University of Toronto Scarborough will have its own medical school, province announces | News

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Scarborough, an area chronically short of family doctors and specialists, will have its own medical school on the University of Toronto campus.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government broke the news on Tuesday, March 15, as Scarborough-Rouge Park MPP Vijay Thanigasalam tweeted that the new Scarborough Academy of Integrated Medicine and Health (SAMIH) would be the “very first medical school in Scarborough”.

Wisdom Tettey, head of the University of Toronto at Scarborough, said the administration was delighted with the government’s support.

“SAMIH will meet the acute health care needs of our underserved communities in the East (Greater Toronto Area) by training a full range of high quality professionals, many of whom will be talented individuals intentionally drawn from our neighborhoods and reflecting our various communities. “Tettey said in a separate statement.

“The academy will help transform healthcare in our region by facilitating access to inclusive, equitable and sustainable care, ensuring that we all enjoy the benefits of a healthy and thriving community for years to come. .

SAMIH is a partnership with U of T’s Temerty School of Medicine, Lawrence S. Bloomberg School of Nursing, and area hospitals and health networks, Tettey said.

The school on the Military Trail campus will have 30 undergraduate and 45 graduate positions and will also receive funding to teach life science and physiotherapy programs, the Ontario Ministry of Health said. in a press release.

The government said it would add a total of 160 undergraduate and 295 postgraduate positions over five years, in an expansion that supports six medical schools across Ontario.

In a statement, Jill Dunlop, Ontario’s Minister of Colleges and Universities, said the expansion “will improve access to family physicians and specialists and other healthcare professionals in every corner of the province to ensure that Ontarians can access the health care they need, when they need it, wherever they live.

By email Tuesday, Jennifer McKelvie, local councilor, said UTSC “has put together a very strong and comprehensive proposal for this project.”

Last February, McKelvie wrote to the department supporting the proposal, saying COVID-19 had revealed a shortage of healthcare professionals in Scarborough and Durham Region.

This is supported by data from the Canadian Institute of Health which shows that Scarborough and Durham have the second lowest number of family physicians and specialists in Ontario,” she said, adding that there is evidence that “students are more likely to stay in the area where they studied”, a UTSC medical school “would have a positive and lasting impact on the surrounding community”.

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