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New Education strategy and classrooms enhance learning opportunities at St. Michael’s

Toronto, September 17, 2014

By Heather Brown

Recap of the Education strategic plan
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The education portfolio at St. Michael’s Hospital has a new strategic plan which outlines its priorities for the next three years.

“This plan is the result of months of hard work and input from many individuals within the education portfolio, the hospital and our external academic partners,” said Dr. Patricia Houston, the vice-president of Education at St. Michael’s Hospital. “It builds off the great work that our portfolio has accomplished to date, including enhancing our student experience, increasing our continuing education and professional development opportunities and creating a new model for patient and family education.”

The portfolio’s vision over the next three years is to be leaders in health professional education. They will accomplish this by providing health education programs and services with the goal of enabling excellence in patient outcomes. They have chosen to focus on patient outcomes in order to demonstrate the impact of education at the hospital and in the health system. Outreach and opportunities are also important principles the team will use to achieve its goals.

Embedded in the plan are five strategic directions: learning collaboratively, engaging the patient, advancing academic practice, developing our people and driving quality through education. Technology and infrastructure are also key components of the plan and the portfolio will continue to leverage its cutting-edge tools and resources to enable groundbreaking impact across all its strategic directions.

“We believe this plan sets us on a course to achieve great momentum around enhancing our educational interactions with our patients and families, supporting collaboration amongst our peers and advancing our academic practice,” said Dr. Houston. “I’ve said in the past that we are all students and all teachers. While this is still true, I also believe that by learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.”

In addition to releasing its strategic plan, the portfolio also opened eight new classrooms and one simulation / Basic Life Support training room on the second floor of the Keenan Research Centre.

“The classrooms have been designed to enhance the learning experience for our students,” said Sasha Miles, the manager of the Student Centre and Academic Affairs at St. Michael’s. “Each classroom features a full-scale examining area which will help our students familiarize themselves with a treatment care environment before actually setting foot in one.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.