Resources available to the graduate students are excellent. All student workstations, computer and audio-visual equipment, library, and staff and faculty offices are used exclusively for the academic program. Equipment is upgraded on an ongoing basis.
The program is located on two of the three U of T campuses. The primary location of BMC (approximately 485 square metres) is in the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex (HSC) on the Mississauga campus. Numerous additional computer labs (16 and 48 seat) are available in the adjacent CCT Building. This campus now includes the new Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, a $34-million library and information complex, and the new Recreation, Athletics and Wellness Centre (RAWC), which houses a fitness centre, elevated running track and eight-lane pool, as well as excellent graduate living spaces, all nested within a beautiful forested landscape along the Credit River.
The BMC program also has lecture and work space, including a seven seat computer lab, in the McCaul Building in the U of T St. George downtown campus. This location is within walking distance to the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), university libraries, 7 teaching hospitals, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as MaRS, the new Scientific Discovery District.
Currently there are 5 full-time faculty and 4 part-time faculty teaching in the M.Sc.BMC program. All BMC faculty are actively engaged in areas of the biomedical communications profession. Their creative activity is reflected in their teaching. Each year the BMC faculty make extensive revisions to the graduate curriculum to keep pace with changes in the field.
BMC faculty network broadly. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of Biomedical Communications, the potential for collaborative projects continues to expand. Many faculty members from other Divisions / Departments / Centres / Faculties of the University have become interested in scholarly projects undertaken by BMC faculty and students.
A major strength of the BMC program is the breadth of the basic and clinical sciences faculty from U of T departments including Surgery, Immunology, Pathology and Biology who support the program. These clinicians and researchers volunteer to critique student work and participate as Supervisors, Co-Supervisors or Committee Members on students’ Masters Research Projects.
Libraries & Laboratories
The Elizabeth Blackstock Library, housed within BMC, contains over 800 books. It provides BMC faculty and students with immediate access to all principal texts relevant to the program. The library houses some famous, rare, out-of-print books that include illustrations from pioneers in the field.
The University of Toronto Library System offers a superb source of publications (books and journals) as well as on-line literature related to the discipline, notably at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, Robarts Library, and the library of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library has an increasingly comprehensive collection of works, including books on the history of science and medicine with particular strengths in several areas pertinent to the BMC Program, including original copies of important anatomical atlases such as Vesalius’s De humani corpus fabrica.
BMC students have access to Grant’s Anatomy Museum in the Medical Sciences Building. The museum houses the original dissections made for J.B. Grant’s An Atlas of Anatomy (1943). This collection represents a superb resource of dissection specimens. Many of the illustrations in this popular text were originally drawn from the museum specimens by the former Chair of Art as Applied to Medicine, Professor Emeritus Nancy Grahame Joy. Lippincott Saunders Publishing Co. donated the original carbon dust and pen and ink illustrations from the Grant’s Atlas to the Division of Anatomy. These illustrations are presently stored in BMC.
BMC houses over 300 original illustrations that have been donated by some of the most prominent medical illustrators in Canada and the United States. The BMC collection is the only collection of its kind in Canada.
Basic and clinical science courses in the graduate program include advanced studies in anatomy and embryology, neuroanatomy, and pathology. BMC students utilize laboratories and dissection labs in those courses through the home departments. Students dissect as well as study from fresh tissues. BMC students have access to operating rooms in the 9 U of T teaching hospitals.
News & Announcements
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