Faculty Strategic Plan

Brenda Hemmelgarn

Vision 2025

In early June 2020, I gathered 22 people from across our Faculty for an intensive Zoom retreat. The goal? To begin the work needed to refresh the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry's strategic plan. The efforts of this dynamic group—representing all career stages and drawing on diverse expertise in health sciences education, research and clinical care—helped us complete the first phase in developing our sketch of a roadmap.

We are now nearing the end of an extensive engagement phase in designing our roadmap for Vision 2025, which will be a reflection of the bold, transformative work we have embarked on together toward a shared future.

A time of transformation

The University of Alberta has entered a period of fundamental systemic reform to address current financial pressures and enhance delivery on our academic mission. President Bill Flanagan's institutional vision, the U of A for Tomorrow, will require profound changes.

What does this mean for us?

The work we do in the FoMD—training top-notch health-care providers and supporting world-class research—is critical to the economic, social and cultural prosperity of Alberta.

I believe we can turn the challenges of this time into strategic transformations.

How will we get there?

We are keeping our eyes firmly on our shared vision of excellence in education, research and clinical care. Our priorities are focused and realistically future-oriented. We will be adaptable, flexible and agile.

And we aren’t doing any of this alone. We will continue a deep tradition in the FoMD of building and strengthening relationships with our partners as we travel this path.

What are my commitments as Dean?

I commit to putting the patient and our communities at the centre of our strategic plan, training future leaders and health science professionals so the communities we serve can live fuller, healthier lives.

I commit to responsible stewardship of our resources as a publicly funded health science academy.

And with a clear focus on social accountability, I commit to work with all of you to realize equity, diversity and inclusivity throughout all of our learning and research environments.

This isn't my plan. It is our plan

Everyone in our faculty, alongside our partners, is a part of co-creating our roadmap. Together we are setting meaningful metrics on our path, and together, we will implement our strategic plan.

Sharing your thoughts

Thank you for joining me for the many virtual conversations held throughout the summer of 2020.

During this intensive engagement phase, we have heard from faculty, staff, learners and alumni, key partners from the health foundations and the communities we serve.

In September, we enter a facilitated refinement phase before moving into the design phase. We aim to implement our plan in the fall of 2020.

Thank you for coming together to embrace this period of transformation as we create a bold and exciting Vision 2025.


Brenda Hemmelgarn, MD / PhD
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

Vision 2025 is focused on five areas:

Download the Strategic Plan draft PDF

We want to hear from you

Thank you to all who participated throughout the summer in our Conversation with the Dean: Strategic Planning Engagement events.

I now invite you to help us identify our shared values, vision and mission by completing a short survey. The survey takes five to 10 minutes to complete and will remain open until September 4.

Complete the Vision, Mission and Values Survey to share your feedback

You are also welcome to share your thoughts on any other portion of our draft strategic plan.

Submit this form to share your feedback


Contact us

Email fomdplan@ualberta.ca to share your questions and comments.