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Education Research Unit

Inventing the future of health-care education

As an academic health sciences centre, we are continually looking for innovative, practice-based solutions that address evolving challenges in health education. What are the best ways to teach our students, patients and colleagues?

Sunnybrook’s Education Research Unit (ERU) plays a pivotal role in furthering health professions research and scholarship.

We can help you articulate the real-world problem you've spotted, and create, design, implement and evaluate solutions to that problem.

Our education researchers have presented their work at international and national conferences, designed practice-changing curriculum and provide mentorship to new researchers. Many of our researchers have affiliations with the Wilson Centre, the Centre for Interprofessional Education at University of Toronto, SIM-one and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Many of our researchers hold faculty positions at our partner schools, and many are front-line clinicians and teachers who — through their real-world experience — spotted a problem they’d like to solve.

How we help


To allow for engagement in education research and scholarship through yearly grants and scholarships, as well as workshops on how to conduct education research.



To create networks for innovation and leadership through workshops, grant-writing support and mentorship, and quarterly education research rounds.



To enable collaboration within and across institutions through external events, education research scholarships and more.



To showcase education research and scholarly activities through abstract-writing support and more.


Contact & more resources

Our team

Lisa Di Prospero
Practice-based Research & Innovation and Education Research Unit

Ari Zaretsky
Vice President, Education & Chief, Department of Psychiatry

If you have an educational problem you’d like to solve, get in touch: