The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry has successfully developed key partnerships across the university, London and the Southwestern Ontario community. These partnerships are integral to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s mission in research and education.
While efforts have been made in the past to formalize an academic health sciences network among key academic organizations, affiliated hospitals, and research institutes, these efforts have not achieved their potential.
New leadership at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry and its affiliated London teaching hospitals have renewed discussions to build towards an academic health sciences network. In developing the academic health sciences network, active engagement across the Southwestern community will be essential.
Commitment to create an academic health sciences network signals the agreement by all parties to advance a shared vision and mission to improve patient and population health outcomes through an integrated and collaborative approach to research, education and health services.
An academic health sciences network would provide the structure to achieve a cohesive approach to research, education and clinical care across Southwestern Ontario.
Discussion at the strategic planning retreat yielded the following suggested possible partnerships and networks:
The Office of Global Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, has been established and a working group on globalization and internationalization has been launched to develop guidelines that will govern Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s activities in this area.