March 11, 2016 (Toronto) – An innovative Interprofessional Seniors Outreach Program developed by a team of medical and pharmacy students from the University of Toronto is improving care for seniors. The initiative was recently recognized with Canada Health Infoway’s inaugural 2016 Student Interprofessional eHealth Award.
The Interprofessional Seniors Outreach Program is a four pillar program. It leverages an online education resource that supports students in enhancing the quality of life of seniors in the Toronto area through patient-centred care.
“It is wonderful to see the next generation of clinicians already working together as a team to improve patient outcomes,” said Maureen Charlebois, Chief Nursing Executive & Group Director, Clinical Adoption, Canada Health Infoway. “By incorporating digital health resources into education, the team is improving the learning experience and paving the way for senior- centred care.”
Members of the Student Interprofessional eHealth Award recipient team from the University of Toronto include:
- Jessica Visentin, Seniors Outreach Co-Director, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
- Katherine Steckham, Seniors Outreach Co-Director, Faculty of Medicine
“We are truly grateful to be the recipients of this prestigious award,” said Jessica Visentin, third-year pharmacy student. “We particularly value the recognition of our initiative to enhance student learning in the context of geriatric care, given the current health care demands of this population.”
“We believe that adopting technology is an effective means of encouraging open discussion and problem-solving through interprofessional collaboration,” continued Katherine Steckham, second-year medical student. “By supporting online discussion and optimizing opportunities for learning, we aim to positively impact students' field-based, in-person encounters with seniors in the community.”
The award is a component of Canada Health Infoway’s Next Generation: Clinicians in Training and is presented in partnership with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). The program is designed to prepare a new generation of physicians, pharmacists and nurses for practice in modern technology-enabled clinical environments.
About the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto has assembled one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth and depth on any other Canadian campus. U of T faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at any university in the US or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact, U of T consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world. The U of T faculty are also widely recognized for their teaching strengths and commitment to graduate supervision. Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in nine renowned academic hospitals.
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.
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