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October 14, 2014

FHS Communique - Quarterly Subcommittee Reports 

The Faculty of Health Sciences nine subcommittees have been working extremely diligently on reviewing existing processes and policies and proposing integrated and enhanced practices in the identified areas. At the end of June, four of the nine subcommittees submitted final reports and proposals to the FHS Deans’ Council for consideration. The remaining five subcommittees will provide their final reports and recommendations in December.

Quarterly subcommittee reports will be distributed to all faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. You can view the latest reports below. As well, we will continue our communiques updating you on FHS implementation as we transition to the new Faculty of Health Sciences.

Questions or comments? Send an email to committee lead or the through anonymous feedback option.

For more information, visit the Faculty of Health Sciences website.


The Committee has completed work on the Tenure process for the Faculty of Health Sciences. A document has been created and will be shared with the FHS Deans once finalized. The next meetings will look at the Promotions processes in the various Colleges and develop a standard Faculty-wide process.

  • The Committee has connected with the HR/Finance Committee regarding Academic Hiring and administrative efficiencies and the two committees will stay connected to ensure they are on the same page.
  • A work plan has been created to keep on track with committee tasks for the December 2014 deadline.


  • A web retreat was held in August to discuss priorities and develop a work plan for integration of all college websites into one new Faculty of Health Sciences website.
  • The Committee is working with MCO to launch a new UM Today FHS Network Page. Each College will be responsible for contributing news stories and photos to the web page to ensure all Colleges are represented on the news site and help build a Faculty of Health Sciences branding and identity.
  • The Committee also discussed having “Day in the Life” profiles on the website of faculty, staff, researchers, students and alumni. A template of standard questions has been developed by the Committee lead for ease of all colleges to contribute profiles.
  • Different audiences have been identified for FHS communication moving forward and strategies are being developed to ensure this is done effectively..
  • The Communications committee will work with the FHS Project team to ensure there are timely (quarterly or as appropriate) communiques of each Committee’s progress.
  • The committee discussed an interactive event for all FHS support staff for team building and a kick off for FHS once the bylaws have been approved (by Council and Senate). This will be brought forward to the FHS Deans for consideration and input.


  • The committee has defined Faculty Development as “those things that improve the educational experience of our learner and support faculty members in all their academic roles (Crosby, 2000; Davis et. al 2005)
  • The Committee has conducted an environmental scan and literature review to develop various options for an organizational/administrative model based on a functional model.  Pros, cons and risks for each model were identified and discussed.
  • The members independently ranked each model and will report the top three options to the Faculty of Health Sciences Deans for their input and feedback. In the process of reviewing the models, the members identified pros, cons, and potential risks to each.
  • Once input from the Deans is received, the Committee will begin work on its proposal.


  • The Committee has completed work on the FHS Executive Council bylaws document and made recommendations to the FHS Deans Council. Further work may be required after the Inaugural meeting on September 18, 2014.
  • The Committee has recommended FHS Standing committees to the Deans as follows:
    • Governance and Bylaws/Nominating Committee
    • IPE Committee
    • Student Appeals/Discipline Committee
    • Research Committee
    • Grad Studies Committee
    • The Committee has also recommended the following committees as placeholders for the future:
      • Awards Committee
      • Undergraduate Programs Committee


  • The Committee has identified 60+ HR and Finance processes that require review. The processes will be reviewed over the next two years with higher priority processes being reviewed first. A timeline to review all processes has been created.
  • The Chair has identified leads for the various processes and individuals have volunteered to be on the working groups. Terms of Reference and expectations have been developed for the working groups.
  • The Committee has connected with the Academic Affairs Committee and will meet in the near future to discuss Academic appointments and administrative efficiency.


  • The group defined the current state of Indigenous affairs (internal scan) in each College based on a set of questions developed by the Subcommittee.
  • There are 2 main priority areas: 
    • Cultural Safety and Cultural Competency - resources are available to help with these areas.
    • General Outreach & Pipeline Programs - need to consolidate and streamline the programs.
  • The group was asked to review the internal scan and see how it applies to these topics.
  • Two half-day sessions are planned to develop a proposal for Indigenous Affairs within the FHS.


