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[Meeting minutes of the Senate of The University of British Columbia] 1947-11-27

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Thursday, November 27,1947.
A special meeting of Senate was held on Thursday,
November 27th, at 8:00 p.m., in the Board and Senate Room
to discuss the establishment of a Faculty of Medicine at
the University of British Columbia.
Present:  President N.A.M. MacKenzie (in the Chair),
Dean D. Buchanan, Dean J.N. Finlayson, Dean G.F. Curtis,
Mr. W.H. Gage, Dr. H. J. MacLeod, Mr. F.A.Forward, Dr.J.C.
Berry, Dr. G.H. Harris, Mr. F. Read, Mr. G.D.Kennedy, Mr.
H.N. MacCorkindale, Mr. A.R.Lord, Dr. J.M. Ewing, Mrs.K.M.
Beckett, Mr. K.P. Caple, Mrs. Sally Murphy Creighton,
Dr. A.E.Grauer, Mr. A.E.Lord, Dr. M. Dorothy Mawdsley, Miss
Florence S. Mulloy, Dr. G.G.Sedgewick, Dr. A.B.Schinbein,
Dr. F.A.Turnbull, Dr. J.F. Walker, and Dr. H.V.Warren.
Expressions of regret for their inability to be
present were received from Dr. C.H. Wright, Dr. W.N.Sage,
Dean F.M. Clement and Mr. H.O. English.
President MacKenzie asked Dean Finlayson as Chairman
of the Joint Senate-Faculty Committee on a Faculty of Medicine to read the report of the Committee which was presented
to Senate at the meeting on May 13, 1947, and which was
laid on the table at that time.  Dean Finlayson stated that
a further meeting of the Committee had been held, and that,
in view of developments in the meantime including a visit
of Dr. E.G.Hall, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
and now President of the University of Western Ontario, it
had been decided to change recommendation No.2.  The
revised report was then read as follows:
1.  That the Faculty of Medicine be established as
an integral part of the University of British
Columbia. 1356
Thursday, November 27th,1947.
2. That the establishment of a Faculty of Medicine
be planned with the ultimate objective of locating the Faculty of Medicine as a unit on the
University campus; but that in the meantime, if
it is impossible to establish a University
Hospital, the pre-clinical instruction be given
on the campus, and the clinical instruction be
afforded by facilities in existing hospitals -
a plan which is now about to be put into operation at the University of Western Ontario.
3. That steps be taken towards the erection of the
necessary buildings to house the pre-medical,
pre-clinical, and other allied services of the
Faculty of Medicine in association with other
University faculties and facilities.
4. That the proposals for establishment of an
Institute of Preventive Medicine on the campus
should be implemented.
Dean Finlayson)
Dr. Sedgewick ) That the report be approved.
In amendment:
Dr. Schinbein)
Dr. Turnbull ) That the report be dealt with
clause by clause.
At the suggestion of the Chair it was agreed that
the meeting should be open to general discussion of the
whole question before the motion and amendment were dealt
After considerable general discussion, the amendment
was put and carried.
Dr. Schinbein)
Dr. Turnbull ) That Clause 1 be adopted.
Carried without dissent
With the consent of the mover and seconder Clause 2
was amended to read as follows: 1357
Thursday, November 27th, 1947.
That the establishment of a Faculty of Medicine
be planned with the ultimate objective of
locating the Faculty of Medicine as a unit on
the University campus.  That in the meantime,
if it is impossible to e stablish it on the
campus, the pre-clinical years be given on the
campus and the clinical instruction be provided
in existing hospitals when, in the opinion of
the Senate and the Board of Governors of the
University, the facilities are considered
Dr. Turnbull)
Mr. A.E.Lord) That Clause 2 be adopted.
Carried without dissent
Dr. Ewing )
Dr. Warren) That Clause 3 be adopted.
Carried without dissent
Dean Finlayson)
Dr. Warren   ) That Clause 4 be adopted.
Carried without dissent
Dean Finlayson)
Mr. A.R.Lord  ) That the report as a whole be
The President requested that no publicity be given
to the decision of Senate until the recommendations had
been presented to the Board of Governors at their meeting
on December 1st and that he be given authority to issue a
statement to the newspapers following that meeting.
Dean Buchanan)
Mr. Gage    ) That this matter be left in the hands
of the President.
The President also recommended that insofar as
possible members of Senate should give support to those
trying to improve existing hospital facilities.  Any such
assistance would, in effect, benefit the University. 1358
Thursday, November 27th,1947.
The meeting adjourned.
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