Workshops and Lightning Talks

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Morning Workshops

Assigning a Review? Is it the Right Review for You?

Presenters: Marina Englesakis BA(Hons), MLIS, Melanie Anderson MLIS, Tim Tripp BSc, MLS

What is the right literature review for you? You might be aware that there are a number of types of reviews, but not really sure about the differences between them.
Join UHN Libraries staff as we tease out the differences between various types of reviews, how they might be evaluated, and where to get support when conducting one!

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop A

The Power of Stories: Fostering Learner Narrative Competence in Healthcare

Presenters: Sucheta Heble, M.A., M.S., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO  and Lisa McQueen, M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist (C), Reg. CASLPO

Narrative medicine in healthcare has benefits for patients, clinicians and the therapeutic relationship. By authentically interpreting and honouring patient narratives, clinicians can improve patient outcomes and cultivate their own reflective practice. In this interactive, interprofessional workshop, participants will explore and utilize narrative medicine techniques with each other and patient partners.

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop B

Incubating Team Reflection and Advancing Action Planning for Team-based Learning and Care Solutions

Presenters:Dean Lising, BSc Biology, BScPT, MHSc, Tracy Paulenko, MSc, BScPT, Sherry Darling, M.Sc., SLP(c)

This highly interactive workshop will equip you with the tools, resources and skills to help interprofessional healthcare teams work better together. Using the Advancing Collaborative Teams process, you will be able to facilitate learning about, from and with other team members to further develop your team’s performance.

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop C

Using Clear Communication and Teach-back to Partner with Patients in their Care

Presenters: Farrah Schwartz, MA and Kayla Basacco, RN,MN and Phyllis Mancini, MA

Teach-back and plain language are techniques for healthcare providers to ensure they have explained health information clearly to patients and families. This workshop will provide an overview of plain language skills, teach-back technique, its importance in any healthcare setting, and practical information on using teach-back in clinical and educational settings.

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop D

Preparing Tomorrow's Experts Today: Aligning Cognition and Pedagogy for Adaptive Expertise

Presenters:Maria Mylopoulos, PhD and Nikki Woods, PhD

Given the current pace of advancements in science, technology, and healthcare, our rapidly evolving society needs health professionals who are prepared to be adaptive experts. The future of health professions education must be re-imagined and optimized in order to develop the key capabilities of adaptive experts. For most educators, formal opportunities to engage with and discuss these topics are few and far between. The conversation started in this workshop will prepare participants to build a deeper understanding and improve their own teaching practice.

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop E

Facilitation: Engaging the Teacher Learner Partnership

Presenters: Kerry Knickle, L.L.M. and Nancy McNaughton, Ph.D., M.Ed.

This session provides opportunity for exploration of the challenges that health professional educators face.    Interactive exercises, feedback and facilitated discussion are designed for reflection and practice of effective facilitation approaches that optimize the learner experience.

Workshop Time: Morning Session | Workshop F


Morning Lightning Talks

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Our ehpic™ Experience: The Journey of PIPER

Presenters: April Huang RN, BScN, BMSc, MN, Vikas Patel and Samara Gravesande BA

Learners have expressed a desire to share stories of learning in the clinical environment with each other. Out of this need, PIPER was formed. This session will describe the journey of Peer to peer Interprofessional Rounds (PIPER). If we’re going to be working together, why not learn together!


Developing and Leveraging a Collection of Personal Narratives to Improve Compassion, Empathy, and Wellness in Healthcare

Presenter: Caleb Nault, BA, LIT

This talk draws attention to a special collection at UHN Libraries and highlights the benefits of personal health narratives, with an emphasis on graphic medicine in particular, as a pedagogical tool for cultivating empathy, compassion, and wellness in healthcare.


Fostering the Next Generation of Diverse Oncology Leaders Through the Summer Student Clinician Scientist Program

Presenter: Sandra Clark, MSc

Research shows that health equity increases when students from diverse backgrounds become medical professionals. The Summer Student Clinician Scientist Program at Princess Margaret aims to increase oncology career pursuit in underrepresented populations. This session outlines program goals, evaluation, and implementation logistics, and effects of oncology career sampling on diverse youth.

