Deal allows alternative proposals for uSask medical school restructuring

September 14, 2012

University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac has brokered a deal to give College of Medicine faculty a chance to design their own reorganization. Medical professors, residents, and students have been at odds with uSask administrators since the spring, when the provost's office released a restructuring concept paper for the college. The proposal, which entails creating 3 new divisions within the medical school to stimulate more research and give the dean more power to assign teaching duties, must be approved by the uSask university council before it is implemented. A deal struck last week gives medical faculty more input into the structure and a 3-month period to propose alternatives. A 16-member dean's advisory council is expected to present an alternate plan to university council at its December meeting. If the committee does not have an alternate plan by December, administrators will resubmit the original proposal for university council approval. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | uSask College of Medicine Concept