uSask family medicine profs criticize restructuring plan

May 1, 2012

A proposal to split the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine into separate teaching and research arms is being met with opposition from a group of faculty members in family medicine. The proposed restructuring would see full-time faculty spending most of their time on research, while doctors from outside uSask would do most of the teaching. The group of 23 family medicine professors says the proposal is unworkable and is being pushed through too hastily. The group also says that teaching will be sacrificed to boost research. uSask's provost disagrees, linking the proposal to work the institution is doing to maintain its medical education accreditation. The plan is on the agenda for approval by the University Council at its May 17 meeting. The family medicine faculty members say they are drafting an alternative proposal. CBC | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix