Workshops and Lightning Talks

Abstracts are available below!

Full program coming soon!


Stream 1: Systems and Institutions
Stream 2: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility
Stream 3: Virtual Learning Environments

Day 1 – February 9th

9:00-11:00 (2-Hour Workshops)

Authoring and Othering ...Extended

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

Cultural assumptions become embedded in scenario development for SP/student interactions. Patient’s stories are more than a collection of symptoms and findings.

Designing simulation-based educational opportunities involve a social responsibility to articulate the unique world views, culture, values, and beliefs that dovetail with the patient’s clinical presentation.

Please note: This is a continuation and extension of the 2019 workshop

The Power of Language

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Presenter: Dalia Al Mouaswas

Language is ever changing and evolving. In our increasing diverse and global environments, it is important to recognize and understand the power our words have on the people around us. In this workshop, we will explore the concept of inclusive language, why it matters and how it can impact and enhance a culture of belonging. We will also explore and discuss our role as healthcare providers, educators and learners and how inclusive language can shape and impact our practices. Through case studies and small group discussions, participants will be able to discuss and share experiences pertaining inclusive language.

BOOST!ing Mental Health Teams with Virtual Interprofessional Care

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Presenters: Dean Lising, Michelle McGeever

Additional Co-Presenters: Dr. Donna Romano, Manager, Mission & Values, St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto
Dale Kuehl, Advanced Practice Clinical Leader (Social Work), Acute Care Program, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Additional Co-Authors: Lynne Sinclair, External Development Lead, Centre for IPE at University Health Network, UT
Lisa Ali, Senior Director Clinical Strategy and Services, Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin
Belinda Vilhena, Director, Business Development & Centre for IPE Operations, Acting Director, Conference Services & BMO Education & Conference Centre, University Health Network
Sabrina Bartlett, BOOST! Program Manager, Centre for IPE at University Health Network, UT

An existing team-based care program was adapted to develop virtual team communication and client/family centered virtual care for mental health providers, leaders and teams. Participants in this workshop will experience a sampling of content and engagement strategies of this virtual team-based care program applicable to both IPE and practice context.

9:00-10:00 (1-Hour Workshops)

TaLE: Teaching and Learning Essentials for supervising/precepting in busy work environments (in-person and online)

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Presenters: Meredith Smith

This highly interactive workshop will equip you with essential teaching practices, resources and skills to precept/supervise learners in a busy work environment.  The Teaching and Learning Essentials (TaLE) provide a strong foundation for all teaching and learning partnerships, whether in-person or online.

9:00-10:00 (1-Hour Lightning Talks)

Morning Lightning Talk B

Assessing the effect of E-learning on perineal repair knowledge and skill acquisition: a pre/post-intervention study

Presenter: Ana Maria Iancu MD, MSc Health Sciences Education

The global pandemic has shifted medical education onto online platforms. E-learning is of particular value in an evolving educational context focused on maximizing social distancing and patient safety. We have created an E-module teaching resident physicians how to perform perineal laceration repair, which helped enhance participants’ knowledge and technical skills.

Trigger videos: an educational tool for virtual platforms

Presenter: Anuj Arora, Resident, MD, Deepk Dath, Professor of Surgery

We outline the application of a less commonly known educational tool called “trigger videos” to virtual medical education. Trigger videos are not “how-to” videos, but rather short, challenging scenarios with a cliff-hanger ending to generate discussion among viewers, which can be equally effective in virtual settings.

Keeping patients safe: leveraging asynchronous learning during the COVID-19 pandemic

Presenters: Eden Klein, Education and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Tina Papadakos MA(Ed)

eLearning as a mode of education has advantages including increased access, standardized course content, and options to personalize pace. eLearning also permits the widespread distribution of patient education content to users with geographic, economic, or logistical barriers. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person classes at Princess Margaret were made available via eLearning. All in-person classes were canceled as part of hospital-wide efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Designing and Delivering Virtual Laboratory Sessions: An Unexpected Journey

Presenter: Gulrukh Kizilbash, Professor Diagnostic Cytology

Gagné’s 9 Events of Instruction were utilized as a systematic approach to design and deliver virtual laboratory sessions in an online environment. The intention was to focus on the outcomes and behaviours of learners as a result of this training. This model of instructional design brought novice learners to an advanced level through synchronous/ asynchronous online sessions, creative use of resources and hands on virtual experience. This along with guidance and regular feedback enabled the learners achieve the competency standards as demonstrated by their final competency assessment. Student evaluations indicated learning material to be highly relevant, engaging and leading to increased knowledge retention.

