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Message from the Dean

Dr. Strong smiling while standing in front of a stone wall

This is a time of enormous opportunity for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. It has now been a year since I have had the privilege of leading The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. I share in celebrating with you the tremendous progress that we have made so far. 

I need now to engage all of you in shaping the future directions for Schulich Medicine and Dentistry over the next ten years. Significant progress has been made in implementing many of the goals outlined in the School’s previous strategic plan, Shaping the Future of Health Care – 2006-2010, providing a solid foundation for future growth and development in research, education and knowledge exchange.

The unique combination of Medicine and Dentistry, aligned with a shared vision, creates a powerful education and exciting research enterprise. A strengthened partnership with the University of Windsor and other academic partners across the Southwestern Ontario region will lay the groundwork for a vital academic and community network.

In January 2011, we launched a strategic planning process to shape a new long term vision and a detailed road map to guide the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry enterprise for the next ten years. In conjunction with external consultants, the following key steps were identified and implemented: formalization of a strategic planning committee (Senior Leadership Council), interviews with individuals and focus groups (both internal and external to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry), and a one and half day Schulich Medicine & Dentistry retreat in Windsor, Ontario, with over 100 participants in attendance.

The planning process result is a bold new vision which integrates Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s current and emerging strengths with several areas targeted for future growth and investment.

The vision recognizes the challenges of the growing Schulich Medicine & Dentistry collegium, leverages its strengths, better integrates and coordinates its capabilities and builds upon existing relationships with our community to continue to make a positive impact on life-long health.

Our plan reinforces the importance of research and innovation on healthy development and aging across the life span, from pre-conception to end of life. It promotes increased translation across research domains, knowledge exchange between practitioners and researchers and an enriched curriculum which prepares health professionals and scientists to better incorporate public and population health perspectives.

Most significantly, this future destination for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will be an ongoing, collaborative and dynamic experience with the Southwestern Ontario community. New models of care, research discoveries, and advances in education, will be developed, applied and evaluated.

In ten years, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry will have demonstrated the electiveness of this community- based model of integrated education, research and clinical care with a number of clear examples where shared priorities and collaborative efforts have resulted in optimized health.

I am pleased to share with you the final Strategic Planning Report for the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry 2011-2021.

Michael J. Strong, MD, FRCP(C), FCAHS, FAAN
Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Distinguished University Professor
Western University