Based on the feedback from our evaluation piece completed by students and clinicians, we have developed a sustainable model for strengthening students' placements in the community. This model builds on our previous initiative and incorporates the key lessons learned.
- Increased capacity to take medical students and students from various professions and levels on placements
- Increased recruitment/retention of clinicians from various health professions
- Increased IPE/IPC among students and health professionals.
Key Changes to the Program
- Partnering with more than one rehabilitation organization in order to provide more placements, locally
- Strengthening/clarifying the purpose of tutorials to students and clinicians so that they get the most out of the experience
- Allowing greater time for placement sign up and placements will occur over a longer period of time
- Having a roster of stand-by clinicians to cover last minute changes
- Students will select the profession and location of their choice on a first come, first served basis
- Debriefing sessions will ensure students understand about the purpose of the visit
- Clinicians will be able to offer slots to students based on their availability
- Continual professional development and training will occur when necessary
- Recognition and renumeration for clinicians
- Enabling students and clinicians to sign up online in order to ease course management
Sources of funding: Continuing the program forward...
- Approaching different university departments (e.g. medical school) for continued support
- Partnering with community organizations willing to support clinician training financially
- Partnering with organizations dealing with determinants of health
- Continued Ministry financing for similar initiatives
"Thanks for this opportunity. I am looking forward to getting to do this again in MF5 with another type of health professional."
— medical student, following their first placement