Morning Lightning Talk F

Developing Canadian National Standards for Human Research to Mitigate Disruptions and Create a Culture of Research Safety and Quality

Presenters: Alexander Karabanow, BSc, BAA, Jacquelyn Legere, BN, CIPP/C

The world was unprepared for public health care systems disruptions and the Canadian research enterprise was no exception. Human research was particularly vulnerable as this sector has a fragmented and complex regulatory framework without any national standards. Human research standards development offers solutions for improving research safety, quality and education

Developing a systems approach to decision-making on safely allocating placements at a multi-site hospital during COVID-19

Presenter: Pamela Chan Senior Manager, BASc, MASc, MHSc, CHE,  Kara Ronald, Bsc(OT), MEd, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Other Speakers: Christinne Duclos PharmD, RPh, Elisabeth (Beth) Despres MSc (PT), Paula Shing PT, MSCCH, Celine Nathoo MSc (PT), Janice Hon OT, Reg. (Ont.), MCLSC, Sharon Choo Nursing Education Coordinator, RN, MN(Candidate), Maya Nikoloski RN, BScN, MN, GNC(c)

The COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges with regards to safely reintegrating learners to onsite hospital-based academic activity. Learn about Sinai Health’s decision-making framework and tools developed to implement a centralized systems approach to academic placements at a multi-site hospital. Key fundamental elements and critical success factors will be discussed.

Cancer 360: A 360 Degree View of Cancer

Presenters: Tina Papadakos MA(Ed), Sarah Storer MSc
Additional authors: Tylar Stringer, Meredith Giuliani, Nicole Woods, Maria Myopoulos.
Cancer 360 is an open-access course that consists of 12 asynchronous units on a wide range of topics to promote a holistic understanding of cancer and cancer survivorship. The course was put together on an accelerated schedule to provide virtual education in response to widespread program cancellations due to COVID-19.  Over 600 participants accessed the course between launch and course close September 4th.

10:00-11:00 (1-Hour Workshops)

How to engage learners from an interprofessional primary care audience? Best practices and challenges from Project ECHO at UHN, a virtual education program.

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Presenters: Jane Zhao, MSc.&  John Flannery, Director, MSK Rehab program

How do you engage learners from an interprofessional primary care audience? In this workshop, we present the successes and challenges of Project ECHO at UHN, a virtual education program. Best practices include facilitation skills and rich case-based discussions; challenges include creating safety through a virtual environment.

10:00-11:00 (1-Hour Lightning Talks)

Morning Lightning Talk G

Better Learning Through Collaboration: Optimizing a Virtual Workflow Using Knowledge Management

Presenter: Thomas Blennerhassett, Scholarly Communications Librarian, MSc., MI., Graham Lavender, Associate Librarian, MLIS
This lightning talk will demonstrate how you integrate knowledge management (KM) into a virtual workflow. KM facilitates the seamless transition of knowledge between collaborators by providing structure to file sharing and collaboration. A Michener knowledge management case study will be used to explain and explore the basic concepts of KM.

Designing Meaningful Clinical Scenario Questions for eLearning

Presenters: Jerusha Ellis,Education Specialist, MScBMC, CMI, Komal Patel, Nurse Educator/Facilitator, RN(EC), MN, CON(C), CHPCN(C), GNC(C)
Learn to write effective clinical scenario practice questions for eLearning modules! Using examples from de Souza Institute’s new palliative care course, this talk will provide you with practical strategies and a ready-to-use template for writing feedback that engages learners by showing them the consequences of their simulated clinical choices.

Rules of Engagement: Developing a Code of “Netiquette” in Virtual Learning Environments

Presenters: Ainsley Kempenaar, MD BScH(Kin); Jason Liang, MD BScH(Kin); Heather MacNeill, MD BSc(PT) MScCH FRCPC
Learning in face-to-face settings is well-established, but the rules of engagement in online environments are often less clear. Establishing “Netiquette”, or online etiquette, can be mediated by facilitated discussion, consensus-building and creative/collaborative solutions. We present one case example with medical residents to assist other learner groups transitioning to virtual environments.

