The School of Medicine (SoM) has published its five-year strategy defining its objectives and ambitions for the period up to 2026. Professor Crossman, Dean of Medicine, outlines that the SoM will be established as a clinical medical school with a reputation for excellence in innovative areas of interdisciplinary research, undergraduate (UG) education, and Learning Technology. The School will conduct world-leading research in three primary areas: early diagnosis of disease driven by the expansion of the Mackenzie Institute; digital and data-driven health science and Innovation in medical devices.
A primary pillar for the School will be to build on its strong partnership with NHS Fife by supporting the health board, in its transition to a Teaching Board, while developing a joint research office that will sponsor clinical trials.
Maintaining excellence in teaching underpins the strategic priorities for the School by building on the long running success in NSS surveys and league tables as well as successful partnerships with partner Medical Schools in the UK, abroad and the Scottish Health Boards. Dr Veronica O’Carroll, Director of Postgraduate Teaching said: “A suite of PGT courses and short courses will be launched enabling expansion of the School’s offer and staff base. These are being designed to meet the needs of the health workforce, to provide accessibility and flexibility in their delivery, and appeal to a range of health professions and disciplines who work in health services.“
The St Andrews experience promises to be unique by specialising in community and primary care in the UG, ScotGEM and future clinical programmes. The Strategy also reinforces the School’s commitment to increasing diversification and providing a nurturing, inclusive and interdisciplinary environment to work and study.