Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
The University of Alberta and the Capital Health Authority are putting the City of Edmonton into the history books of health care. The Edmonton Clinic is a $577-million health sciences facility that will house diagnostic services and day clinics from the University of Alberta and Stollery Children's Hospitals, freeing up much-needed space for additional hospital beds and providing one-stop access for patients. With a focus on patients, flexibility, team-oriented, research-based and culturally sensitive approaches, it will also open the door for the University to transform the province's health services workforce in order to meet future needs. The Clinic will use cutting-edge technologies to support the education of health sciences students in rural and remote communities.
Faculty of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine opened its doors in 1913. In 1914, a Dean of Medicine was appointed, but he left, as did over 400 students and staff, to join army and navy efforts in World War I. When students and staff returned in 1918, the Faculty had a teaching focus and it became apparent that a clinical focus was critically needed. By the close of World War II, it was clear that Canada needed more doctors and dentists. The Alberta Medical Faculty Council accelerated the medical program between 1941 and 1946 in the hope of graduating as many students as possible. During these five years, 225 students graduated. The acceleration has benefitted not only the University and the Faculty's learned men and women, but also the community, which reaped the advantages of having access to excellent health care.
Faculty of Dentistry
Dental education was instituted at the University of Alberta in 1917 in the School of Dentistry under the Faculty of Medicine. The first full degree program was offered in 1923, and the first class graduated in 1927. The School became the Faculty of Dentistry in 1944. Dental Auxiliary training was instituted in 1961. In 1962, the School of Dental Hygiene came into being. A program of graduate studies was formally approved in 1962.
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
In 1996, the Faculty of Dentistry was merged with the Faculty of Medicine to become the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Today’s vision for the Faculty is “to be nationally and internationally recognized leaders investing in education, research, and service, making important contributions to Health.” By partnering with the City of Edmonton, the Capital Health Authority, and industry, the Faculty’s leadership role in medical research brings results to Albertans first.
With a number of research buildings, the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and the Zeidler Gastrointestinal Centre newly built, the Faculty is poised at the centre of a research-intensive environment. Recent announcements of the Faculty's partnering with the Capital Health Authority to open the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre communicate the intention to attract $75 million in research funding per year by 2010.
The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine provides clinical services in local hospitals and post-graduate residencies for anesthesiologists-in-training, and supports faculty research in areas such as acute and chronic pain management. Clinical teaching faculty at hospitals such as the University of Alberta, Royal Alexandra, Misericorida, Grey Nuns, and Sturgeon support learning in medical and surgical care for trauma, burns, and organ transplantation, as well as care of infants and children.
The Department of Biochemistry offers courses that are fundamental to medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology and can therefore be combined with a number of other sciences. The Department's main area of strengths are in lipid, protein and nucleic acid biochemistry.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering is interdisciplinary, its main disciplines being science, engineering, and rehabilitation medicine. The main areas of research for faculty are magnetic resonance imaging, spectroscopy, and rehabilitation engineering.
The Department of Cell Biology is also interdisciplinary, combining molecular biology, biochemistry, and morphology to investigate cell biology. Main areas of research include cell-cell interaction, cell growth, protein targeting, and membrane trafficking.
The Department of Dentistry has been part of the University since 1917, with its first graduates coming out in 1927. Today, the Department offers courses for dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, clinicians, researchers, and educators.
The Department of Emergency Medicine offers undergraduate students a two- to four-week elective in Emergency Medicine wherein students develop skills to assess and manage undiagnosed injuries and diseases.
The Department of Family Medicine prepares students to become generalist physicians with a sound knowledge of physician-patient relationships; it also allows them to learn to be effective clinicians, to offer community-based family medicine, and to be an effective resource for others. The undergraduate program is a two-year pre-clinical set of courses and a two-year clinical study focusing on rural and urban needs. One of the Department's research priorities is investigating family medicine needs in rural areas.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology is a result of integration of the University of Alberta Hospitals' Divisions of Anatomical Pathology, Hematology, and Medical Biochemistry with the University's Department of Pathology. The Department offers courses for the MD program and for students in Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Rehabilitation Medicine. Students may graduate from this department with a BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
The Department of Medical Genetics offers courses for graduate students pursuing MSc and PhD degrees in genetics.
The Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology offers graduate courses in an interdisciplinary environment, led by faculty members appointed from across a multitude of departments such as Biochemistry, Endocrinology, Oncology, Pediatrics, and Nephrology. The Department’s research laboratories include a Level 3 biocontainment lab, as well as confocal microscopy and fluorescence assisted cell-sorting facilities.
