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Our Administration ‑ Dr. Jennifer Hall

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Q & A with Dr. Jennifer Hall, associate dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick

Dr. Jennifer Hall (right), newly appointed as associate dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

A practising family physician for 20 years and currently practising in Saint John, Dr. Jennifer Hall has been appointed the associate dean, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick. Her five year term begins January 1, 2015.

A graduate of Memorial University’s undergraduate and postgraduate medical programs, Dr. Hall joined Dalhousie Medical School in 2002. Since starting to practise medicine, Dr. Hall has been involved in medical teaching, first with Memorial University and then with Dalhousie. For the past eight years, Dr. Hall has held the position as the director of postgraduate medical education in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie.

Where did your interest in family medicine come from?

I was really interested in the broad aspects of medicine. Also, I really liked getting to know patients and their families. In particular, seeing their health and wellness in the context of their families and helping them.

In your role as the director of family medicine you made some changes. Can you describe what changes you instituted?

I really focused on distributed leadership among all family medicine sites, and creating flexibility in how each site delivers its program while meeting the same objectives. All sites have the same backbone and direction, but all look different because the communities are all different. Each site also contributes to the overall running of the family medicine program.

Recently, I’ve been focused on new family medicine sites and implementing the Triple C competency-based curriculum with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Triple C stands for:

  • comprehensive education and patient care;
  • continuity of education and patient care; and
  • centred in family medicine.

DMNB is a distributed program as well, what do you hope to accomplish over the next five years?

I really want to continue the wonderful work Dr. Steeves has been doing and look at innovative strategies for undergraduate, postgraduate, continuing medical education and research across the province. This includes:

  • ensuring faculty, irrespective of their location, receive excellent faculty development opportunities;
  • moving forward our research agenda that helps meet the needs of New Brunswickers;
  • working with other institutions, government and stakeholders to meet our mandate; and
  • using our resources rationally--we're small and need to collaborate; we need to be responsible and accountable to our payers.

I see the goals and accomplishments over the next five years being innovative and reflective based on the strategic plan of Dalhousie Medical School and the needs of the province. I plan to spend a lot of time listening to those who are involved with DMNB through consultation and collaboration.

We have a lot of people in New Brunswick doing a lot of really good things; I want to hear from them and act on their ideas.

How do you plan to engage faculty and staff throughout the province?

Two key areas will be encouraging leadership and ongoing meaningful participation from across the province, and ensuring effective communication strategies within DMNB and between our stakeholders.

I want to pay attention to the program in context of their communities. Also, I want to ensure that in the distributed sites DMNB faculty and staff have authority and accountability.

What excites you most about your new position?                                             

The opportunity for innovation. We're in a rapidly changing time in medical education. For example, the Future of Medical Education in Canada undergraduate and postgraduate programs and Can Meds 2015 are changing the way medical education is delivered. There are opportunities to innovate medical education at the undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing medical education level.  

I'm looking forward to working with the broad Dalhousie Medical School community to promote high quality education and research.