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5th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference

Friday, November 18, 2016

Man presenting at education conference

Join us for the 5th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference: Innovation in Teaching and Learning on Friday, November 18, 2016. This full-day event will focus on innovation, from simulation to elearning to patient as teacher to leadership. Designed for the GTA health-care community and external partners in education, the day will include a broad range of world-class speakers, presentations, posters and interactive workshops.

Do you conduct education research? Submit an abstract for the 5th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference today!

With Keynote Speaker Ms. Mary Spio, President of CEEK VR Inc. Ms. Spio will provide a captivating introduction to Virtual Reality (VR) and examples of VR as an emerging technology for health care education.

At the conference, you will:

  • Examine new technologies and models for advancements in education
  • Discover innovation in teaching and learning for patients, families, students and health-care providers
  • Develop and broaden the scope of education through simulation
  • Foster collaboration with colleagues, experts and educators in health care

DATE: Friday, November 18, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

EARLY REGISTRATION COST: (includes meals and conference materials)

  • $80 for Sunnybrook staff
  • $120 for non-Sunnybrook staff

Registration after October 21, 2016:

  • $100 for Sunnybrook staff
  • $150 for non-Sunnybrook staff

STUDENT/TRAINEE COST: Free (You will need to show proof of student status)

WHERE: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Ave. McLaughlin Auditorium, EG18a.

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» Agenda

(Download the agenda or view web version below)

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre)

8:40 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. – Opening Keynote Address:

  • Ms. Mary Spio, President, CEEK VR Inc. (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre) - Title: "The Potential of Virtual Reality for Human Learning: How virtual reality could improve healthcare."

9:25 a.m – 9:55 a.m. – Discussion Panel:

  • Ms. Mary Spio

  • Dr. Fahad Alam

  • Ms. Cindy Plunkett

  • Moderated by: Dr. Ari Zaretsky, VP Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – BREAK

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Top Oral Research Presentations (See below for details)

11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – BREAK

11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. – Theme 1: Oral Research Presentation & Workshops

12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. – LUNCH

1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Theme 2: Oral Research Presentation & Workshops

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – BREAK

3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Debate: Be it Resolved that Health Professional Students Should Be Selected for Training Based on Personality Features. (Debaters Dr. Ari Zaretsky and Dr. Glen Bandiera; Moderated by: Dr. Jordan Tarshis)

3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Closing Remarks & Passport Activity Draw

» Top Oral Research Presentations

Plenary Session (EG61)
Moderators: Dr. Carilynne Yarascavitch & Dr. Ewa Szumacher

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Univore: A Healthy Eating App for Students


  • Brandon Tang, University of Toronto
  • Elizabeth Liao
  • Brad Kratky
  • Karen Keung

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Understanding barriers to interactivity in online continuing medical education


  • Mark Rapoport, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Dallas Seitz, Queen’s University
  • Andrew Wiens, University of Ottawa
  • Robert Madan, Baycrest Health Sciences
  • Marla Davidson, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jean-François Côté, Université de Montrèal
  • Vinay Lodha, University of Ottawa
  • Anysia Rusak, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
  • Marcus Law, University of Toronto

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Is artificial empathy enough? A qualitative study of Chinese medical student perspectives on the role of empathy in medicine


  • Linghong Zhou, University of Ottawa
  • Raphaël Nahar Rivière, University of Ottawa
  • Anna Byszewski, University of Ottawa
  • Heather Lochnan, University of Ottawa

» Workshop Descriptions

Woman listening at education conference

Improving collaboration, communication and resiliency: Improv theatre for medical education and faculty development.
  • Have you ever had an experience with a patient or colleague where you had to improvise? Medical Improv offers an innovative way to enhance the acquisition of CanMEDs competencies (e.g. collaborator, communicator and professional etc.) by health professional learners at all stages. This workshop will provide you with a basic introduction into the central tenets of medical improv and whet your appetite for more by immersing you in the fun.
  • Dr. Jeremy Rezmovitz, MD, CCFP, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Department of Family And Community Medicine; Lu Gao, MD, PGY-2, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Department of Psychiatry; Judith Peranson MD CCFP MPH, St. Michael’s Hospital, Department of Family and Community Medicine

Online design and the 21st century learner

  • Online Design and the 21st Century learner is an interactive workshop that will explore online course development. While working in small groups participants will delve into the difficulties and successes of the design process. We will be also looking at how to use current technologies in different ways so as to engage the 21st century learner.
  • Jane Mattson, MLT, Manager CE and Jennifer Levine B.A, B.Ed., M.Ed (Digital Technology)

Use of games as a strategy for interprofessional knowledge transfer

  • This workshop will introduce the notion of games and gaming components to enhance the learning experience. During the workshop, the development of the games using computer technology as well as low technology alternatives will be discussed. Participants will be provided the opportunity to explore ways of incorporating gaming into their educational initiatives.
  • Melissa Adamson RN, BScN & Angela Boudreau RN, MN, CON(C)

Making workplace-based assessment work for trainees, supervisors and training programs

  • Workplace-based assessments are an increasingly popular strategy to assess medical trainees' competencies in real clinical environments. The validity, utility, and fairness of workplace-based assessments are still debated, but recent medical education publications have shed light on ways to optimize the quality of workplace-based assessments. During this workshop, we will discuss how to design and implement workplace-based assessments that work for trainees, supervisors, and training programs.
  • Dominique Piquette MD, MSc, MEd, PhD, FRCP(C)

Choose your own adventure: leveraging SIM for online Interprofessional team-based responsive behaviour education

  • This session highlights the experiences of the Baycrest training and simulation education team in creating an interprofessional team-based e-learning solution to staff training in coordinating the management of responsive behaviours. Interprofessional cohorts were grouped together using a Moodle-based platform that could support the importance of social interactions, collaboration, and connectivism in the learning process. Virtual patient simulation, design your own adventure, and other innovative techniques are also featured during this interactive workshop.
  • Shoshana Helfenbaum BA MSW RSW DGrt; Cindy Plunkett, B.Ed. MET; Faith Boutcher, RN, MSc., EXTRA Fellow, and Lisa Sokoloff, MS, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Cultivating collaborative teams: Marrying education and practice

  • In an increasingly complex healthcare environment with finite resources, there is a push for health care providers to work more effectively in collaborative practice. For this workshop, presenters will explore the literature surrounding collaborative learning and collaborative care, familiarize participants with the St. Michael’s Collaborative Competency Framework, and offer participants the opportunity to work through designing and evaluating a collaborative learning to promote collaborative practice in their area.
  • Lindsay Beavers, (PT, MPT, BSc.Kin). Collaborative Learning Specialist, St. Michael’s Hospital; Debbie Kwan, BScPhm., Msc., Assistant Director, Educational Development, Centre for Faculty Development, and Beck McNeil, Project Manager, Education, St. Michael’s Hospital

Living your educator leadership legacy

  • For many of us, thinking of our legacy while still in the prime of our careers can feel premature. Yet with each interaction with each student, we leave behind an imprint of who we are and what we believe. In this workshop you will be guided to identify what matters most to you and what you wish to leave with your students. Through this lens, personal and professional decisions and relationships become easier. The result, looking back at the end each day knowing you have consciously made a difference in the lives of those you teach.
  • Surjeet Rai-Lewis, MBA, CTDP, Organizational Development & Leadership, Sunnybrook, Adjunct Lecturer, University of Toronto

Connect, engage, reflect: Using an online tool for interprofessional learning

  • An interactive flexible learning activity where participants will use an online taped simulation as a vehicle to analyze and reflect on a real life issue related to interprofessional collaboration; in this case integrating community members into an interprofessional group. Flexible learning strategies used to prepare this IPE activity and highlighted in the workshop include: Learner empowerment, Future-facing education, Decolonizing education, Transformative capabilities, Crossing boundaries, and Social learning.
  • Sanne Kaas-Mason, MA Ryerson University

Transformative education: using the affective domain (emotion) to produce caring and active learners

  • How do I get my learner’s to care? How do I create a learning environment where learners are actively involved in the learning process? A great deal of what is needed to enable active learning rests in an educators ability to share a vision, follow emotion and intuition, while influencing others to share within the vision. This goal of this workshop is to work through activities that offer us some strategies to begin building relationships with our learners that are co-constructive and empowering.
  • Mike Filipowitsch, M.ed., Learning Strategist, TuesdayAfternoon Media Inc.

