Message from the Vice Dean
I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the new initiatives that GLSE has put into place this past year and our strategic priorities for GLSE for the coming year.
Initiatives put into place for the 2016/2017 academic year include:
- A “Train the Trainer” Program for FoM graduate faculty that teaches our faculty through a series of weekly workshops about the importance of graduate professional skills training for our students in order to better prepare our students for the new job market beyond academia.
- A new Leave of Absence (LOA) Program that supports our students financially when students need to take an LOA for medical/mental health reasons. More recently this support has been extended to students needing to take parental leave.
- The sunsetting of Gradsis, the previous online management system for graduate education, to a new system, GEMS, the Graduate Education Management System. This new system will allow us to provide additional tools to enhance graduate education, including, as an example, the development of online supervision evaluation system (see below).
Priorities for the new academic year 2017/2018:
- The development and implementation of a new online graduate supervisor evaluation system. This new system will make it possible to systematically collect objective anonymous ratings of supervisors, which will provide the FoM with data to reward outstanding supervisors during the promotions process, and to identify supervisors in need of remediation in order to address deficits in their supervisory skills. This will directly impact on the quality of supervision that is provided to our students across the FoM .
- The development of online infrastructure to allow for e-learning of graduate courses. This would provide for the capability of distance learning, which would allow us to attract international students to our professional masters programs.
In addition, I continue to host monthly lunches with students from across the graduate departments 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 for academic and non-academic careers, and to partner with our stakeholders in order to effect positive change in our larger community and in doing so advance graduate life sciences education.
Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable summer.
Allan S Kaplan MSc. MD FRCP(C)
Vice Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry