Prescription for the Future

by Deirdre Kelly

This spring, York University unveiled plans to launch a pioneering medical school in Vaughan, Ont., emphasizing primary-care training. While the province currently has six long-standing medical schools, including the University of Toronto and McMaster University, the addition of York’s primary care-focused program represents a strategic shift in medical education.

Set to open in September 2028, the York University School of Medicine aims to address the shortage of family physicians in Ontario. This focus aligns with the essential role primary-care physicians play in delivering comprehensive health care to individuals and families, emphasizing continuity of care and community health.

York President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton highlighted the significance of this initiative at the time of the announcement, noting that this “marks a milestone in York’s commitment to health-care education, addressing a crucial need for accessible health-care providers.”

To be located near the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital and a forthcoming long-term care facility,  the school will initially offer 80 undergraduate and 102 postgraduate seats, expanding to 240 undergraduate and 293 postgraduate seats annually. ■

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