June 20, 2012
Michael Heffer(centre) wins the first Interprofessional Education Teaching Award. He is joined by colleagues Jeff Dionne (left) and Rhonda Gannon (right) who were also nominated for this award.
The Department of Interprofessional Education and Collaboration (IPE&C) and the Office of Medical Education hosted St. Joe's first annual Academic Achievement Day (AAD) to celebrate academic scholarship at the Health Centre. The event focused on recognizing winners of internal and external teaching awards, and on showcasing best practice research abstracts. The event also marked the inaugural year for the Interprofessional Education Teaching Award.
"At the end of an academic year, we thought it would be important to draw attention to the amazing teaching that happens at St. Joe's," said Elizabeth McLaney, Director of IPE&C. "This is our way of saying thank you to everyone, not just those who have been recognized with an award, but to everyone who has played a part in advancing teaching and learning throughout the year."
Supporting our Success Factors to Inspire our People and Create a Culture of Inquiry and Innovation, this event was designed to strengthen the IPE strategic plan by drawing attention to all the teaching and learning that happens at St. Joe's. "We want this event to be the highlight of the academic year by recognizing the commitment and consistency of our teachers and faculty," said Dr. Jerry Maniate, Director of Medical Education. "St. Joe's is a hub for health professional education so it's vital that we recognize the work that's being done on and off site."
As a community teaching hospital, St. Joe's is focused on strengthening education in order to provide high quality and safe care to our patients and families. Academic scholarship includes the work we do to prepare the next generation of health professionals, and to create a culture that learns, innovates and uses new knowledge to improve care. "Our Vision is to be Canada's Best Community Teaching Hospital and hosting this event is one of many steps towards attaining our Vision," said Maniate.
Interprofessional learning at St. Joe's enables the Health Centre to build connections between different professionals, network diverse groups and foster the enhanced collaboration that strengthens patient care. "There are many staff members who win awards and celebrations often occur at the local level, but AAD unites people from all departments and professions to celebrate together. When you look at the list of those being recognized there is a real sense of organizational pride," says McLaney "We believe that celebrating AAD each year will support positive energy, enthusiasm, and a sense of community related to teaching and learning."
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