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9th Annual Sunnybrook Education Conference

Sunnybrook Education Conference: Friday, November 26, 2021

Internationally educated health-care professionals have the potential to help mitigate the health human resource crisis in Canada. This year’s Sunnybrook Education Conference aims to deepen the discussion, as well as inspire authentic action through a broad range of world-class speakers, presentations and interactive workshops.

This unique virtual conference is designed for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) health-care community and external partners in education.

Friday, December 2, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Register for free

 


Keynote talk

The Role of Internationally Educated Health-care Professionals in North America

Internationally educated health-care professionals (IEHPs) comprise a large segment of the health-care workforce in North America. Depending on the profession, they can exceed 25% of the labour force. IEHPs fill many gaps, often practicing in areas with shortage of health-care professionals and providing care to underserved populations. Their contribution to diversity of the health-care workforce is well-documented. Over the last few years, two distinct groups have emerged: a segment of the internationally educated workforce who are citizens of the United States or Canada when studying abroad and non-citizen (immigrant) IEHPS. These non-citizen health-care workers face many additional challenges emigrating from their home countries, including those associated with language and culture, certification and licensure, and learning the nuances of a different health-care environment.

In this presentation, we will provide a broad overview of the contribution of IEHPs to the Canadian and American workforces.Trends and practice characteristics for some groups will be provided. The challenges faced by internationally educated health-care workers wishing to practice in Canada or the United States will be summarized and discussed. Finally, some ideas on how IEHPs can more easily navigate entry barriers, meet licensure requirements, and better serve the needs of patients will be forwarded.

Objectives

  • Describe the changing landscape of Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEHPs)
  • Discuss perception about IEHPs
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities as perceived by IEHPs, faculty, and other stakeholders.



Presented by Dr. Jack Boulet

Dr. Nouman Ashraf

Special Advisor,
Medical Council of Canada

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John (Jack) R. Boulet, PhD, FSSH
Dr. Boulet is a Senior Research Consultant for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and a Senior Advisor for the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Dr. Boulet recently retired from the positions of Vice President, Research and Data Resources, for both the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). Dr. Boulet holds a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario and both a MA and PhD in Education, specializing in measurement and evaluation, from the University of Ottawa. He is a Senior Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, and a Fellow of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Over the past 27 years, Dr. Boulet has worked on the development of performance-based credentialing assessments in medicine. He has published extensively in the field of medical education, focusing specifically on measurement issues pertaining to performance-based assessments, including objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and various mannequin-based evaluation methodologies.In his role with FAIMER, he has also investigated workforce issues, concentrating on the characteristics of international medical education programs, the structure and value of accreditation systems, the international migration of health care workers, the contribution of international medical graduates (IMGs) to the labor force in the United States, and the quality of care provided by IMGs. Dr. Boulet currently serves on the editorial boards for Advances in Health Sciences Education: Theory and Practice, Education for Health, and Simulation in Healthcare. He is a Deputy Editor for Medical Education. In 2021, Dr. Boulet received the Hubbard award from the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for his outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the assessment of medical education.

Presented by Dr. Umberin Najeeb

Dr. Nouman Ashraf

Associate Professor of Medicine, Faculty Lead Equity
Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Dr. Umberin Najeeb
Dr. Umberin Najeeb is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a staff internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is the Faculty Lead, Equity for the Department of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine’s Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. She developed and implemented a unique research based longitudinal collaborative mentorship program for international medical graduates (IMGs) physicians and is the Faculty Lead for IMGs/IFTs Mentorship program.
She is an Educator with scholarly focus on the 1) transition and integration of Internationally Educated Health Professionals into their training and working environments and 2) health professions education with specific focus on curriculum design, program development, faculty development and mentorship. She uses her voice and lived experiences to be an ally in her many roles. Dr. Najeeb teaches around the constructs of equity, diversity, inclusion, and allyship at undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty development levels and contributes to committee and policy work related to social justice and EDI. She has won numerous teaching, education, and mentorship awards at the local, provincial and national level with Professional Association of Residents in Ontario (PARO) Excellence in Clinical Teaching award in 2021 and Certificate of Merit award, from Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) in 2019.

 


Agenda

  • 12:00 p.m. Opening Keynote and Q & A with Dr. Jack Boulet and Umberin Najeeb
  • 12:50 p.m. Panel Discussion
  • 1:20 p.m. Break
  • 1:30 p.m. Workshops

Panel Discussion

Wesam Abuzaiter, BScPhm, MSc.Phm, RPh, GEMBA-HLS

Pharmacy Stores & Clinical Informatics Manager, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Wesam Abuzaiter is the Pharmacy Stores & Clinical Informatics Manager at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and a holder of the Executive Global MBA Health Care & Life Science at the University of Toronto. She is a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt. Wesam completed her Critical Care Traineeship at the American Society of Hospital Pharmacist – University of Pittsburg and her Master of Science at the University of Rennes I-France. She is passionate about changing delivery of health care in Canada and leveraging skills in innovation, service design, and building up our community.