Morning Lightning Talks H

Employing Visual Human Narratives to Foster Skills in Observation, Communication and Collaboration in an Accelerated Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Presenters: Krysia Thériault, BComm, BScN, MN, RN CPMHN(C)

Utilizing arts-based activities to complement traditional teaching approaches in nursing education is becoming more prevalent.  Students in an accelerated baccalaureate nursing program participate in an art exhibit to develop their skills in observation, communication and collaboration.


Difficult Conversations in Cancer: An Effective Blended Training Program for Cancer Care Trainees

Presenter: Tylar Stringer, MSc

Oncology healthcare providers face difficult conversations with patients and family regularly but report feeling unprepared and fearful in anticipation of these conversations. A needs assessment was done at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a blended training program was developed. This session will discuss the program’s digital and in-person components, the advantages of each type of learning, and the effectiveness of the program in improving participants’ self-reported competence in having difficult conversations.


Turning Trainees into Trainers: Enhancing Knowledge Translation at UHN

Presenters: Jason De Melo, Ph.D, Education Lead, Office of Research Trainees (ORT)

To promote better knowledge translation, research trainees are becoming educators, sharing the knowledge and tools they are developing across UHN and around the world. This session will focus on how supporting our trainees’ educational aspirations also supports knowledge translation.

Morning Lightning Talks I

Improving Patient Hand Hygiene Rates and Reducing Clutter to Reduce Harm

Presenters: Nma Jerry-Egemba, BScN, RN and Robyn Huizenga, BScN, RN

Multi-Organ Transplant (MOT) nurses took on the challenge of tackling hospital-acquired infections by innovatively engaging their peers and creatively providing education while completing quality improvement projects.

This example will illustrate the effectiveness of peer to peer education.


Open Access Journals: Creating and Curating the Knowledge of Emerging Professionals

Presenters: Thomas Blennerhassett MSc, MI, and Juanita Richardson, MLIS MBA

Open access journals are a fast-growing and dynamic sector in the publishing industry. Learn how open-access works and how to design your own as a way of introducing and educating learners about academic publishing.


Role of a Balint Group in the Personal and Professional Development of Health Practitioner Educators

Presenter: Gulrukh Kizilbash MBBS MLT (Cytology) ASCP

Creation of academic Balint Groups for health practitioner educators are expected to promote personal and professional development by increasing collegial support, interdisciplinary collaboration, building empathetic teacher-student relationships, and preventing faculty burnout.

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The Conception of an Evaluation Program

Presenter: Sarah McClure, CTDP

Evaluating education programs beyond the assessment phase can be perceived as a daunting, yet necessary, undertaking. Our evaluation journey lead us to a realization that an evaluation program must be founded on a carefully chosen evaluation framework and a focus on data quality vs. quantity.


Enhancing Psychiatric Education through Podcasting

Presenter: Nikhita Singhal, MD

Does the idea of being able to learn where and when you want, in a highly engaging and easily digestible format, appeal to you? You’re not alone! Find out how podcasting is shaking up the educational landscape in psychiatry and medicine more broadly as an innovative teaching tool.


Embracing the Struggle

Presenter: Naomi Steenhof, BScPhm, MHPE, RPh

Struggle may be essential for constructing deep, conceptual understanding; however, most educators in Health Professions Education (HPE) tend to give learners answers quickly, before they have begun to fully understand the problem. This lightning talk will discuss the controversial role of struggle in HPE.

Afternoon Workshops

Two Hats, One Head! Integrating the Dual Roles of Clinician and Preceptor

Presenters: Rhona Anderson, DSc (Rehabilitation and Health Leadership) Candidate, MSc(OT Post-professional), BScOT Prof. Donna Barker, MSc (Rehabilitation Science), BScOT

The dual roles of clinician and teacher can be both exciting and taxing, especially when daily clinical demands are high. This workshop will share strategies that support effective teaching and management of clinical responsibilities and considers preparation, communication, and innovative practice.

