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History of HSERC
In 2005, the U of A Health Sciences Council recognized the need for an aggressive strategy to increase
interprofessional competencies in the context of an evolving technological education environment.
HSERC was established to determine the best approach to advancing health science scholarship, in
preparation for the opening of the Edmonton Clinic in 2011. Health Sciences Education and Research Commons
In the summer of 2008, activities of the University of Alberta's Interprofessional Initiative were integrated
into the broader activities of HSERC. This has allowed the University to advance educational research in
concert with interprofessional health education. HSERC is building a foundation of research on effective teaching and learning in health
sciences at the University of Alberta. This research is the first step in creating a centre of
excellence which creates, implements and tests learning methods and technologies
Advisory Body and Working Committee which will improve patient care.
The HSERC Advisory Body is made of the health science Associate Deans (Academic), health workforce
members, and Alberta Health & Wellness. The primary mandate of this group is to identify strategic
components of interprofessional education.
The HSERC Working Committee is made up of individual faculty members from across campus, and clinical Six Keys to Successful Health Educational
practitioners. This group carries for the work identified through the Advisory Body. Research at the U of A
The HSERC Steering Committee (dissolved late 2008) was made up of Associate Deans from the health
There are six components necessary for the long-term success of
science faculties and Alberta Health Services simulation clinicians. This group was struck to develop the an educational technologies centre, such as that being built by
HSERC programme for the Edmonton Clinic. the HSERC.
1 Curriculum Development
2 Educational Research Program
Health Sciences Education and Research Commons 3 Developing Faculty Capacity
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4 Understanding of Technology
Tel: 780.492.0110 5 Partnerships
6 Sustained Investment
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1 Curriculum Development 3 Developing Faculty Capacity 4 Understanding of Technology
An effective health science education and research program is built on Supporting the development of these competencies within this As noted earlier, vital to supporting the development of interprofessional
curriculum. Partners and students have little motivation to participate in framework is faculty/staff development and research and evaluation. competencies, is capacity of faculty and staff to effectively deliver and
a program which doesn't address their educational and training needs. HSERC recognizes that these competencies are developed to a higher evaluate the use of simulation in health science education.
HSERC curriculum modules take into account the demanding program level once students move into clinical practice.
structure needed for accreditation and certification. Curriculum will We want to give faculty the tools they need to be able to integrate
supplement and enhance existing programs, not be an addition. The Smart Condo is an technology into their teaching. To do this, first we are conducting a needs
example of assessment, we will then train faculty in skills such as how to effectively
The University of Alberta's goal is that every health sciences graduates interprofessional course debrief in small interprofessional groups using simulation debriefing
with a set of four interprofessional competencies work already in existence. techniques. A pilot of this debriefing workshop was held in early
The project grew out of a December 2008 with the support of Drs Mark Mackenzie, Cam
These competencies are: Universal Design course MacGougan and Darren Nichols from STARS Air Ambulance and Across North America, there is a tendency to focus on the use of high
1) Collaboration which has been run Emergency Medicine. fidelity mannequins as a solitary simulation platform. HSERC
2) Reflection collaboratively with the recognizes that there are effective and broad applications for the use of
3) Communication departments of Faculty who are interesting in integrating Standardized Patients into low-fi technologies as well, including using Standardized Patients.
4) Understanding of Professional Roles Occupational Therapy and course or exams, will be provided with a SP Resources Toolkit to help
Industrial Design for more them effectively use this simulation platform. We are also planning an SP Through the mandatory InterD 410 course, HSERC is developing a
IP Learning Pathway than 10 years. The Fall workshop in spring 2009 to assist in this area. research program to understand how students develop professional
competencies in on-line learning environments and virtual
2008 course was run
using space at the HSERC communities.