A video is worth a thousand words: integrating video playback into simulation debriefing

  • Do you have an interest in using video to enhance the outcomes of your simulation debriefing exercises? Join us for an overview of best practices from the literature and our experiences at The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. In this interactive session, we will use video-based cases to collectively plan and execute video-assisted debriefing.
  • Jordan Holmes, B.Eng, MRT(N). Manager, Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education, and Beata Pawlowska, PhD. Manager, Centre for Learning and Innovation

Failure to fail: factors, perspectives and strategies

  • This interactive presentation will share results from the literature, build on participants’ personal experiences and use cases to illustrate the challenging process of working with a student whose performance is lower than expectations. By discussing the issues from the perspectives of the clinical instructors, the institutions, and professional regulations, we hope to explore the multifactorial, complex decisions that need to be made and the consequences of inaction. The workshop will provide strategies to facilitate the decision making process and conclude with asking the participants for recommendations for the academic institutions to further support clinical instructors during the process.
  • Brenda Mori, BScPT, MSc, PhD, Director of Clinical Education & Community Affairs, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy, and Cathy Evans, BScPT, MSc, PhD, Graduate Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy

Experience based design: Improving education by integrating the patients' experiences

  • By understanding how to elicit and use the patient's perspective in improving our delivery systems, workshop participants will leave with an awareness of good process design, effective listening skills and tools to incorporate the patient's voice. A simulation of the co-design experience involving workshop participants and patients will facilitate learning about this new quality improvement tool. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the simulation, and integrate their own learning into teaching opportunities.
  • Guna Budrevics, Performance Improvement Specialist, CPHQ, CTDP, and Genny Ng, Bsc, RRT, Project Coordinator - Performance Improvement

Virtual reality - Just a toy unless we use it properly: current uses in patient education and future direction

  • This workshop will provide a general scope of the current use for VR within patient education. It will also outline the cognitive learning theories underpinning its use and how best to create future VR tools using such models. Additionally, this workshop will discuss the literature available surrounding the use of VR not only in medicine but also from other realms. We will discuss how we are implementing VR technology in our own centers and the results of our efficacy trials. Lastly we will highlight, with examples, current popular tools needed to create 360 video such as cameras and viewers in order to provide recommendations on how to use them in ones own learning curriculum
  • Fahad Alam MD, FRCPC, and Clyde Matava MB ChB, MMed

Staying passionate about our work & learning: The importance of resilience & self-care

  • Working as members of the helping profession, we are profoundly affected by the work we do. Compassion fatigue is often referred to as the “cost of caring” (Figley, 1982). Healthcare workers are at an increased risk for stress and burnout due to the high intensity of their work and the emotional bonds they form with patients. We invite students to explore the concepts of resiliency, self-care, and well-being. In this student-focused workshop, join us to hear about practical tips that will help you to build resiliency and wellness in your life.
  • Helen Chang-Dawson, MTA, Professional Practice and Education Leader of Creative Arts Therapies, Jim Huth; Spiritual Care, PhD, MA, and Leanne Hughes, M.Ed, BRLS, R/TRO, CTRS, Professional Practice and Education Leader, Recreation Therapy

Tough negotiations: A gender and skills oriented perspective

  • In an increasingly competitive and resource strapped academic environment, “getting to yes” can be a challenge. High risks, high stakes conversations have become the norm in academic health sciences centres, and few clinical educators have acquired the formal skills to manage workplace negotiations effectively. This workshop explores implicit views and biases which may impact teaching, mentorship and leadership. Effective strategies for managing problematic negotiations will be explored and attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on ways of reframing these types of dialogues.
  • Ari Zaretsky, MD, FRCPC (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre), and Adrienne Tan, MD (UHN)

Motivational interviewing and clinical education: Working with students towards change

  • The goal of teachers is to facilitate learning, encourage capacity building and promote goal attainment. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling technique centred on the client/student to make changes by relying on the individual’s intrinsic motivation and interest in change using a non-confrontational approach. This interactive workshop is designed to be engaging and responsive to participant’s learning needs; and includes case examples, video-vignettes and group discussion. Participants will learn how to apply MI skills to a) enhance listening and problem solving and b) become more effective communicators and teachers.
  • Heather Flett, MD, FRCPC, Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

Writing an excellent education research & scholarship abstract

  • Anxious about abstract submission? Looking for writing tips to improve acceptance? This interactive workshop will review abstract design, with a special focus on abstracts for health professions education research and scholarship. A short presentation w ill guide you through the key concepts of abstract writing, followed by mock abstract review. Participants are welcome to bring their own abstracts as “work in progress” for peer review. Suitable for all experience levels.
  • Carilynne Yarascavitch, DDS, MSc, Dip ADBA, Director, Education Research Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor and Program Director, Dental Anaesthesia, University of Toronto & Lisa Di Prospero, M.R.T.(T.), BSc., MSc., Interim Director, Practice-Based Research and Innovation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and Associate Member, Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto

Introduction to health professions education research

  • This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles of design and conducting rigorous health professions education research. Participants should come ready to engage with possible research questions that flow from their educational practice. No previous research experience required. Recommended for novice or intermediate clinician-researchers and trainees of all levels.
  • Dominique Piquette, MD, MSc, MEd, PhD, FRCP(C), Staff Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Education Researcher, Wilson Centre for Research in Education; and Associate Director, Adult critical care residency and clinical fellowship, University of Toronto & Carilynne Yarascavitch, DDS, MSc, Dip ADBA, Director, Education Research Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Assistant Professor and Program Director, Dental Anaesthesia, University of Toronto

» Podium Presentations

Short Communication Sessions
Theme 1: Education & Communication (EG61)
Moderator: Jeffrey Andrion

11:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Improving Communication on a Surgical Unit


  • Natalie Coburn, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Oshan Fernando, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Julie Hallet, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Elaine Avila, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Steffanye Michaelson, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Avery Nathens, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lesley Gotlib Conn, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Twitter journal club for Medical Radiation Professionals (#medradjclub): CPD/CE for the 21st century


  • Nick Woznitza, Homerton University Hospital & Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Amanda Bolderston, British Columbia Cancer Agency
  • Geoff Currie, Charles Sturt University & Macquarie University
  • Julia Watson, Foothills Medical Centre
  • Adam Westerink, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital
  • Lisa Di Prospero, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & University of Toronto
  • Charlotte Beardmore, Society & College of Radiographers
  • Julie Nightingale, Salford University
  • Cherry Augustin, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre Westmead & Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre
  • Carly McCuaig, Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Science

11:30 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Measuring collaborative practice to inform interprofessional education and care at Sunnybrook: results of the Collaborative Practice Assessment Tool (CPAT)


  • Lesley Gotlib Conn, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Tracey DasGupta, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Elizabeth McLaney, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Siobhan Doherty, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Sandi Ellis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Karen Johansen, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Ru Taggar, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Katie N. Dainty, St. Michael’s Hospital

11:40 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Can we Talk? Developing a Communication Skills Workshop for ACNRT Nurses


  • Dana MacKay, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Diana Goliss, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Cathy Lemieux, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How Patients’ Voices are Shaping the Future of Healthcare


  • Agnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Claude LaFlamme, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Mahsa Sadeghi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Grace Groetzsch, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Darrel Sparkes, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Becoming a Curator of Learning: Competency-Based Educator Development for Healthcare Professionals


  • Haesun Moon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Diana Goliss, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

12:10 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Context: Much ado about - what, exactly?”


  • Justin Mausz, McMaster University & Wilson Centre
  • Walter Tavares, McMaster University & Wilson Centre
  • Sandra Monteiro, McMaster University
  • Meghan McConnell, McMaster University

Short Communication Sessions
Theme 2: Quality & Safety Improvements (EG61)
Moderator: Lisa Di Prospero

1:25 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.

Building a MRI Safety Culture


  • Krista Dawdy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Susan Crisp, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lisa Di Prospero, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Brige Chugh, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Steve Russell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Helen Su, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Amir Owrangi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Ruby Endre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Igor Gemchuk, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Perceptions of Informal Quality Improvement Education in Trauma


  • Lesley Gotlib Conn, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Charlene Soobiah, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Avery Nathens, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Homer Tien, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Barbara Haas, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

A multi-disciplinary needs assessment for improved training in identifying and managing free flap compromise


  • Laura Snell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Catherine McMillan, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Veerie D’Hondt, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Joan Lipa, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

1:55 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

The Effect of Medical Student Clerks on Emergency Department Length of Stay at a High-volume Community Hospital


  • James Bao, University of Toronto
  • Yusuf Ahmed, University of Western Ontario
  • Ruby Alvi, University of Toronto
  • Sarah McClennan, University of Toronto
  • Jennifer Everson, University of Toronto

2:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Impact of Resident Overnight Duty Hour Changes on Obstetrical Outcomes: A population-based cohort study


  • Brian Liu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Michael Ordon, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Janet Bodley, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Grace Liu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Jamie Kroft, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2:15 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Compassion Fatigue in Surgical Trainees – Desperately Seeking Help!”


  • Natashia Martina Seemann,
  • Jessica Marchese, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lesley Gotlib-Conn, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Janet Ellis, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Ari Zaretsky, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Avery Nathens, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Paul Karanicolas, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2:25 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

MyTeamApp: Patient Co-Designed App to Promote Team Supported Patient Self-Management of Chronic Conditions


  • Jocelyn Charles, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Anne Moorhouse,
  • Gayle Seddon, Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre

» Poster Sessions

McLaughlin Auditorium (EG18a)

12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.

1. “Collaborative Practice: Improving the Efficiency and Quality of Student Performance Evaluation in the Clinical Environment


  • Marnie Peacock, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Karen Moline, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lisa Di Prospero, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Krista Dawdy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

2. “Integrating New Nursing Graduates Into The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit


  • Meghan Donohue, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Yvonne Yu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

3. “Pregnancy and Reproductive Outcomes in Elite and High-level Recreational Athletes: A survey of female Canadian masters swimmers


  • Hiba Mahmoud, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Shirley Poon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Karen Fleming, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

4. “Engaging Veteran Residents with Dementia in Meaningful Activities to Reduce Responsive Behaviors and Improve Quality of Life


  • Ria Spee, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Francine de Belchior, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Kate Dewhurst, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Carolyn Hutcheson, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

5. “The Role of Medical Improv in Health Professional Education: A literature Synthesis


  • Jeremy Rezmovitz, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lu Gao, University of Toronto
  • Judith Peranson, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Eshita Kapoor, University of Toronto
  • Joyce Nyhof-Young, University of Toronto

6. “Can Simulation help our Medical Students “Choose Wisely”?”


  • Thiago Appoloni Moreira, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Mabel Choi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Agnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Susan DeSousa, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Anita Sarmah, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

7. “Educating Nurses at the Bedside for Future Leadership


  • Mary Glavassevich, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Elaine Avila, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Steffanye Michaelson, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Samia Elmi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

8. “A Qualitative Evaluation of an Academic Family Practice and Psychiatry Shared Care Program


  • Eva Knifed, University of Toronto
  • Nicholas A. Howell, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Purti Papneja, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Nate Charach, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Monica Agarwal, University of Toronto
  • Nikola Grujich, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

9. “Descriptive Analysis of 4th Year Pharmacy Students’ Perspective on Virtual Interactive Case (VIC) Software


  • Jam Bravo, University Health Network
  • Miranda So, University Health Network
  • Cindy Natsheh, University Health Network
  • Gordon A. Tait, University Health Network
  • Zubin Austin, University of Toronto
  • Karen Cameron, University Health Network

10. “Feasibility and impact of a patient mentoring program in immediate breast reconstruction: preliminary results


  • Catherine McMillan, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Laura Snell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Joan Lipa, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

11. “Quality Improvement Initiative for Patient Teachings at the Odette Cancer Centre


  • Aalima Lalani, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Jason Oliver, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Tamara Harth, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

12. “Assessing the effectiveness of an online education resource for post-prostatectomy prostate cancer patients and their caregivers: Our experience with the evaluation of online patient education


  • Ewa Szumacher, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Katija Bonin, University of Toronto
  • Deb Feldman-Stewart, Queen’s University
  • Xingshan Cao, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Merrylee McGuffin, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

13. “Development and Evaluation of a Protocol for the Periprocedural Management of Direct Oral Anticoagulants for Percutaneous Coronary Procedures


  • Gloria Lau, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Claudia Bucci, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Artemis Diamantouros, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Rita Selby, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Sam Radhakrishnan, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

14. “Care For The Dying – Internationally Trained Nurses Experience Approaches To Palliative Care Through Simulation


  • Courtney Evers, Niagara College
  • Kevin Hobbs, Best Practice
  • Dustin Gibson, Niagara College

15. “Intraosseous Access for Anesthesiologists – Establishing a novel simulation-based Resident Education program


  • Pablo Perez d’Empaire, University of Toronto
  • Tobias Everett, Hospital for Sick Children

16. “Teaching Person-Centred Care via Patient Narratives: A Pilot Study of First-Year Medical Students


  • Alon Coret, University of Toronto
  • Kerry Boyd, McMaster University
  • Kevin Hobbs, Best Practice
  • Joyce Zazulak, McMaster University
  • Meghan McConnell, McMaster University

17. “Teaching End-of-Life (EOL) communication to residents in the emergency department (ED) using high-fidelity simulation


  • Alexandra Stefan, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Susan DeSousa, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Angela Stone, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

18. “QI teachers learn from a less successful project and hospitalist trainees


  • Andre Small, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Mireille Norris, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

19. “Mentorship in ACNRT

Authors: Molly Trix Sandoval Garcia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

20. “Is Near-Peer Teaching an Effective Method of Teaching Surgical Pathology Grossing Skills to Anatomical Pathology Junior Residents: A Pilot Study Design


  • Fang-I Lu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Elena D. Diaconescu, University of Toronto

21. “Developing and Evaluating Multimedia Patient Education Tools to Better Prepare Prostate-Cancer Patients for Treatment (Randomized Study)


  • Krista Dawdy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Katija Bonin, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Steve Russell, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Agnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Tamara Harth, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Christopher Townsend, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Stanley Liu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • William Chu, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Patrick Cheung, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Hans Chung, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Gerard Morton, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Danny Vesprini, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Andrew Loblaw, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Xingshan Cao, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Ewa Szumacher, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

22. “Comprehensive Educational Model to Decrease Sunnybrook Surgical UTI Rates and Reach Strategic Quality and Patient Safety Targets


  • Agnes Ryzynski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Claude LaFlamme, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Mahsa Sadeghi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Grace Groetzsch, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Darrel Sparkes, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

23. “It only takes a Minute: The development of a patient experience survey in Radiation Therapy


  • Fatima Hashmi, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Nikolaus Gregor, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Merrylee McGuffin, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Angela Turner, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Brian Liszewski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Ruby Bola, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Lisa Di Prospero, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

24. “Development of a Quality and Safety Competency Curriculum for Radiation Oncology Residency: An International Delphi Study


  • Jenna Adleman, University of Toronto
  • Caitlin Gillan, University of Toronto
  • Amanda Caissie, Dalhousie University
  • Carol-Anne Davis, Dalhousie University
  • Brian Liszewski, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Andrea McNiven, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Meredith Giuliani, University of Toronto

» About Ms. Mary Spio

Mary SpioMary Spio

Innovation for Good Evangelist

The Potential of Virtual Reality for Human Learning: 
How virtual reality could improve healthcare

Deep space engineer and tech innovator Mary Spio grew up in Ghana, and was 16 when her parents saved up enough money to send her to the United States. Her first job was at a McDonald’s. Since then, she has served in the Air Force and created technologies used by firms such as Boeing, Lucas Films, Miami Children’s Hospital and Microsoft. Today, she is the head of CEEK VR INC, a developer of innovative content and tools for distributing virtual reality and augmented reality experiences. Mary is also the author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Achieving Uncommon Success, in which she shares inspirational stories to spur readers to move beyond their comfort zones into mastery and empowerment.


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» Cancellation Policy

A processing fee of $25 will be retained on all cancellations. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after November 1, 2016.

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to

Registrations are transferable until November 1, 2016.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre reserves the right to cancel events. Registrants will be notified at the earliest possible date in the event of a cancellation.
Registration fees for events cancelled by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be refunded, however Sunnybrook is not liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.

» Accreditations

  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada – 5.0 Mainpro+ credits
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – 5.0 Section 1 hours

» Contact information

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