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop K

Understanding the Impact of Health Literacy and Numeracy on the Research Informed Consent Process

Presenters: Naa Kwarley Quartey, MSc,  Karen Lawrie, MISt, Janet Papadakos, MEd, PhD

Many research participants do not understand what is required of them and sign consent forms without truly being informed of what the research objectives are and what participation entails. This workshop is meant to introduce research staff, trainees and students to the concept of health literacy in research to ensure every person who participates in research understands what they are agreeing to.

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop L

Writing Multiple Choice Questions that Work: Constructing Items that Assess Diagnostic and Management Abilities of Healthcare Professional Learners

Presenters: Katina Tzanetos, MD

Educators who are responsible for writing or choosing multiple choice questions to assess their learners’ abilities will be interested in this workshop. During the 2-hour interactive session participants will learn how to write, and will produce up to five, psychometrically sound multiple choice questions for healthcare students that they can be confident in. An emphasis will be placed on writing application-level questions that assess clinical decision-making.

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop M

Use of a Simulated Newsroom to Combat Fake News

Presenters: Blair Bingham, MD MSc ACPf DTMH

Narrative medicine has existed for millennia.  Storytelling regained prominence in medical education with the establishment of problem-based learning.  By using the story of a patient, it was thought students would better understand the educational objectives of a topic.  As residents search for ways of advocating for individual patients and the populations they serve, the role of storytelling can expand beyond PBL and onto the laptop and cell phone screens of those they seek to reach, be it learners, patients, or the public.

Our Simulated Newsroom workshop, run by doctor-journalists, begins with a brief lecture on foundations of storytelling, such as tension, counter intuitiveness, and timeliness. A ready-to-use algorithm will provide a framework as students take the roles of reader, editor, front page layout designer, and ultimately writer in a series of exercises. Finally, participants will apply the skills and principles taught in small group exercises and then write a news pitch!

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop N

The Imperative to Widen the Lens on Needs Assessment: Methods for Identifying Concurrent Profession-specific and Interprofessional Learning Needs

Presenters: Elizabeth McLaney, Med BA BSc(OT) OT Reg. (Ont.) 1,2,3, Mandy Lowe, MSc, BSc(OT), OT Reg. (Ont.) 2,3,4, Judith Peranson MD MPH CCFP FCFP 5,6, and Lisa Di Prospero, BSc, MSc, MRT(T) 1,7


  1. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  2. Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  3. Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto
  4. University Health Network
  5. St. Michael’s Hospital
  6. Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
  7. Department of Radiation Oncology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

This workshop highlights an approach to needs assessment which elicits learning needs within and across professions. A framework is featured for identifying and delineating perceived, unperceived and misperceived learning needs using the tool ‘12 Tips for Education NAs Through an Interprofessional Lens.

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop O

One Size Does Not Fit All – Transforming Clinical Education Through a Competency-based Learning Pathway

Presenters: Jiahui Wong, PhD, Mary Jane Esplen, PhD Mathew Gancarz, BSc, Samantha Scime, RN, MN, CON(C)

de Souza Institute developed a competency-based educational framework and a novice to expert learning pathway tailored to the needs of clinicians in different phases of their career.   The team will share examples and tools of curriculum design, and discuss important steps for a system-level approach to support CPD across UHN.

Workshop Time: Afternoon Session | Workshop P


Afternoon Lightning Talks

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Cognitive Load Predicts Point-of-Care Ultrasound Performance

Presenter: Rodrigo Cavalcanti, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Ability to maintain good performance with low cognitive load (CL) is an important marker of expertise. Incorporating CL measures in simulation training may help inform judgements of competence. We investigated relationships between demographic markers of expertise, CL, and simulator performance in point-of-care ultrasound (PCUS).


Plain Language and Patient Education in Systemic Therapy: A Formative Evaluation

Presenters: Eleni Giannopoulos B.Sc. (Hons), MMASc and Janet Papadakos, MEd, PhD

An evaluation of systemic-therapy patient education resources utilized in Ontario was conducted to determine if they adhere to plain language best practices. Resources were assessed for levels of readability, understandability and actionability using a combination of validated tools.


