Translational Research Program
Impact matters. Generations of researchers have dedicated their lives to understanding health and the human condition. It is however, our collective responsibility to ensure this knowledge is not only published, but applied to improve lives. In 2011 the Institute of Medical Science (IMS), in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, set forth to develop a 2-year professional master’s program to nurture innovative leaders who can manage the complexities of our changing health care system.
After much consultation with stakeholders, external experts, and co-development with Graduate & Life Sciences Education, a proposal was put forward to the Provost, then the government for review and authorization. In November 2014, the Masters of of Health Science in Translational Research program (TRP) was approved by the Quality Assurance Council of Ontario in the Ministry of Universities, Colleges and Training. The first cohort of 17 students began in September 2015.
Our collective drive within the TRP is to challenge students to think differently, so they will be inspired to champion change in their own communities. Through active and experiential learning, students expand their perspectives and learn to focus on unmet medical needs; recognize opportunities; communicate clearly and persuasively; lead and collaborate effectively; learn from failure; question assumptions, and; navigate uncertainty.
We are currently in the third year of our program and nearly 60 students have joined our ever-growing network. Our unique learning environment brings together students of diverse professions and disciplines ranging from basic scientists to clinicians, public health workers to policy makers, teachers, lawyers, computer scientists, engineers, patients, advocates and caregivers. They represent the range of players involved our health care system. Together, we share one space to listen and learn from each other, while working towards our common goal to improve the health of people, communities, and populations.