It took almost a year but university administrators and the College of Medicine faculty finally have a plan they agree on.
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On Sept. 21, first-year medical student Kaitlyn Hughes walked across the stage tentatively to receive her new uniform. As the crisp, white coat was draped on her shoulders she realized the burden it comes with. The University of Saskatchewan’s white coat ceremony introduced 100 new students to the College of Medicine. It is the largest freshman class in the school’s history.
A special meeting of the general academic assembly has been called for Sept. 6 to revisit university council’s hotly-debated decision to approve sweeping changes to the College of Medicine. University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac called the meeting after her office received 50 requests from individual academics at the university, which triggered a clause in the university’s legislation that has not been used since being enacted in 1995.
The College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan has been told to clamp down and rectify a handful of internal protocols or it will lose its status as an accredited medical school.
In a letter to Dean William Albritton, the Committee on the Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the American Liaison Committee on Medical Education wrote that a team of inspectors identified 10 weaknesses that would result in probation if not resolved in 10 to 15 months. The inspectors had been dispatched to the U of S three months earlier.
On Feb. 8, the first-year class of the college of medicine will put on their annual art shot, the Med 1 Art Show and Silent Auction.
The show is a popular event at the College of Medicine, attracting faculty, alumni and members of the public. All artwork is produced by first-year medical students, who also provide silent auction items and entertainment. Each student contributes a piece of art, including painting, photography, sculpture and performance. Many local businesses and individuals have also made donations.
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