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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.10b - Flexible, student-driven curriculum design and progressive hybrid assessment to enhance competency development during early clinical exposure.

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The medical radiation program co-delivered by Michener Institute and the University of Toronto was redesigned to include best practices in integrated program design, competency/student -driven curriculum design and assessment, early exposure to clinical practice, integration of case-based and simulation-based learning, and hybrid delivery (e.g. Cook et al., 2013; Thistlethwaite et al., 2012; Yardley et al., 2010). The redesign process produced a new educational framework and formalized embedded CQI process that ensures ongoing dynamic data collection for rapid-response pedagogy, course correction and peer learning. An online tool was developed to assess qualitatively, quantitatively and longitudinally student’s competency development through clinical exposure using best-practice principles of authentic evaluation (Ginsburg, McIlroy, Oulanova, Eva, & Regehr, 2010). Students reported feeling that the first year of courses had effectively enhanced their knowledge (91%), technical skills (100%), understanding of how course material relates to practice (96%), and reported high satisfaction with a high quality educational experience (88%). We are currently conducting the analysis of year two data. The impact of the integrated curriculum will be assessed following the first cohort of students completing the program in 2017.

Participants will have an opportunity to engage in facilitated discussion on successful change initiatives that cross institutional boundaries and discuss strategies for championing innovation and change in student-driven curriculum design and assessment.

Learning outcomes:
  • Gain insight about shifts in hybrid design, student-driven curriculum design and assessment, competency development and empowering pedagogies across a range of institutional contexts.
  • Discover and discuss examples of collaborative learning, educational change and innovative methods for documenting student achievement.
We invite participants to contribute their examples of initiatives of facilitating and leading innovation within and across their institutions, to deepen and broaden the collective understanding of Student-Centered Curricula Assessment and Teaching Practices and to explore the role of education as dynamic change agent in the current global educational landscape.


Cathryne Palmer

Cathryne Palmer is the Director for the Medical Radiation Sciences (MRS) Program at the University of Toronto. The MRS program is an undergraduate professional program in the Faculty of Medicine consisting of three streams (radiation therapy, radiological technology and nuclear medicine... Read More →

Susan Weltz

Susan Weltz is the Academic Chair, Imaging Programs at the Michener Institute of Education at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto, ON. Susan leads two program streams (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technology (NMMIT) and Radiological Technology) as part of the joint... Read More →

Additional Authors

Ann Russell

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Beata Pawlowska

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Caroline Cutler

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Christina Rogoza

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Edward Sun

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Ezequiel Ledesma

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Janet Maggio

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Jordan Holmes

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Katherine Savelberg

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Wade Sharp

The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT
UCC 65

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