In March, the government of Ontario announced a planning grant that will support Ryerson in developing a proposal for a medical school in Brampton. The proposal will detail Ryerson’s approach to health education with a focus on primary care, expanded use of technology to better meet patient needs, interprofessional practice and the provision of culturally competent care.
Planning for a medical school at Ryerson is based around five pillars: community-centric primary care and the social determinants of health; culturally competent care to communities; innovation and technology in practices to improve quality of care and patient outcomes; skill training to develop interprofessional networks of health care to achieve better outcomes for patients and the aging; and supporting seniors as a growing portion of our society gets older.
Ryerson’s proposal will include a detailed curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, a research plan, a strategy for student placements and an operating and financial plan. The proposal will be developed in consultation with Ryerson’s external health education working group, the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools, the Ontario Ministry of Health and community leaders in Brampton.