our plans for the future at www.hrrh.ca/redevelopment.

About Queen's University:

Established by Royal Charter of Queen Victoria in 1841, Queen's University is one of Canada's leading universities, with an international reputation for scholarship, research, social purpose, and spirit. The Faculty of Health Sciences is comprised of three schools: medicine, nursing and rehabilitation therapy.  The schools deliver undergraduate and post-graduate education programs in medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, biomedical and population sciences, to 2,300 students. The Faculty is one of Canada's most research-intensive and contributes significantly to the research mission of Queen's, attracting external funding of $90 million per annum.

Learn more about Queen's initiatives http://www.queensu.ca/initiative/

SOURCE: Humber River Regional Hospital

For further information:

Gerard Power
Director, Public and Corporate Communications
Humber River Hospital
gpower@hrrh.on.ca
416-243-4448    

Peter Aitken
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Queen's University
peter.aitken@queensu.ca
613-453-4237     

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