Presentation Abstracts

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Reflect, Reconnect, Renew

  •  Reflecting critically on our past, present, and future
  • Reconnecting with ourselves and others
  • Renewing our passion for work and commitment to equity

Day 1 – Wednesday February 15th, 2023

10:15 – 11:15 (1 Hour Lightning Talks)

Lightning Talk - A

Towards collaborative practice: Mapping the potential outcomes of critically reflective practice in the context of clinical letter writing for children with disabilities

Presenters: Victoria Boyd MPC, PhD(c)

This presentation describes the findings and implications of a qualitative exploration of potential impacts of critically reflective practice. The presentation will outline key outcomes of clinical letters, which can be conceptually grouped as humanistic, communication, collaboration, advocacy, and service delivery outcomes, as well as writing practices that enable these outcomes.

Using a Nominal Group Technique to Develop a Science Communication Curriculum for Health Professionals and Clinical Researchers

Presenters: Naa Kwarley Quartey, MSc, Janet Papadakos, PhD

Effective science communication is fundamental to closing the gap from research and innovation to clinical implementation. Currently, a standardized curriculum on science communication, with global applicability, does not exist. Eleven science communication experts participated in a Nominal Group Technique to determine the core topics for an online science communication curriculum.

Lightning Talk - B

AI Adoption in Mental Health: Barriers and Learning Needs in AI Education

Presenters: Melody Zhang,MA, David Wiljer, PhD

A needs assessment was conducted to understand the learning needs among mental health professionals and their attitudes towards AI adoption. Findings pertaining to the importance of education initiatives that can raise the awareness of the practicality and relevance of AI among current and future mental health professionals will be highlighted.

Scaling the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence through Inclusive Education

Presenter: Jillian Scandiffio MSc, David Wiljer, PhD

The Clinician Champions program presents relevant opportunities for continuing professional development in the healthcare workforce. This presentation outlines the significance of equity-informed AI programs in educating health care professionals to increase AI competencies and confidence to accelerate AI implementation to improve healthcare overall.

Lightning Talk - C

Exploring the impact of ECHO Ontario Integrated Mental and Physical Health on participants’ approach and attitude towards the care of patients with complex needs

Presenter: Kathleen Sheehan, MD, DPhil, FRCPC

This presentation will describe how ECHO Ontario Integrated Mental and Physical Health (ECHO-IMPH), a virtual tele-education program, creates a community of practice that fosters practice change and influences participants’ clinical approach and attitudes toward patients with co-occurring physical and mental health concerns.

Assessing Nurses’ Learning Needs: Identifying gaps in continuing education to provide better support for nurses caring for patients undergoing radiation therapy

Presenters: Elissa Elten, Candidate for Bachelors of Science, Joint Major in Honours Health Studies and Social Development Studies, Jerusha Ellis, (MScBMC)

Listening to the intended audience on what they need the most, and incorporating it to the curriculum is the ideal method to developing an effective continuing education program. The de Souza Institute will share the results of a Learning Needs Assessment conducted with nurses caring for patients undergoing radiation therapy.

10:15 – 12:15 (2 Hour Workshop)

Workshop - D

The Art and Science of Facilitation for Educators: Engaging the Teacher Learner Partnership

Presenters: Kerry Knickle, LLM (ADR), Nancy McNaughton, PhD

This practical hands-on workshop provides opportunities to explore the challenges and fears that health professional educators face in experiential learning environments. Effective facilitation skills are broadly applicable across all practical learning contexts that include high tech virtual and live simulation encounters.

11:30 – 12:30 (1 Hour Workshops)

Workshop - E

Fostering strong communication skills in novice nurses through the use of paraphrases to improve communication and enhance patient safety during transfer of accountability (TOA).

Presenters: Karlos Enrrique Sun MN, BScN, RN, CNCC(c)

In this workshop, participants will be presented with different case scenarios where a report for transfer of accountability (TOA) will be crafted using the iPASS framework. Through synthesis of information, participants will then paraphrase the information from the TOA in a succinct manner to demonstrate their knowledge of their patients.

Workshop - F

Sparking the flame for learning: Becoming an expert in designing more motivating online instruction

Presenter: Adam Gavarkovs, ScM, AM, Ryan Brydges, PhD

Online instruction permeates health professions education. However, educators may be worried that they are putting their learners to sleep rather than motivating them to learn. We intend for this workshop to equip educators with the tools to become adaptive in designing more motivating online instruction.

13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour Courageous Conversation )

Courageous Conversation - G

Indigenizing Health and Social Care Education – How far can we go?

Panelists: Dr. Jodi Webber,MSW, PhD, Kyleen Higginson, SSW

We are all compelled by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to Indigenize our ways of educating. With most post secondary institutions now having mandates for equity, diversity, inclusion, and Indigenization (EDII) we will reflect on what has changed in the classroom. Can we ever really decolonize our curriculum within colonial institutions?

