Every lab belongs to a community

Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

As a socially accountable medical school, we believe that working together with our community is our best way to address the priority health concerns of those we are meant to serve. The Faculty of Medicine has embedded social accountability as a key component of its strategic plan “Leading Innovation for a Healthier World.”

But while the concept of social accountability has been well described as an important part of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, its application to basic science research initiatives has been less clearly articulated. How do we make social accountability relevant for our students who work in a lab with mice or a cell line? How do we identify their community? Who are their stakeholders?

To address these questions, we teamed up with Dr. Alain Stintzi, Vice-Dean Graduate Studies, to create a more socially accountable graduate program.

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