7th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference: Revolutionizing Healthcare
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This full-day event is designed for the GTA health-care community and external partners in education, and will include a broad range of world-class speakers, presentations, posters and interactive workshops.

Friday, November 30, 2018
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
McLaughlin Auditorium (EG18a)

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Join us for the Sunnybrook Education Conference

Do you conduct education research? Submit an abstract for the Conference!

At this conference, you will:

Discover innovative teaching and learning for patients, families, students & healthcare providers. 

Examine new technologies & advances in the field of healthcare education.

Develop & broaden the scope of education through immersive experiential learning opportunities & interprofessional education integration.

Collaborate with colleagues, experts & educators in healthcare.

Keynote speech

Artificial intelligence

Dr. Brian Hodges will present a thought-provoking talk on artificial intelligence entitled “The Future of Health Professions Education: What will we need humans for?”

Registration costs

(includes meals and conference materials)

  • $35 for Sunnybrook staff (until November 29, 2018; $50 on November 30, 2018)
  • $150 for non-Sunnybrook staff


  • Free (You will need to show proof of student status)



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7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast (McLaughlin Auditorium, EG 18a)

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)

  • Shamena Maharaj, Director, Human Resources and Organizational Development & Leadership, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Vice President, Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

8:40 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. – Keynote Address: "Future of Health Professions Education: What will we need humans for?" (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)

Brian Hodges, MD, PhD, FRCPC | Read his bio »

Brian HodgesDr. Brian Hodges is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto; the Richard and Elizabeth Currie Chair in Health Professions Education Research at the Wilson Centre and Executive-Vice President Education at the University Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab Hospitals and the Michener Institute). He is a practicing psychiatrist and teacher. His research focuses on assessment, competence, compassion and the future of the health profession. His work has been recognized with the Association of American Medical Colleges Flexner Award (2015) and the Karolinska Institutet Prize for Research in Medical Education (2016).

9:25 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Break 

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – Oral Research Presentations - Session 1 (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)

10:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Interactive Workshops (see details below under Workshop Descriptions)

12:20 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. – LUNCH and Poster Presentations

1:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. – Interactive Workshops (see details below under Workshop Descriptions)

3:05 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. – Oral Research Presentations - Sesson 2 (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)

3:55 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. – Debate: “Be It Resolved that More Learners in Health Care Should Actually be Held Back. Health care educators are failing to fail students to the detriment of the health professions, the students, our patients, and communities.” (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)

Patricia Houston, MD, MEd, FRCPC | Read her bio »

Patricia HoustonDr. Patricia Houston began her term as Vice Dean of the MD Program in 2016. In addition to leadership of the MD and MD/PhD Programs including curriculum, Dr. Houston has academic oversight of the Medical Radiation Sciences Program.

A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she also completed a Masters in Education at OISE, Dr. Houston has distinguished herself as a collaborative leader in health professional education. She has served in a number of leadership roles both at the University and at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she served as Vice President, Education. She was Vice Chair of Education in the Faculty of Medicine Department of Anesthesia from 2004 to 2011 and served as Acting Vice-Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education in 2012-2013. At St. Michael’s she has served as Medical Director, Perioperative Service Program and Anesthetist-in-Chief, among other roles. In addition, she co-chaired the TAHSN Education Committee from 2011 to 2014.

Dr. Houston joined the Department of Anesthesia at the Faculty of Medicine in 1984 as a Lecturer and was appointed full Professor in 2006. Throughout her career she has been recognized with numerous teaching and leadership awards. She is an active member of a number of international and national organizations and associations, including the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, of which she was President from 2012 to 2014.

Arno K Kumagai, MD | Read his bio »

Arno KumagaiArno Kumagai is Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Humanism Education at Women’s College Hospital, where he has a clinical practice focused on working with individuals with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Arno received his B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and his M.D. from UCLA School of Medicine. He completed postgraduate training and postdoc research fellowships at UCLA and in Tokyo, Japan. He was on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School from 1996 to 2016 and joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine as Vice Chair for Education in April 2016. Arno has published and lectured extensively on the use of narratives in medical education, transformative learning, dialogical teaching, and teaching for equity and social justice. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards in teaching, humanism, educational innovation, and diversity. He was most recently named as the 2018 Daniel C. Tosteson Visiting Professor in Medical Education at Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Editorial Board of Academic Medicine.

4:20 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. – Awards Ceremony, Closing Remarks and Passport Activity Draw (McLaughlin Lecture Theatre, EG 61)



View the full list of workshops »

Priority 1: Patient as Educator

Patient as Educator:
How to engage patients in education to make it more effective

Patient as Educator can be defined as the integration of the patient or family knowledge and expertise into a learner experience. This session will teach participants on how to design, develop, deliver and evaluate patient as educator initiatives. The session will provide examples of patient as educator in the context of patients teaching health care professionals, patients teaching other patients and patients teaching students.

Facilitator: Tamara Harth, Program Manager, Patient/Family Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Priority 2: Team-based Learning

Supporting Quality Improvement Initiatives
through Quality Conversations

Participants will learn about adopting a tool that encourages teams to implement change through use of knowledge to action. Quality Conversations are designed to create focused team conversations that promote change on units and enhance team behaviours and culture. The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to simulate Quality Conversations and use Plan Do Study Act cycles to replicate iterative learning. Other complementary quality improvement tools will be shared to support educators in developing a quality culture on their unit.

Facilitators: Genny Ng, Performance Improvement Specialist, and Guna Budrevics, Performance Improvement Specialist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Interprofessional Team-based Learning in the Clinical Environment and
the Systems Approach: Transferring Simulation to Bedside

Simulation-based IPE is an important component in advancing high quality patient care. Bridging the gap between team learning and systems-based learning in simulation is an evolving discipline. This session will discuss the main tenets of high quality simulation-based learning and present current supporting evidence. This session will discuss an initial approach to incorporating health systems into simulation education programs. Participants will work in groups to discuss strategies for advancing methods of integrating quality and simulation, debate methods/barriers to moving beyond standard approaches in team-based learning, and explore future directions for systems-based simulation education.

In addition, this workshop will explore and apply IPE debriefing strategies as a teaching tool for transference into the clinical setting.

Facilitators: Agnes Ryzynski, Manager, Simulation Centre and Curriculum Development; Dr. Nicole Kester-Greene, Staff Physician; Lowyl Notario, Educator, and Dr. Caroline Filipowska, Staff Physician, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Priority 3: Learner Experience & Culture

What Makes an Excellent Teacher?
Student-Teacher perspectives

This workshop will introduce participants to a model of Teaching Excellence that can be used for individual teachers to reflect on their own teaching practice, and to inform their teacher development and that of others. Students from the Students as Teacher (SAT) program will co-facilitate this session and through use of case examples, and interactive activities, we will engage participants in application of the model.

Facilitators: Dr. Karen Leslie, Professor of Paediatrics, Director, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto; Aggie Gao, student; Helen Genis, student; Travis Sutherland, student, and Lily Wang, student


Teaching and Assessing for Critical Reflection:
A practical approach

This session will succinctly summarize the theory and empirical research underpinning critical pedagogy and critical reflection, and provide practical examples of teaching approaches for health professions educators. The session will begin by situating these approaches within the broader paradigms of education. It will then help participants distinguish between similar but distinct concepts related to critical reflection, justifying its role in the health professions. Finally, interactive examples will enable participants to apply these approaches to their own contexts.

Facilitators: Lindsay Baker, Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Lead Educator-Researcher, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and Stella Ng, Director of Research, Centre for Faculty Development, Arrell Family Chair in Health Professions Teaching, St. Michael’s Hospital


Lessons, Misadventures and Learnings from Faculty Development for Competency Based Curricular Reform

This workshop will be of interest to faculty developers and education leaders interested in learning about how to use a targeted and strategic approach to faculty development to support local programs or systems curricular change. The strategy employs a broad definition of who needs faculty development (e.g., faculty, learners, education leaders), covers a broad range of topics (e.g., change, learner handover, feedback), and a wide variety of implementation tools (e.g., emails, newsletters, workshops, coaching).

