By: John Stewart
December 6, 2007 - If the University of Toronto's governing council okays the plan later this month, construction starts in April on a new $36.1 million medical academy building at the school's Mississauga campus.
If approved, the new academy would open in 2010 with the school's Faculty of Medicine contributing $16.8 million towards the cost and UTM contributing $10.7 million. The province will provide the remaining $8.6 million.
The university's academic board has recommended that the governing council establish a budget and deteremine a location for the highly-anticipated academy. The new facility will act as a satellite of the downtown medical school and will facilitate the training of family doctors through internships at Mississauga's two hospitals.
A new building will house the medical academy, in a departure from the original plan to renovate the existing South Building.
"The new building will be tightly integrated into the UTM campus," said Professor Jay Rosenfield, vice-dean at the Faculty of Medicine.
"Two thirds of the building will be dedicated to needs of the academy: teaching, curriculum and administrative needs," said Ray deSouza, UTM’s chief administrative officer. "One-third will be dedicated to four research labs for UTM’s academic programs that will support medical teaching in the medical academy and then office space for faculty and staff.”
The academy will accept its first students in 2010 with plans to start
The plan calls for all University of Toronto medical students to rotate to the Mississauga Academy during their four years in the MD program.
"The development of the medical academy and the important partnership between the Faculty of Medicine, UTM and the two hospitals in Mississauga is a significant event in the history of each of these organizations," said Dr. Pam Coates, director of the UTM medical academy and a senior administrator at Credit Valley Hospital. "This milestone change will enable each of these organizations to better serve the students and the community and provide an innovative community-based program developed upon the strong tradition of medical education at the University of Toronto."