Chandra Kafle Ghimire, RN, MN

Patient Care Manager (Interim), CICU, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Chandra is an internationally educated nurse (IEN) from Nepal. She completed her BScN degree from York University and her Master of Nursing from Toronto Metropolitan University. She has experience as a critical care nurse, advanced practice nurse, and most recently as an interim patient care manager in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Sunnybrook.

Ruth Lee,  BScN, MScN, PhD

Executive Director, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

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Ruth Lee is Executive Director of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses; Associate Clinical Professor, McMaster University. She has held direct-care and leadership roles in academic healthcare and non-profit organizations, engaged in education, publication and research activities on diversity and IEN human resources.

Dr. Mireille Norris, MD, FRCPC, MHSc

Internist, Geriatrician & Education Director for the Hospitalist Training Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Faculty Lead for Black and Indigenous Medical Learners, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

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Dr. Mireille Norris is a Black, female francophone, internist and geriatrician who is the faculty lead for Black and Indigenous learners at the DOM of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She has a MHSc hospital administration from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a certificate in quality improvement and patient safety. She is the site lead for postgraduate learners in geriatrics and the education director for the Hospitalist training program. She offers consultative services at the Centre Francophone du Grand-Toronto to Francophone Afro-Caribbean population.
She is a member of the Black Physician Association of Canada as well as the Black Physician Association of Ontario, and the Network for the Advancement of Black Learners.


Workshops: Supporting the Internationally Educated Learner 

Workshops are available 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.*

Managing Microaggression: Simulation Workshop to Enhance Assertiveness Skills »

Shaunteque Harris, Dr. Ari Zaretsky, Agnes Ryzynski, Christopher Townsend, Shari Thompson-Ricci
Workshop time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
*This is the only workshop that goes to 3:30 p.m.

Microaggressions are subtle comments or actions that express stereotype and prejudice towards a member of a marginalized group. Learn how to spot them and build allyship in this 120-minute interactive workshop. This workshop is specifically designed for faculty or staff who often interact with student learners and sometimes witness micro-aggression and disrespect in the working and learning environment.
Objectives:
  • Define and recognize microaggression
  • Reflect on the different models of allyship that exist
  • Develop more flexible and confident repertoires to address microaggression

Facilitators

Shaunteque Harris, BEd - Adult Education (ADED)
Supervisor, Organizational Development & Leadership,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Shaunteque Harris, BEd - Adult Education (ADED), Supervisor of Organizational Development & Leadership Associate at Sunnybrook, has been the program lead for the Management Excellence Program (MExP) and the Leadership Certificate Program since 2017. She is also a committee member of the Sunnybrook’s Education Advisory Council (SEAC), and the President’s Anti-Racism Task Force (PART) at Sunnybrook.

Agnes Ryzynski, BHSc, MHSc, RRT, CTDP
Director, Simulation Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Agnes is passionate about designing sustainable interventions for building high performing healthcare teams. In addition to her 29 years as a Respiratory Therapist and Anesthesia Assistant, she has focused her education on health-care leadership, simulation-based innovation, interprofessional team communication research and simulation in quality improvement and risk management. She is an appointed researcher at Sunnybrook and the recipient of the 2018 Leo N. Steven Excellence in Leadership Award. Agnes has obtained her Master of Health Science in Translational Research from the Faculty of Medicine (Institute of Medical Science) University of Toronto. Her passion for driving best practice education, research and innovation has taken her beyond the walls of Sunnybrook delivering numerous workshops and consultation projects (Canada and US).

Ari Zaretsky, MD, FRCPC
Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Vice President, Education,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Ari Zaretsky is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook. Over the last 10 years he has won a number or awards for teaching excellence including the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada (ACPC) Award for Excellence in Education, the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Education from the American Psychiatric Association and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Sarita Verma Award for Advocacy and Mentorship in Postgraduate Education. Dr. Zaretsky’s areas of scholarly work include CBT for bipolar disorder, CBT training and supervision, medical leadership and residency education.

Christopher Townsend

Director, Social Accountability, Organizational Development & Leadership, Department of Equity & Social Accountability,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Christopher Townsend is the Director, Social Accountability and Organizational Development & Leadership and serves as a committee member on Sunnybrook Education Advisory Council (SEAC). Christopher is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP), a recent graduate of the Educator Scholars Program (ESP), Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto and graduate of the Sunnybrook - Rotman Leadership Program. Christopher is a published author and volunteers his time as a musician, teacher and mentor in several community-based initiatives.

Shari Thompson-Ricci, BA, BEd, MA
EDI Program Coordinator and Educator, University of Toronto -
Temerty Faculty of Medicine - Office of Inclusion and Diversity

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Shari Thompson-Ricci (she/her/hers) is the EDI Program Coordinator and Educator for University of Toronto - Temerty Faculty of Medicine - Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Shari is an educator, teaching for over a decade with a focus on social justice, equity, and empowerment. She brings not only a critical equity lens to her work, but her pedagogy is grounded in anti-oppression and trauma-informed approaches. Shari is the co-chair for the Temerty Faculty of Medicine EDI Leads Circle and sits on the Anti-Oppression Educators Group. She collaborates with TAHSN affiliated hospitals, Centre for Faculty Development and Unity Health.

Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Workplace Environment
for Internationally Educated Nurses »

Kathryn Boyd, Tracey DasGupta, Kim Lawrence
Workshop time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in self-reflection by immersing themselves in the lived experiences of Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) learners. Through dialogue, participants will exchange perspectives and discuss opportunities on how to welcome an IEN learner. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will have tangible strategies to incorporate principles related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within their interprofessional teams.

Objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of workplace integration for Internationally Educated Nurses, working in the Canadian healthcare context.
  • Identify opportunities to create equitable, inclusive, and welcoming work environments.
  • Construct a personal change statement that acknowledges power imbalances and privilege in the workplace setting, while incorporating principles of diversity and allyship.

Facilitators

Kathryn Boyd, RN, MN (student)
Extern Mentor Coordinator, Nursing Education, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Kathryn has a passion for education and teaching. She is pursuing her Masters of Nursing with a focus on clinical teaching. Kathryn has supported nurse learners in various roles, during her past 11 years at Sunnybrook. She has worked with the Supervised Practice Experience Partnership program since the inception in January 2022.


Kimberly Lawrence MN, BSc, RN
Interim Advanced Practice Nurse, Interprofessional Practice, Special Projects, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Kimberly has eight years of nursing experience at Sunnybrook working in trauma, intensive care, and various leadership positions. Kim led a TAHSN quality improvement project that was presented provincially and nationally, as well as published an article focused on the role of inteprofessional education in integrated care. In her current role as an APN with Interprofessional Practice, Kim is focused on the integration, development, and retention of internationally educated nurse learners.

Tracey DasGupta, RN, MN
Director, Interprofessional Practice,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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Tracey DasGupta is the Director of Interprofessional Practice at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Tracey is passionate about advancing compassionate, person centred care, in an interprofessional context. She is providing leadership for innovative models of care, during a time of health human resource need, building on the core foundation of wellness, and an inclusive work and care environment.

Intercultural Communication: The Relationship Between Intercultural Communication and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Practices »

Dr. Tannaz Zargarian
Workshop time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This 90-minute interactive workshop will enable the participants to develop a critical understanding of the role culture plays in communication given the rapid globalization of the health care system. Focusing on intercultural communication and incorporating personal experiences, the participants will advance skills and understanding that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace.

Objectives:

  • How to foster inclusion and equity at work via intercultural communication
  • How to develop verbal and non-verbal skills to perform culturally appropriate communication
  • How to communicate effectively in stressful and unfamiliar situations
  • Reflect on how personal cultural backgrounds influence and affect communication styles
  • Critical self-reflection to increase your intercultural understanding and communication skills through self-awareness

Facilitator

Dr. Tannaz Zargarian
Course Director, Faculty of Education at York University and Brock University

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Dr. Tannaz Zargarian received her PhD from York University’s Faculty of Education and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba. Tannaz is currently a course director in the Faculty of Education at York University and Brock University. As an Iranian-Canadian scholar she has been involved in social and spatial justice, digital literacies, and adult education. As an educator she has been teaching courses with a specific focus on culture, diversity, equity and inclusion in education.

The Challenges Surrounding International Medical Graduates' (IMGs') Education:
The Good, The Bad and Not so Simple
»

Dr. Umberin Najeeb
Workshop time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The broad goal of this workshop is to create a space for IMGs and their educators to enhance their understanding around the changing landscape of IMGs and also to identify the challenges faced by faculty in this new context. The workshop will provide an overview of the diversity of IMG learners and share common approaches to help prepare faculty members to critically observe, effectively question, and appropriately assess this unique group of learners.

Objectives:

  • Define various terminologies associated with the term IMGs
  • Enhance understanding of the challenges faced by IMGs in certification and credentialing process in Canada
  • Develop an approach to support IMG learners with different levels of success

Facilitator

Dr. Umberin Najeeb
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Internist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Read her bio

Dr. Najeeb is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a staff internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She is the Faculty Lead, Equity for the Department of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Department of Medicine’s Master Teacher Program at the University of Toronto. She developed and implemented a unique research based longitudinal collaborative mentorship program for international medical graduates (IMGs) physicians and is the Faculty Lead for IMGs/IFTs Mentorship program.

She is an Educator with scholarly focus on the 1) transition and integration of Internationally Educated Health Professionals into their training and working environments and 2) health professions education with specific focus on curriculum design, program development, faculty development and mentorship. She uses her voice and lived experiences to be an ally in her many roles. Dr. Najeeb teaches around the constructs of equity, diversity, inclusion, and allyship at undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty development levels and contributes to committee and policy work related to social justice and EDI. She has won numerous teaching, education, and mentorship awards at the local, provincial and national level with Professional Association of Residents in Ontario (PARO) Excellence in Clinical Teaching award in 2021 and Certificate of Merit award, from Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) in 2019.


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