The Department of Medicine is a department of Kingston General Hospital and the Queen's University Faculty of Health Sciences. The joint department was formed in 1920, following a reorganisation of hospital services in response to staff members returning from World War I. Dr. W.T. Connell moved from Pathology & Bacteriology and took over as Chief of Medicine at the Hospital and Head of the Department at Queen's. Medicine is the largest department within the Queen's University Faculty of Health Sciences. Its personnel are dispersed amongst 3 teaching hospitals: Kingston General (KGH), Hotel Dieu (HDH) and St. Mary's of the Lake (SMOL). Its clinical activities provide a setting for education and the data for research projects in addition to providing patient care. The Department of Medicine offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs and staff conduct research in their specialized areas. The Department is administered by a Department Head who is responsible both to the hospital Chief of Staff and to the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. As Physician-in-Chief, he is supported by two hospital Deputy Chiefs at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu and as Head by an Academic Deputy Head. The Physician-in-Chief reports regularly on the quality of patient care provided by the department, reviews departmental privileges, participates in policy-making and planning and identifies resource needs. Directors administer the undergraduate, residency training and research programs as well as finance functions. Standing Committees in the department have included Executive, Residency Executive, Subspecialty Residency Training, Resources, Research Advisory, Planning, Staff/student Curriculum and Nominating. Divisions in the Department of Medicine include: Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics Haematology, Nephrology, Neurology, Rheumatology and Respirology. A chairperson who reports to the department head directs each division. Divisions that offer inpatient services have a service chief position. Divisions with Royal College-accredited training programs have a program director that assumes responsibility for postgraduate training.