Fonds UBCA-ARC-1221 - Faculty of Medicine fonds

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Faculty of Medicine fonds

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39.06 m of textual records and other material.

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By 1944 the B.C. Medical Association, the Provincial Government, and the university actively discussed establishing a Faculty of Medicine. In 1949, following some controversy over the school's location and the availability of hospital beds, a compromise was reached. As a result, the Faculty of Medicine was established at U.B.C. Dr. Myron M. Weaver, formerly Assistant Dean at the University of Minnesota Medical School was appointed Dean in July 1949. Administrative offices and classrooms were established in temporary army huts. Clinical training took place off-campus at Vancouver General Hospital and other Health Centre's designated by agreement as "Teaching Hospitals." U.B.C. admitted its first class of 60 medical students in September 1950.
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia, which includes a Medical School, a School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) and a School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, is closely affiliated with the prominent Vancouver teaching hospitals (St. Paul's, Shaughnessy and Grace Hospitals; Vancouver General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre; Providence Health Care; Children's and Women's Health Centre of B.C and the B.C. Cancer Agency) and the Vancouver / Richmond Health Board and an additional sixty hospitals throughout B.C.
A set of values guides the Faculty: Excellence, Integrity, Discovery, People, Learning and Partnership. In turn, these values are supported through the Faculty's mission statement, which is to advance society's knowledge, understanding, and health through education, scholarship, and health care, with excellence being an essential criterion for success. The appointment and retention of faculty members include the responsibilities to recruit faculty members who have an interest in, and talent for, education and research; to clearly define and consistently apply conditions of appointment, reappointment and promotion; and to develop and fairly use a system of remuneration, rewards, and recognition distinct from promotion alone.
The Faculty of Medicine is hierarchically organized, with the Dean of Medicine at its pinnacle. Reporting directly to the Dean are the Administration, the Associate Deans, the Departments and Schools, and the Research Centre's (including the B.C. Institute for Children's and Women's Health, Biomedical Research Centre, the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, the Neurodegenerative Disorders Centre, the Respiratory Disease Centre, the U.B.C. Centre for Disease Control, and the Vancouver Vascular Biology Research Centre). The Area of Administration includes the Directors of Faculty Affairs and Administration; Finance; Inter-institutional Planning; Planning, Construction and Space Utilization; the Sr. Faculty and the Faculty Development Officers. The Associate Deans are in turn responsible for Admissions. Undergraduate Education (which also has an Assistant Dean responsible for Faculty Educational Development), Student Affairs, Postgraduate (Clinical) Education, and research (which is additionally supported by four Assistant Deans, Research each of whom is the Vice President, Research in their home teaching hospital).

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The fonds of the Faculty of Medicine includes records which document the administrative and operational activities, actions and interests of the Faculty. Such records pertain to the establishment and organization of the Faculty; the development and actions of the Facultys governing bodies and committees; the planning, development and construction of various Faculty buildings such as the University Hospital, the I.R.C. Centre, the Basic Medical Sciences buildings and the Health Sciences Centre. These records also refer to the use of regional hospitals as clinical teaching hospitals and to relations between the Faculty and the University at large; as well as, with other university medical schools, governments, medical and related professions, associations and societies, businesses and hospitals. The records within this fonds also pertain to the Facultys receipt of gifts and donations, its departmental / divisional research endeavors and it applications for, and receipt of, awards for professional distinction. Types of material found in the Faculty of Medicine fonds include: correspondence, working papers, minutes, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorandum, agendas, studies, internal reports and reviews, applications, protocols and surveys. The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Historical Material; Faculty Governance; Committees; General Office Files; Dean of Medicine; and Photographs.

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Consecutively transferred from the Faculty of Medicine, Dean's Office in several accessions 1990, 1992, 1998, 2008, 2013, and 2018.


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Some photographs have been digitized and are available through UBC Library's Open Collections series ubc 81.1

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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Please see the finding aid for the file list.

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The President's Office fonds includes records of the earliest days of Medicine at UBC.


Further accruals are expected.

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An extensive administrative history and fonds description, prepared in 2000, is also available.

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Includes 1 diskette (format to be updated), 47 colour photographic slides, 113 photographs: b&w, various sizes, graphic material.

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Revised by BCANS Coordinator, Feb 29, 2012

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