​2022 IMPACT

Message from Brian Hodges

Brian Hodges  

Welcome to UHN's first Education Impact Report. This report is unlike anything we've done before in the education portfolios. Our goal is to show you the incredible groundwork that we've accomplished in our four divisions – The Michener Institute, Clinical Education, Professional Development and Innovation and Research – so that we can plan and prepare for the future of healthcare education at UHN. I'm proud to show you our education vision and strategies for addressing some of the biggest healthcare challenges in recent times, in particular the immense health and human resource crisis that we're facing today.

Professional roles in healthcare look different than they did three years ago. Many of us are reinventing and reimagining our positions and finding creative ways to support and nurture our teams. To do this, we need accessible education so that we can meet these new needs and provide better care to our patients. Education must also be present at all levels from onboarding new staff to team huddles to leadership interactions. Everyone at UHN is part of the education team.

Other important initiatives at UHN, and essential steps in education, are Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Anti-Racism (IDEAA) and UHNWomen. We need to empower and better understand TeamUHN and the barriers for equity-seeking people within the organization. It's critical that we embed IDEAA and UHNWomen into our education environments, and our education departments are fully dedicated to this. I'm excited to see the work we'll do in collaboration with IDEAA and UHNWomen and as we fold this work into our teaching and learning systems.

I also want to congratulate the Epic team on the extraordinary launch of UHN's electronic patient records system in June 2022. This was a massive initiative that required rapid and clear education for diverse audiences across our hospitals.

Outstanding education leads to staff engagement, competence and staff retention. Education at UHN is committed to this notion, and together we will pave a bright future in healthcare.

Dr. Brian Hodges
Executive Vice President, Education, and Chief Medical Officer, UHN

The Michener Institute

Since founded in 1958, The Michener Institute has created programs that anticipated future shortages within the healthcare system and graduated thousands of students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet these emerging and evolving needs. Last year, Michener accelerated its long-term goal of ensuring Canada has an adequate supply of critically-needed health professionals by forming new agreements with Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia to help increase training capacity for healthcare positions that are in high demand. Michener also became the only school in Canada to offer a Master's degree in Cardiovascular Perfusion and launched a new program in Digital Health & Data Analytics to meet the needs of the healthcare system.

Thanks to the generous support of its donors, Michener offers over $84,000 in scholarships, bursaries and awards for students enrolled in full-time programs. In 2022, the school introduced two new scholarships – one in memory of Kevin Taylor a cherished colleague and leader across Canada's respiratory therapy community, and the Paragon Orthotic Laboratory Clinical Education Award.

For more than 60 years, Michener has provided an advanced level of education and training to generations of healthcare professionals – those we rely on for accurate and compassionate diagnosis and treatment of disease. Michener alumni like Jia Inacio carry this legacy and Michener's commitment to advanced practice forward as they become healthcare leaders and introduce the next generation of graduates to the clinical setting.

Clinical Education

With more than 6,000 clinical learners passing through UHN sites every year, clinical education and teachers are at the heart of providing rich experiential learning experiences and supporting the needs of clinical students, residents and fellows – our partners in providing the best care possible for patients.

Clinical education today is about building stronger teams and changing conventional models of care so that we can ease the load of healthcare workers and find creative ways to address the stressful staff shortage in hospitals and clinics. One example of this work is a clinical extern program to support clinical teams at the point of care. There are now 240 clinical student externs across UHN, the majority being nursing students, and many have been hired as new clinical staff at UHN. Another future-proofing initiative is a partnership between the Joint Department of Medical Imaging and The Michener Institute to support students in their final year of a medical imaging program to work as clinical externs and lift some of the burden from exhausted hospital staff.

With all of this work, learners at UHN need a physical space where they can study, hone their clinical skills and even decompress. Last year, UHN opened the new Education Centre at Toronto Western Hospital, and a similar space at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre opened in early 2023.

This education and progress couldn't happen without libraries curating and sharing accurate knowledge. And at UHN, we're now carrying our libraries around with us on our phones and laptops so that digital resources are available as soon as we need them. UHN's libraries are also embracing the concept of health narratives as a way to use personal stories for clinical learning – another example of how libraries are an innovative and ever-changing space.