13:00 – 14:00 (1 hour Panel Discussion)

Panel Discussion - H

How can we maximize learning from safety events?

Panelists: Paula Rowland, PhD (Moderator), PhD, Sarah Tosoni, PhD, Lucas Chartier, MDCM, MPH, FRCPC, Laura Pozzobon, RN, MScHQ, CHE, PhD(c)

Learning from safety events is a key responsibility of healthcare organizations. How might we maximize learning from safety events? How does learning flow through the organization and where might it get stuck? How can barriers be overcome? What could be the role of educators in maximizing this learning? Come join the conversation and renew collaborations!

Day 2 – Thursday February 16th, 2023

10:15 – 11:15 (1 Hour Story Telling)

Story Telling - I

Tourette’s Syndrome from a Learner / Health Care Professional and Educator’s Perspective

Presenters: Alfred Lam, MRT(T) MA.Ed

Tourette’s Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by sudden, repetitive, rapid and unwanted movements or vocal sounds called Tics. Alfred Lam has had Tourette’s Syndrome all his life and was diagnosed since age 6. In this session, he will describe his experience from being a student in the Medical Radiation Sciences Radiation Therapy Program, a Radiation Therapy Practitioner and finally an educator in the Program.

3 years later; Reflecting on the Critical Care Nursing Program

Presenters: Stefanie Lamoureux, RN, BScN, MN, Klara Malkova RN, BScN, MEd, CNCC(C)

Just in time for a global pandemic, our accelerated nursing program has prepared nurses across the GTA with the knowledge and competencies required to practice within the critical care environment. Now, 3 years later, we are reconnecting with students and facilitators to share their stories and reflections of the program.

The Patient and Caregiver Journey-Ditching the Binders

Presenters: Brenda Agnew, Caregiver, patient advocate, parent partner, Kristy Dickinson, Patient, patient partner, rare disease advocate

The empowered patient/caregiver is becoming increasingly focused on their health and well-being and wanting to be in better control of the way their healthcare is managed. It is time to recognize patients and caregivers as valued partners in their healthcare journey, and they need to be equipped with the support, resources and tools make this happen. Brenda, as a caregiver to a medically complex child, and Kristy as a rare disease patient, will share their stories and lived experiences with the challenges and pitfalls of system navigation, the importance of digital record management and the impact of ditching the heavy binders of paperwork.

10:15 – 11:15 (1 hour Lightning Talk)

Lightning Talk - J

Improving Education for Cancer Patients: Health Literacy Assessment of Cancer-Related Whiteboard Animation Videos for Patients

Presenters: Jennifer Do, HBSc, Naa Kwarley Quartey, MSc

Whiteboard animation videos are creative tools often used for patient education. However, many videos leave patients feeling overwhelmed and distracted with the amount of information provided. Our assessment of cancer-related whiteboard animation videos revealed that the majority do not meet health literacy best practices.

Professional co-development for in-service Health Care Providers : Implications for Conceptualizing Learning and Instructional Design

Presenter: Nicolas Fernandez, PhD, Alice Kam MD, MScCH (HPTE), FRCPC

Workplace learning in Health Centers ensures that patients get optimal professional care. This kind of learning and instruction occurs continuously when providing care with colleagues and patients, challenging how we understand learning and instruction. Participants will gain insight into how to optimize their learning with colleagues in the workplace

10:15 – 11:15 (1 hour Workshop)

Workshop K

Peering in: The special needs experience

Presenters: Homam Albaghdadi, DDS, MSCH(HPTE), MSc, BSc(Hons)
“Peering in” is a metaphor for the primary goal of this workshop, which is essentially a reflective exercise. The aim of this session is to foster feelings of community, responsibility and motivation to care and/or advocate for a population often framed as requiring specialized training or formidable knowledge. It is a critical examination of the lived experience of patients with disabilities and our assumptions about our own, and their barriers to care.

11:45 – 13:45 (2 hour Workshops)

Workshop - L

Using Case Scenario Concept Mapping to Enhance Critical Thinking and Information Synthesis with Health Care Professionals

Presenters: Julie Gundry, RN, MSc(A), CON(C), Marcia Flynn-Post RN, BA, MHST, CON(C)

Concept Mapping is an innovative learning strategy in which learners use critical thinking to organize information presented in a complex scenario. Workshop participants will complete a concept map and receive tools to assist in adapting this learning strategy to their own clinical areas.

