Friday, February 10, 2006
Colleges and universities minister Chris Bentley gives the thumbs up
as VIPs and guests -- including UW president David Johnston, in front
of Bentley -- cheer yesterday's announcement. Photo from UW Graphics
Colleges and universities minister Chris Bentley gives the thumbs up as VIPs and guests -- including UW president David Johnston, in front of Bentley -- cheer yesterday's announcement. Photo from UW Graphics Photo/Imaging.
"Ontario must train more doctors, and we're meeting that need by creating 104 additional first-year medical spaces," said Chris Bentley, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "As part of this expansion, medical school education will be offered in four additional communities. This will increase opportunities for students to study closer to home."
|Ontario government news release: 'We're working with our medical schools to ensure students are better prepared to meet the future health care needs of Ontarians, where and when they need them.'|
The Kitchener outpost is one of three sites where McMaster University's Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine will add students: 15 first-year students in Waterloo Region, 15 in St. Catharines, and 8 on Mac's main campus in Hamilton. The K-W branch (Mac is calling it "Waterloo-Wellington") will open in the fall of 2007, and the Niagara branch is slated to begin operations a year later.
Medical spaces are also being added at Mississauga (a branch for the University of Toronto med school), Windsor (a branch for Western), Kingston (at the main campus of Queen's), and the University of Ottawa. Operating support for these new spaces will total $20.8 million by 2011-12, the government said. "These 104 new first-year spaces announced today, when combined with the 56 new medical spaces created in 2005 at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, will mean a 23 per cent increase in first-year enrolment at Ontario medical schools."
Says health minister George Smitherman: "We continue to make great progress in improving the access that Ontarians have to doctors. We're helping to make sure that every Ontario family has access to a doctor, when they need one, close to home."
Students attending the satellite campuses "will have full access to the complete learning and training resources provided by the McMaster medical school," according to a Mac news release. "Each campus will have a 'home base' building to enable complete access to services, and be designed for optimal learning through the use of enhanced information technology. . . . McMaster is also recruiting physicians in the Niagara and Waterloo regions to become part of the clinical teaching staff for the satellite campuses."
Bentley made yesterday's announcement at the Family Medicine Centre, one occupant of the former Victoria School in downtown Kitchener, where UW is leasing space as a staging point for the planned health sciences complex at King and Victoria Streets.
The Health Sciences Campus will attract a wide range of health professionals, and will address the need for expertise in health technology, informatics, biosciences, population studies and biomedical engineering, while filling the urgent demand for more pharmacists and doctors in Ontario. It will include the Centre for Family Medicine, a residency program for students wishing to specialize in family medicine.
The innovative project builds on Kitchener's $30-million commitment and gift of land to the School of Pharmacy. This dynamic teaching, research and commercial collaboration will bring new and vibrant dimensions to meet the health-care needs of area residents and advance health care in Ontario.
Drawing on UW's long-standing focus on co-operative education, whereby students alternate academic terms with work terms, the Health Sciences Campus will provide students with experience-based training, placements and practicums. Among the benefits for the community in Waterloo Region:
In a lecture tonight at St. Jerome's University, Dana Sawchuk of Wilfrid Laurier University "discusses the myth of Costa Rica as the 'Central American Switzerland' and explores the reality of a nation struggling for social justice in the face of neo-liberal economic policies. . . . Sawchuk will focus on the difficult working conditions on banana plantations and examine some ways Catholics use the Church's social teaching to support workers." Sawchuk, of WLU's sociology department, is the author of The Costa Rican Catholic Church, Social Justice, and the Rights of Workers. She also created the 2001 Directory of World Faiths, a guide to dealing with people of the world's religions in the workplace. Sawchuk is giving the 2005-06 School Boards Lecture, sponsored by several Catholic school boards in western Ontario, and will speak at 7:30 tonight in Siegfried Hall.
|WHEN AND WHERE|
Centre for International Governance Innovation presents Robert
Wolfe, Queen's University, "The WTO After Hong Kong", 11:45,
57 Erb Street West, free tickets 885-2444 ext. 246.
Federation of Students candidates forum, today and Monday 12:00 to 4:00, Student Life Centre great hall.
'Working for Human Rights' conference sponsored by Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, including "Activist Café" tonight 7:30 to 10:00, Environmental Studies I courtyard; conference sessions tomorrow 10:00 to 5:30, Davis Centre room 1302.
New Directions festival of short plays: performances tonight 7:00, Saturday 2:00 and 7:00 (Saturday night sold out), Studio 180, Humanities building, tickets 888-4908.
Novelist Michael Winter reads from his work Monday 4 p.m., St. Jerome's University room 2009.
UW Students for Life presents family physician Deborah Zeni speaking on abortion and women's health, Monday 4:30, great hall, Student Life Centre.
'Murderball' free showing sponsored by Diversity project and office for persons with disabilities, Monday 8:00, Humanities Theatre.
Co-op students seeking spring term jobs should note that rankings open today on JobMine for the "second optional early match" in advance of the main job match process. . . . Peter Young-Jin Park, doctoral student in the department of civil engineering, is the winner of the 2005 Young Researcher Award from the US Transportation Research Board's committee on Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation. . . . Next fall's meeting of the UW board of governors was scheduled to be held on Hallowe'en, but has been moved to Monday, October 30. . . .
At the winter meeting of the board, held this Tuesday, vice-president (external relations) Laura Talbot-Allan reported briefly on the progress of Campaign Waterloo. She said gifts and pledges are now "just over $300 million", on the way to the revised $350 million goal. "It's taken a huge amount of work," she said, crediting volunteers (including many of the board members) as well as development staff, faculty members and others within UW. So far, she said, there have been 39 donors of $1 million or more apiece, something UW could hardly have imagined five years ago.
Today's the deadline for nominations for this year's Distinguished Teaching by a Registered Student Award. . . . The turnkey desk is making appointments now for a one-day blood donor clinic to be held Monday in the Student Life Centre. . . . The "Daily Planet" piece about UW's concrete toboggan team, which had been scheduled for last night on the Discovery Channel, has been rescheduled for Monday night. . . .
Sports this weekend: Men's volleyball tonight vs. Ryerson, 7:00; vs. Toronto Saturday 8 p.m., PAC main gym. Women's volleyball vs. Laurier, Saturday 6 p.m., PAC. Men's hockey at Windsor tonight; vs. Windsor Saturday 7:30, Columbia Icefield; Women's hockey vs. Queen's Sunday 2 p.m., Icefield. Basketball (men and women) at Guelph tomorrow. Swimming, OUA championships at Laurentian all weekend.