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The Training & Simulation team is involved in multiple educational projects.  We partner and collaborate internally with staff at Baycrest as well as externally with learning partners such as George Brown College and University of Toronto.

Here are highlights of some of our projects to date:


  • Promoting safe cooking and eating - Interprofessional Education – in this annual project, teams of students from the George Brown College Hospitality & Culinary Arts and Health Sciences programs and University of Toronto Speech Pathology program partner with Baycrest clinicians to learn about swallowing and nutritional issues in seniors.  Students work together over months to develop safe and nutritional recipes for a simulated patient case.  Each year the activity culminates with a live, judged “cook-off” competition.
  • The Dysphagia Friendly Cooking Series videos were designed to help caregivers of people living with dementia and dysphagia (swallowing problems) prepare foods that are safe to eat, tasty, appealing and nutritious and that can be enjoyed by everyone at home. Through the videos, caregivers will learn tricks and tips that will help them modify food texture with tools they have in their kitchen. The videos were developed with support from CABHI, in collaboration with ELLICSR kitchen and George Brown College. Before viewing the videos we recommend you review the IDDSI framework
  • Faculty Development Courses – Throughout the year, courses are offered internally to staff in the areas of simulation, teamwork, etc.  This year we rolled out “ForeBEARers”; a certificate program for clinical and non-clinical educators focused on engaging learners.  ForeBEARers will soon be open to external participants.
  • Geriatric Mental Health Education Network (GeMH) – in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, GeMH continues to produce monthly video conferenced education sessions across Canada on topics related to geriatric mental health.  The GeMH team has pioneered the concept of “virtual blended learning” and produces 2-part learning activities that partner self-directed on-line learning modules with subsequent live webinars.
  • Online Learning – team members are actively involved in developing eLearning products both as educational leads and subject matter experts.