The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is highly committed to the success of faculty and staff and has instituted a number of processes and supports to assist in career development.
Programs for faculty include clear descriptions of workload and performance expectations, a career development and planning process that provides a forum for career assessment and planning, academic role categories policy for clinical academics, providing guidelines for appointments for clinical faculty, leadership training programs, and the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry mentorship program which provides guidance on advancing mentorship at the department level. Furthermore, the Continuing Professional Development Office provides many supports for teaching and practice.
Equity and professionalism are areas of importance to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. Several initiatives are underway to promote greater awareness and understanding of professionalism and gender and equity issues within educational activities, research and the work environment of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
Developmental workshops, offered by Western, are available for faculty and staff. Also developed is a curriculum for mentorship training and certification. Work is currently underway to further develop a range of talent management initiatives.
Consultation during the strategic planning process pointed to the importance of an appointment process that is responsive to, and supports, adjunct faculty who contribute to Schulich Medicine & Dentistry’s education and research programs. Enhanced efforts are required to support and engage adjunct faculty as part of the Schulich Medicine & Dentistry community.
Such supports include the staff infrastructure for a distributed education model as well as recognition for faculty contributions.
Implementing the new strategic plan falls to the leadership, the faculty and the staff. Strengths in leadership, collaboration and the flexibility to work in highly complex, and often uncertain, new environments, will be important in the years ahead.
The implementation of an academic health sciences network will require relationship building between university and hospital, hospital and community, faculty and staff. Investing in its people, developing the skills and competencies necessary to take on this new vision, will be a priority for Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.