Throughout its history, the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) at the Faculty of Medicine has developed a tradition of incubating new multidisciplinary programs. In 2011, the IMS stepped forward to explore and develop a graduate program in translational research. After much consultation, a proposal was put forward and approved and the first cohort of 17 students began in September 2015.
In October 2018, the TRP had an external review. The reviewers noted that “There is no question in the reviewers’ minds as to the value, uniqueness and innovation of this exciting and visionary program. In every meeting concerning this new program, there was high energy, and positivity regarding its format, content…” Then they noted that the TRP, “would never have flown without the immense efforts of the IMS director and his support, thus all future success of the MHsc program will reflect strongly back to the IMS program due to its generosity in providing a nurturing environment for its beginnings.” But they also noted that the apparent growth and trajectory requires more strategic thinking about faculty development, evaluation and retention; and that “a new and more appropriate administrative home” will need to be found.
Responding to this feedback, Dean Young has decided that the Translational Research Program (TRP) will move its administrative home to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology no later than July 1st, 2019.
The move marks a major milestone for the IMS and the TRP. It marks the successful initiation and incubation of a new innovative multidisciplinary program. It marks the effective implementation of a new curriculum and a significant contribution by the IMS to the training of professionals in a burgeoning field of inquiry; and it will provide the TRP with the opportunities for greater capacity for faculty development, review and promotion.
However, this milestone will not mark the end of the program’s relationship with the IMS. The TRP faculty will remain cross-appointed to the IMS, TRP students will continue to be engaged with IMSSA and other co-curricular programming at IMS, and students from TRP and IMS will have continued access to modules from across the academic units. In fact, this is an opportunity to bring another department into our family, to become more engaged with more researchers and students, and to build new bridges and establish new collaborations moving forward—at the end of the day, we all remain part of one Faculty, and we all remain dedicated to training and research that will advance improved medicine, health and care.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
– Joseph Campbell
At the TRP our goal is not to teach. Our goal is not to lecture or have you memorize some datum likely to change before you finish your degree, or that a search engine can find faster than you can formulate the question.
The TRP is a community and a mindset of people who are resources, facilitators, mentors, peers, guides and catalysts whose aim is to help those, who are looking to learn, to explore, to push the boundaries of their experience to seek knowledge.
The TRP is not intended to be divided as a degree of teacher-task-masters and students–those who know one truth and those hoping to memorize that truth. Instead, the program strives to be a community of people motivated to learn, to seek knowledge, to help others to be more and do more. In this community, the focus is not on the content but on understanding the processes, the mechanisms of creative problem-solving and innovation.
Students learn alongside the faculty–we learn together and from each other. We learn from real-world contexts and from failure–not from arbitrary grades or standardized testing–because our collective goals are not to pass a test or earn a grade but to improve lives, to learn to champion change that will improve the lives of others.
Now, we are starting to seek people join our 2019 cohort. Those motivated to learn, those seeking to move beyond their comfort zones, to challenge ambiguity, who want to focus on the processes of innovating of generating new ideas and championing change for positive impact are the kindred spirits we seek–these are the people we seek to join our ranks.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in a different kind of graduate program, who is motivated to learn by doing and is seeking a transformative education, then we need to talk. Come to an information session, read the website, arrange a consultation with someone from our team.
One day soon, we, trainees, mentors, facilitators, students, residents, PI’s, researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals, and many others, will form a global network of professional translators, who think globally but work locally to improve the health and well-being of people in our communities. And together we will transform health, care and medicine.
To the Graduates of the second TRP Cohort,
I wish to say that I hope you will never be too far away.
When you started the program, we kept telling you that this was not intended to be a typical masters experience. That we wanted you to concern yourselves with learning to learn, learning to listen and learning to lead where your passions drove you. We repeated many times that you had a home at the TRP and that you were part of a growing community. It is my hope that you found those words to resonate during your degrees, and it is my wish that they continue to resonate with you as you move forward on your personal journeys.
I have always believed that grad school should be about personal growth, about personal development, about challenging yourself to be more of who you want to be and then applying those lessons to improve your life and the lives of others. I hope that this is what you learned while at the TRP and I hope that this is what you will continue to learn as you return to the TRP. You should always remember that you are a part of the community and that you will always have a role in it.
I hope to see you leading case-studies, consulting on new challenges with future students, sharing your insights and curiosity with those who are yet to be, TRP. Moving forward, our strength is in our community, our networks and our family. You will always have a safe space here, you just need to take the time to come back.
We are pleased to announce entrance awards of $5,000 will be awarded to four students entering TRP masters program for fall 2018. All applicants who have completed their online application on or before April 30, 2018 and have been admitted into the program will automatically be considered for one of four awards.
- Applicants must have completed their online application visa the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Application system on or before April 30th, 2018 and supporting documentation must be submitted by May 15, 2018;
- Selection will be based on a combination of merit and need;
- The funds will be applied towards tuition;
- Recipients must be registered to start the program in September 2018; and
Award recipients will be informed in writing when the 2018 admission process has been completed and funds will be disbursed after the official registration deadline.
*Note: Students who have already completed their applications (by the early deadline) will also be considered for these awards.