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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — UPEI has delayed the opening of its new medical faculty till 2025.
UPEI interim president Dr. Greg Keefe introduced on Thursday, Feb. 16, that the primary consumption of scholars to its medical program has been postponed to August 2025.
The unique plan for the joint medical diploma program with Memorial College was to confess college students a yr earlier.
“To satisfy accreditation timelines, we wanted to ensure by the tip of this month that the on-campus facility could be full by summer season of 2024,” Keefe mentioned. “With the late begin to the development course of, coupled with challenges associated to winter development in our surroundings, we’re unable to do that. We’re, subsequently, transferring the admission date for the primary group of scholars to 2025.”
The college mentioned the change can even permit UPEI and Well being P.E.I. extra flexibility to evaluate and reply to the outcomes of the examine of P.E.I.’s well being system capability so as to add medical learners.
“This was welcomed information and I help UPEI’s determination to delay the primary consumption of scholars into the medical faculty,” mentioned Dr. Michael Gardam, CEO of Well being P.E.I. “Including a medical faculty to P.E.I. is a once-in-a-generation alternative for the province and one thing that can’t be rushed.”
With this new timeline, residency packages won’t be wanted till 2029. Nonetheless, the brand new program will help capability constructing within the meantime.
Accreditation of medical schools wants approval by the committee on accreditation of Canadian medical colleges.
Within the Maritimes, universities additionally want high quality assurance approval by the Atlantic advisory committee on well being human sources and Maritime Provinces Larger Training Fee.
This system will initially begin beneath Memorial’s accreditation and develop to a totally joint program.