Developing “webside” manner: supervising learners in virtual teaching environments

Presenters: Alifiya Goriawala BSc, BHSc, Canadian Certified Physician Assistant
This talk will introduce a “webside manner” framework for educators in a clinical setting to effectively support learners using process and content considerations in a virtual care environment.

Morning Lightning Talk I

Increasing Instructor Presence in Online Learning to Engage Learners

Presenter: Emily Kennedy, Clinical Nurse Educator, BNSc, MN (student)
This lightning talk and discussion will challenge your preconceived notions of professionalism in teaching. Virtual learning hinders face-to-face interactions creating disengagement from learners. Increasing an instructor’s perceived social presence can motivate learners and ultimately improve learner outcomes. Through clinical and academic practice, this discussion will explore evidence-based strategies.

Setting the stage: An online Academic Orientation to welcome and engage occupational therapy students during the covid-19 pandemic

Presenter: Jane.A. Davis Lecturer, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), OTR
Co-Authors: Jill Stier, Susan Farrow, Anne Fourt
Covid-19 restrictions have resulted in University programs shifting to online formats. Occupational therapy academic educators created an online orientation module — Setting the Stage — for incoming occupational therapy students. This module was created to support initial small group formation, and introduce knowledge on equity, diversity, and inclusion and professional reasoning

Adapting a skills-based simulation course to a virtual setting

Presenter: Naomi Steenhof, Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy – University of Toronto; Staff Pharmacist, University Health  Network 
This lightning talk will launch a discussion on virtual learning based on our experience adapting a simulation-based course to an online setting. We will discuss virtual platforms, supporting students, training staff, educating clinical instructors, partnering with standardized patients, and the adaptation of assessment materials

Flash is dead, now what? An introduction to H5P

Presenters: Mathew Gancarz, IT and Operations Manager, MMSc, Malcolm MacKinnon, Multimedia Developer
Flash is dead, so how can I provide interactive activities and content for my learners? Learn how you can use H5P, to create, share and reuse interactive activities in your browser. This will allow you to modernize your courses without needing to install any proprietary software

11:30-12:30 (1-Hour Workshops)

Leveraging a Tele-Mentoring Model to Support Healthcare Professionals’ in Delivering Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Presenters: Sanjeev Sockalingam MD, MHPE, FRCPC; Jenny Hardy, OT Reg. (Ont.)
This session will use relevant literature and presenters’ experiences to guide discussions around ECHO, a tele-mentoring model that can be rapidly adapted and mobilized to support capacity building in healthcare professionals that are providing care during the pandemic.

Online Learning to Engage the Brain: Theory and Tools

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Presenters: Jordan Holmes MA, MRT(N), CHSE, Smadar Shneider BA, MEd.
As educators around the world are engaging in an accelerated shift towards online learning, it is important that it aligns with the best evidence of how the brain processes media-rich content. Join us for an interactive workshop that will explore theories and practical tools that you can use to make engaging, effective online learning!

Working With Challenging Clients in a Virtual Age: Professional Boundaries and Self-Care for Health Care Workers and Administrative Staff

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Presenter: Eden Dales MSW RSW
With virtual service delivery, health care workers are exposed to continuous communication (potentially high risk) and exceeding demands from stressed clients in need of support, thus contributing to heightened stress experienced by health care workers and administrative staff. This presentation will provide education and tools for self-care and personal and professional boundaries

Reporting and Addressing Resident Harassment and Discrimination by Patients and Families

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Presenters: Dr. Tarek Abdelhalim, Dr. Leora Branfield Day
Through an iterative process to policy development, we reviewed existing policies, achieved widespread stakeholder engagement, involved human resource specialists and lawyers, and adapted all existing procedures into a streamlined process. The policy contains a clear reporting structure and process involving the resident supervisor (incident manager) and site manager (trainee manager) and ensures accountability and confidentiality.

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

Morning Lightning Talk N

Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19 Portal: Curating tools, resources and expert advice for the pivot to online healthcare teaching and learning

Presenter: Melanie Anderson
Co-Authors: Juanita Richardson; Tracy Paulenko; Gayatri Aravind; Thomas Blennerhassett; Jordan Holmes; Jill Krupa; Patti Leake; Mandy Lowe; Emma MacLean; Megan Marshall; Lisa Slack; Tim Tripp
Features of the Teaching and Learning in the Time of COVID-19 portal will be shown to highlight the range of information needs to rapidly transition to online teaching and learning due to the pandemic. The steps our team took to make the existing expert advice, education resources and research findable and accessible will be described.

