The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research faculty of growing national and international stature. Despite their young age (they admitted their first students in 1970), the faculty is widely recognized for the quality of their research, as well as for their medical and medical science education.
Areas of Expertise
The pattern of education in most medical schools is changing rapidly in response to trends in health care, new concepts in learning and pressures from the community and the profession. The University of Calgary's medical education and evaluation methods emphasize a health-team approach, the development of problem solving skills and life-long learning tailored to suit the individual student's talents and interests.
The Faculty of Medicine operates on the basis of interdisciplinary research groups, an approach that has been successful both for biomedical education and research. The research group concept allows professors who would normally work in different departments to collaborate for the benefit of students and the advancement of research and development. For example, the Joint Injury and Arthritis Diseases Research Group involves rheumatologists, engineers, molecular biologists, orthopaedic surgeons and epidemiologists working to understand the cause, develop treatments and hopefully prevention strategies and cures for such diseases as lupus and rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. There are presently seventeen research groups within the faculty.