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About the Learning Institute

Education and learning are our passion. 

The SickKids Learning Institute (LI) is keen to make a difference in the lives of children and their families through our work with learners, using innovative learning approaches and technologies facilitated by expert faculty. We strive to be exceptional collaborators, empowering individuals and teams to be the very best they can be through supportive educational programming and continuous learning.

The LI is a champion of advancing inclusive environments where everyone belongs. We are committed to creating learning environments where everyone feels safe, represented, included, respected and valued. 

Whoever you are as a learner we are excited to work with you! Whether you are a new staff member building a career in paediatrics or a seasoned professional expanding your knowledge and deepening your expertise, we are here to support your learning. Perhaps you are a community provider or an international learner wanting to know more about leading practices in children’s health care; or an engaged patient or family member seeking reliable health information – we are here for you too.

Education is fundamental to SickKids’ vision: Healthier Children. A Better World. Every day we work to advance a learning culture at SickKids that is creative and dynamic, we aspire to have our organization known worldwide as a place where we learn from and with each other at all times.

Who we are

Improve child health outcomes and systems of care worldwide through learning and education. 

Using learner-centred educational practices and state-of-the-art technologies, we will create and deliver exceptional learning experiences that advance practice and transform care. Through advanced thought leadership, knowledge dissemination and scholarship we will stimulate change and drive innovation in education.

Improve Outcomes; Cultivate Learning; Build Capacity  

The Learning Institute is a catalyst for change, with a focus on continuous improvement. We partner to advance education and learning, accelerating knowledge implementation.  

Our training efforts result in high quality care delivery. Our emphasis on scholarship, faculty development, use of best practices and technologies to support learners, enriches our academic hospital and many stakeholders locally, nationally and around the globe. Our approach to collaboration is respectful and culturally responsive for all learners.  

Whether we are working with children and their families, parents, students, international learners, staff or faculty, we seek the balance between process and outcome. We believe in the importance of empowering people, and building capabilities through collaboration. We use evidence informed best practices in education and learning, and facilitate systems transformation for sustainable results. 

As a world-renowned academic health sciences centre, SickKids embraces and promotes the value and importance of education as one of three pillars within our organization: care, learning and research. The Learning Institute was founded in 2007 to support and enhance education and teaching activities across the organization and beyond. Our mandate is broad as we support all types of learning, including the education of academic students and trainees, development of specialty knowledge and skills, continuing professional development of staff, education of children and their families, and knowledge exchange with local, national and international communities. We provide exceptional learning experiences to deepen knowledge and expertise in the delivery of high quality paediatric care.

The Learning Institute embraces interprofessional approaches and brings together educators from all disciplines. We are a community of educators and learners; multiple networks of passionate and engaged people with diverse knowledge and skills who teach, coach and mentor individuals and groups to grow and thrive professionally. We offer programs and services that support our hospital community to create, deliver and evaluate education and training. Our unique services are also offered to external partners who wish to participate in our exceptional educational offerings or to those looking for customized learning experiences.

The Learning Institute connects people, spaces and learning products in multiple ways. Through virtual communities and physical spaces, we promote excellence in education and learning. We are creative and strive for excellence in everything that we do. We seek new partnerships and promote networks that enhance learning, advance education scholarship, improve knowledge translation and offer creative education solutions and services to ultimately improve outcomes for children and their families.

Strategic Plan

The Learning Institute 2017-2020 Strategic Plan will enable SickKids to be a strategic systems partner in children's health locally, nationally and internationally.

Annual Report

The Learning Institute 2019 Annual Report highlights accomplishments and updates.

Monthly Newsletter

The Learning Institute Monthly Newsletter highlights and celebrates education initiatives across the hospital.

Read the latest monthly newsletter

Our Education Leadership and Faculty

Pam Hubley

Vice-President of Education and Academic Practice & Chief of International Nursing

Kelly McMillen

Kelly McMillen is the Director of the Learning Institute.

Bonnie Stevens

Bonnie Stevens is the Associate Chief of Nursing Research.

Bonnie Fleming- Caroll

Bonnie Fleming-Carroll

Bonnie Fleming-Carroll is the Associate Chief, Nursing & Interprofessional Education of the Learning Institute.

Lara Pietrolungo

Lara is the Director, International Education at the Learning Institute

Sean Schurr

Sean Schurr is the Director, AboutKidsHealth & Digital Learning Solutions at the Learning Institute.

Karen Breen-Reid

Karen is the Manager, Interprofessional Education at the Learning Institute.

Emily Louca

Emily is the Education Manager at the Learning Institute for the Simulation and Resuscitation Education Programs.

Kelly Warmington

Kelly Warmington is a Manager at the Learning Institute

John-Paul Rosendall

John-Paul Rosendall is the Business and Operations Manager, AboutKidsHealth & Digital Learning Solutions at the Learning Institute.

Susan Ball

Susan Ball is the Managing Editor, AboutKidsHealth at the Learning Institute.

Chaya Kulkarni

Chaya is the Director of Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP)

Become a Member of the Learning Institute

At the Learning Institute, our vision is to improve child health outcomes and systems of care worldwide through learning and education.

To continue to build our capacity for advanced thought leadership, knowledge dissemination, scholarship and innovation in education, we have implemented a membership to bring together our education community and facilitate our learning culture. Membership includes:

  • ​Be​ing pa​rt of the Learning Institute network
  • Access to regular upd​at​es
  • Invitations to Learning Institute educational events​
  • Opportunities to​ ​engage with interprofessional colleagues in educational activities and scholarships
  • Ability to provide your expertise and feedback
  • Profiling your work and/or the work of your team
  • Participation in mentorship activities
  • Use of the Learning Institute logo for internal and external education related posters and presentations (internal members only)

Register to become a Member

Our Programs

Nursing & Interprofessional Education

Our clinical staff are highly trained health-care professionals who are supported through continued learning.

Simulation Program

The Simulation Program is a collaborative program that uses simulation to transform the future of health care.

Knowledge Translation Program

Professional development, support and tools for KT across the hospital and in the community.

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP)

IMHP helps translate and promote the science of early mental health into practice with families.

Paediatric Project ECHO

Paediatric Project ECHO offers community-based health-care providers with access to specialty knowledge, an interprofessional network, and a community of practice.

Project ECHO - Epilepsy Across the Lifespan

The Project ECHO: Epilepsy Across the Lifespan interdisciplinary teams are based in 10 programs across Ontario.

International Education

International Education offers paediatric specialty education and training services that are customized to international learners’ specific needs and can take place at SickKids or in their home country.

Contact us

If you would like to learn more information about any of our programs or services, please contact us.

Phone: 416-813-8910 ext 228122
Email: learning.institute@sickkids.ca

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