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This is not the first time the course has been suspended. The last time
the course shut down for in depth assesment was in the late 90's.
It seems that the Mitchner as an educational institution does not have the
ability to design and deliver a cirriculum to satisfy the competency profile
for Chiropodists in Ontario and therefore are going through a review.
I must point out, that when it comes to foothealth providers, that in most
regulated Canadian provinces the term Chiropodist and Podiatrist are not
synonomous. These are two professions with different education and
different scopes of practice. It is always education that separates a nurse
from a doctor and a dentist from a dental hygenist. The same applys
here between a Chiropodist and a Podiatrist. Thats the way it is in the real
world. Remember, it is not in the incision but in the descision.
Please note there is a true 4 year degree program of Podiatric Medicine in
Canada at the University of Trois Rivieres in province of Quebec.
I personally do not see the difference. What I do see as a distinct
difference is the training a podiatrist/surgical chiropodist receives
compared with some darn nurse. What is going on in Canada? You
can let a bunch of nurses get together and perform duties that
should obviously be performed by a podiatrist or a chiropodist but
you can't come to a cut and dry conclusion about the distinction
between the podiatrist and the chiropodist. If a chiropodist cannot
do everything a podiatrist does, then why the heck are nurses even
coming close to a foot??!!!
Press release: The Michener Institute Establishes New Academic Model for Applied Health Sciences
TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences is introducing a new curriculum model for the education of allied
The Michener Institute's new curriculum integrates three key educational
- Interprofessional education
- Simulation-enhanced education
- Health care competency assessment
"Michener's new academic approach better prepares students to become
competent, highly skilled professionals, ready to successfully enter their
chosen health care profession" says Dr. Mary Preece, Vice-President, Academic
Affairs at The Michener Institute. "In particular, the principles of
collaborative patient-centred care amongst health care workers should
translate in practice to improved quality of care for patients."
Interprofessional education, simulation-enhanced education and the health care
competency assessment are ideal complements to the learner-based theoretical
and clinical education that Michener is known for.
Michener's new health education model springs from provincial, national
and international expectations for optimized, efficient and robust systems of
health care and health care workers who can meet the required competencies for
interprofessional collaboration. "This curricular reform is an exciting step
in the evolution of applied health sciences education and will ultimately
contribute to providing better access to quality care for patients," says Dr.
Paul Gamble, President and CEO of The Michener Institute. "We are establishing
a higher bar of education for allied health that is unmatched by other
educators. Michener is committed to graduating high-calibre health
professionals who will make positive impacts on the health care system."
The integration of interprofessionalism provides greater opportunities
for students to seamlessly contribute to patient care plans while enhancing
their knowledge of and respect for the roles of other members of the health
care team. Extensive simulation-enhanced education improves student
preparedness to encounter medical situations in an environment that mirrors
clinical practice and yet is safe and controlled. Finally, students will be
assessed on both discipline-specific expertise and interprofessional skills,
ensuring that the student clearly demonstrates the attitudes and behaviours
required of a health care professional prior to entering the clinical
Michener is privileged to lead the development of this new applied health
sciences education model, with endorsed and affirmed support from the Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the health care sector and other health
care educators such as university partners. The new curriculum model will be applied to the following Michener
programs starting September 2006: Anesthesia Assistant, Chiropody, Diagnostic
Cytology, Genetics Technology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Medical
Laboratory Science, Respiratory Therapy and Ultrasound. The tuition fees for
the 2006/2007 academic year will be aligned with the new applied health
sciences curriculum. The Medical Radiation Sciences programs (Nuclear
Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Radiological Technology), which are joint
programs with the University of Toronto, will incorporate the new academic
model in September 2007.
Additional information on The Michener Institute's new academic
curriculum is found at www.michener.ca.
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated allied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology,
respiratory therapy, chiropody and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Michener's academic excellence is rooted in learner-based theoretical
education, interprofessional education, simulation education, health care
readiness assessment and clinical education, to deliver the Best Experience,
Best Education hallmark of learning to our 900 full-time and 4,500 part-time
and continuing education students. The Michener Institute is publicly funded
by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and our academic programs
are enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies
and leading health care organizations.