News at Medicine - November 2010 - Deans of medical schools lobby on Parliament Hill

Deans of medical schools lobby on Parliament Hill
November 1, 2010
On Oct. 5 the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) held its second annual Deans on the Hill lobby day on Parliament Hill. 

The event was a resounding success and saw AFMC staff and deans of medicine from across the country meet and discuss issues of national importance with 50 members of parliament and senators from all four major political parties. AFMC came to the hill with proposals relating to health human resource planning, increasing the diversity of medical students and Canada’s physician workforce, strengthening health and biomedical research in Canada, and rebuilding Haiti’s faculties of medicine.

“Our first Deans on the Hill event was a success – this year’s event built on that success and saw an almost doubling of parliamentarians involved, a real indication that the issues we are advocating for resonate with elected officials and with Canadians” said Dr. Nick Busing, president and CEO of the association.  “The leadership of this country appreciates the important role that our faculties of medicine play in our national aspirations in terms of health and biomedical research, the provision of world-class clinical care, and meeting our international obligations”.

Dr. James Rourke, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland and chair of the AFMC Board of Directors was excited about the association’s next steps. “In the coming weeks, we will be following up with those we met to provide detailed proposals to move our collective agenda forward. These issues are of national importance, and cut across partisan lines.”

Founded in 1943, AFMC represents Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine and is the voice of academic medicine in this country. Detailed information regarding Deans on the Hill 2010 can be found on our website: