New health sciences dean hard at work
Richard Reznick has been busy meeting people and reviewing documents since becoming the dean of Queen’s Health Sciences and the director of the School of Medicine July 1. Taking in the information has been like drinking from a fire hose, he says.
Dr. Reznick has been on the job less than two weeks, but he has already identified accreditation, research and fundraising as immediate priorities.
He will oversee the preparation for a future medical school accreditation visit. The team is meeting frequently to ensure the medical school continues to provide the quality education necessary for producing future doctors.
Dr. Reznick seeks to build on the strong research that is already happening to reach new levels.
“It would be my goal that with focused effort we have sustained incremental growth in the research sector,” he says.
Dr. Reznick also wants to continue the fundraising momentum former dean David Walker created leading up to the construction of the new medical building. More funds are needed for programs, scholarships and endowed chairs.
Senior administration experience, previous fundraising efforts, and research expertise in education have prepared him well for the new position.
Prior to accepting the position at Queen’s, Dr. Reznick chaired the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto overseeing all academic aspects of the faculty.
He understands the clinical side of the faculty having served as vice-president (education) at the University Health Network in Toronto in addition to his own practice as a surgeon. He will sit on the boards at Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital, but he will not have a clinical practice.
He has demonstrated a capacity for building projects. Dr. Reznick is the founding director of the successful University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Centre for Research in Education. He also led the effort to revamp the Canadian physician licensing examination.
Despite the busy work schedule, Dr. Reznick and his wife are finding time to settle into their new home.
“The water’s beautiful, and the smaller community is nice. We are enjoying ourselves,” he says.