Teaching the next generation of experts

A future of excellence in health care requires a commitment to teaching the next generation of experts. Each year across St. Joseph’s Health Care London, more than 2,000 students and trainees come to learn from the best.   

Andrew Macpherson

Andrew Macpherson is a student in St. Joseph’s Clinical Pastoral Education course where interns learn how to provide spiritual care to patients, family and staff members in hospitals and other clinical settings. Many of the interns are in graduate theological training.  “No theological college can offer this kind of experience - I’m very grateful,” says Macpherson, a Masters of Divinity student at the University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College.

A leading academic health care organization in Canada, St. Joseph’s annually coordinates student placements with more than 70 schools, hospitals and community agencies around the globe. In 2014 physicians and staff provided education and training for more than 900 medical students, residents and fellows, and 1,200 students in health disciplines such as nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and social work. 

Students at St. Joseph’s are given the opportunity to serve patients with complex and chronic diseases, mental illness, rehabilitation, recovery and surgical needs, and veterans and residents in our long-term care programs. They are supported by interdisciplinary teams who encourage learning and collaboration guided by values of respect, excellence and compassion. Students are measured on their performance in relation to these values and their competency in quality and safe patient care.

Speech language pathology placement

As part of the speech language pathology program at Western University, Jordan Dyment had a two-month placement with the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team, which provides post-stroke outreach care to patients living in the community.
 
teaching physio inpatient
 
In the stroke rehabilitation gym, student Meagan Smith, left, and physiotherapist Krisztina Huszar, right, help Millie Walters with grasp and release exercises using a neuromuscular stimulator. "The experience and knowledge I have gained here is invaluable” says Smith, a second year student in Western University’s physiotherapy program. “Working with the fantastic staff and patients has given me confidence in my path to becoming a physical therapist."
 
Occupational therapy
 
Joshua Westbrook, right, a Western University occupational therapy student, and occupational therapist Sarah Miles work with patient Drew Cameron as part of his rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury. “I’m learning so much in this practical setting,” says Westbrook, who had an eight-week placement at Parkwood Hospital.
 
 learning in urology
 
As part of St. Joseph’s international reach in teaching, urologist Dr. Blayne Welk at St. Joseph’s Hospital has developed a fellowship program for trainees looking for experience in voiding dysfunction (urination). Here Dr. Welk and his first fellow, Hana'a Al Hothi, the first female urologist in Qatar, review a patient’s diagnostic testing before going into surgery.
 
pain medicine
 
In July, St. Joseph’s and Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry became the first academic teaching hospital and medical school in Canada to host a new pain medicine residency training program. Dr. Pat Morley-Forster, medical director of St. Joseph’s Pain Management Program and a professor of anesthesiology at Western, championed its creation. She is pictured with the first two residents, Dr. Amjad Bader of Saudi Arabia, left, and Schulich Medicine graduate Dr. Michael Pariser.
 
 Diabetes
 
Now in its fifth year, the annual Diabetes Research Day is an opportunity for Schulich Medicine clinical undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as students from the basic sciences, to present their research related to diabetes. Here. Ken Grise explains his research to Dr. Irene Hramiak, chair/chief, Centre for Diabetes, Metabolism and Endocrinology at St. Joseph’s.
 
Mental Health
 
Micheline Hurst, a first year student in Fanshawe College’s practical nursing program, spends some time with a patient at Regional Mental Health Care London, listening as he expresses himself through music.
Psychology student 
Psychology student Melissa Nantais presents her research on the relationship between creativity and cognitive vitality completed as part of her placement at Parkwood Hospital.