A new directorate, Academic Affairs, was formed this summer following a vote by the Board of Directors of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal to merge the Research and the Medical and University Education directorates. Academic Affairs is responsible for six areas dedicated to innovation and cultivating links between the worlds of research and practice.
Academic Affairs encompasses six areas:
- Promote research
- Leading practices
- Evaluation of Technology and Modes of Intervention (ETMIS)
- Knowledge transfer and integration
- Visibility (of innovations at local, national and international levels)
“To be leaders in academic excellence, every staff member in our CIUSSS—along with the researchers, residents and the 5,000 students who carry out their stages at sites across the network each year—should feel that they are part of the Academic Affairs mission,” says Cindy Starnino, who was appointed Director of Academic Affairs in August. “There are many ways you can become involved. Consider taking on a student, for instance, or taking part in a research project.”
In the upcoming months, Ms. Starnino will evaluate the needs of each directorate within the CIUSSS, and reach out to university partners. “We want each directorate to integrate the “U” (University) in CIUSSS into their programs,” she says. Through the latest research and projects produced by research teams, Academic Affairs will support staff in providing the best, evidence-based care when treating or providing services to patients, residents or clients. “To achieve this, we’ll create an environment that promotes the discovery, development and implementation of innovative practices,” explains Ms. Starnino.
“Working for a recognized leader in health and social services is motivating and inspiring. This new structure will enable our researchers, students and staff to thrive and shine.”