Presentation Abstracts

Abstracts are available below!

Full Program Coming Soon!

Stream 1: The Future of Work
Stream 2: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility in Education
Stream 3: New and Emergent Practice

Day 1 – Wednesday February 23rd, 2022

12:50-13:50 (1 Hour Lightning Talks)

Lightning Talk - A (Stream 1)

Continuing conversations: Examining discourses of wellness in interprofessional collaboration during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Presenters: Maya Fields: Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto & University Health Network, Brett A. Diaz, (1) The Wilson Centre, University of Toronto; (2)Centre for Faculty Development, Unity Health Toronto

Wellness is an emergent theme regarding COVID-19 and Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC). After examining two IPC-related conferences, we found that wellness appeared covertly and explicitly in IPC. We will extend our findings on wellness to prompt dialogue on skills and practices needed in post-pandemic health professions education.

Students Answering the Call: Rapid Implementation of a student clinical extern program during wave three of the pandemic. 

Presenters: Tracy Paulenko, BScPT, MSc, Jill Krupa, MLT, MScCH

In collaboration with many teams across UHN (e.g., Clinical Education, People and Culture, Collaborative Academic Practice and others), we will share and discuss the rapid implementation and evaluation of hiring interprofessional students as Clinical Externs at UHN to meet patient care needs during Wave 3 of the pandemic.

How to Find the Right Candidates for a New Program 

Presenters: Chiranjiv Phull, MBA, B.Sc. (Computer Science) Digital Marketing Advisor, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN.,Grace Acosta, B.S.Ed. (Honours)

Michener launched a new full-time program last year – Digital Health and Data Analytics. For many of those involved in the process, it was their first time developing and rolling out a new program. While many collaborated on various aspects of the process, the Communications and Marketing and Recruitment teams at Michener would like to share their learnings in designing a recruitment campaign for a brand new audience. This is essentially a crash course in digital recruitment marketing that could benefit anyone with a revenue generation or awareness raising mandate.

Lightning Talk - B (Stream 3)

Accelerating the Digital Learning Cycle 

Presenters: Sharon Ambata-Villanueva, MA Learning and Technology, CTDP, Tharshini Jeyakumar, MHI

In an era of rapidly changing healthcare milieu, education is vital in preparing care providers and staff to effectively use novel digital applications. This session will provide an overview of a learning cycle framework and how it can be leveraged to support healthcare professionals in enhancing their digital capabilities.

Real Time Question-Based Learning for Continuing Professional Development 

Presenter: Alexandra Rotstein, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Given the rise in question-based learning, this session aims to outline the question development process of a novel mobile application for continuing professional development.

Integrating cognitive theory of multimedia learning and self-regulated learning theory to support the principled design of digital learning technologies in healthcare education 

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

We will present a novel, integrated framework describing how learners engage with digital learning technologies, towards identifying a broad toolkit of instructional design strategies educators can use in their practice. We invite educators to share their practice-based experiences applying design strategies, and will also discuss our own lessons learned.

The Development of a Transformative Teaching Curriculum for the Care of Hospitalized Sickle Cell Patients with Vaso-occlusive Episodes 

Presenter: Fatima Khadadah, MBBCh, FRCPC

Despite advances in health practitioner education, educating internal medicine physicians about sickle cell disease continues to be inadequate. We discuss a transformative learning curriculum to help residents understand the different factors affecting the health of admitted sickle cell patients including inadequate pain management skills and anti-black racism in healthcare.

Lightning Talk - C (Stream 2 & 3)

Through the Looking Glass: Identity, IDEA, and Reflexivity from a Nursing Student (Stream 2)

Presenter: Mary Anne Olalia, 4th year BScN Student

With disparities in healthcare becoming a pressing priority, healthcare workers and students alike are called upon to participate in anti-discriminatory efforts. The question then arises: where do we even begin? Guided by a nursing student, peek “through the looking glass” and see how reflexivity can lead to IDEA empowerment.

Towards Robust Anti-Racism and Outreach Programs at UHN (Stream 2)

Presenters: Amanda Ottilia Veri, PhD, Molecular Genetics, Azadeh Yadollahi, PhD, Chair, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee at UHN Research; Canada Research Chair (Tier 2)

Building robust IDEA-focused outreach programming at UHN can inspire a more diverse and inclusive generation of researchers and healthcare professionals. Three outreach programs were launched to provide opportunities for racialized and equity-deserving youth to engage with UHN professionals and provide diverse role models, especially for Black and Indigenous youth.

Developing the Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute – A New Approach for Surgical Education (Stream 3)

Presenters: Mohammad Salhia HBSc, MEd, PhD (student), Karen Chaiton, Director, Business Operations, Dimitra Labrakos M.Ed, Sami Chadi, MD MSc FRCSC FACS FASCRS

A collaboration between Michener and UHN’s Department of Surgery, this Lightning Talk will outline the development of the Rectal Cancer Surgical Education Institute as an enhanced model of teaching and learning in surgery, leveraging patient and learner partnerships, and highlight expertise from more than thirty internationally renowned faculty.

14:00-15:00  (1 Hour Workshop)

Workshop - D (Stream 3)

Where in the World is Carmen San Jose?: The Case of the Missing CE Education Design Practices

Presenters: Jayzona Alberto, EdD, MS, Marilyn Mejia, Rokeena Williams, CHCP, CMP (eLearning Manager), Melanie Montoya (eLearning Specialist)

Double agents assemble! You’ll travel the world with Carmen San Jose as she trains you on educational best practices to combat the evil B.O.R.E.D. Inc. and their conventional education development for healthcare professionals.

Workshop - E (Stream 3)

Designing Meaningful Visuals for eLearning: Learn how to source and design meaningful images and graphics for eLearning modules

Presenters: Jerusha Ellis, Master’s degree in Biomedical Communications (MScBMC), Jiahui Wong, Manager of Curriculum and Program Evaluation at the de Souza Institute.

In this workshop, you will practice designing and selecting graphics that support learning and learn how to avoid graphics that hinder learning. Using examples from de Souza Institute’s online courses, you’ll learn strategies for selecting meaningful images, and how to source images using Creative Commons and Public Domain image resources.

14:00-15:00 (1 hour Storytelling)

Storytelling - F (Streams 1 & 3)


A Culture of Safety: don’t limit it to patient care (Stream 3)

Presenter: Vanessa Bruckschwaiger, MD FRCSC

A general surgeon’s story of dealing with severe depression during residency and how we need to apply the concept of a culture of safety to not only patient care, but to learner and health care professional wellness as well.

Call me by my name: Moral distress in community care (Stream 1)

Presenter: Jodi Webber, PhD candidate

This is the story of a community health and social care team facing an unnameable problem.  Moral distress experiences in community are invisible.  In the wake of COVID-19, we can no longer ignore the impact of the ethical challenges community professionals regularly face if we are to sustain the workforce.

Learning to Listen: Understanding Patients’ Stories in Speech-Language Pathology (Stream 3)

Presenter: Sucheta Heble, MA,MS,CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) frequently bear witness to patient stories of chaos, grief, love and hope. This storytelling session will highlight a SLP and student intern’s narratives inspired by their clinical patient encounters using a narrative-based medicine approach. Participants will be invited to reflect on how narratives influence their own practice.

The Other Side: A Health Care Professional’s Story of Supporting a Family Member with End Stage COVID-19 (Stream 3)

Presenter: Eden Dales, MSW, RSW

As an experienced social worker, I was immobilized with fear when my father, a celebrated family physician, almost died of COVID-19 .

With little known about the virus, and many limitations, I supported my family and his team with new tools. My experience will demonstrate the changes in health care post-pandemic.

15:15-16:00  (45 min Panel Discussion)

Panel Discussion - G (Stream 2)

Fat liberation in healthcare: Why and how should weight stigma and anti-fat bias be integrated into health and medical education?

Panelists: Christine Heidebrecht, MSc, Sonia Meerai, MSW., RSW, May Friedman, BA, BA, MSW, PhD Dianne Fierheller,  MSW, RSW, PhD, Amanda Hollahan, BSW

Anti-fat attitudes and discriminatory practices are pervasive in healthcare and can be deeply harmful to the health of individuals living in larger bodies. Lived experience educators and clinicians will discuss why it is critical to disrupt weight bias and stigma in health education and ways to design curricula to effect meaningful change.

