University partnership benefits all
As one of McGillUniversity’s representatives on the Board of Directors of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, Dr. David Eidelman is attuned to the benefits that the new healthcare network brings to teaching and research.
In his role of Vice-Principal of Health Affairs at McGill and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, he underscores the importance of working closely with health care partners when it comes to their joint educational and research programs. Sixteen institutions within CIUSSS West-Central Montreal have formal working partnerships with McGill,
Dr. Eidelman believes the reform of our health care structure brings with it new opportunities. “There is now a vertical integration of many different (healthcare) services,” he says. “That translates into opportunities for improved trajectories of care.”
From an educational standpoint, he explains an integrated health care network like WCMH means medical students will have more opportunities to spend additional time in different learning environments. With the province’s objective of graduating more family doctors, this bodes well for the future sustainability of Quebec’s healthcare system.
As Dean of an internationally recognized medical school, Dr. Eidelman believes that the network’s structure is among its greatest strengths, since it integrates a variety of organizations that are involved in all components of care. In addition, he says, the system offers new opportunities to healthcare users by linking the organizations with which McGill has enjoyed long-standing relationships.
“The reform aims to bring services closer to the people who need them,” Dr. Eidelman says. With the focus shifting away from hospitalization, this “fits with the philosophy of a more family medicine-oriented system of care.”
For Dr. Eidelman, the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal network “is in a good position to become a model of excellence.”