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.


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
1971 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

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

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


Opening of Schatz Hall, a 47 unit student residences and centre

Post-Diploma program in Immunoassay launched


Post-Diploma Molecular Genetics program introduced

Post-Diploma Anesthesia Technology program announced Diploma programs extended to three years


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


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


Michener Alumni Association formed

First comprehensive four-year Acupuncture program in Canada launched Post-Diploma MRI program begins


Introduction of the Genetics Technology advanced diploma program, integrating Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics programs

Ultrasound Program offered in Trinidad (NIHERST)


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


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 introducedWorkshops presented in Mechanical Ventilation and Cardiovascular Perfusion in Chennia,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.


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 createdForeign-Trained Health Care Professionals Program Partnership with University of Waterloo for degree/diploma programs in Respiratory Therapy and ChiropodyThree 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.

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


Unveiling of the Philips Medical Systems Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning Laboratory

Sheela V. Basrur is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient


Launch of Student Viewbook I CD-ROM

Dr. David Naylor is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient


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

Dr. Robert Byrick and Dr. Daniel Klass are Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipients


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

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


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


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


October 2012 is the 40th anniversary of the building

Neena Kanwar is Michener’s Honorary Diploma recipient


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


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