  • Recommend a formal IPE standing committee of Faculty Council.
  • Committee mandate: develop strong effective consultation unit for a longitudinal curriculum on collaborative care that embeds the principles of IPE throughout a student’s professional journey from undergraduate to graduate to post licensure and life-long learning.
  • Committee membership:
    • Senior faculty member from each College with strong links to profession-specific curriculum and clinical practice community
    • Student leader involved in IPE activities
    • Patient advocate
    • Community leader in patient safety and quality care
    • Senior clinical leader involved in WRHA collaborative care initiatives
    • Committee member skills/attributes:
      • Strong communication and collaboration skills in an inter-professional setting
      • Leadership skills with evidence of being a champion of IPE
      • Commitment to longitudinal curriculum in inter-professional collaboration


  • The Chair of the Committee has decided to create a subcommittee for Grad Studies and has tasked them with identifying:
    • College specific vs. standard processes related to grad studies;
    • Gaps in Colleges with respect to Grad Studies;
    • and IPE related activities.
  • The Grad Studies subcommittee will report back to the Committee on these items by the end of November for inclusion in the proposal due in December.
  • The Research Committee has established their work plan for the next few months to ensure its proposal is completed on time.
  • Committee members will take the University-wide Research SRP into consideration when preparing their proposal.


  • Student Affairs committee hasn’t met since the July retreat. The Chair will be reviewing all briefing notes and discussing next steps with the members in the next month.
  • The committee is awaiting formal feedback from the FHS Deans on their report at the retreat. Once this feedback is received work groups will be formed to continue moving items toward completion.


Dr. Brian Postl, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)        
Dr. Tony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry
Dr. Bev O’Connell, Dean of Nursing
Dr. Neal Davies, Dean of Pharmacy
Dr. Emily Etcheverry, Director of Rehabilitation Sciences

September 22, 2014

FHS Communique - Inaugural FHS Faculty Council Update

The inaugural Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Council meeting last Thursday night was held to vote on the academic governance structure for our new Faculty of Health Sciences -- specifically the Faculty Council Bylaw. In addition, the Faculty Council considered a draft College Council Bylaw template that will be adapted and used by the College Councils in developing College Council Bylaws.

The meeting was well attended at both the Bannatyne Campus and the Fort Gary Campus. I am pleased to report that the Faculty Council Bylaw was approved and will now be recommended to Senate for final approval and that the College Council Bylaw Template was endorsed and will now be customized by the respective Colleges and once finalized will be presented to Faculty Council for approval.

I would like to particularly thank the Governance and Bylaws Subcommittee for their important work. The undertaking was substantial and they played a key role in this successful outcome.

I look forward to working with you all in the months and years ahead as we build the Faculty of Health Sciences together.

Brian Postl, MD
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba

August 20, 2014

FHS Communique - Faculty of Health Sciences Visual Identity

FHS Communique Visual Identity

August 20, 2014

FHS Visual Identity FAQs: 

Q: When can we start using the FHS logo on stationery?

A: Using the guidelines distributed in the August 20 communique, the Faculty of Health Sciences can start to fill new orders for stationery immediately. It is suggested that where possible, existing materials are used before new materials are purchased.

Q: How should business cards be formatted?

A: “Faculty of Health Sciences” is the only unit to be listed beside the U of M crest/ logo. No colleges or department names are allowed in the logo.

Please note: there are two spaces after “Manitoba” and before the postal code.

Phone Numbers/Email/Web:
Use these abbreviations for your phone number:

  • Tel.
  • Fax.
  • Cell.
  • Toll Free.

Dashes should be used instead of periods, spaces or brackets to separate the area code and phone number.

Abbreviations should NOT be used for email. List your current address (not your old “cc” or “ad” version).

Only list “” as the web address (without "www").

Name and Title:

Format the name and title area as follows:

First name Last name, certification
Title, sub-unit (only if needed)

Use the “sub-unit” only if it adds clarity to the position (IE, In this case, the sub-unit follows the person’s title.)

Try to avoid repetition in the title and College.

Q: The examples in the communique feature headlines that make the college title rather small – will the college always be small?

A: No – there may be cases where the appropriate title or headline might be the name of the College – in those cases, the size of the title or headline can be sized accordingly. The examples shown use existing promotional materials to show how the new FHS faculty Extension would apply.

Q: Does this mean that faculties/colleges with existing logos (Dentistry, Pharmacy) will be asked not to use these logos?

A: We are not asking faculties to cease use of these identifying graphics at this time. Establishing a consistent identity for the faculty is our priority. As materials are developed, we encourage you to consult with External Relations- through the Faculty CRCs or in collaboration with External Relations on Bannatyne Campus to ensure the consistent representation of the FHS.

