The Office of Integrated Medical Education

Message from the Deputy Dean, Dr. Sarita Verma


Welcome to the website for the Office of Integrated Medical Education in the Office of the Dean, FacultySarita Verma of Medicine, University of Toronto

Integrated medical education (IME) represents a project of transformational change. Our project is to change the way that our learners, full and community-affiliated hospitals, faculty members and staff think about – and engage with – the delivery of medical education at the University of Toronto. Indeed, successful outcomes of integrated education shall be defined by excellent performance of learners and the teachers in the short term, and improved quality of care in community sites in the longer term. Another important outcome will be the advancement of academic leadership in the community sites recognized by the Clinical Departments as integral to their University missions and visions.

The opening of the Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) in September of 2011, the need to align relations with existing community affiliates (North York General Hospital, Toronto East General Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre) and our new partnerships with additional sites required our urgent attention to establish specific education goals and implementation of steps necessary to achieve these goals. It is our goal to fully and collaboratively engage with every Clinical Department, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME), Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) and the Centre for Faculty Development (CFD) in this transformative project. Having accepted the principles for IME at the Clinical Chairs Committee and having led two workshops on the planning, the Deputy Dean, Vice Dean Clinical Affairs and Education Deans have been mandated to lead this integration.

As a result of the launch of the Mississauga Academy, we have been pleased to make significant progress on IME issues with the preparation for the launch of the Mississauga Academy. The Mississauga Integrated Medical Education (MIME) management system will lead the way by establishing a foundation and platform upon which the fuller extended IME will be built in phases over the next 12 to 24 months. See Appendix 2 for MIME Project Charter, Activities and Decision Tree.

A Steering Group on Toronto Model of Integrated Medical Education (T-IME) was struck to oversee this process. The goals of our IME program include:

 

  • Establish a sustainable framework for integrated medical education that puts the University’s programs at the forefront of producing health care professionals who meet the needs of society.
  • Expand MD teaching and learning to set new standards for accreditation, teaching capacity and delivery of patient centered, inter-professional, evidence based health care, in urban, suburban and community settings.
  • Enhance learners’ access to clinical teaching for all programs along the continuum of medical education.
  • Align the Clinical Departments’ education programs with the Mission and Vision of the Faculty of Medicine, while enabling our clinical adjunct and part-time faculty to benefit from the resources, academic excellence and innovation of the University.
  • Develop an accountability framework to support integrated MD education which flows with the learner, and teacher and is across our programs rather than across sites.
  • Develop a sustainable financial plan that funds programs and teachers according to societal needs and learners’ requirements; and monitors resources utilization for accountability and quality improvement.

I would invite you to learn more about IME and the Office of Integrated Medical Education by visiting the website.