Education is a priority at St. Michael’s Hospital. Our goals and objectives reflect the hospital’s vision of achieving excellent patient outcomes through leadership in health professional education. St. Michael’s commitment to excellence in education extends to all health professionals, hospital staff and students within all levels and departments throughout the organization.
In the fall of 2006, the executive team at St. Michael’s decided that the education directives in the 2004 corporate strategic plan were no longer sufficient to provide education direction for the hospital. Internal and external review subcommittees were formed to explore the future of education at St. Michael’s and to critically examine its strengths and weaknesses with respect to education and to gather expert opinion about the education environment externally. The findings were reviewed by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and as a result, a comprehensive Education Strategic Plan was developed in 2007.
Twelve strategic themes emerged from the planning process representing areas where St. Michael’s had significant opportunities. One of the opportunities identified was the need for a new strategic vision focusing on the investment in strong education leadership with an eye on the whole institution, accountability to the board of directors and visibility and recognition within the institution and beyond. As a result of this recommendation, a specialized and distinct vice-president for Education position was created in January 2009, which was identified as a core member of the Executive Committee. With the support of the VP Education, the education council initiated the planning process to implement the new Education Strategic Plan in March 2009.
As a result of the 2009 Invitational Education Summit, working groups were formed to develop and implement the short-term priorities that emerged from the discussion. The working groups included:
Focused on activities delivered by the medicine, nursing and health disciplines. The top priority was to develop an integrated education administration centre. The centre was created as a hub of activity where students from all professions are able to register, seek advice, address administrative issues and interact with each other. It provides a common area with resources for learners at St. Michael’s Hospital, streamlined registration process with web-enabled registration and up-to-date schedules of educational activities that benefit learners.
Focused on activities delivered through the Centre for Faculty Development, Leadership and Organizational Development and existing continuing education and professional development programs. New programming opportunities were developed with a focus on team performance, research opportunities and partnerships with external institutions.
Focused on supporting the creation and delivery of tools required to implement key priorities. The group reviewed emerging trends, implemented integrated learning solutions, and provided advice from an educational perspective on technologies essential to the Education portfolio.
In September 2014, the Education portfolio released its new three-year strategic plan. The plan is the culmination of an extensive internal and external scan, including individuals within the Education portfolio, the hospital and external academic partners, and builds off of the great work the portfolio has accomplished to date. This includes enhancing the student experience, increasing continuing education and professional development opportunities and creating a new model for patient and family education.
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.