Educational Information Technology Summer Student Program Award 2014


Deadline to apply: May 5, 2014

To provide structured support for our faculty members who are interested in developing medical educational e-learning projects to assist them in teaching their subject areas, the Office of Integrated Medical Education, in partnership with the Biomedical Communications (BMC) program at the University of Toronto, established the Summer Student Program Award in 2013.

Educational information technology (EIT) has been identified as one of the areas of priority for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The Future of Medical Education in Canada (FMEC) report lists 'improving the use of technology' as one of the five enabling recommendations for the future of medical education. The Lancet Commissions report on education of health professionals for the 21st century states: "We focus on the transformative learning power of the IT revolution. The effect of electronic learning is likely to be revolutionary, although how precisely it will revamp professional education is unknown." At the 2011 University of Toronto Council of Health Sciences Educational Subgroup (CHSES) summit, faculty leaders share the desire to collaborate and share their experiences in using technology to transform our health professional education curriculum. Furthermore, with the expansion of enrollment and decentralization of teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, there is a much greater need for developing online educational software to enable asynchronous distant learning. In addition, there are innovative continuing educational IT projects that are not well supported.

In 2013, we have supported 10 projects and a list of them can be viewed at www.utorontoeit.com. In addition, weekly seminars were held to discuss latest topics in eLearning technologies as well as providing ongoing support for the project design and development.

For the 2014 OIME Summer Student Program Award, 10 project teams will be supported and invited to participate in weekly seminars during the coming summer. The OIME web portal, launched in 2012, was created to showcase the web-based eLearning tools that will be developed with the support of the Award. OIME will collaborate with the Biomedical Communications (BMC) program at the University of Toronto and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to help us with student recruitment and seminar presentations. The program has been advertised to first year graduate students in BMC, as well as medical students and computer science students. Students participating in the program will be provided with financial support through the OIME as well as the faculty supervisor's home department.

Faculty members of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto are invited to submit medical educational eLearning project proposals to be considered for support. We will match faculty members with students possessing the appropriate programming and development skills. Each of the projects will be assessed based on its potential impact in improving the current educational program, scope, feasibility, integration with current teaching program, and the planned evaluation process. Preference will be given to web-based courseware where the final product can be shared online. The final product will be showcased on the OIME e-learning website.

Program information (program objectives, eligibility, application deadline, application form, and contact information) can be found by clicking on the following documents:


Chi-Ming Chow MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Academic Lead, Educational Technology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto