Education Strategic Plan 2017-2020
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Executive Summary

The 2017-2020 Sunnybrook Education Strategic Plan builds on the Strategic Plan that originally began in 2012 and was subsequently refreshed in 2014. The original strategic plan focused on improving communication, presence and process, enhancing quality, innovation and evaluation and augmenting infrastructure. In 2014, this plan was refreshed resulting in a new committee structure for the Sunnybrook Education Advisory Council (SEAC): Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning, Education Capacity Building, Education Excellence and Wellbeing and the Education Research Unit. These committees worked collaboratively and effectively to create ambitious 2-year work-plans that addressed the original strategic goals of education at Sunnybrook.

A four-step process to develop the strategic plan was adopted including: a global scan, interviews with key stakeholders internally and externally of Sunnybrook, a retreat on December 2, 2016 and then documentation of the strategy to create a more fulsome strategic plan.

Underpinning the development of the 2017-2020 Education strategy for Sunnybrook was the recognition that Sunnybrook Education must overcome internal silos, enhance communication, engage inquiry and scholarship and play a leadership role in ultimately improving healthcare in Canada and beyond.

An Education focus on quality, innovation and impact are fundamental to the enhancement of our healthcare system and health outcomes.

The 2017-2020 Sunnybrook Education Strategic Plan emphasizes four priorities:

1) Patient as Educator

Goal: Position Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as the Canadian leader in engaging patients and families as teachers and educators.

2) Team-Based Learning

Goal: Improve the performance of interprofessional teams through team assessment, self-directed team development, practice-based simulation, and the promotion of team innovators.

3) Learner Experience and Culture

Goal: Optimize learner experience and engagement by exploring the student and teacher experience, advancing infrastructure, and building partnerships.

4) Education Scholarship

Goal: Build capacity for education scholarship that focuses on improving patient outcomes and learner experiences.

The 2017-2020 Sunnybrook Education Strategic Plan elaborates on these four priorities through implementation strategies, 2017-2018 workplan activities (to be followed in the next year by 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 workplans) as well as metrics to measure performance in meeting the goals of the strategic plan.