U of T’s Faculty of Medicine MD program is planning to create a new academy of medicine – at the University of Toronto at Mississauga, in partnership with Mississauga’s community-affiliated hospitals. The expansion, which will focus on primary care and general specialists, is part of a province-wide initiative to increase the number of physicians across Ontario. The program will increase its class size by 26 (from 198 in 2004 to 224 by 2007), with the additional enrolment accommodated at UTM. The new academy will incorporate the UTM campus, Credit Valley Hospital and the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in March for a new science building, scheduled to open in spring 2008, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The facility will provide collaborative space for interdisciplinary teaching and research in physical, environmental and life sciences. Designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, in association with Watson MacEwen Architects, the building will extend from the existing science wing. It will house 16 laboratories and associated support areas; offices for faculty; workspace for research assistants, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students; meeting rooms; lounges; and a 250-seat lecture theatre.