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Education Scholarship

The Applied Education Research Operatives (AERO) is a group of educators/scholars from across Unity Health Toronto, who share a common commitment to doing impactful work by bridging education science and innovative education.

AERO serves two main groups:

  • AERO Scientists/Investigators: Education researchers who spend a large proportion of their time on scholarly activities. AERO promotes, supports, and connects the work of members in this group.
  • AERO Educators/Scholars: Education scholars who spend some time on scholarly activities. Depending on fit, AERO consults to, collaborates with, and helps to coordinate projects for members of this group.

AERO partners with many individuals, organizations, and units locally, nationally, and internationally. Our closest partners are the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre and the Centre for Faculty Development.

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The Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) was founded in 2002 as a partnership between St. Michael’s Hospital (now a part of Unity Health Toronto) and the University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine. At the CFD we are committed to supporting health professionals in their multiple education roles and activities – including teaching, academic leadership, scholarship and advocacy. We offer flexible and adaptable programming that is responsive to emerging needs, facilitates communities and networking, and supports capacity building across the system. The CFD partners with the AERO (Applied Education Research Operatives) to offer a community for all who conduct education research, scholarship and innovations.

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Library Services supports education, research, and evidence-based decision-making in patient care for all physicians, staff, researchers, and learners at Unity Health Toronto. All researchers have unlimited access to library electronic resources (databases, e-journals, e-books, software, clinical decision support tools), borrowing privileges for print collections, interlibrary loan services, dozens of library workshops and custom training opportunities, as well as 24/7 access to library spaces for independent study, computer-use, and printing, scanning, photocopying. Information Specialists are available to support your research and information needs through literature search services, one-on-one consultations, and collaboration for knowledge synthesis activities or other research projects.

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The Unity Health Toronto Simulation Program is dedicated to conducting research and scholarship that produces innovative and evidence-informed Simulation and Technology-Enabled Education. Join us in conducting impactful research that meets the aims of our 5 Research Pillars: simulation for QI & patient safety, technology-enabled healthcare education, integration of simulation-based & workplace-based education, precision translational simulation, and designing & delivering impactful simulations.

Unity Health Toronto’s state of the art Simulation Program allows students, health disciplines and nursing professionals, researchers, administrators and physicians to practice skills in a safe, realistic learning environment using high fidelity human patient simulators, virtual reality and task trainers. Health care simulation involves a range of activities that share a similar purpose: to improve patient safety and quality of care, provide interprofessional education opportunities, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of health care services.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada currently accredits (2019-2024) the Allan Waters Family Simulation Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. This national accreditation recognizes leaders in simulation based learning and educational research. Our goal is to obtain of obtaining Royal College accreditation at all of our sites.

Contact and Location:

St Joseph’s Health Centre
Classroom 5, main floor Sunnyside Building
416-864-6060 ext. 77431

Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital
B1, Lower Level 209 Victoria St.
416-864-6060 ext. 77431

Providence Healthcare
208A/B, Knowledge Centre
416-864-6060 ext. 77431

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Last updated April 03, 2023