Consultations and community engagement are a core component of the planning and development process for the UPEI Faculty of Medicine.
Since the joint Doctor of Medicine was announced, we have established planning committees and working groups featuring a broad cross section of members. Discussions have been ongoing with a number of stakeholders for the last two years, including government, the health authority, medical organizations, hospital administrators, individual physicians, municipalities, Indigenous leaders, and the community at large. We look forward to continuing to engage with even more stakeholders in the near future as move forward with our plans.
Let’s make no mistake, this project is an educational initiative. However, with the number of Islanders who do not have access to a primary care doctor or nurse practitioner, the establishment of a faculty of medicine that is integrated with nursing, psychology, paramedicine, and other health-related education is a tremendous opportunity to kickstart a change in the wait list for family doctors. The practice of medicine will never be the same due to the pandemic and the idea of virtual medicine just a short time ago had no traction but has now become the norm. Without hesitation, I know that the graduates of a UPEI-Memorial joint medical degree will be leaders of their time.
—Dr. Colin McMillan, MD, Cardiologist
Read more comments of support from the PEI medical and UPEI community.
UPEI held community town halls in West Prince, Summerside region, Central Queens, Capital region, Southern Kings, and Eastern Kings in May 2022. View the slide presentation
We are grateful for the participation so far by the community across PEI—but we still need and value your input! We are establishing groups for the Medical Community, Indigenous Community, and Broader Community to help us broaden our outreach. We invite you to get involved!
Please share your thoughts and ideas with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.