Director's Message

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IMS Director’s Message

The year 2020 was hard to forget, as the COVID-19 pandemic changed our personal lives, as well as our graduate training in the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at the University of Toronto. The lockdown of our city, our research facilities, our hospitals and our university has transformed everything, and presented us all with great challenges. Together, we have overcome many difficulties and have created many new opportunities. I offer my heartfelt thanks to our staff, students, faculty members, alumni and supporters.

The Institute is entering an exciting time of growth. In 2021, we will launch the IMS Strategic Plan 2021-2026. The three main areas that we will focus our efforts on are: Attracting and Engaging Diverse and Talented Students and Faculty, Fostering Connected Communities of Scholars, and Designing the IMS Student Experience for Growth, Development, and Career Navigation. Student wellness and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) will provide the foundation for our work.

Our new website, launched in January 2021, will continue to improve, as an interactive tool to facilitate the building and support of a strong IMS community.

In 2021 a new initiative, Temerty Medicine Connect, will be launched. This is a networking tool established by IMS and further developed and expanded faculty-wide, to enable connection of our current students, with faculty and alumni, in order to help our students in their professional career development via alumni engagement.

As we look to the future, I am eager to maintain the momentum we have generated over the past few years, to continue making the Institute of Medical Science a wonderful place to learn and work. As we embark on a new Strategic Plan, 2021 is the time to turn our words into action. We will enrich the graduate student experience, enhance learning and educational opportunities for our students and develop partnerships with new communities that span the globe. We will strive to support our students as they transition into the world of work. The future looks bright as I imagine all the endless possibilities for IMS.

Dr. Mingyao Liu
Director, Institute of Medical Science
Professor, Department of Surgery
Senior Scientist Toronto General Research Institute,
University Health Network