Our History

The Michener Institute’s Story

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, initially known as the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology and later The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, was created in response to the educational requirements of health sciences professionals and to the continuing education needs of health care practitioners. The Michener Institute’s history of innovation goes back to 1958 with a Medical Laboratory Technology pilot program at Toronto General Hospital and it was Diana Michener Schatz who was instrumental in founding the institution.

Dr. Schatz developed a three-pronged approach to applied education, paying particular attention to the practical and clinical components of education by negotiating clinical arrangements with various sites to provide students with the most effective learning experience. Her vision emerged from her work as a clinical chemist at Toronto General Hospital.

The original program of Medical Laboratory Technology evolved from a multi-discipline approach to an integrated systems format. Since that time, most programs in Canada have emulated the pattern set by The Michener Institute.

Formal classes were started in temporary quarters in 1966 with the financial support of the Ontario Ministry of Health. In 1972, the institution moved to its present location at 222 St. Patrick Street in downtown Toronto, which is close to many major teaching hospitals. In 1990, the name was changed to The Michener Institute to honour the late Governor General, Roland Michener.

In the past 50 years, Michener has grown extensively. In 2006, the curriculum evolved to include simulation and interprofessional education courses, as well as clinical readiness assessments for each student. Current partnerships, including the University of Toronto, Laurentian University, Dalhousie University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, have allowed Michener to branch out academically in the past two decades.
Today more than 150 health professionals instruct on a full and part time basis at The Michener Institute, offering students access to a unique resource of clinical teachers and teaching material.

Chronology

1958 - 1987

1958 – Medical Laboratory Technology pilot program started at Toronto General Hospital
1961 – Continuing Education Programs started
1963 – Pilot program extended to 12 teaching hospitals
1967 – Toronto Institute of Medical Technology incorporated
1968 – Radiography program launched
1969 – Respiratory Therapy program introduced
1972 –

  • Opening of building at 222 St. Patrick Street
  • Nuclear Medicine and Cytotechnology Programs, first in Ontario

1974 – Launch of the Laboratory Assistant program
1976 – Anesthesia Residents Training Program introduced
1977 – Post-Diploma Cytogenetics Program, first in North America launched
1978 – First Continuing Education Traveling Workshops for northern and rural Ontario
1979 –

Post-Diploma programs in Immunology, Ultrasound and Virology Post-Diploma Program in Cardiovascular Perfusion

1981 –

Chiropody Program introduced in cooperation with George Brown College and Toronto General Hospital, first in Canada

1984 – Introduction of the Advanced Care Paramedic program
1987 – First Honorary Diploma awarded to Right Honourable Roland Michener

1988

  • Curriculum development in Radiography and Cytogenetics Programs for Higher Colleges of Technology in United Arab Emirates
  • Partnership with Toronto Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and George Brown College in workplace day care centres
  • Post-Diploma Program in Echocardiography offered
  • Research Department established with mandate to identify emerging trends in health care and develop new programs to meet changing needs

1989

  • Post-Diploma Program in Neonatology launched

1990

  • Name changed to The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences after the Right Honourable Governor General Roland Michener
  • Established satellite program in Respiratory Therapy in cooperation with Canadore College to meet needs in Northern Ontario

1991

  • Opening of Schatz Hall, a 47 unit student residences and centre
  • Post-Diploma program in Immunoassay launched

1993

  • Post-Diploma Molecular Genetics program introduced
  • Post-Diploma Anesthesia Technology program announced Diploma programs extended to three years

1994

  • Dr. Diana Schatz, Michener’s first Executive Director, retires and Dr. Renate Krakauer begins her tenure
  • Post-Diploma Vascular Technology program offered
  • Degree completion in Health Services Management offered through Ryerson Polytechnic University

1996

  • Articulation agreement for health sciences degrees in Medical Imaging, Laboratory Sciences and Biotechnology signed with Charles Sturt University in Australia
  • Post-Diploma Asthma Education and Sleep Medicine Technology (Polysomnography) certificate programs introduced, first in Canada

1997

  • Michener Alumni Association formed
  • First comprehensive four-year Acupuncture program in Canada launched Post-Diploma MRI program begins

1998

  • Introduction of the Genetics Technology advanced diploma program, integrating Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics programs
  • Ultrasound Program offered in Trinidad (NIHERST)

1999

  • Canada’s first Radiation Sciences degree/diploma program introduced with University of Toronto (includes Nuclear Medicine Technology, Radiation Therapy and Radiological Technology)
  • Radiation Therapy laboratory completed
  • Advanced Care Paramedic diploma program offered Toronto Centre for Acupuncture opened at Michener Ultrasound Program offered in South Africa

2000

  • Launch of the Assisted Reproductive Technology advanced diploma program, first in North America Acupuncture clinic opened in conjunction with Mount Sinai Hospital’s Pain Clinic
  • Applied Biotechnology advanced diploma program introduced
  • Workshops presented in Mechanical Ventilation and Cardiovascular Perfusion in Chennai, India
  • Programs in Asthma Education, Diabetes Education and Disaster Management Planning run in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Ultrasound Program offered in Bangladesh
  • Four-year ACCC/CIDA funded partnership program to provide medical laboratory technology ultrasound and echocardiography education to existing health personnel in the Palestinian
    refugee camps located around Lebanon.

