Community Engagement

UPEI and Health PEI engaged Spindle Strategy Group in 2023 to undertake a capacity assessment for the future integration of medical learners from the UPEI Faculty of Medicine into the PEI health system. The detailed report, which is based on a mathematical model, indicates that it is possible to integrate medical learners into our health-care system. Read the detailed report

Consultations and community engagement are core components of the planning and development process for the UPEI Faculty of Medicine.

Since the joint Doctor of Medicine was announced, we have established several planning committees with a broad cross-section of members. Discussions have been ongoing with several stakeholders for the last two years, including the 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 soon as we move forward.

"I accepted a position to lead medical program development with the new medical school at UPEI, because I have seen first-hand the positive impacts of integrating medical education into health systems and the individuals they serve. The last new Canadian medical school accepted its inaugural students in 2005. Now, with advances in all areas of medical education, the UPEI-Memorial joint medical program is poised to be cutting-edge and will launch PEI’s future physician leaders. As a graduate of both institutions, I am honoured to be part of the journey ahead and believe it is critical to long-term system improvement."
—Dr. Aleisha Murnaghan, MD, FRCPC, MHPE,
Interim Director of Medical Program Development,
UPEI Faculty of Medicine

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 

Engagement planning and activation are ongoing. We are grateful for the participation so far by the community across PEI—but we still need and value your input. We invite you to get involved!

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