One of the first priorities of the Education Summit was the development of an integrated education administration centre where students from all professions can register, seek advice, address issues, and interact with each other – truly, a client service centre specifically for students. The Student Centre successfully launched in 2010.
To make the students’ request a reality, we created a governance structure that would support this innovative vision. The education leadership from medicine, health disciplines and nursing came together to create an interprofessional, non-hierarchical Student Experience Committee (SEC). This committee was responsible for policy development and implementation, student registration and orientation processes, management of student spaces, preceptor development and the implementation and evaluation of collaborative learning opportunities for our students.
We discovered that in order to embed and embrace a collaborative learning culture, there must be an organizational commitment to break down perceived and unperceived barriers that perpetuate hierarchical systems. The impact of this leadership model has been disseminated via scholarly work that has been shared locally, nationally and internationally.
Tasks and initiatives of the Student Experience Committeex
Education Strategy Governance Structure at St. Michael's Hospitalx
St. Michael’s Hospital Corporate Education Strategy infographicx