Education Report

A new home base for students

It's a simple concept, but it's breaking new ground in Toronto: if our students are most effective when working together across disciplines, why not encourage them to hang out together?

Traditionally, hospital–based student lounges are divided by discipline: pharmacist students go to one place for their down time, and residents and fellows go to another.

A major focus for education at St. Michael's is helping students from different disciplines learn to collaborate in a clinical setting. When the St. Michael's Student Centre started planning for a space to help students recharge their batteries, it was only natural that this interdisciplinary philosophy shone through.

"There are students at St. Michael's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so the new Student Resource Centre is always open," said Sasha Miles, manager of the Student Centre. "Students can rest there, use meeting space to plan or discuss the day's events, prepare food in the kitchen, do their dictations, watch TV — even make popcorn in the in–house popcorn machine. It's a home away from home."

The space is near clinical units, so it's easy to access. It's the first time that St. Michael's students have had a place where they can all get together.

"It really highlights how much we value our students and their experience," said Miles. "We want to help our students do as well as they can."