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What people are saying about the new medical school at SFU

Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley –

“I welcome the first steps of B.C.’s new school of medicine here at SFU’s Surrey campus. It is important that we continue to build a system open to everyone and provide effective health care for the people of the region. This space will ensure we equip the next generation of doctors with the skills they need to serve the people of Surrey.”

Dr. David Price, founding dean, SFU school of medicine

“Taking on the founding dean role for Simon Fraser University’s new school of medicine is both a huge honour and responsibility. I’m confident that our growing and diverse team is ready to tackle the job in creating a primary and community care focused medical school that all British Columbians will be proud of. The partnership and contributions of the First Nations Health Authority and Fraser Health among others will be critical to our success, and I look forward to developing and deepening those relationships.”

Richard Jock, CEO of the First Nations Health Authority

“The First Nations Health Authority is committed to transforming the delivery of health care for First Nations people living in B.C. We are partnering with SFU to ensure the new medical school integrates First Nations perspectives on health and wellness, and builds the foundation for a culturally safe health-care system.”

Brenda Locke, mayor of Surrey

“I am so pleased to see the new medical school at SFU’s Surrey campus moving forward in Surrey’s downtown core. Not only will it help address the shortage of medical professionals, but it will also bring economic benefits and enhance the quality of life for our residents. Surrey is committed to supporting this initiative and working with SFU and our provincial partners to make it a resounding success.”

Dr. Ralph Belle, vice-president, medicine, Fraser Health

“This new interim space at SFU’s Surrey campus is more than just a physical expansion, it’s a transformative leap toward addressing the urgent need for physicians in our communities. By investing in the education of future doctors, we are ensuring that everyone has access to the high-quality, patient-centred care they deserve. This initiative is a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to strengthening the health-care system.”

Tiffany Deng, undergraduate at SFU and prospective medical student

“As a member of the learner advisory committee, I am thrilled to help shape a curriculum that weaves together primary care, Indigenous knowledge and community partnerships. Knowing that I now have an active role in increasing the number of family doctors in B.C. feels incredibly rewarding. I firmly believe the new school will transform B.C.’s health system, making it one that advances community-based, patient-centred care.”