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St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto

Why teaching is key to the care we provide our community

Residents are active participants of the Canadian healthcare system. As a community teaching Health Centre, we have more than 200 residents studying with our teams every year, learning directly from our teams about how to provide high quality patient care and supporting our West Toronto community. Residents can spend anywhere from a few months to a few years with our teams, gaining a valuable hands-on educational experiences while working in a community healthcare setting.

“Residents have a unique experience at St. Joe’s,” said Dr. Jerry Maniate, Chief of of Medical Education, Research and Scholarship. “They learn about providing care in an academic community health centre where they have exposure to both the general and specialized services we offer. Because we have such a high volume of patients and a great relationship with our community, we see many patients with highly complex conditions who require specialized services in surgery, medicine, psychiatry and other programs — patients who other smaller community hospitals might not see.”

Receiving hands-on learning experiences means that residents also have the opportunity to become embedded in our teams and work directly with their supervising physicians and our allied healthcare professionals, including nurses, physiotherapists, and pharmacists, among others. That collaboration is invaluable as they finish their residency and begin their own clinical practices, or join teams at St. Joe’s or other hospitals, providing them with an authentic understanding of how important it is for everyone on a patient’s care team to work together to achieve the best outcome for the patient.

And while residents learn an enormous amount during their time in hospital, they also teach and inspire the people around them.

“Residents bring vibrancy, enthusiasm and a passion to learn, which challenges and pushes us as faculty and colleagues to question why we do things in certain ways and whether there are better, more efficient or effective methods,” Dr. Maniate said. “That’s where innovation comes from.”

As part of our resident awareness week celebrations, we spoke to three of our residents about their experience being a part of our teams. Meet Tracy, Ben and Nikki.

Benjamin Langer

Nikki Hoffman

Tracy Alldred

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