A new hospitals system, with a stronger focus on education and research, has the potential to break down barriers within the research community by bringing researchers from different areas and backgrounds together, under one roof.

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Researchers at the University of Windsor look forward to being able to bring their research closer to patients and work alongside clinical researchers.

 “The development of the new hospital has added so much excitement to the research community because it really makes it more possible to bring an actual bricks and mortar research institute to Windsor.” Dr. Caroline Hamm, Windsor Cancer Research Group

WATCH: Dr. Caroline Hamm discusses her vision for a new research hub.


Our hospitals provide students from St. Clair College, the University of Windsor and Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Windsor Program, “hands-on” training and research opportunities.

Windsor Regional Hospital is the 3rd largest community teaching hospital in Ontario, but our outdated facilities are barely meeting the needs of students.

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Every year, Windsor-Essex hospitals provide clinical education experiences to:

  • 150+ Schulich Medicine students
  • 40+ students from around the world who undertake electives in Windsor/Essex
  • 376 medical residents
  • 12-24 visiting residents from other Canadian medical schools
  • 1000+ undergraduate and graduate nursing students
  • 300 four-year nursing student placements
  • 30 graduate students from PHCNP and MSc/NM programs
  • Other health professional students, ie. Social work, psychology, etc.
  • Students in the School of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and School of Community Studies at St. Clair College.


  • An increase from 3,400 to 13,000 square feet of space for Schulich students
  • Space for learning & teaching in ALL clinical areas (inpatient units, clinics etc.).
  • Additional conference/meeting rooms and workstations.
  • An auditorium.
  • Additional clinic rooms in the medical/surgical clinics and procedures section that are required to support the teaching role.
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By focusing on clinical research, a new hospital can strengthen the research and scholarship culture in this region, and put Windsor-Essex in a better position to recruit and retain top physicians, frontline staff and medical leaders.



  • Create a hub of education and research, which is as active, productive and high quality as other education centres.
  • Attract and retain medical nursing and health professional staff who are interested in teaching and research.
  • Provide a collaborative Windsor/Essex physician recruitment strategy.
  • Enhance partnerships with external stakeholders with respect to education, research, scholarship and practice.
  • Provide hospital based full time clinical academic physicians who will form the core of the department.  Other medical staff will be adjunct professors and will have the opportunity to progress in a streamlined approach to assist, associate and full professor if they desire.
  • Create a research and scholarship culture that is as strong as other medical centres.
  • Focus on clinical research and not basic research.  It will be integrated with community and primary care sectors in such a way that it supports building/maintaining a continuum of care and otherwise creates additional capacity across the healthcare system.
  • Create excitement for health-related careers that will result in increased applications from the best and brightest young Windsor/Essex residents – thus building a long-term approach to the issue of health processional recruitment and retainment.

WATCH: Dr. Lisa Porter talks about how investing in clinical research can benefit  local education and the economy.