Breathing Life into Elastomeric Half Facepiece Respirators

Presenters: Natalia Lavrencic, Quality Improvement Specialist. MN, BHSc, BScN, Sarah McDermid-Flabbi, RN, BScN, MN
This session describes a pilot of Elastomeric Half Facepiece Respirators (EHFRs) at a major hospital centre, as part of a larger N95 respirator conservation strategy. An interdisciplinary team conceptualized, tested, developed, and delivered education on how to safely use EHFRs in the clinical setting, where none had previously existed.

Importance of Healthcare Education and Support for Adaptability to Redeployment

Presenter: Rosa Seif, Nuclear Medicine Technologist MRT(N), HBSc, BSc MRS
Redeployment has become a common reality for many healthcare workers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has put their resiliency and adaptability to the test. It has challenged both educators and learners to work outside of their comfort zones, and learn many new skills. This can be quite overwhelming, and at times, our healthcare workers may feel the pressures to learn things quickly and for some, may lose their sense of place and purpose when entering into these new environments. We will be discussing the importance of having the right education to succeed in redeployment, how to stay resilient during hard times, and maintain a sense of purpose. Finally, we will also share our stories and experiences in redeployment, to hopefully give you more insight and encouragement.

Clinical Learner Reintegration: Determining and addressing preceptor/supervisor needs for safe reintegration onsite and virtually.

Presenters: Tracy Paulenko, Interprofessional Education-Care Co-leader & Educational Development Leader, Lisa McQueen, Speech-Language Pathologist
In collaboration with the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network, there has been a gradual return of clinical learners since early July 2020. To meet the identified needs of learners and preceptors/supervisors, resources were developed to ensure the ongoing safe reintegration of learners onsite and virtually at UHN.

Morning Lightning Talk O

Evaluating the feasibility and utility of machine translation for patient education materials written in plain language to increase accessibility for populations with limited English proficiency

Presenter: Janet Papadakos PhD, Med
Populations with limited English proficiency face comprehension barriers with health information that utilizes complex medical jargon and unfamiliar terms. The healthcare system is resource-constrained with limited funding for translation. We will describe why machine translation might hold promise for accurate translations of patient education materials written in plain language. We will also share results from a pilot evaluation

Helping patients with insufficient digital literacy skills access and navigate virtual healthcare

Presenters: Juliana Muema, Information Specialist MLIS, Sarah Laberge, Coordinator, Lisa Cunningham, Coordinator
Promote equality and access to healthcare by learning how to engage and train patients with insufficient digital literacy and helping them transition to virtual healthcare model.

Providing Virtual Education to Patients & Family: The Digital Education Prescription

Presenters: Naa Kwarley Quartey, MSc, Janet Papadakos PhD, Med
The Digital Education Prescription (DEP) is an online platform created to allows clinicians to email patients educational resources safely and securely. Access to the DEP has increased the ability for clinicians to deliver education to patients through virtual means and is an essential part of virtual care.

Adult Cancer Survivorship eLearning: Adapting high quality nursing education for patients and families.

Presenters: Karen Lawrie, MISt
On average, it takes an estimated 17 years for research to be adopted into practice.  Employing knowledge translation strategies to adapt current nursing education to patient content, as quickly as appropriate, ensures that patients benefit from advances in clinical knowledge without unnecessary delays.

Day 2 – February 10th

14:00-16:00 (2-Hour Workshops)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Identity: A Beginner's Guide to Power and Privilege

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Presenters: Lynda Mao, Pharmacist, BScPharm, Michelle Sharma, MRT(R), BMRSc
Trying to make sense of how social justice fits into your personal and professional life? As the call to dismantle systems based on privilege and oppression grows, it is time to become more aware of how your identity impacts you.

Talking about identity is hard. Here’s where to start.

Virtual Assessment and Management of Low Back-Related Symptoms: A Workshop for Novice and Experienced Clinicians

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Presenters: Marcia Correale (Physiotherapist, Clinical and Education Practice Lead for RAC-LB Operations),
Dr. Raja Rampersaud (Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, Low Back Pain Pathway Provincial Clinical Lead)              

This workshop will enable clinicians to identify suitability of virtual care; understand preparatory steps; and attain the clinical knowledge, skills, and resources to support a comprehensive virtual low back examination. The session will engage participants with didactic instruction, case-based learning, virtual polling and gaming, and online practical demonstrations.

