Student Experience

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FitzGerald Academy Clinical Skills Day: Learning through simulation

In 2010, St. Michael’s Hospital introduced a three-week course, Transition to Clerkship, with the University of Toronto. This course was designed to prepare students to work in the hospital as medical clerks, which also includes a clinical skills day. The Transition to Clerkship course is open to students enrolled in the FitzGerald Academy, a medical school academy housed within St. Michael’s.

Fast forward to 2016, the FitzGerald Academy now collaborates with the simulation team at St. Michael’s for an eventful day of practice and feedback during simulated medical crises. Utilizing simulation provides a safe and effective environment for students to learn and practice new skills from crises management to IV insertion to placing EKG leads. The Clinical Skills Day is the highest rated activity by students of the Transition to Clerkship course, garnering positive feedback, including the wish for more time to practice.

Student IPE Series and Student Café:

Supporting the student experience

New, collaborative-learning programming for students has been an important component of supporting the student experience. The Student IPE and Café Series monthly sessions have proven to be popular and well-received among students. Both series’ are accredited by the Centre of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto. There has been a large variety of student types that attend these sessions, including students from Health Disciplines, Nursing, Medicine, Research and Administrative/Operational (i.e. engineering, planning), and each session has an average attendance of more than 20 participants.

Sessions are facilitated by the collaborative programming group – a team of interprofessional leaders and clinicians – to ensure that the topics are timely, evidence-based and illustrative of education best practices.

The sessions are intended to be a safe space for any St. Michael’s student to learn with, from and about each other in a variety of contexts related to their roles as current students and future health-care workers. Topics from past sessions ranged from privacy and social media, death and dying, clinician mindfulness, difficult conversations and how to manage the informal curriculum. The overall programming is improved and enhanced via student evaluations completed after each session.

Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship

How does LInC help with Career Exploration? (Source: University of Toronto / YouTube: UofTMDprogram)

At St. Michael’s, the Education portfolio team imagined what a medical student clerkship would look like if it did not adhere to conventional, rotation-based divisions by disciplines (e.g., medicine, surgery and pediatrics). Instead, the hospital wanted to see what would happen if it allowed students’ learning to follow the patient.

In 2014, St. Michael’s partnered with the University of Toronto to pilot a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LInC). With engagement from every department, the program’s purpose is to give a select group of students a different type of clerkship experience.

The program met great success and it has allowed medical students to develop deeper connections with their preceptors and patients. Students developed their skills as strong advocates for their patients as they learned more about them and understood the impact of their experiences within health care. The program serves as a template that has informed five additional programs in other medical academies. Currently, 10 per cent of all students at the University of Toronto are participating in a LInC clerkship.

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30 Bond Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1W8, Canada

E-mail: education@smh.ca

Copyright © 2016 St. Michael's Hospital. All Rights Reserved.

 

Read the full report in PDF