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Integration of health faculties will enhance training of health-care professionals

ntegration of health faculties will enhance training of health-care professionals

BY DR. BRIAN POSTL
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Wave, January / February 2014

As health professionals, we increasingly care for patients as part of a multi-disciplinary, health-care team. Growing evidence indicates that physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other health-care professionals working together as part of an inter-professional team improves the quality of care.

The University of Manitoba is poised to become a leader in health professions' education, research and practice that advances patient safety and improves individual and public health outcomes through the establishment of the new Faculty of Health Sciences.

The existing Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Schools of Dental Hygiene and Medical Rehabilitation will be integrated into the new Faculty of Health Sciences in 2014.

In January 2012, University of Manitoba President & Vice-Chancellor David Barnard launched an Academic Structure Initiative designed to enrich the university's academic structure and better reflect our size and scope.

Beginning with the health cluster, Vice-President (Academic) & Provost Joanne Keselman convened a committee of health deans/directors to identify options for a new health cluster.

During the last two years, I chaired this committee, which discussed and assessed the benefits and risks of a more integrated health faculty.

We also established a number of thematic working groups comprised of faculty member representatives from each of the units in the health sciences cluster to advise us on opportunities and challenges. Throughout the process, we solicited input from these thematic working groups and also feedback from faculty, staff and students.

The University of Manitoba Board of Governors approved the establishment of a new Faculty of Health Sciences on Oct. 8.

Why a new Faculty of Health Sciences?

Clearly, it reflects the health-care sector's evolving focus on inter-professional models of care and is congruent with the province's forthcoming Regulated Health Professions Act, which will redefine boundaries between health professions, and the scope and nature of health-care practice. The introduction of expanded roles for health professionals will improve access to high-quality care.

Furthermore, as a research-intensive university, the new faculty will enhance our research competitiveness, given the increasing emphasis on team-based, multi-and inter-disciplinary research by this country's major funding agencies.

Students will benefit by training side-by-side in inter-professional health education and practice models; flexible study and research opportunities; and undergraduate studies to prepare students for health careers.

On the provincial front, the new Faculty of Health Sciences will enable us to expand rural distributed education models (in a variety of disciplines), which will result in the recruitment and retention of more health professionals across Manitoba. As well, it will enhance community outreach and service, particularly to underserved populations.

Lastly, faculty members and researchers will have new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

I will lead the new Faculty as Vice-Provost and Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Dean, College of Medicine. Each member College (Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Medical Rehabilitation) will be led by College Deans who will be accountable for professional programs and other academic functions within their colleges.

It is an exciting time in the University of Manitoba's evolution and we should be proud of our role at the forefront of collaborative health science professions' education, research and community engagement.

Wave: January / February 2014

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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