Panel Discussion - H (Stream 1)

Imagining a future focused, equitable, and responsive “skills development ecosystem”

Panelists: Paula Rowland, PhD (moderator) Panelists: Foot and Wound Care: Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, Andrea Etherington, MBA BHScOT OT Reg. (Ont.),  CHE , Catharine Gray, Accelerating AI: Mohammad Salhia HBSc, MEd, PhD (student), David Wiljer, PhD, Dalia Al Mouaswas, HBSc, MEd (c) Personal Support Workers: Stella Ng, PhD, Nicole Woods, PhD

Leaders from The Michener Institute of Education and The Institute for Education Research will discuss their Future Skills Centre projects. The panel discussion will explore what it means to imagine a future focused, equitable, and responsive “skills development ecosystem” in the context of broad technological, demographic, environmental, and geopolitical change.

Panel Discussion - I (Stream 1)

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know! The Experience and Learning Needs of PSWs in Community Care Supporting Medications for Clients

Panelists: Sara Fung, RN, BScN, MN, Jennifer D’Onofrio RN, BScN, MSc, Christine Froude, PSW, and Michelle Amerie, client partner

In this talk, we examine the unique experiences of PSWs providing support with medication in the community, their learning needs, and opportunities for improvement. Qualitative data was gathered through a series of focus groups involving stakeholders such as PSWs, nurses, and clients.

Day 2 –  Thursday February 24th, 2022

11:30-12:30 (1 Hour Lightning Talks)

Lightning Talk - J (Stream 3)

Integrating Research with Clinical Care and Education to Create Learning Healthcare Institutions

Presenters: Alexander Karabanow, B.Sc., B.A.A., Jacquelyn Legere , BN, CIPP/C

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.

Lessons in Online Instruction in Hospital Libraries

Presenters: Raluca Serban, LIT, Caleb Nault, LIT

UHN Libraries offer many in-person, single session workshops. When UHN staff were mandated to work from home during the pandemic, it became imperative to engage our users virtually. In this session we will explore what the move to online instruction looked like, as well as challenges, successes, and lessons.

Transforming the Secondary Stroke Prevention Education Experience

Presenters: Jaclyn Gilpin, OT Reg. (ONT.), Sherry Darling M.Sc., SLP(c)

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person stroke education classes were provided at Toronto Western Hospital. To comply with social distancing guidelines, education had to pivot to a virtual platform. This session outlines the development and piloting of virtual education classes and how it supported healthy lifestyle changes and stroke prevention.

Lightning Talk - K (Stream 3)

Virtual Training Delivery for Health Information Systems – Best Practices in Pedagogy and Implementation

Presenters: Sharon Ambata-Villanueva, MA Learning & Technology, CTDP, Sarah McClure, CTDP

With the rapid adoption of technologies in the healthcare ecosystem, integrating education and technology is no longer an option but a necessity. In this session, Digital Education will highlight the results of a qualitative study they conducted when developing best practices in pedagogy and implementation of virtual training for health information systems (HISs).

Dialogue for change: Advancing the teaching and practice of critical reflection in health professions education

Presenter: Victoria Boyd, PhD(c)

This session will showcase the results and implications of an experimental study that demonstrated theory-informed dialogic learning can foster critically reflective practice in interprofessional learners. The session will enact the principles of dialogue to simultaneously share our study and model our teaching and learning approach with attendees.

Fully Flipped and E-volving: The redesign and hybrid future of an undergraduate clinical nursing course

Presenter: Mary Ann Fegan, RN, MN

This presentation will showcase the successful redesign and online facilitation of a clinical nursing course. Effective learning activities will be shared to highlight the flipped classroom and integrated course design approach. Attendees will actively engage in discussing strategies to further enhance learner engagement and socialization to the healthcare professions.

Lightning Talk - L (Stream 1)

When your interprofessional team includes a filmmaker and a florist: Lessons learned in on-boarding non-clinical staff to work with patients

Presenters: Amanda Beales, MAN, RD, CDE, Louise Pothier, SLP MRCSLT CALSPO reg.

Shortages of regulated healthcare staff exacerbated by the pandemic have resulted in the creation of patient-facing support roles staffed by persons without clinical training.  This presentation will discuss strategies to optimize the onboarding of non-clinical staff in providing patient support.

Optimizing our Critical Care Workforce Through Enhanced Education and Human Resources Partnerships

Presenters: Jennifer Lovering BHSc, BScN, RN, MN (student), Elizabeth McLaney, MEd, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont), BA

Critical care nurse staffing is a challenge which has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Sunnybrook has implemented a Project Manager for Critical Care Nursing Certificate Programs reporting to Nursing Education and Human Resources. This talk will highlight approaches and outcomes regarding increased training capacity and creating positive learning environments through this unique role.

Shaping the future of AI education for healthcare professionals

Presenters: Sarmini Balakumar, BSc, Tharshini Jeyakumar, MHI

This talk will explore the current landscape of AI education for health care professionals and provide recommendations for the future development of AI curriculum for health care professionals and organizational leaders.

13:30-14:30 (1 hour Workshop)

Workshop - M (Streams 1 & 3)

Barrier free healthcare access – Beyond stairs and ramps

Presenters: Janet Rodriguez, Patient Partner, Dr. Laurie Green MD, AFHT SMH

Barriers to care are a source of frustration for both sides; as healthcare providers, educators and learners, you can identify practical ways to implement inclusive and barrier free best practices for equitable and accessible care.

Workshop - N (Stream 3)

Interactive e-learning: How to make your virtual learning shine!

Presenters: Alice Kam, MD, FRCPC, Aisha Hussain, MD

Medical education has shifted from in-person to virtual learning since the COVID-19 pandemic.  Educators have witnessed the possibilities of virtual education as a tool to close the distance gap.   This workshop is designed for educators of all experience levels who wish to use eLearning with increased confidence in their setting. This will be an interactive and informative session covering topics including the evolution of eLearning, components of developing, managing and delivering eLearning, available online resources, challenges and benefits of integrating eLearning and effective strategies to mitigate the difficulties. The information will apply to various settings, including patient education, small or large group facilitation, ambulatory clinic and classroom settings.

Workshop - Y ( Stream 2)

Authoring and Othering Revisited: The Conversation Continues

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

Effective engagement of simulation has the potential to shape and shift ideas, beliefs, and attitudes about what it means to be a good health care professional.   As healthcare simulation educators we have a responsibility to consider the ethical and social considerations embedded in our work and ensure that scenarios created and enacted by our Simulated Participants (SPs) are educationally sound and clinically representative.

13:30-14:30 (1 hour Storytelling)

Storytelling - O (Stream 1, 2 & 3)

Off with my student hat, on with my clinical extern hat: Stories of working with future colleagues
(Stream 1)

Presenters: Ryan Christopher Floro, Hon. BSc, Emily Petipas, 4th Year Nursing Student (BScN)

Clinical externs tell their story of working alongside their future colleagues, supporting interprofessional team members and fostering the well-being of patients and families during the pandemic. They will share reflections on their work experience, contributions to the workplace, professional development, and what this means for their future work. Join us!

Journeys towards equitable healthcare for the 2SLGBTQ+ community (Stream 2)

Presenters: Cynthia Larche, BSc, Kelsey Vickers BSc

In our story, we will share how we were inspired to develop a student-led workshop within the University of Toronto’s interprofessional education curriculum on providing equitable healthcare for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We will discuss the importance of integrating equity work in healthcare curricula, against a background of broader social advocacy.

Professional Empowerment Program (PEP): How our PEP Program is shifting the landscape for team connection in an otherwise isolate practice. (Stream 3)

Presenter: Danielle McFadden, M.S.W., RSW

Learn how and why we implemented a Professional Empowerment Program and what the outcome has been so far. We will share tools to implement your own PEP Talk practice!

14:45- 16:00 ( 45 min Bring Your Own Problem + 15  min Closing)

Bring Your Own Problem - P (Stream 1 & 3)

Training Medical Professionals to Engage Patients on Climate Change and Health – How can medical schools train medical professionals to engage patients on climate change and the impact to patient health? What skill sets will be needed to engage patients on these complex issues? (Stream 1)

Presenter: Minna Allarakhia, Ph.D.

Exploring the role of virtual simulation activities as a component of chemotherapy and biotherapy education for nurses (Stream 3)

Presenter: Gayatre Maharaj, RN, MN, CON(C), CHPCN(C)

How do YOU use stories in education practice? (Stream 3)

Presenters: Jessica Babineau, MLIS, Melanie Anderson , MLIS

Bring Your Own Problem - Q (Stream 2 & 3)

Intimacy and Sex after Stroke: Normalizing the conversation by integrating sex and intimacy goals in stroke rehab (Stream 2)

Presenters: Vanessa Ong, MPT, Nina Hovanec, PhD, MScPT, MScHP

Stroke Rehab Playground: Optimizing patient experience and recovery by integrating clinical practice, education, innovation, and research through student-led environments. (Stream 3)

Presenter: Nina Hovanec, MScHP, MScPT, PhD.

