The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada.
For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.
Today, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry is recognized as a world leader in education and research, and for the development of unique academic, research, public and professional partnerships.
We are proud of our rich history and the commitment of our faculty, staff and alumni who, by living the values of the School explore new opportunities and advance discovery, education and care at home and around the world.
The past year at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry was one of action and celebration. Collectively, our School’s faculty and staff rolled up their sleeves to tackle some of the biggest initiatives and goals mapped out in our Strategic Plan.
It was exciting and energizing to witness the plans come to fruition, and to celebrate our accomplishments which support our vision to become a global leader in optimizing life-long health through innovations in research, education and active engagement with our communities.
The successful launch of our Master of Public Health Program was a major achievement for our School. We welcomed 36 students to the program in September, and just a few weeks later, celebrated the opening of the home base for the program - The Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine. This building also houses our Department of Family Medicine and the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine and brings together three natural allies in the quest for healthier communities.
Meanwhile our Medicine program new orientation activities and experienced tremendous growth in resident training hours in our distributed sites. We also became the first Canadian university to establish an Areas of Focused Competency Diploma program, which was introduced by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. And we are now home to the first pain medicine residency program.
After miles of travel across Southwestern Ontario, and many partnership meetings, the Southwestern Ontario Academic Health Sciences Network (SWAhN) was officially established.
Research funding across the School surpassed $125 million in the past year, a strong showing in a very challenging climate.
In our continuing role to provide health and research-focused community outreach, we launched the See the Line Symposium centred on concussion research and awareness. It was enormously successful, attended by 500 community members. We were pleased to welcome Dr. Ann McKee, the world’s expert in this area, as our keynote speaker. Plans are underway for an expanded See the Line to be presented on August 13, 2014.
The work of our faculty was recognized with some of the University’s highest achievements. This year, Jerry Battista, PhD and Brad Urquhart, PhD received Western teaching awards, Drs. Harris and Weijer were recognized with the University’s highest research honours, and were named Hellmuth Prize recipients. And Dr. Reider and Cheryl Forchuk, PhD were named Distinguished University Professors.
Three members of the School’s dedicated staff team were honoured with Western’s Award of Excellence. Peggy Vandervoort, Susan Smyth and Mary Peterson received the honour which to recognizes the tremendous work staff perform in support of providing an outstanding Western Experience.
Our vision of optimizing life-long health is a recognition of the significant challenges and issues that are negatively impacting health care on a global scale, and a commitment to being a leader in finding new and innovative ways to dramatically improve the health of people at home and around the world. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to achieve our vision. The past year has been very successful, and we look forward to another year of great accomplishment and achievement.