Ryerson is taking a unique approach to develop a proposal for a School of Medicine in Brampton. From the beginning, community engagement has been the guiding principle for how the school will come to life.
“Community engagement is a distinguishing feature of our proposal,” said President Mohamed Lachemi. “It’s not common for institutions to involve their community members at this level, but we want to be extremely collaborative.”
Last fall, Lachemi conducted community consultations with Brampton city councillors to hear from residents what they would like to see from a School of Medicine in their city.
In addition to town halls and an online survey, the university reached out to thousands of people in Peel Region through numerous channels such as social service organizations, provincial and national health associations, health care professionals, business leaders and unions.
The feedback will help the university build a proposal for a Ryerson School of Medicine that trains future physicians to meet modern health-care needs.
In addition to the consultation process, President Lachemi established a senior medical advisory committee to provide clinical and organizational expertise for the medical school and health sciences initiatives, and recommendations on research areas and curriculum development.