Agreement reached on College of Medicine restructuring

The University of Saskatchewan has announced an agreement that will have faculty members in the College of Medicine closely involved in developing an alternative plan to address a number of issues in the college including accreditation concerns, and the allocation of teaching, research and clinical responsibilities.

By Colleen MacPherson

The agreement was reached between representatives of University Council, the college faculty council, the acting dean of medicine, the Office of the Provost and President Ilene Busch-Vishniac. It follows a special meeting of the General Academic Assembly held Sept. 6 where a May decision by University Council to support a college restructuring concept was returned to Council for reconsideration.

The agreement states that the university's central administration will withdraw its support for the original restructuring concept provided the College of Medicine Dean's Advisory Committee presents an alternate plan to University Council at its Dec. 20 meeting. That plan must address accreditation concerns within one year, must rebalance education, research and clinical responsibilities within five years, and must include details about how success will be measured. The agreement also states that the changes within the college must be accomplished without additional resources from the university.

"We are pleased with the shared desire for collegial means to accomplish significant change," said Provost Brett Fairbairn in announcing the agreement, "and we look forward to active support and involvement of the faculty members in the college toward meeting the terms of this agreement."

More information can be found on the College of Medicine renewal website.