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It’s time to build a medical school as diverse as the communities its doctors serve

Ryerson is embarking on a new chapter that will help shape the future of health care in Ontario. The university has received a planning grant from the provincial government that will support the development of a proposal for a new kind of medical school in Brampton. The proposal will detail the university's innovative approach to health education and the manner in which it will address growing gaps in primary care across the province and the country at large.

Systemic cultural inequities within the healthcare system contribute significantly to unmet care needs in Ontario, a fact which has been laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryerson’s proposed School of Medicine will be designed from the ground up to provide a new model for primary care — one that’s community-driven, intentionally inclusive, and that trains doctors whose cultural awareness and humility are as crucial as their medical skills.  

 

A School of Medicine at Ryerson University will be designed around five key pillars:

Community-centric primary care and the social determinants of health.

Providing culturally-respectful care to diverse communities.

The use of innovation and technology to improve quality of care and patient outcomes.

Support for the health and wellbeing of seniors as our population becomes older.

Equipping physicians with the skills to develop interprofessional health care networks to achieve better outcomes for patients.

Community consultation and engagement has been and will continue to be a cornerstone of the School of Medicine proposal. Participate now, external link

 

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Brampton’s population has increased rapidly and the region’s growth has been shaped by immigration. It is also a region of the province that has been chronically underfunded and has been hit by a higher rate of occurrence of COVID-19.

In addition, Brampton and Ryerson have existing partnerships through several initiatives, including the Cybersecure Catalyst, and Brampton Ventures Zone.

Ryerson University believes it can offer a new approach to medical education in Ontario — one that draws on the university’s commitment to community, diversity and inclusion, and innovation to address the changing needs for health care delivery and practice.

Building on the strength and foundation of deep and broad community and industry partnerships, Ryerson is ideally situated to shape the future of health care. The university’s new approach to medical education will meet the current pain points in the healthcare system, which have been exacerbated by the global pandemic.

The foundational curriculum and research at a Ryerson School of Medicine will be community-engaged, and driven by a social determinants of health framework as central to health care delivery. Decisions such as programming will be overseen by the Academic Program Development Committee.