A new plan has been approved in principle to reform the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.

The plan, approved Thursday by the university council, puts forward a vision for the college which focuses more on research and the reallocation of resources to improve teaching, while placing less emphasis on clinical service.

Three new vice-deans are also expected to be hired in the future.

The college is facing an accreditation review in March to ensure deficiencies are addressed.

Martin Phillipson, the university’s vice provost, says the financial impact of the plan isn't fully known yet. He says it will not affect the quality of service for students or patients.