From the upcoming Advanced Medical Research Centre to the Brain-Heart Interconnectome program, as well as the launch of a new undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program offered in French for the first time outside Quebec, the Faculty of Medicine achieved remarkable progress in 2023.
Our continued excellence is the result of the work of faculty, support staff and learners, who have worked tirelessly to increase our global leadership in a constantly evolving environment. And people are taking notice. Maclean’s magazine has placed uOttawa among in their latest ranking.
Booming research with record-breaking funding
2023 was marked by multiple major grants in research.
A collaboration between the University of Ottawa and McMaster University has resulted in a major grant for the creation of , which will ensure Canada is better prepared to protect the health of our communities in the event of another pandemic.
After many years of building strength in the fields of heart and brain health, the University of Ottawa and its partners received the largest grant in its history to launch , a multidisciplinary network composed of high-caliber researchers, patients and other dedicated collaborators, with the goal of transforming heart and brain health outcomes forever.
It’s worldclass projects like these that prompted the University of Ottawa to commit the largest investment in its 175-year history to the creation of the new , which will foster interdisciplinary innovation focused on improving human health.
Innovation in medical education and an expanded offering of programs in both official languages
The Faculty of Medicine continues to bolster its commitment to excellence in medical education with the approval of the development strategy for the (CiMED). Aimed at transforming the work that teachers and educators do, this Centre has the potential to cement the Faculty of Medicine as a true international leader in medical education.
To meet the evolving needs of our students and society, at the start of the 2023 academic year, the Faculty of Medicine presented an , including master's programs in public health, applied science in anatomical science teaching, education (health teaching), as well as microprograms in biomanufacturing, simulation in health education and an introduction to health teaching.
The expansion also includes a major advance in education and Francophonie with the inauguration of the . This is the first time that French speakers in Canada can study to become pharmacists in French outside Quebec. The program will increase the availability of pharmaceutical care in French-speaking minority settings, as stated by , director of the new PharmD program.
Indeed, uOttawa’s educational work is attracting high-level attention. In the spring, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the . One of the most active and diverse simulation centres in North America, it has seen its annual number of learners increase by 50% since 2015.
Putting humanity, social accountability and global health at the heart of our work
2023 marked an important point in our commitment to social accountability as the faculties of medicine at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the University of Ottawa developed and signed the as part of a larger partnership between the two institutions. The Charter commits the two faculties and their students to the goal of enriching medical training and quality care focused on humanity and social accountability, based on respect for all dimensions of the human person: physical, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual, while also taking into account societal and environmental trends.
The Faculty’s work with international partners is growing considerably in other areas as well. Earlier this year the Faculty announced the signing of a promising MOU with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge. Meanwhile progress has been made with existing partnerships at the Institute Gustave Roussy, Khalifa University, and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. A partnership with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo) in Tanzania has also led to many beneficial exchanges, including a , and visiting Ottawa this fall.
First-year medical students saw real-life integration of social accountability into the program when they participated in an immersive . The workshop offered students a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of those facing poverty and gain firsthand insight into the challenges people encounter while striving to meet their basic needs.
, a community-campus initiative aimed at creating more inclusive, sustainable and healthier cities, has also begun to show promising results. In Winter 2023, to collaborate with the Ottawa Paramedic Service to evaluate patient and provider feedback on the Mental Wellbeing Response Team (MWRT), a pilot initiative addressing non-violent, non-criminal 9-1-1 calls related to mental health or substance use. They were integral to the evaluation, and the project was . The initiative is also expanding, as it recently . Check out all of CityStudio’s .
Additionally, the University of Ottawa partnered with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to create a new . This chair has received generous support from the Department of Medicine and the community through the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. Dr. Paul MacPherson has been appointed the holder of this Research Chair and as part of his new role he will work to fill the gaps in the health system for gay men, particularly by eliminating obstacles to care.
Based on countless innovative projects like these, entering 2024 the Faculty of Medicine is poised to be a world leader in medical education and research for generations to come.