Difficult Conversations in Health Literate Care: Converting an In-Person Training Program to Virtual Simulation in the time of COVID-19

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Presenters: Tina Papadakos, Senior Manager, Educational Design and Knowledge Translation Co-Director, Cancer Self-Management Research Centre Regional Lead, Patient Education, Sarah Storer MHSc. Education and Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Educational Design and Knowledge Translation
This workshop will include: a 15-minute discussion of the background of the course and how design was pivoted to virtual during COVID-19 lockdown; a comparative review of satisfaction data received to date; and a condensed experiential offering of the Difficult Conversations in Health Literate Care course with simulated patients

14:00-15:00 (1-Hour Lightning Talks)

Afternoon Lightning Talk S

Achieving competency in the CanMEDS roles for surgical trainees in the COVID-19 era: What have we learned and where do we go?

Presenter: Gary Ko, MD, FRCS(C)
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unanticipated challenges and opportunities to post-graduate surgical education. This talk will highlight considerations in adapting post-graduate surgical training to achieve competency in the CanMEDS roles during the COVID-19 era.

Exploring the Intersection between Academic and Professional Work Expectations for Undergraduate Post Diploma and Graduate Nursing Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presenters: Sherry Espin, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Sue Bookey-Bassett, Assistant Professor, RN, PhD
Co-Authors: Dr. Don Rose, RN, PhD Dr. Elaine Santa Mina, RN, PhD, Dr. Karen LeGrow, RN, PhD, Alyssa Indar, RN, PhD (student)
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant implications for students who are nurses. This qualitative descriptive study incorporated aesthetic reflections to supplement written responses. The results highlight the intersection between academic and professional work experiences for students who are concurrently working as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working With Community to Develop a Healthcare-Specific Cultural Safety & Anti-Racism Training

Presenters: Noor El-Dassouki, Research Associate, MSc, Lydia-Joi Marshall, Research Associate, MSc
Racism exists in the healthcare system, leading to inequitable healthcare access among communities marginalized by race. Our team will share what we learned from working with these communities to develop cultural safety and anti-racism training in the kidney transplant pathway to enable others to address racism and bias appropriately.

15:00-16:00 (1-Hour Lightning Talks)

Afternoon Lightning Talk T

How do you support clinicians and staff to continuously learn and improve their digital practices in caring safely for their patients?

Presenters: Sharon Ambata-Villanueva, Manager, Digital Education, CTDP
Through an online community of learners, anchored in the theory of community of inquiry (CoI), clinicians and staff can continuously learn and improve their digital practices in caring safely for their patients. There are three elements in the CoI: Teaching, Social, and Cognitive Presence. It is critical to develop strategies that support the three elements of the CoI framework to encourage continuous learning and improve digital practices in caring safely for patients.

In this session, an overview of how to employ all three presences in your learning design will be explored that will hopefully inspire participants to develop an online community of learners that encourage collaboration, peer support, and respect for divergent thinking.

Web Design in Cancer Care: Rethinking how the web can best serve the needs of diverse audiences

Presenters: Nicole Liscio, MSc, Tina Papadakos, MA(Ed)
Co-Authors: Janet Papadakos, MEd, PhD, Meredith Giuliani, MBBS, MEd, PhD, FRCPC
Applying best practices in accessibility, health literacy and digital design to the Princess Margaret website will help spur improvements to the site that will ideally empower patients and staff and improve health outcomes. A health literacy assessment will help determine any gaps in readability, understandability and actionability of the website.

Leveraging Digital Screens as Resource to Address Informational, Educational and Emotional Needs of Patients and Families

Presenters: Niloufar Deilami, Communications Specialist
Co-Authors: Nicole Liscio, Tina Papadakos, Janet Papadakos, Michelle Snow
Digital screens in hospitals can be leveraged as a resource to enhance the patient experience by addressing the informational, educational and emotional needs of patients and families. Key takeaways from patient, family and staff surveys were used to inform the creation of custom content in areas throughout the hospital.

Shifting in-person health education talks to the virtual environment

Presenter: Melissa Yan, Coordinator, Patient Learning and Development
The UHN Health Talks went virtual in September 2020 after suspending the in-person sessions due to COVID-19. This lightning talk will outline key success factors to making this transition while continuing to focus on the most important objectives articulated by patients.