Welcome to the Thinking Dangerously! site for the McGill Faculty of Medicine. This is your resource centre to stay abreast of developments, as we explore education, research and the faculty lifecycle against the current backdrop of transformation in the health sciences.
In the century since Flexner’s landmark report, we have lived through astonishing change in the conditions and capacities that define the health sciences and that underlie our Faculty’s mission. Equally remarkable, we have every reason to believe that the transformations will continue – and even accelerate – in this, the Century of Biology, as christened by Craig Venter.
The exponential growth in scientific knowledge, together with the technological advances of the last century, is blurring the educational landscape as we know it. Meanwhile, our population is aging, giving rise to sharp increases in chronic illness, making the need for more physicians – practitioners of primary care, in particular – more urgent. In research, the explosion in biomedical science is inspiring us to regroup and reorganize to harness the full, wonderful potential before us.
Envisioning the future with great expectations, we launched the Thinking Dangerously! initiative to explore three critical domains – education, research and the professorial lifecycle. Three Design Groups composed of members from across our Faculty, including our schools, are examining our ways and practices in light of current and emerging needs. These Design Groups are supported by a Steering Committee, also made up of members from our Faculty, as well as imminent members of our health sciences community.