Brampton commits $1 million to help plan future Ryerson medical school

Published July 7, 2021 at 8:40 pm

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The City of Brampton has approved $1 million in a planning grant to help fund a future medical school in the city.

The funding decision followed a presentation by Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi, and will be utilized to support an official proposal to the Ontario Government.

Today’s funding from the City of Brampton matches the $1 million in funding granted by the Province of Ontario earlier this year to support Ryerson’s School of Medicine proposal.

The proposal will detail Ryerson’s approach to health education, with a focus on primary care, expanded use of technology to better meet patient needs, inter-professional practice and the provision of culturally sensitive care. 

The funding also enables the university to collaborate with the City on identifying potential locations, including Brampton’s Innovation District, as the future site for the medical school. The university remains on track to deliver its proposal to the Province of Ontario within the 18 to 24 month timeline previously announced. 

“We are proud to have Brampton as our partner in expanding healthcare education in Ontario and we are grateful for this show of support,” said Ryerson University President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi.  “The new medical school will not only dramatically enhance the healthcare system in Brampton, it will also build a foundation for a diverse pool of talent to thrive in healthcare and healthcare-related sectors across our province.”

A School of Medicine at Ryerson University will be designed around five pillars:

  • Focusing on community centric primary care and the social determinants of health
  • Providing culturally respectful care to communities
  • Leveraging innovation and technology in practices to improve quality of care and patient outcomes
  • Providing future physicians with the skills to develop inter-professional networks of health care to achieve better outcomes for patients 
  • Focusing on the aging and supporting seniors as a growing portion of our society gets older 

Ryerson’s School of Medicine planning committee has completed the first phase of community consultations with the Ryerson community and will now turn its attention to a plan to engage community stakeholders in Brampton, Peel and other regions.

These consultations will engage leaders of community organizations, health care businesses, clinicians and clinical groups as well as connect with community groups, to understand their hopes and expectations for the school, and incorporate that feedback into planning. 

 

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