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Education

FOCUS AREA 3

Building on Educational Excellence

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 3.1
Deepen our Commitment to Continuous Improvement
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Evelyn Sutton, Andrew Warren, Sarah Wells, Lisa Searle, Simon Jackson, Ward Patrick, Stephen Bearne
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.2, 3.3; 5.2(c);

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior Faculty of Medicine priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

While the new, Education Strategy targets international recognition and enhancing the health of Maritimers, we will accomplish that in part by building on our traditional educational excellence. Making continuous quality improvement a focus of our education programs will minimize the need for accreditation-induced activities.

This Priority Initiative will see that all units will have met or exceeded the next accreditation cycle’s requirements[1].  In particular, our undergraduate medical education programs will be rigorously reviewed and improved within 5 years.

 

[1]     It is noted that the Medical Sciences are not accredited but experience the same challenges re:  quality, Faculty evaluations and development as do the other programs.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1.  Units will identify and execute strategies for closing current accreditation gaps across the continuum, while achieving commendation for a critical few.   Year 1

    We will develop performance metrics that help measure whether our undergraduate and graduate scientists, and physicians are demonstrating our educational excellence.

    The Education Council will start to evaluate and implement as appropriate, improvement ideas from the academy of educators (see FA 5)
  2. We will apply the performance metrics and report results.  Those will results inform continuous improvement and communication strategies.  (Years 2 – 4)

  3. Our preparation will see to it that the Undergrad Interim Accreditation Review (2021) is successful. (Year 5)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 3.2
Evolve, Focus and Transform
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Evelyn Sutton, Andrew Warren, Sarah Wells, Lisa Searle, Simon Jackson, Ward Patrick, Stephen Bearne
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
5.2(c)

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior Faculty of Medicine priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.  The new, Education Strategy targets international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  We must evolve our core by targeting areas of educational focus that will differentiate the FoM over the next 5 to 10 years.

This strategy will:  Introduce credible, transparent processes for identifying targeted areas of focus to differentiate the FoM over the next 5 to 10 years.  UGME, PGME, CPD and the Medical Sciences units will recommend program innovations aligned with the targeted areas of focus (and recommend discontinuing others deemed out-dated or redundant).  We will introduce review processes to ensure that our programs and curricula are up-to-date/ current.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. With the Education Council playing coordination and advisory roles, the Dean will work through the Associate Deans to advance areas of education focus that UGME, PGME, CPD and the Medical Sciences recommend.
    (Year 1)
  2. UGME, PGME, CPD and the Medical Sciences units will introduce program innovations aligned with targeted areas of focus (and discontinue others deemed out-dated or redundant).  The Education Council will oversee annual evaluations of progress and recommend adjustments as needed. (Years 2 – 5)
  3. Educational Units through relevant committees will prioritize identified gaps and redundancies across the education continuum and develop strategies for addressing them. (Year 1)
  4. Ongoing, focused reviews will become the norm.  Liberated capacity and resources will be re-invested in closing curricular gaps. (Years 2 – 5)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 3.3
Build Capacity for Continuous Improvement
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Evelyn Sutton, Andrew Warren, Sarah Wells, Lisa Searle, Simon Jackson, Ward Patrick, Stephen Bearne
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
4.2; 5.2(c)

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior Faculty of Medicine priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.  The new, Education Strategy targets international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  By Priority Initiative 3.1, we have committed to making continuous quality improvement a focus of our education programs will minimize the need for accreditation-induced activities.

This strategy will ensure that we have the internal capacity and capabilities to deliver on that commitment.  It will see that:  The best educators are teaching to their optimal capacity and are well supported; All Faculty have completed Teacher or Master Teacher requirements that are tailored to their roles; Faculty in senior education leadership roles will be facilitated to achieve Masters-level education preparation (see FA 4); and that an accelerated effect of education on the extent to which clinical care providers’ decision-making is informed by the most up-to-date evidence.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. Faculty will be stratified into differentiate types of roles for the purposes of identifying education CPD requirements.  We will determine the 20% of all Faculty who, having completed targeted CPD requirements, will represent 80% of the strategically significant reach. We will then develop training modules accordingly, as needed, along with an evaluative structure, process, and policy based on evidence-based needs assessment.
    (Year 1)
  2. The training modules developed in Year 1 will be delivered to the 20% of all Faculty for whom, the education training is considered mandatory.
    (Years 2 & 3)
  3. Developed training modules will be delivered to the remaining 80% of all Faculty for whom the education training is not considered mandatory.
    (Year 4)
  4. The cycle will be evaluated, improved and repeated.
    (Year 5+)

Over the next 5 years, we will also consider:

  • A RIM-type approach, using students to explore clinical problems and advance clinical care providers’ understanding of emerging evidence-based care
  • Using rapid response CPD to promote disease/condition-specific links amongst clinicians.