Demonstration centre and included the Faculty of Pharmacy and
Roles Pharmaceutical Sciences and the departments of Computing Science and
Human Ecology. During the Winter 2009 semester, the Condo project is
expanding to include the Department of Mechanical Engineering. This is 5 Partnerships
Faculty / Staff Development
6 Sustained Investment
Evaluation / Research
Reflection phase one of a multi-phase, multi-year project. When the Edmonton In addition to on-campus partners, HSERC has partnered with other post-
Clinic North opens in 2011, a portion of the HSERC space will be a fully secondary institutions to develop cross-disciplinary curriculum modules that
Continuous Professional Development
functioning Smart Condo based on the work done with the groups listed will enhance student experience and patient safety. HSERC has partnered with
COMPETENCE: Entry to Practice
above. MacEwan, NorQuest, NAIT and Alberta Health Services.
Curriculum modules are currently under development in partnership
University of Alberta Partners
Agricultural, Life & • Dan Birch Pharmacy and
1) Surgical team-based training (Drs Dan Birch, Marcia Clarke, Jonathan
Reflection Environmental Sciences • Jan Pimlott Pharmaceutical Sciences
White, Dan Schiller, Chris dGara)
• Anna Farmer • Steve Patterson • Lisa Guirguis
2) Bariatric Education Initiative (Dr. Arya Sharma) • Arlene Oak • Jonathan Duff • Cheryl Cox
3) Pediatric Resuscitative "Mock" Code (Drs Jon Duff, Chloe Joynt) Augustana • Chris dGara • Cheryl Sadowski
• Tim Essington • Chloe Joynt Physical Education & The final key to success depends on ongoing investment. This means
Computing Science • Mark Mackenzie Recreation that curriculum drives equipment purchase. We must also be
• Eleni Stroulia • Cam MacGougan • Connie LeBrun mindful that equipment depreciates and that technology rapidly
• Pawel Gburzynski • Darren Nichols • Nancy Jette Chisholm
• Ioanis Nikolaidis • Jonathan White Public Health
• Jonathan Schaeffer • Dan Schiller • Anna Farmer
• Pierre Boulanger • Arya Sharma Rehabilitation Medicine We will need to regularly train staff to keep up with current and
• Rosemarie Cunningham
2 Educational Research Program Education
• Mike Carbonaro Mechanical Engineering
• Mark Hall
• Lili Liu
developing educational technologies.
• Patricia Boechler • Yongsheng Ma • Barb Norton
Developing a health science educational research program is • Merging Social Networking Environments and Formal Industrial Design Nursing • Liz Taylor HSERC's Demonstration space in the TELUS allows us to develop and
key to HSERC's success. Learning Environments to Support and Facilitate • Robert Lederer • Ann Ranson-Ratusz • Teresa Paslawski pilot curriculum, test equipment and new technologies so that
• Greg Rassmussen • Susan Sommerfeldt when HSERC moves into the Edmonton Clinic North, it fill the space
Interprofessional Instruction, Medical Education Online Medicine & Dentistry • Colleen Zimmel
A thorough list of refereed publications, grants received and • Developing interdisciplinary team competencies in a with functioning projects and programs. The move into the
• Chris Ward
under review is available on-line. blended learning course: Impact on student learning. • Marcia Clark Edmonton Clinic North signifies ongoing investment in HSERC.
Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences Practices, 6(1)
Publications, 2007 - 2009: • Integration of e-Learning Technologies in an Other Post-Secondary partners are NorQuest College, NAIT, and MacEwan. The Edmonton Clinic North HSERC space accommodates clinical
• Online Synchronous Simulation: Facilitating Problem-Based Interprofessional Course: A pilot study, Medical Teacher HSERC is also partnering with Alberta Health Services and Glenrose exam rooms, three universal patient rooms (bariatric suite,
Learning for Interprofessional Health Science Students, 30(1), 25-33 Rehabilitation Hospital on a number of projects. NICU/ICU, OR), a visualization immersive environment (CAVE), two
Journal of Interactive Learning Research multipurpose theatres, Smart Condo and research and office space.