Maintaining excellent standards in how we visually represent the Faculty of Health Sciences reflects our overall commitment to excellence in every facet of what we do. Please refer to the University of Manitoba Marketing and Communications Office's Visual Identity Guide to ensure your communication material adheres to the U of M's visual guideline standards.


August 13, 2014


The Faculty of Health Sciences Implementation Steering Committee held a dynamic retreat June 25 to advance the transition to the new, integrated faculty. More than 60 subcommittee members attended from across the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Rehabilitation Sciences, as well as senior University of Manitoba administrators and unit representatives. 

Over the past several months, the nine implementation sub-committees have met regularly and created action plans for myriad processes, practices and functions toward an integrated Faculty of Health Sciences. The retreat focused on the presentation and review of these action plans and also provided an opportunity to brainstorm as a collective.

Four of the nine subcommittees presented their final reports and provided recommendations to be considered for implementation by the Deans’ Council.

At this time, we are pleased to share a short overview of the four reporting subcommittees: Communications, Governance & Bylaws; Human Resources & Finance; and Students & Student Support Services.

The Communications subcommittee presented its communications strategy for the new FHS, which included both immediate transition and long-term plans. The subcommittee completed a stakeholder analysis, impact assessment, and environmental scan of current communications activities/tools across the Colleges. 

Immediate transition activities included the launch of the new FHS website, a new FHS-all listserv, and new electronic signatures reflecting College/Faculty of Health Sciences. 

Long-term strategies include FHS branding/visual identity; a new UM Today FHS network page; regular communication from the FHS and College Deans including communiques, a blog and Town Halls; and development of a FHS magazine and annual report. The subcommittee will hold a retreat in August to plan the transition to an integrated FHS website.
The Implementation Steering Committee approved the rollout of the new FHS visual identity/branding which will take place in the coming weeks. This will enable Colleges and departments/units to institute the new FHS logo on letterhead/business cards, etc. for the upcoming 2014/15 academic year.

The Governance & Bylaws subcommittee also reported on progress with regard to the development of draft bylaws for both Faculty and College Councils.  The primary work of the subcommittee is to establish the principles of a governing structure for the new FHS Faculty Council and its College Councils.  To support its work, a governance consultant, Dr. Lea Pennock, former University Secretary, University of Saskatchewan, completed an inventory of existing College and School Bylaws, reviewed University level documents requiring revision, and held in-depth discussions with the committee. 

The subcommittee presented the draft Faculty Council Bylaw and a draft College Council Bylaw template for consideration by the Implementation Steering Committee.   

The Human Resources and Finance subcommittee prioritized its work into two phases with the objective to enhance and integrate the financial and human resources processes across the FHS.

During the first phase (one to two years beginning June 2014) the prioritized list of approximately 65 processes will be reviewed using smaller workgroups.  All finalized processes will be documented and any changes will be implemented using a staged approach.
During the second phase, focus will shift to standardization of job descriptions and classifications and defining opportunities to support staff assignments/reassignments within a unit expert model to better serve the administrative functions of FHS.

The Students and Student Services subcommittee conducted a comprehensive review and inventory of existing services and considered opportunities to improve support to students. The following five key objectives were identified and each area was assigned a lead: 1) registrar functions; 2) enhancing academic student success; 3) rules and regulations regarding student conduct; 4) education experience excellence; and 5) health and wellness supports.  A final report will be presented to the Implementation Steering Committee for consideration.

The Academic Affairs, Faculty Development, Indigenous Health, Interprofessional Education, and Research/Graduate Studies subcommittees will report at a later stage.

The FHS Deans’ Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all subcommittee leads, members and resources for their hard work and dedication. This work is an important step in positioning the FHS as an international leader in health professions education, research and practice. As we transition to the new Faculty of Health Sciences dual- campus in Winnipeg and many satellite rural sites of distributed education, we will continue to engage with you on new developments. As always, your feedback is welcomed either directly to your deans, subcommittee leads or members listed on the transition FHS website or through the anonymous feedback option.

As we continue on this journey together … please know that each of you plays an integral role in reaching our goals and ensuring our new Faculty’s success!

Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine and Dean, Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)        
Dr. Tony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry
Dr. Bev O’Connell, Dean of Nursing
Dr. Neal Davies, Dean of Pharmacy
Dr. Emily Etcheverry, Director of Rehabilitation Sciences


July 15, 2014


Dear Colleagues:

As part of the University of Manitoba’s Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the merger of the Department of Family Social Sciences (FSS), Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS), Faculty of Health Sciences.  On June 24, 2014, the Board of Governors approved this recommendation.  As such I am writing to inform you that a FSS/CHS committee, co-chaired by Dr. Stephen Moses, Head, CHS, and Dr. Caroline Piotrowski, Head, FSS, has been struck to guide the implementation process to bring together these departments and the transfer of the associated undergraduate programs of the Faculty of Human Ecology to the Faculty of Health Sciences.  The committee will make reports and recommendations to the Faculty of Health Sciences Implementation Steering Committee.

By bringing together the Departments of FSS and CHS, the University of Manitoba strengthens its leadership role in teaching, research and outreach in family and population health research and education. The joining of these two departments will strengthen and enhance their respective missions, creating an innovative and unique emphasis on family and population health.

It is anticipated that undergraduate students in the Faculty of Human Ecology FSS programs will transition to the Faculty of Health Sciences for the Fall 2015 academic term, and proposals are being developed to transition students in the General Human Ecology and Interdisciplinary Health (Bachelor of Health Studies and Bachelor of Health Sciences) programs.  There will be no changes to the FSS academic programs at this time, and proposals for future changes to these or other academic programs transitioning from the Faculty of Human Ecology will follow the standard institutional processes already in place and will require the appropriate Senate and/or Board approvals.  It is planned that future undergraduate students in the Faculty of Health Sciences will have the opportunity to complete a specialization in Family Health in the degree program.

It is proposed that academic and support staff from the Department of FSS will transition to the Department of CHS in the Faculty of Health Sciences with full rights and responsibilities by July 1, 2015.  Processes to support interim appointments within both departments until July 1, 2015 are being reviewed by the committee. FSS faculty members will form a focused area of expertise concerning family health within the Department of CHS. It is intended and expected that other CHS faculty members with shared interests will join this area of focus in order to create new synergies, and that other areas of focused expertise will develop over time as new synergies emerge.  Daily operations for the combined department will be governed by current CHS bylaws and procedures; new or modified bylaws, policies and procedures will be developed as necessary.

Research and teaching laboratories, teaching space and offices, student meeting and support spaces, and administrative spaces currently currently occupied or shared by the Department of FSS in the Human Ecology building will be maintained for continuing teaching, research and outreach functions within the Department of Community Health Sciences.

For continued information, please monitor your departmental webpages or UMToday.

Communication of the transition will be shared as we move along in the process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the following:

Dr. Caroline Piotrowski, Head, Department of Family Social Sciences

Dr. Stephen Moses, Head, Department of Community Health Sciences




April 17, 2014

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April 8, 2014

We are very pleased to provide you with our first Faculty of Health Sciences update. 

It is an exciting time for the Faculty and for the University of Manitoba. We are proud of our role at the forefront of collaborative health professions’ education, research and community engagement. This new structure affords us many opportunities for enhanced inter-professional education and research competitiveness, as well as innovative education and community outreach programs. 

As health professionals, we increasingly care for patients as part of multi-disciplinary health care teams that serve to improve patient safety, quality of care and health outcomes. The University of Manitoba is poised to become a leader in inter-professional health education, research and practice with the new Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).

Since the approval of the proposal to create a new Faculty in October 2013, we have been very busy developing and designing the process to lead us through implementation.  The Deans of the Colleges have been meeting bi-weekly, an Implementation Steering Committee has been formed, and nine sub-committees have been struck. 

These sub-committees are representative of faculty and support staff from each College, along with other University of Manitoba resources.  The sub-committees are meeting regularly and creating action plans for key faculty-wide ‘platforms’ that will foster integrated planning and harness resources around unified strategies.  These subcommittees include:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Communications
  • Faculty Development
  • Governance
  • Human Resources/Finance
  • Indigenous Health
  • Inter-professional Education
  • Research/Graduate Studies
  • Students /Student Support Services

Each College subcommittee representative is charged with sharing his/her sub-committee updates with faculty and staff in their respective Colleges. It is intended that a quarterly summary report outlining sub-committee progress will be shared on the Faculty of Health Sciences website. 

As well, the College Deans are embarking on consultative town halls for faculty, staff and students to keep them informed on the progress of the implementation process. The first one is set for April 17, 2014 from Noon – 1:00 pm in Frederic Gaspard Theatre, simulcast to the Fort Garry Campus’ Room 262, EITC and available by webcast.  It is expected that a town hall will be planned once per semester through the implementation process.  

