Options for Distributed Medical Education Explored at Brandon University

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posted January 26, 2012

BRANDON, MB — From January 19 to 21, a workshop was held on the Brandon University campus as part of the Brandon Medical Education Feasibility Study.  This study presents an important opportunity to review and evaluate medical education in Brandon in a comprehensive manner. All options are being considered in the broader context of medical training needs of the province and will encompass undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education components of the medical education curriculum.  


The weekend workshop’s main objective was to hear from leaders in the field of distributed medical education.   


“The Workshop illustrated what commitment, expertise and vision can do to transform medical education to truly serve the citizens in a province or region,” said Dr. Deborah Poff, the President and Vice-Chancellor of Brandon University and the Chair of the Steering Committee. 


The keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Worley, Dean of the School of Medicine at Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia). Universities represented included Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Dalhousie University, the Central Michigan University College of Medicine and Flinders University.  Participants also included representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Medical Council of Canada (MCC), staff and physicians from the Brandon, Assiniboine and NOR-MAN Regional Health Authorities, representatives from the City of Brandon, the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE), Doctors Manitoba and Manitoba’s Office of Rural and Northern Health. 


The workshop brought many national and international experts on the topic of distributed medical education,” said Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee. “The potential to expand educational experiences throughout the Province is clear and with collaboration and engagement, particularly of physicians, it is clear we can do so for the benefit of all Manitobans.”


Workshop participants examined the strengths and challenges of distributed medical education models in Canada and abroad as well as related governance, resource and implementation issues.


“I hope, as Manitobans, we can equally commit to innovative medical education through a partnership between Brandon University, the University of Manitoba, and other stakeholders,” said Dr. Poff. 


The Brandon Medical Education Study lead consultants will now compile an analysis of each of the options under review for medical education in Brandon, taking into account the feedback and best practice information shared at this Workshop.  The Recommendations Report will be submitted to the Council on Post-Secondary Education no later than March 31, 2012.



For more information, please contact:


Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University

270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB  R7A 6A9
Tel. 204-727-9762



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