It's an exciting time for all of us at the University of Calgary as we collectively undertake to become one of the country's top five research universities by 2016. Embarking on my new role as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, I am extremely proud to be associated with such an innovative medical school. We are breaking new ground in research and knowledge translation, achieving excellence in education, and constantly striving for improved and progressive patient care.
We are pleased to offer the very highest level of education and training through our undergraduate, medical, and graduate programs. Delivering one of the few three-year Doctor of Medicine degree programs in North America, we are committed to patient-centred learning and hands-on experience early on. If you are considering joining us as a student, a resident, or as a faculty or staff member, I encourage you to explore our programs online.
Our newly focused strategic research priorities reflect the central role of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Calgary's current research plan. These priorities are: brain and mental health, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular sciences--areas in which we as a faculty already have recognized leadership, along with the most advanced opportunities to highly integrate our teaching and research efforts. The full breadth of our research will continue to be supported and expressed through all seven of our research institutes. These institutes, a partnership between the faculty, the university, Alberta Health Services, and in some cases philanthropic organizations, provide access to some of the finest and most advanced research facilities in the country – promoting widespread collaboration between scientists and clinicians and ultimately bridging the gap between lab bench and hospital bedside. These values are evidenced by international recognition for programs such as the cardiac electrophysiology and STEMI programs, the inflammatory bowel disease program and the Calgary Stroke Program.
Though we are a large faculty, we are very much a small community in service to a much broader one, and I welcome all ideas and any feedback you may have as we continue to develop and evolve.
Jon Meddings, MD
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Calgary
- Creating the future of health
- An innovative medical school committed to excellence and leadership in education, research and service to society.
Building on the vision and mission, the Faculty’s Business Plan identifies the following overarching principles:
- Expanding to foster and grow excellence
- Meeting the needs of our communities, be they local, national and international
- Growing a vision for the future of health
- Leading the way on causes and cures
Educate Alberta’s physicians and health researchers of tomorrow
- Develop the infrastructure necessary to support class expansion and improved functionality
- Increase the number of residency positions to provide for the increases in undergraduates, re-entry students, Part 5 physicians (foreign trained MDs) and International Medical Graduates
- Increase student access to Graduate Science programs
- Promote and provide increased access to the Leaders in Medicine program (MD/PhD, MD/MSc, MD/MBA) and clinical fellowships
- Obtain funding to support the O’Brien Centre for the Bachelor of Health Sciences Program
Develop and expand research excellence through innovative initiatives
- Recruit, train, and retain the best clinical, basic, population health, and health services research scientists
- Identify and capitalize on funding opportunities within the private and public sectors
- Address the indirect costs of research and maximize the effectiveness of research support facilities and services
- Translate research discoveries from the “bench to bedside to community”
Enhance service to society
- Expand health and education programs in other centres in Southern Alberta
- Expand international health programs, including foreign undergraduate medial education and postgraduate medical education
- Increase the quantity of health researchers, residents and physicians
- Contribute to Alberta’s economy by creating jobs, providing facilities for biomedical research, and capitalizing on intellectual property commercialization opportunities
- Strengthen partnerships with healthcare organizations, government and business to ensure new treatments and healthcare advances are delivered quickly and safely to the public
- Create a Business Development office to capitalize on strategic revenue generating opportunities
- Work with the Community Advisory Committee to enhance fund development, communications, business strategy, and government relation portfolios