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…

Industry Leaders Bring Telehealth to Wound Care at No Cost During Coronavirus Pandemic

Swift Medical, SE Health, AlayaCare, Woundpedia, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, the Mayer Institute and many others are teaming up to connect patients with wound doctors, nurses, and experts – bringing immediate telehealth relief to thousands of Canadians. According to Wounds Canada, 30-50% of all health care in Canada involves a wound. With…

Every Ventilator Counts

One of the most serious concerns around the COVID-19 crisis is that hospitals won’t have enough ventilators to treat patients who become critically ill. UHN is turning to every resource for help. In mid-March, Michener’s leadership team asked the Respiratory Therapy department to ship any ventilator equipment they could find to Toronto Western and Toronto…

Michener Staff Answer the Call for Redeployment in a Big Way

  In mid-March, just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning in Canada, Michener’s Human Resources team put out a call for volunteers. In the midst of the pandemic, UHN was short on people to screen patients for the illness at hospital entrances and to help out at the staff Respite Centre. When Michener’s Manager of…

‘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…

Michener incorporates Artificial Intelligence into Foot Care program

According to Diabetes Canada, the amputation of a lower limb occurs in Ontario once every four hours, and according to Wounds Canada, 85 per cent of amputations from diabetic foot wounds are preventable. In an effort to improve this statistic, foot health professionals are seeking better ways to improve the accuracy and efficiency of wound…

Michener grad manages blood transfusion lifeline

As the blood transfusion laboratory manager at UHN, Alioska Escorcia faces a litany of daily challenges including high patient volumes, emergency cases, occasional blood shortages and always tight timelines. But the Michener alumna is taking it all in stride. “I am constantly learning new things and building on the knowledge that I have,” she says.…

Year in Review – Michener’s Top Stories from 2019

Welcome back! As Michener officially kicks off 2020, we’re taking a look back at some of our top stories from 2019. From the ways Michener’s students have had a profound impact on patient care, to how they’re adapting and transforming their careers with the emergence of disruptive technologies, these stories showcase the amazing dedication our…

Michener introduces new Chiropody Wound Care program

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN and the Toronto General Hospital Vascular Clinic are thrilled to be working collaboratively to offer a new Advanced Chiropody Wound Care program that began in the fall of 2019. Michener is excited for this opportunity that stemmed from the integration with UHN. This two-semester Fellowship program teaches best…