At UHN, we strive to deliver Compassionate Care & Caring. Learn more about the services and supports that are available to you throughout your journey.
Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians,
staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make
the most of our resources.
At the heart of everything we do at UHN are our Healthcare Professionals. Refer a patient to one of our 12 medical programs. Learn more about the resources and opportunities available for professional growth.
University Health Network has grown to be one of the largest research and teaching hospital networks in Canada - pioneers in improving the lives of patients. Our long history of health professions education at Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret and Toronto Rehab hospitals has consistently advanced the science of education.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international
source for discovery, education and patient care.
Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community
and help others. At UHN, we welcome your contribution and offer different ways you can help so you can find one that suits you.
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Throughout each year, social workers participate in the Continuing Competency Program of the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. The goal is to maintain their clinical skills and remain in good standing with their college. They learn about specific programs and resources, attend workshops and seminars, and participate in professional development activities to maintain competencies and further develop skills and knowledge essential to the profession.
The UHN Social Work Professional Development Committee consults with our social workers to assess learning needs and organizes education events with a focus on areas for ongoing skill development, such as capacity evaluation in relation to long-term care placements or legal requirements for documentation.
UHN has an affiliation agreement with the
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, offering placements to first and second year, or advanced standing, Master of Social Work (MSW) students. MSW students from other universities are also eligible to complete the field practicum portion of their education at UHN.
The contacts for social work student education are:
UHN offers both direct clinical training and a research/program planning placement. Placements can be the traditional block placement, a shared model or a rotational model where the student has the opportunity to be supervised by more than one field instructor, which increases their learning opportunities and allows them to observe a variety of clinical approaches.
This innovative educational opportunity brings together students from a wide variety of health care disciplines for an opportunity to learn together and increase student awareness of the expertise of each discipline. By working in a group format, participants will also have the opportunity to learn more about team dynamics and communication skills on a practical level. IPE opportunities are offered at various times throughout the year and are completed within the student's regular practicum hours.
In addition, to increase the awareness of future physicians, nurses and other health care professionals regarding the role of Social Work in health care practice, social workers routinely participate in inter-professional education with the Faculty of Medicine, the Division of Palliative Care, Residents and Fellows, the Faculty of Nursing, and other Health Professions.
Community education to community organizations, professionals and the public at large is also offered by UHN social workers.