Where We Are Headed

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Our accomplishments:

September 2014 - April 2016

Between September 2014 and April 2016, the Education Council defined strategic priorities and agreed upon a number of activities that aligned with strategic objectives within St. Michael Hospital’s Strategic Plan. Outlined in the table below are specific implementation priorities that laid a strong foundation to address the longer-term initiatives and several quick wins were implemented.

Projects, programs, and opportunities to come

St. Michael’s Hospital is uniquely positioned to transform how teaching and learning occur. As a hospital with a reputation for supporting the disadvantaged, providing leadership in critical care and engaging its urban community, St. Michael’s is the ideal living lab for health professions’ teaching and learning research. An unparalleled opportunity exists to create and optimize teaching and learning techniques in the actual setting where they matter the most (and have the most impact): at the bedside and in the community.

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

E-mail: education@smh.ca

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Establishing a Term Chair in Health Professions Teaching and Learning

Establishing a Term Chair in Health Professions Teaching and Learning

As the complexity of patient and community needs grows, how St. Michael’s teaches patient care and learns to provide patient care must respond – or better yet – lead the way. The chair position will provide the high level expertise needed to bring together the best of both worlds – excellent education for high quality care. This chair will be the first of its kind within an academic teaching hospital. It will leverage the clinical environment and the broader hospital community to study, create, implement, test, and optimize how we teach health professionals in the very context of care. It will help to close the gaps between how research says we should optimally teach health professionals, and the realities and complexities of hospital and patient communities. The Chair will position St. Michael’s as a world leader in bringing the best teaching and learning knowledge to take on the care of patients and communities.

Establishing a Professor in Technology-Enabled Education

Establishing a Professor in Technology-Enabled Education

Technology is revolutionizing the world at an extraordinary pace— nowhere more so than in medical education. Canada’s first Professor in Technology-Enabled Education will drive the adoption of technology to improve patient care and sustain lifelong learning. As training programs in health professions move toward competency-based models of education across the globe, there is an increasing need for robust high-quality, efficient, and cost-effective simulation-based training and assessment programs.

A Professor in Technology-Enabled Education will enable St. Michael’s to attract and retain a leading scientist and educator who can bring together the hospital’s local experts and lead technology-based programs with exemplary scholarship and best practices. The position will support St. Michael’s international Research Fellows who will study the design and delivery of innovative educational programs, inspiring learning around the world. The Professor will also align and uphold the hospital’s corporate goals through collaborative research, thoughtful innovation, and a commitment to enhance the quality in health care.

Education Research that advanced understanding of Reflection in Education

Education Research that advanced understanding of Reflection in Education

Dr. Stella Ng, Farah Friesen, and collaborators from TAHSN and Western University, published a paper in April 2015 that provided a critical narrative review to challenge the field of health professions education to do better in regard to one of its most popular educational foci: reflection and reflective practice. This practice has led to the implementation of checklists, portfolios and other tools to inspire and document reflection.

The paper received wide exposure. To date, 52 people tweeted about the paper, 24 readers bookmarked the paper in their electronic library on Mendeley, three writers blogged about the paper, and Dr. Ng was invited to discuss her research on a podcast.

While the nature of academic scholarship means that this recently published paper will not see its full impact through citations for some time, early indicators (altmetrics using scholarly social media) demonstrate the potential and emerging impact of this work in the field. This paper has begun to reshape both practice and theory around reflection in local and international contexts. For example, Dr. Ng was consulted by the undergraduate medical education office admissions leaders at the University of Toronto, Dr. Arno Kumagai recommended this paper as a “great reference on reflection,” and MedEdWorld has included this paper in its database of Key Journal Articles.

Innovation in Dietetics Training (PMDip)

Establishing a Professor in Technology-Enabled Education

St. Michael’s Dietetic Internship Training program has had a long and significant history in Dietetics training. The program started in 1936 and was nationally recognized for providing outstanding training for future dietitians. St. Michael’s offered the first Dietetics training program to become accredited in Canada and over the years, the program evolved to continually provide the most current and rigorous training for dietetics students. The program attracts high numbers of applicants and graduates successfully find careers in Dietetics.

St. Michael’s reached out to Ryerson University, one of its neighbours, and September 2015 marked the inaugural year of the collaborative St. Michael’s Hospital - Ryerson University Collaborative Professional Masters Diploma in Dietetics (PMDip).

This new collaborative program is an innovative and first-of-its-kind dietetics training model. The eight students are now Ryerson students and have the enhanced benefit of accessing student resources available at Ryerson. Resources between St. Michael’s and Ryerson are shared to increase efficiencies and consistency in managing students to ensure their success. The new structure enables St. Michael’s to deliver the program in a way that preserves its history, autonomy, and identity, while sharing policies, processes, documentation and program structure. St. Michael’s continue to provide on-site practicum coordination.

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

E-mail: education@smh.ca

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