Workshop - M

Communication through dialogue: Creating opportunities for sharing knowledge

Presenters: Victoria Boyd, MPC, PhD(c), Jacquelin Forsey PhD(c), Amanda Binns, PhD, Reg.CASLPO

To achieve trusting patient-provider alliances, health professionals must be excellent communicators. Drawing on the collective insights of the communication and dialogue literatures, this workshop will provide participants with the ‘basic science’ of communication and prepare them to integrate this knowledge into practice through dialogue. Through evidence-based, hands-on activities, participants will gain knowledge and tools to engage in dialogic communication.

Workshop - N

How to create effective short instructional videos using screencasting software

Presenters: Lisa Cunningham, Claudia Palermo, Janet Yuen

An introduction to creating short instructional videos, with tips for best practices. Learn how to break down tasks into steps to be filmed, create a script, and work with screencasting software to edit a video.

Attendees to create a free Screencast-O-Matic account before class.

Workshop - O

Navigating tender conversations on fat, race, and wellbeing in the clinic setting

Presenters: Sonia Meerai, BSW, MSW, RSW, Meredith Bessey, MScAHN, RD, Dr. May Friedman BA, MA, MSW, PhD

This workshop will provide an overview of the problematics of Body Mass Index (BMI) among racialized people. Identification and co-creation of a guideline to implement in the practice of navigating challenging clinical conversations will be practiced by participants via role play and case study methods.

14:00 – 15:00 (1 hour Lightning Talk/Storytelling)

Lightning Talk/Storytelling - P

Lightning Talk: Female Concussions: New Information, New Interventions

Presenter: Eden Dales B.A., M.S.W

New research has demonstrated that females recover differently than males following concussions. Emerging evidence suggests that Females suffer with more complex symptoms and take longer to recover than males. Healing is prolonged when individuals feel invalidated in their suffering, especially when injuries are not visible. Education and awareness for health care professionals is vital. This Lightening talk will review key differences in how females experience concussion symptoms.

Story Telling: My accident on purpose a story about resiliency

Presenter: Michelle L. Francis, CHRP, CHRL

Meaning. Change. Purpose. … From the confines of a death camp walls, restriction of a his 7×9 cell, within the limitations of her physical chronicity – for Vicktor, Nelson and Michelle, transformation of the mind was how these Sur-thrivors™ experience their Journey from Trauma to Triumph.

There is research that has revealed reoccurring themes about how or why some people seem to be able to bounce back, weather storms or recover better, faster, stronger than others inspite of life altering trauma.

This analysis will look at the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM] as it relates to Adjustment Disorder, Anxiety & Depression and how ones World View can become a critical super-power in our ability to transform through adversity, to allow us to heal through self-sacrifice, service, volunteering – The Human Condition!

Lightning Talk - Q

A Canadian Standard for the Development of a Training Program for Human Research Protection to Promote a Learning HealthCare Institution 

Presenters: Alexander Karabanow, B.Sc., B.A.A., Michael Voth M.Sc., CQA

The education of aspiring research practitioners according to national standards for human research will facilitate the integration of research and clinical care and practice. Institutions can establish educational programs and oversight structures to promote a culture of research safety and quality facilitating the transformation into becoming learning healthcare institutions.

Closing a practice gap: Experiences implementing a student-led environment on an inpatient stroke rehabilitation unit.

Presenter: Nina Hovanec, PT, PhD, MPT, MSc. , Jennifer Joachimides MSC OT Reg. (Ont.)

Clinical environments are stretched for resources to meet patient needs. Interprofessional clinical learners have a unique capacity to lead development of creative models of patient care. Student-led environments (SLE) provide opportunities to address workplace practice gaps. We will share our experiences implementing an SLE on an inpatient stroke rehab unit.

Special thank you to the Toronto Rehab 9S Stroke Rehab Preceptors, Learners, and Working Group: Jameela Lencucha, Jennifer Joachimides, Lisa McQueen, Meredith Smith, Nina Hovanec & Tracy Paulenko.

14:00 – 15:00  Workshop (1- hour)

Workshop R

Medical Education Curriculum Development-Linking Theories to Practice

Panelists: Alice Kam, MD, FRCPC, Ching-Lung Huang, MD (candidate)

Educational theories are difficult to understand and apply, but crucial for curriculum development. Theories are also integral to competency-based medical education, an outcomes-based approach to the design, implementation, assessment and evaluation of medical education programs. This workshop focuses on understanding how learning occurs and the application of evidence-based learning theories.

14:00 – 15:00 (1 hour Podcast Discussion)

Podcast S

Is Anti-Professionalism on the rise?

Presenters: Paula Rowland, PhD

Healthcare workers were alternatively heralded as heroes and treated as villains through the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Is this ambivalence new or a reflection of a rise in anti-professionalism? Listen to Tom Galvin’s Reflections on Management and join the conversation. Do you think professionalism is worth preserving? Please note: we will be listening to this podcast during the session and discussing it afterwards.