MD Program Strategic Plan


In the fall of 2021, the MD Program began a three-phase design and consultation process toward a strategic plan for the medical education program. Collaborating with students, faculty members and staff, as well as stakeholders in the community, we revised our mission, goals and values to reflect our bold vision for the future.

The resulting plan—a living document, built upon the strong foundations of the FoMD Vision 2025 strategic plan, and subject to annual review—was unanimously approved by the MD Curriculum & Program Committee (MDCPC) on March 17, 2022.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

As we move forward together, our strategic plan reflects the shared vision, mission and values of all who contributed to the plan.

Vision: With our communities, inspired through learning, serving society

Mission: Our medical school develops diverse, competent and compassionate physician leaders to serve the health needs of Alberta, northern communities and Canada through adaptive innovation and social accountability.

Values: In all our interactions with students, learners, staff, instructors, care providers and patients, we value:

  • Well-being: Every individual is a valued and respected member of our educational community; therefore, we actively promote, support, and value well-being
  • Compassion: Exhibiting compassion will foster well-being, empathy, and understanding
  • Cultural Safety: A respectful learning and work environment supports positive collaboration and communication, addressing power imbalances in the learning and work environment
  • Diverse Perspectives: Diverse perspectives count in the partnership of all the individuals and communities; therefore, we actively practice anti-racism, anti-oppression, and decolonization principles at all levels of the program
  • Health Equity: We seek to address health inequities through active innovation in our admissions process, educational practices, and advocacy
  • Growth: We believe that our development as individuals and as an organization is essential; therefore, we learn from mistakes that embody adaptive innovation and quality improvement

Our Process

Design phase (October 2021): Regular consultations between the Associate Dean, MD program; an external consultant; and other stakeholders, ending in a two-day workshop with 20 participants

Engage phase (November/December 2021): Proposed vision, mission and values shared with medical education faculty, staff and students; feedback gathered through survey. Twenty distinct focus groups provided input on the strategic plan roadmap. Extensive revisions followed, based on feedback gathered.

Refine phase (January 2022): Final revisions, based on accumulated feedback, made by initial design group

All together, more than 600 people were involved in the strategic planning process, including the groups who participated in the design and refine phases and hundreds of people who contributed feedback through surveys and focus groups in the engage phase.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. Special thanks to Don Winn and his team for facilitating the sessions and to Dr. Shelley Ross, Rachel Hislop-Hook, and Angie Hill who compiled and analyzed the feedback.

Six Strategic Focus Areas

View the full MD Program Strategic Plan road map

Tracking Our Progress

We will track our progress in these six areas using the same methods the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has employed in monitoring Vision 2025:

  • Lead assigned to each of the six strategic areas
  • Leads meet weekly to report on progress and identify challenges and opportunities
  • Leads also meet quarterly to discuss the "big rocks" that have been moved for the quarter and to confirm the targets for the upcoming quarter
  • To ensure accountability and transparency, quarterly progress is shown on this website for each strategic area
  • Pre-determined metrics evaluated and reviewed quarterly and annually, supported by the Program Evaluation Unit and through continuous quality improvement measures set up by the Director, Program Quality & Accreditation and the Program Evaluation Specialist