U of S College of Medicine sets new overhaul deadline
The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine is looking for ideas on how to restructure the school in preparation a head of a December meeting.
The medical school overhaul comes after a warning of probation due to a number of factors, including low student exam scores and a lack of research coming from the school.
A proposed idea to divide the school into three divisions was shot down earlier this month, prompting this call for new ideas.
"(University) Council did not confirm that motion on the understanding and based on the agreement that there would be a new structure in front of council for approval in December of this year," said Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president academic at the U of S.
In order to come up with that new restructuring plan, Fairbairn said they are looking for a solution from the inside.
"We particularly want to have input and ideas from the faculty at the college," he said.
All ideas have to be in by the next meeting of the University's Council in December, so the university can properly prepare for a visit from academic accreditors in March of next year.
"By the time (the accreditors) get here, we'll want to have more than just a plan. We'll actually have to have a plan that is partway implemented and that they can actually see how it's working," he said.
If no new ideas for restructuring the medical school are brought up, Fairbairn said the university is prepared to go back to the original idea of dividing the medical school into three divisions - one for clinical research, another for medical education and the last for biomedical and population sciences.
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