Message from the Vice Dean
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the strategic priorities for GLSE that my colleagues and I will continue to work on over the next year. These priorities stemmed in part from the recommendations that resulted from the former Dean’s Task Force on Innovation and Transformation in Graduate Education, which provided us with a template for the future growth and development of GLSE in the Faculty of Medicine.
Recent initiatives for GLSE include:
- The development of a new funding model for the most qualified international graduate students. GLSE has established a new funding stream to support Departments and their supervisors to help offset the increased cost related to the higher tuition that international students have to pay.
- Training graduate students for the new job market beyond academia. Examples of this include the development of co-curricular transferable graduate professional skills programs and the establishment of new professional degree programs. An example of such programs includes the new Translational Health Science Research Degree Program at IMS, which is currently in its first year with 17 students enrolled. New additional professional degree programs are being planned. In addition, H2i, Health Innovation Hub, is the new Faculty of Medicine campus linked accelerator (CLA) which is currently supporting students in their efforts to commercialize their scientific innovations, including providing startup funds for new companies.
- New online graduate level courses through the recent establishment of a partnership with Elevate, an online platform based at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Several pilot courses will hopefully be offed in the coming year.
- Addressing time to completion through specific interventions for each graduate department in the Faculty of Medicine.
- Fundraising initiatives to support graduate education through enhanced student awards. An example of this is the Weston Brain Institute International Neuroscience Fellowship Training Program, which is now recruiting for its second year of fellows. The fellowship provides up to $60,000 for senior graduate students to spend one year abroad researching neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
- Monthly lunches with myself and students from across the Department in the Faculty of Medicine. This allows me as your Dean to have an opportunity in person to relate to you individually and to address concerns you may have about your graduate training. Please get in touch with my office if you wish to attend one of these lunch meetings.
As part of the Faculty of Medicine’s overall strategic goals, I very much look forward to continuing to work with all of you to fulfill our mission to prepare students, discover science, and partner with our stakeholders in order to effect positive change in our larger community and in doing so advance graduate life sciences education.
Allan S Kaplan MSc. MD FRCP(C)
Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry