In early 2016, The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences integrated with University Health Network (UHN), which encompasses four Toronto teaching hospitals. This idea of a school for health sciences within a hospital system is a first for Canada.
But it was a homecoming of sorts. Sixty years ago, a young PhD biochemist named Diana Michener started a medical laboratory science program in the basement of the Toronto General Hospital as a way to create best patient outcomes by standardizing practices and teaching protocols for hospitals. Today, the Michener Institute of Education at UHN includes not just the school of applied health sciences that evolved from Dr. Diana Michener-Schatz’s original design, but all education activity across UHNs extended hospital network. This new model of education, led by Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive Vice President of Education and Chief Medical Officer at UHN, seeks to close the gap between education, clinical practice and research by bringing learners, educators and researchers together in physical and virtual spaces, aligned around authentic problems and opportunities facing health care today.
To further close the gap between education, practice and research, Michener has launched a new Research Institute of Health Care Education. Increasingly, the intentional use and creation of knowledge and innovations to advance practice and improve patient experience and the health system are emerging as shared expectations across all professions. Quality improvement, research and innovation are emerging as essential competencies of health professionals. It is important that colleges and institutes step into this opportunity and responsibility to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s workplace; and, to find innovative ways for health care workers to continually learn and adapt to the changes imposed by influences such as automation and artificial intelligence. In a time of rapid technological and social innovation, it is paramount that we connect, collaborate and innovate across sectors, locally and globally, for the purpose of designing solutions to the pressing and complex issues facing education and health care. The new Research Institute of Health Care Education invites you to collaborate with us to help build capacity and transform the way we think, learn and innovate today and in the future.
To find out more about how to get involved with the Research Institute of Health Care Education and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN, please visit https:// michener.ca/research-institute/ and www.michener.ca.