As part of the Osteoporosis Program's mandate of excellence in teaching, our physicians regularly mentor and train medical students and residents. Our aim is to provide medical trainees of all levels with an improved understanding of the evidence-based assessment of patients at risk for osteoporotic fractures and the spectrum of available treatment options.
We offer weekly educational rounds for residents and trainees (every Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at Toronto General Hospital) and bi-monthly Toronto City-wide Osteoporosis Rounds (in collaboration with St. Michael's Hospital, Women's College Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre). Our program is also responsible for the calcium and bone metabolism portion of Toronto City-wide Endocrine Rounds (approximately 4 times a year). We have also partnered with the International Society for Clinical Densitometry to offer certification courses for both clinicians and technicians in the field of bone densitometry.
In an effort to meet the diverse needs of our students, we have also developed a unique and innovative online interactive educational tool in partnership with the Biomedical Communications program at the University of Toronto. This tool provides medical trainees with varying clinical experience and educational backgrounds a chance to enhance their understanding of osteoporosis and its management. Students can review concepts at an appropriate level prior to attending the clinic, as well as follow up on questions arising from patient encounters. We are continually developing and improving the online learning modules and hope to eventually provide educational materials that can also be used by nursing and allied health professionals, family practitioners and surgeons.