Facilitator: Sue Glover Takahashi, Director, Education & Research, PostMD Education, University of Toronto


How Do We Reduce Burnout
in Health Professional Trainees and Practitioners?

Burnout has become a major focus of global concern for health professionals and trainees across the world. Recent research shows astonishing high burnout rates in physicians, nurses and both undergraduate and postgraduate medical trainees and a strong correlation between burnout and patient safety. One recent 2015 study has revealed that more than half of U.S. physicians are now experiencing symptoms of professional burnout and another 2017 survey has reported that 70% of U.S. nurses are also affected by burnout.

In this workshop, participants will learn about how burnout is conceptualized and what is known about burnout in different health professions and trainees. Evidence-based interventions to reduce burnout in health care organizations will be reviewed and participants will have the opportunity to reflect on strategies to increase resilience to burnout within their own specific work context.

Facilitators: Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Chief, Department of Psychiatry and Vice President, Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Dr. Heather Flett, Associate Director, Office of Resident Wellness, Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, and Dr. Mara Goldstein, Associate Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Department of Psychiatry, Associate Medical Director of Physician Health Program, Ontario Medical Association

Priority 4: Education Scholarship

You Have the Evidence: Now for the Change?
Knowledge Translation for Education Research

This workshop will introduce participants to the general concepts and terms related to knowledge translation. The focus of the workshop will be to describe the relationship of knowledge to translation to research and engage participants in thinking about how their research can be translated into practice. Participants will apply the general principles of knowledge translation strategies in a framework of an effective knowledge translation plan. Case examples will be used to think through KT strategies for education research. Participants of all levels are encouraged to attend.

Facilitator: Lisa Di Prospero, Director, Practice-based Research and Innovation, Director, Education Research Unit, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Immersive Reality:
Innovation in medical education and health care

This workshop will provide a general scope of the current use for immersive reality within healthcare education. It will also outline the cognitive learning theories underpinning its use and how best to create future tools using such models. We will discuss how we are implementing this technology in our own centres and the results of our efficacy trials. Lastly, we will highlight examples and demonstrations of such tools.

Facilitators: Dr. Fahad Alam, Staff Physician, Anaesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Dr. Clyde Matava, Staff Physician, Anaesthesia, The Hospital for Sick Children


The Two Sides of (E)valuation:
How to build your project and show its value

This workshop will take participants through an experience of creating an evaluation plan for a project. Participants will be co-creating a plan that both helps the development of the project and captures the value that the project is bringing to stakeholders. This is for either beginner or intermediate learners. This is a very different way of thinking about and practicing evaluation. This is for individuals who are curious about evaluation, not as research but as a utilization-focused, developmental approach that is useful in complex situations.

Facilitator: Kathryn Parker, Senior Director, Academic Affairs and Simulation Lead, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Learning in an Artificial Intelligence World

Are you ready for robocare? Join David and Wanda to learn how artificial intelligence looks and feels in the clinical environment. Through an interactive lecture you will get an understanding of what AI is, where it exists in healthcare and what you and your learners need to know to prepare for care in the future. Join us to have your thinking challenged about how AI and Big data will shape the future learning for clinical learners.

Facilitators: David Wiljer, Executive Director, Education Technology Innovation, UHN, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; IHPME, UofT; Collaborating Scientist, CAMH, and Wanda Peteanu, Information Management Director, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN


What Every Educator Needs to Know
About Validity for Performance Based Assessments

Performance based assessments of clinical competence are common in health professions education. The degree to which assessment practices facilitate appropriate and defensible decisions regarding competence and/or future performance is a matter of validity. In this session, participants will be introduced to and given the opportunity to apply principles of validity that can then be used in a variety of performance based assessment activities.

Facilitator: Walter Tavares, Scientist, Assistant Professor, The Wilson Centre and Post MD Education, Post Graduate Medical Education & Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, University Health Network

Oral research presentations

Details to come.

Poster sessions

Details to come.

Patient education


Email education@sunnybrook.ca


Details to come.

A processing fee of $5 will be retained on all cancellations. Refunds will not be issued for cancellations received after November 10, 2018.

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to education@sunnybrook.ca

Registrations are transferable until November 10, 2018.

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.