Medical Laboratory Science graduates join the fight against Covid-19

This past January, 74 Medical Laboratory Science students at the Michener Institute of Education at UHN completed their program and prepared to join the fight against Covid-19. Even before writing their licensing exam in February, many of these students were conditionally hired to work in labs, and some of them, to perform Covid-19 testing. Michener’s…

COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Vital Role of Medical Laboratory Technologists

With a surge in the number of Canadians being tested for COVID-19 in recent weeks, medical labs are finding it difficult to keep up with the growing demand. As a result of the pandemic, labs are being asked to handle more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests in a short amount of time, with numbers increasing every…

‘It’s a real tangible chance to make a difference with our skills’

When the call came, Ryan Wybenga and his colleagues were eager to help. As the volume of testing of COVID-19 swabs overwhelmed the capacity of Public Health Ontario labs, Ryan’s Shared Hospital Lab (SHL), where about 80 per cent of the core molecular team are graduates of The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, was…

Celebrating Michener’s Best and Brightest at Student Awards Ceremony

Fred Li was pursuing an academic career when he decided to make a change. Fred had recently completed a Masters degree in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University and, disillusioned by what a career in academia offered, was working for the Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Department of Pathology and Informatics. It was there that he…

The case for simulation

Prior to starting their clinical rotations, Michener’s medical laboratory science students spend 10 weeks in a simulated clinical environment as part of their summer semester. They perform tasks as they would in a real lab – everything from the tests and procedures they spent the previous two years learning, to having what one recent graduate…

Bridging the Generational Divide

For nearly a decade, Canadian employment projections have been calling for a so-called “grey wave” – an en masse retirement of the Baby Boom generation. But as the first cohort of Baby Boomers turned 65 in 2011, many of them are choosing to stay in the workforce well into their golden years. For many future…

What Michener students love most about their programs

Here’s a glimpse of a few Michener students talking about what they love most about our programs. Find out why patient interaction is one of Natasha’s favourite things about nuclear medicine, how being on the front-lines of cancer treatment motivates Kwee and how knowing her classmates inside and out is a unique advantage for Nicole. Find these students…

When medicine gets personal, Michener gets busy

The direction health care delivery is taking requires health care professionals to be more nimble than ever, and as we move toward integration, The Michener Institute and University Health Network are ensuring new health professionals stay ahead of the curve. Among the most revolutionary changes to how health care services are delivered to patients is…