Michener Institute of Education at UHN
Established in 1958, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is Canada’s only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to health sciences education. Michener offers full-time and continuing education in Imaging, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Radiation Sciences, Primary and Critical Care and other specialized applied health programs.
With a robust and responsive curriculum that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration and simulation-based training, graduates are prepared to deliver quality diagnostic and therapeutic services. Michener is publicly funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.
- The Michener Institute is the only post-secondary institution funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health, so the curriculum and technology are driven by the emerging needs of health care system.
- Michener’s class sizes are small and are held in a simulated clinical environment so students get hands-on interaction with faculty and experience with diagnostic and therapeutic technology.
- After the classroom, students spend 38 weeks in clinical rotations at our vast partner network of hospitals and private clinics across Canada to further develop their patient care skills.
- Employers report high satisfaction with Michener graduates, who are work-ready and prepared to be leaders in providing quality patient care.
- Michener recently integrated with University Health Network, giving the school direct access to real-time, front-line insight that can inform and shape our curricula.
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The Michener Institute of Education at UHN plays a critical role in health labour force planning by adapting cutting-edge research and clinical practice into curriculum to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce. We prepare graduates to work well in fast-changing clinical environments, using the latest technologies and practices, in a way that benefits the entire province.
Foster Student Success
Brigitte Chappellaz: Cardiovascular Perfusion
The CVP program is very well designed to cater to the various learning styles of the students. We have the opportunity to try online seminars, in class lectures, lab practical learning and simulations. We are lucky to have very experienced faculty members who maintain a strong network of clinical partnerships by recruiting practicing perfusionists to come lecture in their specialty fields and to teach and facilitate the lab practice time. Michener is a great place for anyone who wants a fantastic supportive adult learning environment. The faculty is really invested in each student; they will know your name and your strengths and weaknesses. Best learning experience I’ve ever had!!!
Kurtis Borland: Chiropody
People rely on their feet to be mobile and active every day, often overlooking the pressure and strain that is placed upon them. What interested me about Chiropody was its ability to improve one’s quality of life. The idea of having a patient come to you with immobilizing pain and discomfort and leaving with relatively no pain at all is something unique to the practice of Chiropody. I strongly appreciate how Michener integrates advanced academic learning with hands on experience in both labs and clinic, which was something that I missed in my undergraduate degree. The teachers in this program have exceeded my expectation in the way that they are able to transfer their knowledge to us. They are willing to teach us the theory and skills we need, while also giving us tips on how to make sure we’re successful when we leave the Michener Institute.
Aubrey Gribbon: Diagnostic Cytology
It was the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in microscopy with my fascination for human disease processes to make a meaningful difference in other people’s lives. One of the things I enjoy most about Michener’s Diagnostic Cytology program is simulation-based learning. You get to look at real patient samples under the microscope right from day one. We also had the opportunity to practice preparing samples for cytological assessment. Everything you learn is very relevant and the experience you gain through simulation and the clinical placement makes you feel well prepared for entry into the profession. Diagnostic Cytology is a self-directed program with all of your theory done online. This means that you are able to create your own study schedule and learn at your own pace. You then come in to Michener to apply what you have learned in labs.
Partner with Business and Community
The Canadian Association of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) entered into a partnership with The Michener Institute in 2012 to develop a Graduate Certificate in IONM leading towards regulation of this applied health profession. The IONM professional works in operating rooms to alert surgeons of evolving problems allowing for rapid intervention. The role is vital to the protection of patients undergoing high risk surgeries such as neurosurgery and spinal deformity correction. The Certificate Program was developed in partnership, with CANM offering subject matter expertise through the engagement of more than 50 experts, and Michener providing the online curriculum design expertise. The 6 course program was launched in September 2014, with the first graduates expected July 2016. The online nature of the program has drawn learners from Canada and around the world.
Support Indigenous Students
Michener has participated with U of T’s Faculty of Medicine in a Summer Mentorship program since 2012. It is a collaborative program with the Assoc for the Advancement of Blacks in Health Sciences, First Nations House, Mount Sinai Hospital and the University Health Network, as well as five district school boards in the GTA. During this time we have hosted approximately 160 students on our campus with very positive feedback. Michener is currently developing a task force engaging students, faculty, clinical educators and external partners in the development of recommendations to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
Date modified: 2016-10-27