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Toronto Metropolitan University announces location for its future school of medicine


TMU’s new school of medicine takes a big step forward with official location announcement

Brampton, ON – January 27, 2023: Today, in a joint announcement with the City of Brampton and the Province of Ontario, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) confirmed that the Bramalea Civic Centre in Brampton-Peel has been selected as the future site of its school of medicine.

The location was chosen for its proximity to both the Brampton Civic and Peel Memorial Hospitals as well as its accessibility to municipal transportation, GO transit and highway systems. The site also meets the space requirements to build a school of medicine that will require 250,000 square feet for classrooms, offices, research facilities and an integrated health clinic. The City of Brampton will invest $20 million of funding to support building renovations required for programing and operations of the school of medicine.

“Congratulations to our partners, the City of Brampton and Toronto Metropolitan University, on this next step to build the first new medical school in Ontario in decades.,” said Ontario’s Premier, Doug Ford. “As our government makes historic investments to build and expand our health care infrastructure, TMU’s new school of medicine will help to ensure that we have the doctors in place — in Brampton, in Peel Region and throughout the province — so that Ontarians get the quality care they need, when and where they need it,” said Ford.

“Today is a momentous day for Brampton as we announce the Civic Centre being home to the first medical school in the GTA in over a hundred years! Through the creation of the Brampton School of Medicine, we are building a healthcare system that fosters local talent, and creates economic growth in the medical sector. This school and the City’s second hospital being built at Peel Memorial will help address the healthcare emergency in Brampton and ensures the next generation of healthcare practitioners can train locally right here in the city. It’s a home run for our City. I want to thank specifically Councillor Santos and Councillor Singh who over the last four years despite opposition never gave up on this dream of additional postsecondary options for our residents.” – Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

TMU’s school of medicine will be rooted in equity, diversity and inclusion, with an intentional focus on enhancing community-driven primary care through innovation and interprofessional collaborative practice. Five pillars have been identified as the school’s foundation: community centric primary care; culturally respectful care; innovation and technology to improve quality of care and patient outcomes; interprofessional healthcare networks; and support for the health and wellbeing of seniors. Other priorities include health equity, Indigenous health and decolonization, interprofessional collaborative practice, and leadership, advocacy and social justice. 

“We are committed to creating a school of medicine that will meet the diverse needs of the Brampton and Peel Region community and today, with a location secured, we are one step closer. I am incredibly thankful to our partners, the City of Brampton and the Province of Ontario, for their investments that will help us bring to life our shared vision for a brighter future for medical education in the region and the province.” – Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor, Toronto Metropolitan University

The school of medicine at TMU will open in September 2025 with 80 undergraduate seats and 95 postgraduate seats.  The university is pleased to be working with William Osler Health System (Osler)  as TMU’s primary clinical partner. Osler will support the school of medicine in providing the clinical learning environment for undergraduate medical education, other health professionals’ education, residency training and professional development. With the location now selected, extensive planning, consultation and community engagement continues as the university works towards welcoming its first cohort of future medical doctors in 2025.

SOURCE Toronto Metropolitan University

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