Michener Charity Committee creates surgical dolls for patients at SickKids

This workshop literally had the students in stitches. Volunteers from the Charity Committee at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN recently held a surgical doll workshop with the help of Project Sunshine, a non-profit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs for children and families facing medical challenges. “All the dolls made…

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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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4,000-lb ‘school supplies’ float into 11th floor downtown classroom

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN cranes CT scanner into 11th floor TORONTO – On Saturday, March 25, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN craned a 4,000-lb, 64-slice CT scanner from the corner of St. Patrick and Elm Streets into 222 St. Patrick Street through a window on the building’s 11th floor. The…

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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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Weather update: Michener St. Patrick Campus will be open March 14, 2017

A special weather statement has been issued for Toronto and surrounding area through this evening, overnight and tomorrow with 10 to 15 cm of snow expected by Tuesday night. We anticipate that the Michener St. Patrick campus will remain open and continue to operate today and tomorrow as there are a number of tests, events…

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How volunteers help select the next cohort of Michener students

The parking garage at your place of work has assigned parking spots. On leaving your spot, you are observed by the garage attendant as you back into a neighbouring car, a BMW, knocking out its left front headlight and denting the left front fender. The garage attendant gives you the name and office number of…

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Lessons in the patient experience from 2016 Convocation keynote speaker Judith John

Judith John was a seasoned professional working in the hospital and health care sector when she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Her experience transformed her perspective and opened her eyes to the challenges that patients often face with the health care system. She quickly became a passionate advocate to improve the patient experience…

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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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Philanthropic work of Michener alumni has global impact

What diseases or conditions do you think have some of the highest mortality rates? Different kinds of cancers or infectious diseases might come to mind, but according to Michener alumnus Laura Lee Kozody, the answer may surprise you. Diabetic foot ulcers, a major complication related to diabetes, have higher five-year rates of mortality than breast,…

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