AboutIt's an exciting time for all of us at the University of Calgary as we collectively undertake to become one of the country's top five research universities by 2016. Embarking on my new role as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, I am extremely proud to be associated with such an innovative medical school. We are breaking new ground in research and knowledge translation, achieving excellence in education, and constantly striving for improved and progressive patient care. We are pleased to offer the very highest level of education and training through our undergraduate, medical, and graduate programs. Delivering one of the few three-year Doctor of Medicine degree programs in North America, we are committed to patient-centred learning and hands-on experience early on. If you are considering joining us as a student, a resident, or as a faculty or staff member, I encourage you to explore our programs online. Our newly focused strategic research priorities reflect the central role of the Faculty of Medicine in the University of Calgary's current research plan. These priorities are: brain and mental health, chronic diseases, and cardiovascular sciences--areas in which we as a faculty already have recognized leadership, along with the most advanced opportunities to highly integrate our teaching and research efforts. The full breadth of our research will continue to be supported and expressed through all seven of our research institutes. These institutes, a partnership between the faculty, the university, Alberta Health Services, and in some cases philanthropic organizations, provide access to some of the finest and most advanced research facilities in the country - promoting widespread collaboration between scientists and clinicians and ultimately bridging the gap between lab bench and hospital bedside. These values are evidenced by international recognition for programs such as the cardiac electrophysiology and STEMI programs, the inflammatory bowel disease program and the Calgary Stroke Program.