Learning at HHS
At Hamilton Health Sciences, we pride ourselves in providing highly collaborative learning environments for patients, families, staff and students.
Through active participation and contributions of ‘lived experience’, patients and families help us co-design programs, services and solutions that improve the quality of patient and family care.
Collaborative learning provides our staff with professional development opportunities that effectively improve team performance. Our students benefit from experiential learning opportunities that prepare them for the world of health care of today and tomorrow.
We are equally proud of our commitment to leading-edge technologies to support collaborative learning and innovative approaches to measuring value created for patients, families, staff and students.
Taken together, Hamilton Health Sciences understands collaborative learning is a critically important strategy to help us deliver “Best Care for All”.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Course
This is an advanced, video-based, certified, instructor-led course that builds on the foundation of basic life support (BLS) skills. It emphasizes the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR; high-performing team dynamics and communications; systems of care; recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest; immediate post-cardiac arrest care; and acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes.
The use of simulation is incorporated to provide real-time feedback on CPR effectiveness. The course uses curriculum and vigorous practice guidelines from the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Neurosurgical Outreach Series – 3rd Annual Brain Day – June 25th, 2019
REGISTRATION is now open for all frontline HHS community partners. This educational event involves simulation from real cases from the region, along with educational sessions to understand the effects of increased intracranial pressure with different types of brain pathology.
Please note, you are not confirmed as registered until you receive a confirmation email.
Students & Learners
Hamilton Health Sciences values and supports excellence and innovation in patient care, education and research. The Office of Student Affairs collaborates with our academic and community partners to offer a myriad of both clinical and non-clinical learning opportunities. We endeavor to provide our learners in health professions, research, high school co-op and other programs, with the best possible experience across our multi-site organization.
Learn about our various learning opportunities and how to apply, below.
Career Exploration/Job Shadowing
This is an observational experiential education opportunity to assist individuals to make better informed decision about potential career choices. The length of this opportunity can vary between 1-3 days and will be determined by the Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with the hosting unit.
Career Exploration / Job Shadowing is strictly observational with no “hands on” and/or no “direct patient care” activities. As an observer, you must be partnered with a staff member at all times.
Requests to observe or shadow physicians will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Volunteering page.
Experiential Education Opportunity Placement
If the placement you are seeking is an experiential education opportunity required as part of an academic course of study, click here to begin the application process.
If your placement is not related to a school program requirement, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to further discuss your request.
High School Co-op Placement
High school students interested in unpaid co-op placements at HHS should contact their school co-op teacher directly. These placements are organized at the school board level in collaboration with HHS.
Dietetic Internship Program
Hamilton Health Sciences has entered into a collaboration agreement with the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University College regarding dietetic practicum. Both organizations are committed to ensuring that the dietetic practicums at HHSC are preserved and integrated into the post-undergraduate academic programs at Brescia.
If you are interested in applying for dietetic training at Hamilton Health Sciences, we invite you to apply to Brescia’s Diploma in Dietetic Education & Practical Training Program by January 18, 2019.
Application available at: http://brescia.uwo.ca/academics/certificate-and-diploma-programs/diploma-foods-nutrition/
For Hamilton Health Sciences:
- Choose Hamilton/Niagara in your geographic location choices
- Indicate your preference for Hamilton Health Sciences in your cover letter
Psychology Predoctoral Residency Program Placement
HHS offers a Predoctoral Psychology Residency Program accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). In this program, Residents are exposed to a range of patient populations and intervention approaches through their participation on interdisciplinary teams. This breadth and depth is an attractive attribute of the Predoctoral Residency Programs at Hamilton Health Sciences.
Medical Learner Placement
Electives for undergraduate medical students and residents are coordinated by McMaster University.
For more information about undergraduate medical electives, please view the website for the Undergrad MD Electives Office at McMaster University.
For more information for resident electives, please view the website for the Postgraduate Medical Education Office at McMaster University.
For information about credentialing, contact Medical Affairs.
Note: Hamilton Health Sciences does not accommodate observerships for undergraduate medical students.
Simulation & Outreach Program
The Simulation & Outreach program supports excellence in simulation-based education and research at McMaster Children’s Hospital and in the surrounding region.
Special Techniques in Radiotherapy Course
What: A course in special techniques: SRS/SBRT using CyberKnife and TBI/TSEI using a conventional LINAC
Where: Juravinski Cancer Centre, Hamilton, ON
When: April 29-30/2019
Target Audience: Medical Physicists, Trainees
Faculty: Medical Physicists, Radiation Oncologists, Physics Associates and Radiation Therapists with extensive experience with these special techniques.
Tuition: $200 ($100 trainees)
Breakfast and lunch is provided.
- Radiosurgery (SRS, SBRT, CyberKnife)
- Total Skin Electron Irradiation (TSEI)
- Total Body Radiation (TBI)
- Course content: Etiology, epidemiology and clinical considerations will be addressed for diseases associated with each special radiotherapy technique. In addition, practical experience will be gained regarding treatment delivery as well as the quality assurance initiatives required to run a successful program.
- Accreditation from CAMPEP: pending
Hamilton Health Sciences offers a number of resources for staff, including orientations, workshops, and staff libraries.
Learn more about these resources below.
Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to engage, empower and enable our people to deliver on our mission. Orientation welcomes all new staff and introduces the values and culture of the organization, who we are and where we are going. This is coordinated through an orientation pathway, complemented with program, service and area specific orientation. Role specific along with interprofessional orientation experiences, strengthen contributions to the broader teamwork and interprofessional practice that is required to deliver on our mission.
The staff libraries at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) provide access to quality health information for hospital staff, associated physicians and residents, and learners.
Library staff are available to assist users in finding evidence based information to support patient care by:
- Conducting literature searches
- Retrieving books and research articles
- Providing individual or group teaching sessions on effective searching
All electronic resources, including books, journals and databases, can be found on the HHS Intranet through the library portal called the Clinical Reference Library. Print collections and study space can also be found at the Hamilton General Hospital, Juravinski Hospital, McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), and St. Peter’s Hospital sites.