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Fostering radical collaboration

Queen’s Health Sciences releases a new strategic plan with a focus on interdisciplinary science and interprofessional education.

Graphic for Radical Collaboration, Queen's Health Sciences new strategic plan.
The new plan will guide the faculty from 2021 to 2026.

Queen’s Health Sciences is launching a new strategic plan, Radical Collaboration. This plan will change the way that the faculty delivers health sciences education, conducts research, and delivers care to communities across Ontario. It will also see a deep focus on interdisciplinary science, interprofessional education, and collaboration across all facets of their work. 

“In developing this plan, what we heard from our stakeholders was a desire for transformational change in academic health sciences. Our new strategic plan heeds that call and sets Queen’s Health Sciences on the path to be the leader in this change,” says Jane Philpott, Dean of Health Sciences. Radical Collaboration will position us to revolutionize the approach to training Canada’s future health scientists so that they are learning together from day one. It will weave equity into everything that we do. It will help us to address the world’s pressing health challenges through cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research. And it will guide us in deepening partnerships that will benefit both our learners and the communities where they serve.”

Radical Collaboration is anchored in five strategic priorities that champion collaboration across the faculty:

  • interdisciplinary research
  • integrated health sciences education
  • clinical impact in the community and beyond
  • a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Indigeneity, and accessibility (EDIIA)
  • thriving people and a nurturing culture.

The plan will guide the faculty from 2021 to 2026. It establishes early actions that will be taken to advance its principles as well as measures of success. Radical Collaboration also calls for schools, departments, units, and teams across Health Sciences to develop their own actions to drive towards the plan’s strategic priorities and five-year goals.

The new strategic plan is informed by an extensive consultation process involving both internal and external stakeholders.

“After more than 1,500 touchpoints through three surveys, 21 focus groups, and eight intensive strategy sessions, our community sent clear messages about the future of the faculty, its schools, and its programs,” says Dean Philpott. “This plan responds to those messages by laying out a vision to transform academic health sciences to improve health for everyone.”

Read the full plan and learn more about Radical Collaboration on the Queen’s Health Sciences website.