Big Ideas: Digitally Enabling Education in a Learning System

If you asked a group of monks back in the 13th Century if they thought they would one day be replaced by a machine, I’m sure they would have said, “Are you kidding me? No one has as beautiful penmanship as I do, you can’t replace that with a machine!” Today, when you ask a…

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Michener Blog: Reflections from one of 150 Nurses for Canada

Canada 150 offers an opportunity for all of us to stop and reflect on the great country we live in and the opportunities that exist for us as Canadians. This year for me, it also marks a very special moment in my career: in celebration of Canada 150, I was recognized by the Canadian Nurses Association…

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Big Ideas: Creating defensible simulation-based assessments

Competency-based health care education means many things to many people. One thing everyone agrees on, however, is that how and how often educators assess trainees is changing. As the frequency of assessments increase, so too does the potential for appeals, or trainees challenging the outcome of an assessment. Can your competency assessment program withstand such…

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Michener Blog: The Truth Behind the Stigma

“Oh wow, that must be so sad!” “Isn’t it going to be really hard to be surrounded by cancer all the time?” “Are you sure you’re going to be able to handle that your entire life?” These are just a few of the very common responses I have received from friends, family and acquaintances upon…

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Michener Blog: Interprofessional Collaboration and Caring Safely – Let’s preach how we practice

Since 2010, a number of Michener radiation therapy alumni have been meaningfully engaged in the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) initiative. As radiation therapists, working in partnership is integral to our ability to provide safe and high quality clinical care to patients. By finding the means to integrate an appreciation for interprofessional collaboration into…

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Michener Blog: Open Access – Publish or Perish?

Open access publishing is an interesting and relatively new business model that’s received a lot of attention lately in academia. As defined by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, it’s “the free, immediate, online availability of scholarly research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.” Generally speaking,…

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Michener Blog: Reflections on compassion, teamwork and integrity

I have thought much, read much and struggled much with what to say in this blog. In the moving words of my colleagues, Dr. Susan Rappolt, Chair of the Department of Occupation Science and Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto, “Much has been going on in the world around us over the past few months…

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Michener Blog: Turf (Toe) Wars

In the latest post on the Michener blog, Antonietta Galati, Clinical Coordinator and Manager of the Chiropody Student Teaching Clinic at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN asks: could a toe injury possibly have spelled the Toronto Blue Jays’ postseason downfall? As the Chicago Cubs celebrate their World Series win a few weeks ago,…

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Michener Blog: See Something, Say Something – Canadian Patient Safety Week

In the latest post on the Michener blog, UHN President & CEO Dr. Peter Pisters encourages Michener students and other health care professionals to speak up for safety. This past month the spotlight has truly been on safety – last week was Canadian Patient Safety Week, and here at UHN we made October Caring Safely month….

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