The Year in Review 2009-2010 - Sustainability - The Annual Report of The Hospital for Sick Children

At a Glance: Learning

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SickKids has a long history of education and the range of educational activities at SickKids is broad, deep and diverse.  As an academic health science centre, learning happens everywhere. It spans the formal training of the next generation of health-care providers and researchers, to the professional development of our clinical, research and administrative staff, to the education of our patients and families.  The Learning Institute was introduced in 2007 to support and advance all educational endeavours.

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Better Learning.  Better Outcomes.  Healthier Children.  A Better World.


Learning is the critical link between new knowledge and its application in the care of the child. The Learning Institute nurtures, integrates and advances learning in all aspects of child health by:

    1. Providing the best in quality education and service.
    2. Creating knowledge and advancing theory through research.
    3. Engaging in knowledge translation and sharing our expertise globally.
    4. Serving as a learning network that facilitates effective and innovative collaborations.
    5. Championing the role of education within the child health-care system.


The Learning Institute supports and aligns with the SickKids values of Excellence, Integrity, Collaboration and Innovation.

Programs and Services

The programs and services of the Learning Institute support the educational activities at SickKids.  
They include:

    • AboutKidsHealth
    • Community Health Systems Resource Group
    • Conference Management Service
    • Education Evaluation and Assessment Program
    • Education Research
    • eLearning Program
    • Hospital Library and Archives
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Knowledge Translation
    • Simulation Program
    • Staff Continuing Professional Development

Activities at the Learning Institute in 2009-2010 included:

    • 1.5 million visits to the patient and family education site  In a typical month, visitors to the site come from more 180 different countries and 500 Canadian cities.
    • 23,938 visitors to the Reading Room. The Reading Room, a partnership with the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Public Library and SickKids, supports curriculum for students from grades K to 12 and provides access to materials critical to success at school. 
    • 8,111 visits to the AboutKidsHealth Family Resource Centre, which provides a range of information resources and services for patients and families. 
    • Students and academic trainees from a number of disciplines ranging from medicine to nursing to laboratory medicine are eager to learn at SickKids. In 2009-2010 these programs saw the following attendance in student days:
      • Child Life - 972
      • Dietetics - 840
      • Nuclear Medicine Technologist - 165
      • Nursing - 10,029
      • Occupational Therapy -  442
      • Pediatric Laboratory Medicine - 1,402
      • Pharmacy - 579
      • Respiratory Therapy -  814
      • Social Work - 2,210
      • Speech and Language Pathology - 276
    • SickKids is home to the largest, most comprehensive paediatric medical and surgical training program in Canada.  During the 2009/2010 academic year, there were a total of 435 Fellows at SickKids.
    • Continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities, organized by the Learning Institute’s Conference Management Service, were delivered to more than 1,065 learners representing more than 30 countries. Many other CPD opportunities were provided across the organization, for example, in Management and Leadership Development, Project Management, Information Technology, Quality and Risk Management, and Occupational Health and Safety.
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