Globe & Mail: U of M Tops in Quality of Health & Medical Education

November 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

In The Globe and Mail’s recent Canadian University Report 2011, the University of Manitoba was awarded “Tops in Quality of Education” and “Tops in Career Preparation” in the Health and Medical segment, alongside Western Ontario, McMaster, Waterloo, and McGill in the large universities category. The School of Medical Rehabilitation’s Respiratory Therapy program was also highlighted in “Health and medical programs you may not know about … but should.”As a faculty, we should be proud of these results that reflect high satisfaction ratings from our medical students, but not complacent. One of the ways we fuel innovation and improvement in how we educate future physicians is through our Department of Medical Education, which serves as the academic backbone of all educational pursuits at the Faculty of Medicine.

The recent mock accreditation survey pointed to our Clinical Learning and Simulation Facility as a strength both in the quality of programs offered and in the facility itself. We plan to enhance the clinical skills aspect through an investment of more than $1 million and the redevelopment of another 3000 square feet of space in to a clinical skills lab. This will create one of the best learning environments in Canada for this emerging model of medical education.

To help push education to another level, we are also launching a master teacher program with a minimum of 4 faculty members. Just as our top researchers have protected time to pursue their talent at the highest level, we would like to create a similar dynamic for our best educators.

But the only way we can accurately gauge whether we are doing better is by valid evaluations. As part of OPAL, we are improving the feedback loop from our learners back to those that develop our curriculum and those that teach it. If we want to be the best, this loop is critical.

Finally, building on a nucleus of research in education, we will recruit more researchers in this area so that we can cultivate new and exciting approaches to medical education.

What do you think of your University of Manitoba medical education?