Over the last several years, the MD Program has seen significant changes to the curriculum and to the way it is taught which reflect the medical school’s social contract to meet diverse health needs in the community. This aligns with the University of Alberta’s mandate to uplift the whole people and also reflects the mission, vision, and values of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry which emphasize respect, compassion, caring, and integrity, as well as serving the public good and building social accountability.
The MD Program is designed to engage with our community in order to graduate physicians trained to deliver high quality, collaborative, and culturally safe care. The program is fully compliant, meeting the requirements of all accreditation standards and elements. In addition, the medical school has one of the highest student satisfaction indices in the country.
We are proud of these accomplishments and are committed to continuing to develop an innovative educational program that focuses on diversity, social accountability, and developing a curriculum that addresses the significant health disparities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Education about Indigenous persons’ health needs will be front and center in the program and we will reach out to stakeholders within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the University of Alberta, and the larger community to build upon the important work done by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada a we strive to integrate the calls to action into all of our education programs.
These are just a few of the interesting and challenging things planned for 2018 and I look forward to sharing more of our accomplishments and plans with you throughout the year.
Dr. Tracey Hillier, BScN MD CCFP FRCP MEd
Associate Dean, MD Program