Fonds F0081 - Cumming school of medicine fonds.

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Cumming school of medicine fonds.


  • 1963-2009 (Creation)

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35.99 m of textual records and other material:

20 audio recordings:
20 audiotape cassettes

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The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary had its beginnings in 1964, when a royal commission on health services in Canada outlined the projected needs for family physicians required to maintain a ratio of approximately one physician per 870 people. The commission made specific recommendations for the development of new, basic science facilities to educate future physicians. It also recommended that new medical schools be established across the country, among them a medical school at the University of Alberta in Calgary. Funds were made available from the Health Facilities Development Fund to provide up to half the cost of construction of these new medical schools.

Formally created in 1967, the first students were admitted to the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine in 1970. The Faculty was originally housed on the University’s main campus; students in the class of 1975 were the first to start their program in the newly constructed Health Sciences Building built adjacent to the Foothills Hospital. The Heritage Medical Research Building was built in November of 1987 with funding made available by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

On June 17, 2014, the Faculty of Medicine was formally renamed the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university - matched by the Province of Alberta - in support of the school's work in medical research and innovation.

Deans of the Faculty of Medicine/Cumming School of Medicine: W. Cochrane, 1967-1973; L. McLeod, 1973-1981; M. Watanabe, 1981-1992; E. Smith, 1992-1997; G. Gall, 1997-2007; T. Feasby, 2007-2012; J. Meddings, 2012-.

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Fonds consists of committee and council records, task force reports, correspondence, alphabetical series of subject files, reports from the University of Calgary Surgeon's Day, administrative records of the former Executive Director of the Faculty of Medicine, Jane Eiber (1971-2000), material relating to the early years of the medical school, building construction and expansion records, Vice-Dean's overheads, business plans and budget material, program material, medical association files, newsclippings, administrative files from the Dean's Office including agreements, records on space management and correspondence, newletters, issues of "The Bulletin," pamphlets, calendars, annual reports, History of Medicine days programs and proceedings, rural initiatives reports, and photographs and images relating to the Health Science building. Fonds includes series for Information Bulletin Newsletters; Rural Initiatives Reports; Calendars; Pamphlets; Newsletters; Annual Reports; Record of Excellence; Business Plans; The Bulletin; Newsletters, McCaig Centre; Annual Reports, Cardiovascular Research Group; and Pamphlets, Faculty of Medicine Research Institutes.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See also the fonds for Office of Graduate Clinical Education, Office of Admissions, Office of Continuing Medial Education.

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January 2005 - The Faculty of Medicine fonds and the Dean's Office, Faculty of Medicine fonds were amalgamated. Accessions relating to research groups and other organizations were removed and placed within their own newly created fonds.

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