Brandon University won’t be submitting their medical school recommendations to the province until later this summer.
A feasibility study has been completed by two consultants, but BU president Deborah Poff says the committee still has to meet before it’s handed over.
“The report has come in, but the committee has to talk about what it wants to do with it,” Poff said. “It will be discussed on July 3, and hopefully we’ll have some consensus about how we feel about it.”
Last spring, the Manitoba government provided $350,000 to conduct the feasibility study to determine how enhancing medical education in Brandon can help to increase the number of doctors across the province.
The study is looking at a variety of options, including a stand-alone medical school in Brandon, a satellite program expansion from the University of Manitoba in partnership with BU, and a continuation or expansion of existing models of rotational and educational experiences.
Earlier this year, Poff said she would like to see the university involved in medical education, “either stand-alone or partnered.”
The recommendation report was originally supposed to be submitted to the Council on Post-Secondary Education on March 31, but has since been given two extensions.
“It was extended because the consultants said there was too much work and they couldn’t do it in time,” Poff said. The second extension is to allow time for the committee, which involves representatives in both Brandon and Winnipeg, to get together.
“All I’ve heard from the council is … get it in as soon as you can,” she said. “So I think as soon as that July 3 meeting happens, we’ll have to move fairly quickly.”
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition May 31, 2012