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

FOCUS AREA 4

Medical Education responsive to Health Needs of the Maritimes

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 4.1
Engage stakeholders as active partners in our Mission[1]
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Geoff Williams, Simon Field, Pamela Forsythe, Andrea Rideout, Lara Hazelton, Mike Teehan, David Barnes, Tetteh Ago
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.2 ; 4.2, 4.3

 

[1]   Our Mission:  The Faculty of Medicine inspires and enables excellence in health care through its medical education and research programs, and by serving and engaging society.

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior education priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

This Education Strategy sustains and builds on those foundations, targeting international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  Working with system partners, we want our educational expertise to contribute to the health of the Maritime population and more broadly. 

This strategy will build on formative work that the Dean and health authority CEOs already have underway.  It will differentiate the FoM by how and how well we consult with Maritime Ministries of Health, Health Authorities, and patients/the public to determine targeted health needs.  We will: develop innovative processes that gather data needed to validate community health needs; and align strategic plans for each FoM Educational Unit and Department with this Focus Area’s intended outcomes.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. The Dean, collaborating with Maritime health authority CEOs, will establish a strategic context for inter-organizational partnerships. Specific partnership development opportunities will be delegated to the Education Council and other FoM leaders as indicated in Year 2. (Year 1)
  2. Health needs that would benefit from accelerated transformation in care delivery will be identified (e.g. perhaps the opioid overprescribing and overdose epidemic).  Innovative processes for collaborating with community stakeholders and partners toward this end will be developed. (Year 1)
  3. In each Maritime province, 3 demonstration projects will be run, featuring mutually-agreed, targeted health needs and inter-professional scholarship designed to accelerate transformation in care delivery. (Years 2 - 4)
  4. The processes and outcomes will be evaluated for the purposes of informing ongoing work in this area. (Year 5)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 4.2
Develop capabilities across the education continuum to leverage medical education and accelerate the transformation identified in Priority Initiative 4.1
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Geoff Williams, Simon Field, Pamela Forsythe, Andrea Rideout, Lara Hazelton, Mike Teehan, David Barnes, Tetteh Ago
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.2 ; 4.1, 4.3

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior education priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

This Education Strategy sustains and builds on those foundations.  Working with system partners, we want our educational expertise to contribute to the health of the Maritime population and more broadly. 

This strategy will leverage integrated, inter-professional education (IPE) across our departments so as to help address short-term health outcomes and long-term impact on Maritime health.  It will deliver evidence, through focused research on knowledge translation, of the effects of IPE and practice and their benefits for the health of Maritimers.  Great IPE work will be scaled up, so that the experience and benefits extend beyond Halifax.It will also contribute to strengthening amongst distributed faculty, capabilities pertinent to this priority such as life-long learning and practice-based assessment, leadership, and engagement.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. Across the education continuum, IPE priorities pertinent to Priority Initiative 4.1 will be identified.  Performance metrics will be developed to help measure whether our integrated IPE helps accelerate transformation.  Preliminary exploration and design work will get underway, along with development of systematic means to track progress.  (Year 2)
    There will be an evidence-based, replicable approach for developing capabilities to leverage IPE across the education continuum and accelerate transformation in care delivery.
    (Year 4)
  2. We will develop systematic means to describe the current state, enhance, and then track progress with respect to relevant life-long learning & practice-based assessment.
    (Year 2)
    There will be an evidence-based, replicable approach for leveraging learning & practice-based assessment.
    (Year 4)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 4.3
Develop leaders in innovation and engagement
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Geoff Williams, Simon Field, Pamela Forsythe, Andrea Rideout, Lara Hazelton, Mike Teehan, David Barnes, Tetteh Ago
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.3 ; 4.1, 4.2; 5.2

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior education priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

This Education Strategy sustains and builds on those foundations, targeting international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  Working with system partners, we want our educational expertise to contribute to the health of the Maritime population and more broadly. 