2001

  • Collaborative degree/diploma program for Respiratory Therapy with Queen’s University New distance education programs in Ultrasound, MRI and Vascular Technology
  • First educational institution in Canada to get a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

2002

  • Degree/diploma curriculum for Acupuncture Program with Charles Sturt University in Australia created
  • Foreign-Trained Health Care Professionals Program Partnership with University of Waterloo for degree/diploma programs in Respiratory Therapy and Chiropody
  • Three year HRSDC funded Canada-European mobility project launched which offers student/faculty exchanges and e-learning opportunities to students and faculty in the Radiation Sciences program.

2003

  • Dr. Renate Krakauer retires and Dr. Paul Gamble becomes Michener’s third President and CEO
  • Partnership with Laurentian University and Cancer Care North for distance education program for Radiation Therapy
  • Ultrasound Program launched in Jamaica (University of the West Indies/SMRT)
  • Clinical Laboratory Quality and Operational Management Certificate offered in the Caribbean
  • Program in Echocardiography offered in Trinidad and Tobago

2004

  • Unveiling of the Philips Medical Systems Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Laboratory
  • Sheela V. Basrur is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient

2005

  • Launch of Student Viewbook I CD-ROM
  • Dr. David Naylor is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient

2006

  • The Michener Institute receives nod as a top contender for Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart National Awards in Governance
  • Michener establishes an educational alliance with Sorin Group Canada Launch of the Anesthesia Assistant Program
  • Introduction of New Curriculum incorporating three new educational philosophies: Interprofessional education, Simulation enhanced education and Health care competency
    assessment
  • Dr. Robert Byrick and Dr. Daniel Klass are Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipients

2007

  • The Michener Institute named one of Toronto’s Top 50 Employers
  • The Michener Institute receives second nod as a top contender for Conference Board of Canada/Spencer Stuart National Awards in Governance
  • Introduction of the Michener Senate
  • Unveiling of an integrated Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computer Tomography (CT) Suite
  • Chiropody Faculty share their expertise with the public at The Bata Shoe Museum’s Healthy Feet Exhibit
  • Michener and IMAC sign historic partnership and launch e-Health Rcord Sytem in applied health education
  • Dr. Amitai Ziv is MIchener’s Honorary Diploma recipient

2008

  • Michener celebrates its 50th Anniversary
  • Michener and Cryos Technologies establish an educational alliance that will enhance the simulation­education of Ontario’s Chiropody students by using Biovizion equipment
  • First issue of the new publication Michener Magazine released
  • Launch of the first simulated clinical semester, Michener Simulated Health Care Network
  • Mrs. Sonja Bata & Dr. Donald T. Stuss are Michener’s honorary diploma recipients

2009

  • Ground breaking of The Campaign for Michener: Stronger. Smarter. Better.
  • Michener aligns with CAE to build the CAE/Michener Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education

2010

  • Launch of the PA Consortium’s Physician Assistant program with the University of Toronto and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Opening of GE Healthcare- Michener Advanced CT Imaging Centre of Excellence
  • Grand Opening of the CAE/Michener Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education
  • Michener is asked to participate in Doors Open Toronto for the second time
  • The Michener Chiropody Clinic opens on-site on Michener’s campus
  • Dr. Marlene Scardamalia is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient

2011

  • Michener participates in Doors Open Toronto for the third year and is featured as one of the top buildings to visit in a Globe & Mail special pull-out
  • Dr. Vivek Goel is Michener’s honorary diploma recipient

2012

  • October 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the building
  • Neena Kanwar is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient

2013

  • Michener is recognized as a GTA Top Employer for the sixth year in a row
  • Michener CASE partners with SIM-one
  • Michener hosts the OAMRS Central Section Education Day
  • 2014

  • Michener partners with Elekta to advance radiation therapy simulation with the addition of Clarity
  • Michener is recognized as a GTA Top Employer for the seventh year in a row
  • Dr. Samir Sinha is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient
  • Michener welcomes Maureen Adamson as Michener’s new President and CEO
  • Michener adds Working with Seniors and Quality Improvement curricula to simulation semester to help better prepare students for the changing healthcare environment
  • Michener launches new CE partnership with CANM
  • 2016

    • The Michener Institute integrates with University Health Network to become The Michener Institute of Education at UHN