Building Capacity in Psychosocial Hopeful Care: An Interprofessional Learning and Knowledge Translation Program

Presenters: Sherry Darling, M.Sc., SLP(c), Jocelyne McKellar, MSW, RSW, Sylvia Chan, BSc.PT

Hope is critical to recovery for persons with stroke. Optimal psychosocial care requires an interprofessional approach. Learn how a cross-system team of frontline healthcare providers, leaders and patient/family advisors came together to develop an innovative learning and Knowledge Translation Program to build capacity in providing psychosocial hopeful care to persons with stroke and their caregivers.

Afternoon Lightning Talks R

A New Theory of Impact about Interprofessional Education in Clinical Environments

Presenters: Tracy Paulenko, MSc, BScPT, Darlene Hubley, MScCH, BScOT, Kathryn Parker, PhD,  Maria Tassone, MSc, BScPT and Mandy Lowe, MSc, BScOT

A Theory of Interprofessional Education (IPE) Impact in the Clinical Setting developed by the Centre for IPE, University of Toronto in collaboration with Holland Bloorview and UHN will be shared. This will include the most significant changes of IPE, the underlying IPE elements and the mechanisms for achieving this impact.


Driving Continuing Interprofessional Simulation Education Further and Wider

Presenters: Phoebe Lam M.Ed, H.BSc, RRT, CCAA, FCSRT, Miranda Hadzic, RN, BScN, MEd, CCC(N)

Structured interprofessional mock code simulations can be an answer to address the problem of how to provide continuing professional development in a rapidly changing system. In our presentation, we will discuss the approaches in designing and delivering a monthly Interprofessional Mock Code Simulation Program as well as explore strategies to engage participation from different professions at various levels of training.  We will also demonstrate how to use technology to improve the accessibility of interprofessional simulation education.


The Hidden Curriculum: An Approach to Interprofessional Conflict

Presenter: Lynda Mao, BScPharm, RPh, ACPR, BCGP

“Don’t talk to the doctor today. She’s not in a good mood.”
What are students really learning from you? This session reviews the hidden curriculum, interprofessional conflict, and how “unhiding” the hidden curriculum can empower students to be more empathic and patient-centred practitioners.

Afternoon Lightning Talks S

Real-World Simulation Learning

Presenter: Kevork Guerguerian, CTDP

Real-world simulation learning provides learners with a unique experience on how to practice their skills in resolving conflict during simulations with real time feedback from simulation participants. This lighting talk will reveal how learners engage in simulations and how it influences their level of confidence and awareness as leaders.


Creating Your Own Educational Podcast Series (it’s easy!)

Presenter: Julia Dmytryshyn, BMSc, MD Candidate 2022.

Podcasts are a convenient and modern way to learn about anything and everything, and this includes interprofessional medical education. Discussion topics will include the need and utility of podcasts as medical educational tools and a step-by-step description of how to create your own podcast series.


21st Century Digital Learning

Presenters: Sharon Ambata-Villanueva, CTDP, Katharine Fur, CTDP, Prosci

The emergence and innovation in Information Computer Technologies (ICT) made learning ubiquitous. While there is an abundance of content right at your fingertips, time and attention is scarce. This session will examine the juxtaposition of the challenges and opportunities in 21st-century learning.

Afternoon Lightning Talks T

Authoring and Othering

Presenter:   Kerry Knickle, L.L.M, and Kerri Weir, BFA

There is an ethical responsibility in creating case scenario for our students. How we create learning objectives, corresponding content and context all have critical implications for a fair and compassionate lens when representing issues that include culture, ethnicity, disability and gender.


Simulation in Action: Ethical Considerations

Presenter:   Nancy McNaughton, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Education is an ethical undertaking and as such requires us to have conversations about the value of different methodologies and potential effects that different approaches may have on learner and teacher alike.  Particular challenges during simulation based educational activities will be explored.


Connecting Education to Clinical Outcomes – Opportunities and Challenges

Presenter:  Jordan Holmes, MA, MRT(N), CHSE

Are you an educator or a researcher who is interested in linking education to clinical outcomes? This session will provide an overview of the contemporary clinical education outcomes literature, along with a discussion about the challenges and pitfalls inherent to demonstrating impact to clinical outcomes through education interventions.