I read with interest the HealthcarePapers edition on Academic Health Sciences Centres.
As Dean of a Faculty of Health Sciences which incorporates six
health professional disciplines and is a partner in an Academic
Health Sciences Centre, I was disappointed that the perspectives of
those not focused entirely on academic medicine and teaching
hospitals were only given fleeting acknowledgement of presence in
these partnerships. There is much that needs to be changed if our
future health systems are to be maximally efficient and
academically viable. Our progress is slow but at least in our
region we have entered into broader partnerships than just the one
faculty and teaching hospitals pattern. Teaching hospitals and
community-based providers and the two faculties (Medicine and
Health Sciences) are forging special relationships.
Having said this, I want to congratulate and thank
HealthcarePapers for the stimulating and response-provoking
articles it publishes.
For more information on HealthcarePapers,
"Academic Health Sciences Centres Laid Bare," go to www.healthcarepapers.com.
About the Author(s)
Dr. Denise Alcock
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa
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