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October 6, 2009

SickKids takes learning to a higher level with launch of Learning Institute

TORONTO – Medical science is evolving at an exponential rate, while clinicians are treating more and more patients with complex conditions that require the expertise and management of multiple health-care providers. Top professionals are constantly learning and refining their skills in order to stay abreast of the latest developments.

As a leading academic health sciences centre, education and innovation have always been hallmarks of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Today marks the official launch of SickKids Learning Institute, which includes state-of-the-art teaching space and a brand-new paediatric simulation centre.

“Every day at SickKids we strive to provide better care than the day before, to ensure that each child receives the best treatment, using innovative technologies and current evidence,” says Mary Jo Haddad, President and CEO of SickKids. “This daily pursuit of excellence is made possible by learning—the critical link between new knowledge and its application in the care of a sick child.”

The Learning Institute was designed to support all forms of learning, from the formal training of health-care providers and researchers to the education of patients and their families, to the transfer of knowledge to the community.

“Learning happens everywhere at SickKids,” says Dr. Susan Tallett, Chief of Education at SickKids. “We are thrilled to finally bring patient, family, staff and professional education together under one umbrella.”

Highlights of the Learning Institute include:

  • The Simulation Program, which features a high-fidelity lab that can be transformed into operating, emergency or intensive care rooms and is equipped with paediatric simulation mannequins for a realistic, hands-on training experience.
  • The eLearning Program, which offers iLearn, a learning management system that connects learners with educational opportunities and tracks learner progress.
  • AboutKidsHealth.ca, a world-leading family education website that provides reliable, evidence-based and current child health information, as well as interactive tools and animation. The site attracts more than 1.4 million visitors annually.
  • Working with more than 1,000 community partners, the Community Health Systems Resource Group focuses on knowledge translation, conducts research and offers education, consultation and outreach programs on issues that affect children.

SickKids has long embraced education as a fundamental value, alongside clinical care and research. Consequently, the Hospital has achieved international renown as a training ground for expert child health providers. The Learning Institute features the formal training of the next generation of child health providers and researchers, and the informal, ‘point of care’ learning of clinical and scientific staff.

Our virtual media kit, includes downloadable b-roll, photos and detailed information about the Learning Institute.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching. Our mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing our knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca. SickKids is committed to healthier children for a better world.

For more information, please contact:

Matet Nebres
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-6380
email: matet.nebres@sickkids.ca

Suzanne Gold
The Hospital for Sick Children
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 2059
email: suzanne.gold@sickkids.ca