We encourage you to visit the website frequently for up-to-date information and to provide any feedback during the implementation process. 

As we work through the implementation process, we are taking a phased-in approach during our transition. The Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the School of Medical Rehabilitation will now be referenced as Colleges, although the official change in names and structure will not be complete until a new governance structure is approved.  As an initial action and as approved by the Council of Deans, effective April 1, 2014 the verbal and electronic use of the new College and Faculty of Health Sciences names will be launched.  As a result, all faculty, staff or administrator electronic signatures are to reflect our Faculty’s establishment.

To assist you this process, we are providing sample templates for your use.   

Electronic Signatures:

First and last name; credentials optional
Title 1
Title 2, if applicable
College of ___, Faculty of Health Sciences

Winnipeg, Manitoba Rxx xxx
Tel: 204-XXX-XXXX
Fax: 204-XXX-XXXX (optional)

Shortened Reply Signatures for Email:

First Name, Last Name
College of _____, Faculty of Health Sciences


Font style and size (Calibri 11 pt); text colour (black), formatting (as shown).

Please note that units are requested to continue to use and deplete all existing stock items (such as letterhead, promotional materials, and other printed materials) until such time that the Faculty of Health Sciences’ formal governance structures are finalized and approved by the appropriate approval bodies.  

Thank you for your continued support as we transition to an integrated Faculty of Health Sciences. Stay up to date on FHS by visiting our website.

We welcome your feedback.

Dr. Brian Postl, Dean of Medicine and Dean Vice-Provost (Health Sciences) 
Dr. Anthony Iacopino, Dean of Dentistry
Dr. Beverly O’Connell, Dean of Nursing
Dr. Neal Davies, Dean of Pharmacy
Dr. Emily Etcheverry, Director of Rehabilitation Sciences 


February 14, 2014

Re: Academic Structure Initiative: Interim Report #8 on the Faculty of Health Sciences

I am writing to update you on the status of the transition and implementation activities to establish a new Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
Since my last communiqué, a structure has been put in place to guide the implementation process. This structure includes an Implementation Steering Committee, a Council of Deans (who are core members of the Steering Committee) and a number of sub-committees made up of representatives from each College/School. These sub-committees will provide advice on the transition and implementation activities and include the following: 

• Governance/Bylaws;
• Human Resources/Finance;
• Students / Student Support Services;
• Academic Affairs;
• Research/Graduate Studies;
• Aboriginal Services;
• Faculty Development;
• Inter-Professional Education;
• Communications; and
• Systems Infrastructure.

To provide continuous information on the implementation progress, a newly established Faculty of Health Sciences transition website has been developed ( Committee and sub-committee membership listings are now available on this website. I would encourage to you to continue to visit this website for periodic updates. 

I would like to acknowledge the work ahead of the Council of Deans and the respective implementation sub-committee teams and thank them for making time to move this exciting opportunity forward. As always, I would encourage faculty, staff and students to engage in the implementation process and welcome the opportunity to speak to members of our community. 


January 29, 2014

Re: Dr. Brian Postl - Extension of Term as Dean of Medicine and Appointment as Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences)

Dr. Joanne C. Keselman, Vice-President (Academic) and Provost announces the Board of Governors' approval of a two-year extension of Dr. Brian Postl's appointment as Dean of Medicine and his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Vice-Provost (Health Sciences); effective February 1, 2014. Click here to view the memo.


November 20, 2013

Re: Academic Structure Initiative: Interim Report #7 on the Health Sciences Cluster
The following is an update to the formal proposal to establish a new Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.
The proposal was scheduled to be considered by Senate at its October 2, 2013 meeting.  At this meeting, Senate approved, in principle, and recommended to the Board of Governors that it approve the establishment of a Faculty of Health Sciences (as outlined in the proposal dated April, 2013 and as revised in August, 2013).  On October 8, 2013, the Board of Governors approved Senate’s recommendation.
With the Board’s approval in hand, the work to establish this new Faculty has begun.  As outlined in the Proposal, this work will be guided and overseen by an Implementation Steering Committee, and will require broad input and participation by faculty, staff, students and administrators.  Given the scope and scale of transition and implementation activities, a number of sub-committees will also be established to advise on transition/implementation issues related to specific areas/tasks.  To provide information and updates on this implementation process, a new Faculty of Health Sciences website has been launched at: