HPME Approved to Become an Institute – Q&A
HPME is pleased to announce that the Governing Council of the University of Toronto has approved the Department’s proposal to become an Extra Departmental Unit (EDU-A)—specifically an Institute. The proposal was approved at the Council’s October 27th meeting. HPME will implement the change in mid-November.
EDU-AHPME Proposal: April 6, 2011 – [PDF]
The following Q&A provides answers to some common questions:
It will allow us to build on our interdisciplinary strengths by formalizing and strengthening cross-departmental relationships and collaborations. This will include academic, research and policy partners both internal and external to the university.
We will also benefit from the higher profile of an Institute—a significant factor in increasing visibility of our research and programs. Increased visibility brings many advantages, including the ability to more effectively fundraise for endowed chairs—an important means of recruiting and retaining top-rated faculty members.
HPME is a small department with a history of successfully leveraging its resources to achieve a significant impact in academic circles and the health care system. Becoming an Institute allows us to build on that success while ensuring stability and sustainability—two critical issues for all of academia in the current economic climate.