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Friday, November 18, 2016

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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. – 9:25 a.m. – Welcome Remarks and Morning Keynote: Ms. Mary Spio, President, CEEK VR Inc. (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

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

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Top Oral Research Presentations

11:10 a.m. – 12:25 a.m. – Interactive Workshops 1 and Research Presentations

12:25 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. – Lunch

1:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Interactive Workshops 2 and Research Presentations

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; moderator Dr. Jordan Tarshis)

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

» 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 Bekah 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, MEd, BEd

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); Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, FRCPC (The University Health Network), and Adrienne Tan, MD (UHN)

» Podium Presentations

Details to come.

» Poster Sessions

Details to come.

» 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.

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