This strategy will introduce innovative methods for teaching learners and distributed faculty to be strong leaders within health systems and to consult and engage in practice.  We will know we’re being successful when the prevalence of innovative methods for teaching leadership, engagement and systems thinking has increased.  We will also increase the proportion of FoM alumni we would like to see engaged to help with community/public engagement.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. Identify relevant leadership and engagement priorities amongst distributed faculty.  Conduct preliminary exploration and design of innovative teaching methods and develop systematic means to track progress.
    (End of Year 2)
  2. Implement and demonstrate increased prevalence of leadership and engagement teaching activity amongst distributed faculty.
    (Middle, Year 4)
  3. Produce an evidence-based, replicable approach for developing leadership and engagement capabilities that accelerate transformation in care delivery.
    (End of Year 4)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

FOCUS AREA 5

Leadership through Scholarship in Medical Education

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 5.1
Target needs for education innovation
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Connie LeBlanc, Stephen Miller, Anna MacLeod, Tony Armson, Marcelo Nicolela, Bill Baldridge
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.2 ; 4.2, 4.3, 7.1(b)

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior education priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

This Education Strategy sustains and builds on those foundations, targeting international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  Working with system partners, we want to continue to be nationally and internationally-recognized for scholarship in education which contributes to the health of the Maritime population and more broadly. 

This strategy will target needs for education innovation indicated by priorities under all of the FoM Focus Areas, and as identified through environmental scans.  We will demonstrate in each of the ‘targeted areas’ under Priority Initiative 3.2 (a), Building on Educational Excellence, international leadership in educational scholarship.  We will confirm our ability to impact the health of Maritimers through the education we offer.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. We will explore the need for education innovation in each of the ‘targeted areas’ under FA 3, Building on Educational Excellence, along with community-based opportunities through Education FA 4 and Serving & Engaging Society FA 7.  (Years 1 & 2)
  2. The impact on the health of Maritimers of the education we offer will be studied in collaboration with:
    · Experts in health education scholarship (e.g. health services researchers, other health professions, sociologists); and
    · Dalhousie education experts, researchers and innovators beyond the field of medicine (e.g. the Centre for Learning & Teaching, as well as other faculties with Dalhousie and other universities).
    (Years 2 - 5)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.

PRIORITY INITIATIVE 5.2
Build capacity for education research and continuously improve
EXECUTIVE SPONSOR
Jennifer Hall

 

PROJECT LEAD(S)
Connie LeBlanc, Stephen Miller, Anna MacLeod, Tony Armson, Marcelo Nicolela, Bill Baldridge
RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER PRIORITY INITIATIVES
3.2 ; 4.2, 4.3, 7.1(b)

DESCRIPTION

Major progress has been made with prior education priorities such as:  establishing a new medical campus in New Brunswick; improving our undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs; and developing an undergraduate BSc Medical Sciences program.

This Education Strategy sustains and builds on those foundations, targeting international recognition while enhancing the health of Maritimers through excellence in education.  Working with system partners, we want to continue to be nationally and internationally-recognized for scholarship in education which contributes to the health of the Maritime population and more broadly.  It is our intent for the FoM to become a leading organization for education knowledge, innovative development, and translation across the continuum.

This strategy will actively translate knowledge from our research into our curriculum and teaching practices.  We will strengthen the Masters of Education, develop a supported academy of educators to increase the perceived value of education scholarship within the faculty, and secure a Chair in Medical Education Scholarship.

THE PATH AS WE SEE IT

  1. FoM leadership for this Strategic Priority will be strengthened and focused.  The Education Council will:  have Education Scholarship as a standing item; have an efficient, user-friendly process for receiving and vetting innovative education scholarship ideas; rigorously evaluate its processes and outcomes annually and improve continuously.
    (Year 1)
  2. Efforts to establish a new Masters in Health Sciences Scholarship will renew and intensify, via either a formalized Dal program or an Acadia/Dal/ UNB partnership. (Year 1)
    · Requisite resources and approvals will be secured (Year 3)
    · Program development and preparations for implementation will be completed (Year 5)
  3. In creating an Academy of Educators, we will start with an informal network and move toward a sustainable, critical mass.  We will learn from other Canadian Centres (e.g. U of C) and leverage our own IPE Living Labs.  We will create Maritime networks of people with targeted interests. (Years 1 & 2)
  4. Roles and responsibilities will be defined and a fund raising strategy will be developed and launched with a view to establishing an endowed Research Chair in Medical Education Scholarship by 2019. (Year 4)

View the Dalhousie Medicine Strategic Plan for all the details.