The Department of Medicine houses the Divisions of Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hematology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, and Rheumatology. In addition, the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry contains the Divisions of Anatomy, Critical Care medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs, the Department prides itself on fostering an environment in which clinicians and basic scientists interact and share their knowledge.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was introduced to the University in 1922. Today, the undergraduate program has a pre-clinical program taught at the University and a clinical program at the Royal Alexandra, Misericordia and Grey Nuns Hospitals. The Department’s residency program supports the research aspect of the discipline.
The Department of Oncology focuses its cancer-related curriculum on research, clinical studies, and teaching. The Department is housed at the Cross Cancer Institute. Its Divisions are Experimental Oncology, Medical Oncology, Medical Physics, Oncologic Imaging, Palliative Care Medicine, Radiation Oncology, and Surgical Oncology. The Department offers courses and training programs leading to MSc and PhD Oncology degrees.
The Department of Ophthalmology is located at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The Department offers undergraduate, clinical, and research programs that lead to MSc and PhD degrees.
The Department of Pediatrics is located at the Stollery Children’s Hospital at the University of Alberta Hospital. Undergraduate and graduate programs, administered through nineteen divisions, promote specialized services for children in areas such as Anaesthesia and Thrombosis.
The Department of Pharmacology offers a BSc, MSc, and PhD in Pharmacology and teaches pharmacology to students in nursing, dentistry, and other health professions. The Department’s emphasis on the research areas of pharmacology, chemotherapy, and CNS (the central nervous system, comprised of the brain and spinal cord) brings in funding from provincial, national, and international sources.
The Department of Physiology emphasizes neuroscience. Staff from this department are cross-appointed with staff from the Centre for Neuroscience and from Cardiovascular, Perinatal, and Cellular Physiology. Students often work closely with physiologists from the Departments of Pharmacology, Medicine, and Biological Sciences.
The Department of Psychiatry offers an interdisciplinary approach to providing excellent patient care, promoting mental health, conducting research, and continuing education in the field of psychiatry. Research areas include neurochemical psychiatry, psychiatric epidemiology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and schizophrenia.
The Department of Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging involves all of the major hospitals in the region but is based at the Stollery Children’s Hospital within the University of Alberta Hospital. The Department offers a residency program in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, as well as MSc and PhD programs in radiology-related fields.
The Department of Surgery trains physicians to restore health through surgical interventions. The department is dedicated to remaining current with technological changes in the medical and surgical fields (e.g., web-based communication) while retaining the essential human element at the heart of surgery.
Divisions within the Department of Medicine
The Division of Anatomy offers studies in gross anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroanatomy.
The Division of Critical Care Medicine provides research, education, and residency training so that students may acquire the knowledge and abilities to become attending physicians with medical, surgical, trauma, and transplant patients. Residents are trained in intensive care unit practices after they have acquired a base speciality in anesthesia, general surgery, emergency medicine, or internal medicine. Additional specialities, such as infectious diseases, which overlap critical care, are also part of the program.
The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation operates its postgraduate medical program out of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital. Students practice the skills of literature review, research, and patient/family coaching for child and adult patients with such physical impairments as arthritis, head injury, paraplegia, and amputation.
The University of Alberta is home to numerous research centres and institutes, including the Centre for Neuroscience, the John Dosseter Health Ethics Centre, and the John Scott Helath Sciences Library.
The Centre for Neuroscience fosters relationships between the Universities of Lethbridge, Calgary, and Alberta through a grant from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, which provides for one visit per month for the purposes of lecturing and sharing knowledge in the field of neuroscience.
The John Dosseter Health Ethics Centre is an interdisciplinary centre devoted to the study of health ethics; it aims to promote excellent and sustainable health care in Alberta.
The John Scott Health Sciences Library houses and accesses extensive materials in support of teaching and research activities in basic sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and rehabilitation medicine.
For more information about the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, please visit its website.
|Deans of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry|
|–2004||D. Lorne Tyrrell|
|Deans of the Faculty of Dentistry|
|1989–||Norman K. Wood|
|1978–1989||Gordon W. Thompson|
|1976–1978||Donald M. Collinson|
|1958–1970||Hector Robertson MacLean|
|1944–1958||William Scott Hamilton|
|Deans of the Faculty of Medicine|
|1984–1994||Douglas R. Wilson|
|1983–1984||Robert Stewart Fraser (Acting)|
|1974–1983||Donald F. Cameron|
|1959–1974||Walter C. Mackenzie|
|1948–1959||John William Scott|
|1945–1948||John James Ower|
|1939–1944||John James Ower (Acting)|
|1919–1945||Allan Coates Rankin|