Queen’s Health Sciences panel discusses next 25 years in healthcare

The Faculty of Health Sciences (QHS) hosted a webinar on September 27th in response to the current state of healthcare in Canada entitled: “The Future of Healthcare in Canada: Solutions to the Current Crisis”.

Medicine Professor Chris Simpson and Queen’s Health Sciences Dean Jane Philpott, Associate Dean Erna Snelgrove-Clarke and Associate Dean Stephanie Nixon mediated the panel. More than 340 guests attended the event.

Panelists discussed how QHS plans to improve the healthcare industry and implement changes in healthcare education, research and patient care over the next 25 years.

“It takes a frontline healthcare team,” Philpott said at the event.

“The way forward is something we call radical collaboration, and it’s all about working together as a healthcare team.”

Questions from the participants were collected in advance of the event. Suggestions for discussion addressed policy changes, physician burnout, seats in healthcare degree institutions, and how best to provide patient-centered, culturally safe care.

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Responding to concerns about primary nursing shortages, Philpott reported a 20-place increase at the Queen’s School of Medicine, followed by Snelgrove-Clarke, who discussed a 40-place increase in undergraduate nursing.

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“We appreciate something [healthcare providers] experience and we want them to learn how to go inside [the healthcare] environment,” said Snelgrove-Clarke.

Nixon discussed ways to improve conditions for practitioners working in healthcare, hoping to perpetuate altruism and prevent burnout and cynicism.

“[It’s about] be willing to ask really tough questions […] the questions we feel we can’t ask about what it’s like to work in healthcare — our complicity in some of the inequalities we’re trying to address,” Nixon said.

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“We have a lot of work to do internally,” Nixon said of the implementation of new policies at Queen’s various health schools.

Philpott noted QHS’ collaboration with the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority (WAHA) for summer programs targeting Indigenous youth in the western James Bay region. QHS’ summer program introduces committed students to university life and the potential for a career in healthcare.

This initiative also includes sending current partitioners to WAHA-supervised regions in the interim until individuals from the region can become qualified practitioners themselves.

Philpott said the overall goal is to increase access to health care for communities in northern Ontario.

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Next steps for the QHS-WAHA summer program initiative include providing more accessible education for Indigenous high school students interested in health care to raise the standard of culturally safe care.

“Please align with us so we can ensure the standards we are trying to meet are actually being facilitated and enabled [and] require interdisciplinary education so that we can build a better medical workforce,” said Philpott.

Panellists spoke about a future in healthcare where the model of care moves from a physician-centric approach to a more collaborative structure, and towards practitioners from many disciplines working together to help patients.

QHS looks to the future with a 25-year plan to improve the educational model for the faculty, hoping to improve the educational and working conditions for medical professionals.