The success of our clinical learners would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our clinical teachers – and we are supporting them with the educational tools and resources at every step. Our priority is to promote the growth of clinical teachers in their educational roles and opportunities for collaboration. We're grateful to clinical teachers who have worked so hard to keep our learners engaged and on-track, and who have become mentors to new and current healthcare professionals.

Clinical Learners, Pandemic volunteers and library statistics  

Professional Development

In our healthcare landscape, we're not educating people for the practice and patient care that we see today. Instead, we're anticipating tomorrow. At the same time, we're facing a critical shortage in health human resources; the biggest crisis in healthcare since the COVID-19 pandemic began. And as we aim to keep pace with this present reality and the future, professional development needs continue to change quickly.

This context of change and the need for rapid, new and innovative collaborations have led to the creation of UHN Education's new Professional Development division, with the goal of finding short- and long-term strategies to make education equitable and accessible to all of TeamUHN. This division is working to remove silos across departments, sites, programs and professions so that education is more integrated and embedded into everyday work and practice.

And the Professional Development team is well equipped to face this task. Many of them were part of planning and building the rapid-response education that happened at the beginning of the pandemic, including resources like – an award-winning online education package that bridges healthcare professionals' knowledge with the skills to care for those affected by COVID-19 in acute, long-term and community care settings. The Ontario Workforce Reserve for Seniors Support is another example of rapid health professions education which prepared people for two new roles in healthcare – Resident Support Aides in long-term care and Hospital Support Aides. These initiatives, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Ontario Health, were experiments in rapid collaboration.

Our initiative this year is the creation of UHN's first organization-wide Professional Development strategy. Along with Collaborative Academic Practice, Medical Affairs and People & Culture, our strategy strives to restore and inspire hope and meaning by strengthening our UHN culture of learning. Throughout COVID-19, shadowing and redeployment offered people a welcome change and a different way to connect to our organizational mission. We're exploring these models and others (such as mentoring and workplace-based learning) as part of our professional development strategy.

Although the Professional Development division is in the early planning and strategy phase, one thing is clear: the future of education at UHN is full of progressive learning solutions for all across the UHN network.

Innovation and Research

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The Centre for Advancing Collaborative Healthcare and Education (CACHE) worked with healthcare partners and students from health science and Personal Support Worker (PSW) programs to create advocacy and education projects that elevate the role of PSWs and advocate for their safety in the work environment. CACHE's Professional Development program, Virtual Interprofessional Teaching and Learning (VITAL), also received the Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence & Achievement in Faculty Development in the category of Innovation in Program Development and Design at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Education Achievement Celebration on May 18, 2022.

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The Institute for Education Research at UHN continued its signature, endowed annual lecture series in 2022, the Dr. Daniel C. Andreae President's Lecture on the Future of Work, with speakers including Dr. Freeman Hrabowski. TIER researchers also led impactful research on topics such as how to see critically, artificial intelligence for online support groups, unlocking the power of health data, caring for caregivers, a different approach to learning, the need for medical schools to demonstrate commitment to inclusion, how systemic racism impacts careers of foreign-trained health professionals and adaptive learning, to name a few.

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The Wilson Centre worked to empower and invest in a diverse TeamUHN by partnering with UHNWomen to deepen the support for scholarship for, and about, women in healthcare. Throughout 2022, the Centre published several studies, including Beyond the ratings: gender effects in written comments from clinical teaching assessments and Moving beyond 'think leadership, think white male': The contents and context of equity, diversity and inclusion in physician leadership programs, and received multiple grants to further investigate this topic. In May 2022, The Wilson Centre also hosted its annual Brian D. Hodges Symposium in a virtual format, focusing on the theme of Enactments of Power: A Critical Symposium on Health Professions Education.

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In 2022, UHN's new Temerty Advanced Surgical Education and Simulation Centre (Temerty Centre) began operating out of its location on the 12th floor of The Michener Institute, led by the Centre's Medical Director, Dr. Allan Okrainec. The Centre played host to a variety of both internal and external programming over the course of the year, from thoracic surgery residents from all over Canada to medical device companies running wet labs to support their curriculum and training. An orthopedic ankle lab in October provided a unique learning opportunity for Michener's Radiological Technology students. The Temerty Centre encourages you to visit their website, follow them on Twitter and to contact them at if you are interested in touring their space – the team would be happy to meet you in-person.

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