Summary: Dear Fellow Life Sci's:
My name is Bryant and I am the spearhead behind the current Life
Sciences Evaluation Initiative. It is an esoteric and inaccessible
project title, I know; but this evaluation initiative is actually very
relevant to us as students. It asks only two questions: how do we
recapture the joy of discovery within the Life Sciences program,
and at the same time how can we ensure that our graduates are
competitive critical thinkers and problem solvers? In other words,
this evaluation initiative is driven by your needs as students for
intellectual stimulation and training. It is to be fuelled fundamentally by your curiosity and compelled by your
ambition. I hope therefore that you the students will partner with me in figuring out how to realize a new and re-
imagined iteration of our Life Sciences program.
While I have my own ideas about how to answer the above questions, it is probably most useful to consult a wide
variety of stakeholders on these matters. To that end I am hoping to gather data from three different perspectives:
1. The students' perspective: What do you want to learn, and what do you not want to learn? What teaching
strategies work, and what teaching strategies do not work?
2. The admissions perspective: What makes a competitive medical or graduate student?
3. The educators' perspective: What are the educational best practices employed both at Queen's as well as at