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Professional Development

Professional Development

SickKids values ongoing professional development of staff and students.  Listed below are some of the professional development opportunities offered at SickKids.

Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching

The Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award recognizes an exceptional preceptor/field instructor/or clinical supervisor who has demonstrated outstanding performance in their role and exhibits a commitment to excellence in clinical education to advance practice.  This award is bestowed upon remarkable health-care professionals who strive to create a positive, encouraging and respectful learning environment and is an acknowledgement for their contributions to the professional growth of students, trainees and newly hired staff.

Recent Award Recipients

Orientation of New Staff Member Category

    • Renee Woo, Pharmacy
    • Mary Ann Duqueza, RN, OR

Supervision of Student/Trainee Category

    • Michael Weinstein, Peadiatric Medicine
    • Jennifer Woods, RN, CCU
    • Voytek Wezyk, RT
    • Whitney Gemmill, RN, 8A

Administrative Excellence

The Administrative Excellence Program develops and implements tools, resources and training opportunities to support the professional development and training opportunities for the over 600 administrative professionals across SickKids.  Driven by the Administrative Excellence Committee, a collaborative of staff from Clinical Programs, both the Research and Learning Institutes, Human Resources, the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Services and the Department of Paediatrics, the program targets training in communication, leadership and technical administrative skills while enhancing employee engagement and service excellence.

The Collaborative for Professional Practice (formerly Centre for Nursing)

The Collaborative offers a wide variety of Nursing and Interprofessional course offerings. 
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Facilitated by the Learning Institute, the SickKids eLearning program enables SickKids staff by providing opportunities to engage in interactive online learning for professional development and skill enhancement.  By integrating adult learning principles with eLearning technologies, the SickKids eLearning program provides a learning experience that is timely, accessible and impactful for staff.  
More information about iLearn 

Organizational Development

Being a leader at SickKids is both a privilege and a responsibility.  Leaders in our organization work with some of the highest skilled and experienced teams and individual contributors in healthcare, and it is our job to make sure our people have the supports, the tools and the environments in which high quality care, education and research can be performed.  As leaders, we role-model values, set and monitor expectations aligned with strategy and hold people accountable for delivering exceptional care and service.

Our core leadership development program, Precision Leadership, provides leaders with critical, effective and evidence-based skills and knowledge that forms the foundation of an ongoing reflective leadership practice.  Other programs, as well as coaching and consultation, are available from our team.

Staff Continuing Professional Development Fund (SCPDF

The SCPDF provides support to eligible staff interested in pursuing professional development opportunities related to one of the following three streams:  Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Single Courses; Degrees, Diplomas and Professional Designations and Internal Educational Events.
More information about SCPDF

To learn more about additional professional development learning opportunities visit the Learning Opportunities section or the SickKids calendar.