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Survey shows that high school teachers are impressed with St. Michael’s co-op program

Toronto, December 2, 2014

By Michael Kidd

High school co-op students tour the Allan Family Waters Simulation Centre
High school co-op students, (l to r) Jessica Cordeiro Isidoro, Michaela Finn, and Ruby Jane DeVera, take part in a tour of the hospital’s Allan Family Waters Simulation Centre as part of their placement with St. Michael’s. Teachers rated the modules, assignments and tours component of the hospital’s co-op program a favourable 98 per cent on a recent satisfaction survey. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

Volunteer Services recently completed a satisfaction survey of high school teachers who have sent their co-op students to St. Michael’s. The results were overwhelmingly positive, with all of the scores well into in the 90th percentile, complemented by highly favourable comments. Teachers reported their overall satisfaction with the co-op program at 98 per cent.

“The co-op program offered by St. Michael’s Hospital is the best hospital co-op experience a student can receive,” said Christine Sabetti, a teacher from Runnymede Collegiate Institute. “The training, assignments, tours and other learning opportunities are outstanding.”

Respondents gave the program’s modules, assignments and tours a rating of 98 per cent. Other areas where the St. Michael’s program scored highly included the orientation of new students (98 per cent), opportunities for career exploration or job shadowing (98 per cent), and providing assignments and feedback (97 per cent).

Co-op students are high school students who are placed at St. Michael’s through Volunteer Services as part of an experiential learning program. Each year, 50 co-op students come to the hospital for a four-month assignment to earn high school credits. The co-op program helps students develop workplace skills, explore health care careers and better understand the science behind patient care.

Students spend the majority of their co-op time in their assigned hospital unit and they are overseen by a hospital staff member. “The staff are critical to the success of co-op,” said Sandy Gobin, the co-op program co-ordinator. “They make sure our students have a great experience here.”


How well does the St. Michael's co-op program meet your school's co-op objectives? 97 per cent.

Students follow a unique curriculum designed by St. Michael’s and have an opportunity to practice a variety of workplace skills, such as interpersonal communications. As the semester goes on, they are given more and more duties.

In addition, students participate in a series of tours, job shadowing and educational lunch-and-learn sessions. “When my students come to me asking for a medical co-op, St. Mike's is my first choice,” said Kathryn Stearns-Brown, a teacher from Oakville Trafalgar High School. “The extra modules are the best. No other hospital offers this.”

For more information: www.stmichaelshospital.com/volunteer/coop.php

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.