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Harvey Weingarten

DR. HARVEY WEINGARTEN, PHD
PRINCIPAL, THE MICHENER INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION AT UHN

This report celebrates the impact of the health professions we teach at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, and impact of the individual health professionals who diagnose and treat Canadians in their homes, in hospitals and in community clinics.

These are the medical laboratory technologists who perform and analyze over half a million diagnostic tests a day in Ontario alone. They are the radiation therapists who administer radiation treatments to cancer patients, the cardiovascular perfusionists who operate the heart-lung machines that keep patients alive as they undergo open heart surgeries. They are genetics technologists and diagnostic cytologists who prepare tissue samples and biopsies to determine whether a tumour is benign or malignant; the imaging technologists who use CT scanners, X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and nuclear tracing to help diagnose disease and to direct and monitor treatments. They are the respiratory therapists who sustain COVID patients or premature infants on ventilators whose lungs are too damaged or immature to function independently. And they are the chiropodists who prevent unnecessary limb loss by proactively treating foot wounds.

Since founded in 1958, Michener has created programs that anticipated future shortages within the health care system and graduated thousands of students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to meet these emerging and evolving needs. We are proud of our accomplishments and theirs, and I invite you to read more about how they stepped up to the challenges our health care system presented over the past year.

As we look to the future, Michenerís goal is to be recognized as Canadaís foremost school of applied health sciences education, and among the best such schools in the world for the quality of our academic programs and graduates, and our impact on health systems and patient care. Calling that out through this Impact Report is one of many ways we will help spread the word about Michenerís unique and critical value to Canada and beyond.

Strengthening Health Care

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Michenerís contribution to our health care system has never been stronger than it was in 2021. Beyond the core job of producing Canadaís most in-demand and highly qualified health professionals, two groundbreaking new partnerships will help prepare more practitioners across Canada in the complex and technologically rich areas of health care where Michener has unique and advanced expertise.

New and revised programs in Cardiovascular Perfusion and Digital Health and Data Analytics will help plug system gaps by investing in the future of a profession that is critical to heart and lung surgery, and fill a need for digitally literate and data savvy individuals who understand how a modern health care system works.

Michener also recommended a micro-credential framework to ensure Canadaís health care professionals are more adaptable to changing technologies, patient needs and labour market realities. This framework also informed Michenerís increasing array of micro-credential offerings, including Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion taught at the state-of-the-art Temerty Advanced Surgical Education and Simulation Centre , as well as its expertise to help others develop their micro-credential courses.


Our Programs are in Demand+
Programs Applications
Received
2021
Fall Intake
Anesthesia Assistant 29 16
Cardiovascular Perfusion 258 18
Chiropody 132 36
Diagnostic Cytology 131 15
Digital Health and Data Analytics* 45 28
Genetics Technology 201 15
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 49 34
Medical Laboratory Science 771 74
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Technology 94 16
Radiation Therapy 139 52
Radiological Technology 138 39
Respiratory Therapy 583 34
Ultrasound 579 22
 

Boosting Support for our Students

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COVID-19 made student support more crucial than ever, but Michenerís donors, alumni and even the students themselves stepped up to support student success. Our 2021/2022 student council president Kayli Chen shared her story of financial stress and instability in the pandemic to communicate the immense need to support our bursaries and awards, helping grow our Scholarships and Bursaries fund .

Recognizing the importance of our professions, new donors partnered with Michener this year to create three scholarships: The Kevin Taylor Memorial Award for Leadership in Respiratory Therapy, The Wanda Peteanu Award in Digital Health and the Paragon Orthotic Laboratory Clinical Education Award for a graduating student. These new awards show that donors are investing in education and a bright future in health care.

Our student awards shine a light on how incredibly accomplished our students are and the impact they will have on the health care system. This yearís recipients of Michenerís two most prestigious awards, the Presidentís Award and the Dr. Diana Schatz Award, are true examples of how our students bring passion and heart to their profession and, with the support of our donors, can enter their careers with less financial burden.

