Humber River Health’s (HRH) Board of Directors and Senior Team recognize the unique learning opportunities our hospital has to offer as North America’s first fully digital hospital, and in light of our diverse medical staff, and a multicultural patient catchment area of more than 850,000 people. Our hospital is affiliated with many academic institutions including Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.
Supporting the education of medical learners at the undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education levels is enthusiastically embraced by Humber River Health. Our ability to provide excellent care within a patient and family-centred environment both now, and in the future, is dependent upon nurturing and mentoring current and future members of our medical staff.
In fact, as one of Canada’s largest providers of acute care hospital services, and as a fully digital hospital, our role as an institution of learning takes on even more prominence. We are shifting the thinking about hospital design and optimizing the use of digital processes including test results pushed out to clinicians, and patients have electronic access to their digital health records. The education of the next generation must include preparation for this paradigm shift in future health care. Our hospital is also equipped with the latest state-of¬-the-art equipment including the most advanced CT scanners and our Interventional Radiology suite.
As the academic profile of Humber continues to grow, we are finding that increasing numbers of medical students and residents are asking to spend time with us during their training. This speaks to the excellent physician teachers at Humber River.
To acknowledge these physicians who give so freely and generously of their time to mentor and train learners, in 2015, we launched the Humber River Health Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching. There are strict criteria including nomination by a learner with supporting letters and where available, a review of the teaching effectiveness scores provided by the University. To nominate a physician for this award, please fill out a form and provide a letter of recommendation outlining why the physician deserves this recognition.