14:45- 16:00 ( 45 min Panel Discussion + 15 min Closing)

Panel Discussion - Z (Stream 1)

Learner Panel: Changing futures with “non-traditional” clinical placements

Panelists: Jill Krupa, MScCH (HPTE), MLT, TBD

What can we learn from how learners are gaining clinical experience during a pandemic and a changing workplace?  Join this interactive panel discussion featuring healthcare education learners from various academic areas and professions, providing an opportunity to learn from and with students who have had a unique clinical healthcare education experience, an experience that is different from typical placements.

Day 3- Friday February 25th, 2022

9:15-11:15 ( 2 hour Workshop)

Workshop - R (Stream 2)

Health Equity and Social Justice through Experiential Learning

Presenters: Amanda Ottley, RN, BA Economics, BSc Nursing, Master of Nursing, Courtney Stone, M.Ed, Marlyn Henry, Tamaraleah Jackson, Bridget Weber, Karla Mae Baronia, BS Biological Sciences and BA Global Health

Participants will learn how to build equity into programming and course design. We will share learnings from a successful pilot, which placed online pre-health students with virtual experiential learning opportunities. Through reverse brainstorming, reflection and small group exercises, participants will develop an action plan to support their equity-based work.

Workshop - S (Stream 3)

ReVITALizing Virtual Competency Based Teaching on Teamwork

Presenters: Dean Lising, MSc, BScPT, BSc, Lynne Sinclair, MA (Ad Ed), BSc(PT)

A virtual interprofessional teaching and learning program was developed by the Centre for Interprofessional Education (IPE) to support local to international faculty delivering IPE programming.  Participants will experience a sampling of 6 competency based modules. Interactive team simulation videos, virtual engagement strategies and facilitation applicable to both IPE and practice context.

Workshop - T (Stream 2)

Teaching about Sexual and Gender Diversity in Cancer Care (SGDc) – an experiential teaching methods laboratory

Presenters: Samantha Scime, RN, MN, CON(C), Christian Schulz-Quach, MD, MSc, MA, FHEA, MRCPsych(UK)

The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate experiential teaching methods and their effectiveness in promoting inclusive, interactive and effective health care education. Learners will participate in a teaching methods laboratory (including videography; narrative medicine; simulation). Strategies to facilitate LGBTQ2+ safety and belonging in health care education will be identified.

Workshop - U (Stream 3)

Consistency is the Key to Success: Create Your Own Online Teaching Course Template 

Presenters: Diane N. Tyczynski, BSc. DCh. MEd. Tobi Mark, BSc DCh

Online teaching is challenging! You will leave this workshop with an online lesson template that can be immediately adapted into practice on a Learning Management System (LMS) platform such as Blackboard®. Reduce your stress and support student success with the addition of this template to your educator’s toolkit.

12:15-14:15 ( 2 hour Workshop)

Workshop - V (Stream 1)

Teaching Toward Complexity – Curricular Strategies that Prepare Health Professions Learners for the Workplaces of the Future

Presenters: Jordan Holmes, MA, MRT(N), Naomi Steenhof, RPh, PhD

The future of work will happen in complex environments, where professionals must adapt to new technologies, emergent teams, and uncertainty around “best practices”. Traditional HPE programs are not preparing learners for this future. In this workshop, we use theories from cognitive sciences to discuss this dilemma and tackle your curricular challenges.

Workshop - W (Stream 2)

Taking a critical look together at health professions education materials

Presenters: Patti Leake, BScH, Dip. Ed, MSc, Dalia Al-Mouaswas, HBSc, MEd(c)

In this workshop, we will use a critical reflection tool, critical analysis, and group discussion to learn to identify biases in health professions education learning materials. We will develop a list of possible responses to bias in learning materials, taking into consideration that many texts are required by regulatory colleges and cannot be easily changed.

Workshop - X (Stream 1 & 2)

Resisting Stigma: Let’s Talk About Mental Health!

Presenter: Christina Yurchuk, B.Ed., M.Ed

The only way to resist mental illness-related stigma in health care settings is to talk about mental health.

My goal is to raise our comfort level around mental health. I will introduce a mental health continuum, discuss risk factors for mental health problems, self-stigma, and the role of self-care in our professional and personal lives.

If we aren’t courageous in the classroom, mental illness-related stigma will continue to perpetuate shame and needless suffering in health care providers and patients alike.

What role can you play to resist stigma in your classroom or other health care setting?

This workshop is both a standalone workshop and an introduction to Mental Health First Aid (Standard) training.