Find out how weíre supporting students who need to relocate for clinical placements. Photo of a student dressed in Personal Protective Equipment working in their clinical placement.
The total bursaries awarded in the 20/21 academic year is $133,400 & the total student recipients are 87. The total bursaries awarded in the 21/22 academic year is $187,400 & the total student recipients are 132.
New donors respond to the call. Michener welcomed 27 new donors this year and raised 4,750 dollars for bursaries. Photo of students practicing their skills with Michenerís simulation equipment.

Future-Proofing Health Care

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Within a shaken health care system in 2021, Michener continued to address anticipated health system gaps. As the education hub for allied health professionals, Michener stepped up as a catalyst for change in health care , helping reimagine the health system we want for ourselves and our loved ones. Through the pandemic, Michener graduates continually proved their value to a health system traditionally focused on physicians and nurses.

This future-proofing lens also led to new opportunities for our learners. Michener supported a clinical partner by training its MRI technologists to share their skills and knowledge in an under-resourced hospital department. Michener also partnered with the Joint Department of Medical Imaging on a new opportunity at University Health Network (UHN) where students in their final year of a medical imaging program worked as clinical externs to lift some of the burden from exhausted hospital staff.

And there is no better example of future-proofing health care than examining how to bring artificial intelligence (AI) into our hospitals and clinicals. Michenerís Artificial Intelligence in Health Care Certificate Program armed health care workers to use AI to ease some of the pain points in their departments, and ultimately improve patient care.

Read about transforming mindset, skillset and toolset through AI. Photo of modern technology & Artificial Intelligence.
Applicants to our programs went from under 2,400 in Fall 2019 to 2,700 in Fall 2021. The areas where our graduates are on the frontlines of COVID care saw the largest growth. Medical Laboratory Science grew from 555 applicants to 771. Respiratory Therapy grew from 495 applicants to 583.
Discover how our professions are at the forefront of change. Photo of students watching a simulated medical procedure.

Extraordinary Academic Experience

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For more than 60 years, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN has provided an advanced level of education and training to generations of health care professionals - those we rely on for accurate and compassionate diagnosis and treatment of disease. Michener alumni like Jia Inacio carry this legacy and Michenerís commitment to advanced practice forward as they become health care leaders and introduce the next generation of graduates to the clinical setting.

While always ensuring our graduates are job ready on Day One of their careers, the superior academic experience at Michener also prepares students to incorporate new technologies into their future practice. This past year, Michener partnered to launch a virtual care initiative designed to improve wound care in vulnerable populations while reducing the need to travel. Michenerís faculty and staff also experimented with 3D printing to create innovative educational tools and technology that further enhanced our studentsí experience while learning virtually.

 
Supporting 40+ health professions+
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Michenerís Continuing Education courses, workshops and certificate programs help health professionals from more than 40 disciplines enhance their clinical skills and become system leaders, including:

  • Anesthesia Assistants
  • Chiropodists
  • Chiropractors
  • Clinical Management
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dentists
  • EEG Technologists
  • End of Life Care
  • Health System Leaders
  • Homeopathic & Naturopathic Doctors
  • Imaging Technologists
  • Informatics Specialists
  • IT Professionals
  • Kinesiologists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical Radiation Technologists
  • Midwives
  • Neuro-Diagnostic Technologists
  • Neurophysiologists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture practitioners
Award-winning education innovators (COVID + Critical care learning): COVIDcarelearning.ca supports over 16000 users
Governor Generalís Collegiate Bronze Medal recipient Roland Huynh holding his degree with Michenerís Registrar and former Chair of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Convocation. Meet a future genetics leader
Why Michener is the top choice: Graduates get high-quality jobs, Academic reputation of program, Teaches the right professions, Clinical placements, Academic reputation of the school. (Source: 2022 Applicant survey)