Welcome from the Associate Dean


On behalf of Dean, Michael Strong and all members of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, I want to extend to you a hearty welcome to our graduate and postdoctoral training programs. I believe you have made a very sound decision in joining our group of over 500 graduate students and 130 postdocs. We are here to ensure that your graduate studies and postdoctoral training will more than fulfill your goals and objectives and will provide you with a solid foundation for your career progression and development. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduate students in all of our 12 graduate programs. Over 30% of our graduate students are successful at obtaining external scholarship support for their studies. In addition, virtually all of our MSc and PhD students , publish their research findings in strong peer review journals and thus not only receive advanced graduate training during their degree programs but also contribute directly to the overall research productivity, innovation and discovery that the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is so proud of. Our Postdocs are among our most productive trainees. We value our Postdocs research skills, creativity, independence and fully appreciate their integral contributions to advancing the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry’s research and discovery mission.

You will find a very strong support network in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry that is available for all graduate students and postdocs during their time with us. Each of our graduate programs is headed by a program chair and a graduate studies committee. Each graduate student in all our programs will have an advisory committee along with their supervisor that are available to help guide the student through their studies to a productive and successful conclusion. We are working closely with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to provide our Postdocs with clear and consistent appointment procedures, orientation packages, and access to mentorship and career guidance opportunities.

In addition, my office is always available to assist you in any way that we can to make sure your training experience in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry is “as good as it gets”. I look forward to meeting each and everyone one of you, learning about your research projects and all the important discoveries that you will make during your time with us. Thank you for choosing our programs for training. Make the most of this opportunity.



Andrew J. Watson PhD.

Associate Dean of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Western University

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