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Message From Our Vice President, Education

Education is foundational to Sunnybrook’s core mission: inventing the future of health care. Being an outstanding learning organization is one of the main reasons why Sunnybrook continues to be recognized as one of the top employers in Canada. We are proud to be the destination for 5,190 learners from approximately 45 health disciplines and 95 countries. Our aspirational vision is to be the destination of choice, a magnet, for all health professional learners in Toronto.

Over the last three years, we have achieved some success. We have embarked on an ambitious education strategic plan that focuses on enhancing the use of patients as educators, expanding team-based learning, enhancing the learner experience including learner wellness, and building capacity for education research and novel curriculum development.

At Sunnybrook, we are expanding our partnership with patients. We recognize that patients can educate others about disease management. The voice of the patient and their individual stories can also educate students and staff on the unique patient experience thereby enhancing the compassion of our staff and our learners. These patient stories can inspire hope in other patients and can increase the resilience of both our patients and our staff.

We have embarked on a tool that evaluates the performance of our teams and aids in promoting self-reflection. These Sunnybrook team assessments have helped us to identify opportunities to improve communication skills, role clarity, conflict management and capacity for self-reflection.

Using data from the TAHSNe Student Experience Survey, our Student Experience Committee helps our teachers provide the most optimal experience possible. Special emphasis was placed on understanding the Sunnybrook teacher/preceptor experience and sharing best practices. In addition, we have been devoting increased attention to Sunnybrook learner wellness.

The Sunnybrook Education Research Unit champions education research at Sunnybrook and under Lisa Di Prospero’s leadership is working closely with Sunnybrook’s Practice-Based Research and Innovation (PBRI) Team. This past year, we awarded more than $50,000 in education research seed grant funding.

We intend to build additional capacity in education research through our collaboration with the Wilson Centre, as well as through additional training workshops and the recruitment of our first Sunnybrook education scientist.

Ultimately, the soul of education is our teachers. I would like to thank all of our teachers, supervisors, preceptors, instructors and staff who educate our learners, patients and families. Without your passion and dedication, Sunnybrook could not be the world-renowned academic health sciences centre that it is.

If you have any questions, I welcome them at education@sunnybrook.ca. Enjoy!

Ari Zaretsky, MD FRCPC
Vice President, Education
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre