Sylvia Langlois

XX in Health

Sylvia Langlois M.Sc. OT Reg. (ON)

Sylvia is the Faculty Lead – Curriculum for the Centre for Interprofessional Education and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

In her role at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, she has been involved in developing, implementing and evaluating a longitudinal, competency-based curriculum for over 3700 students in eleven health profession programs. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for interprofessional collaboration, a patient/client-centred model of service delivery where multiple healthcare providers from different professional backgrounds work together to provide high quality care. She has been instrumental in creating a number of innovative programs to encourage the development of collaborative competencies in students.

One of the Interprofessional Education programs, the Health Mentor Program, adapted from a similar program at Thomas Jefferson University, has made a significant impact on health care students. Here students from various professional programs are grouped with an individual from the community living with a chronic health challenge. Through a set of interviews, students learn first hand about the impact of these health challenges and experiences in the health care system. As well, they develop an understanding of issues related to safety at home and in the community, and experiences related to ethical interactions and professionalism. These highly impactful interactions are translated into future health care practice and make a difference in how patients/clients are viewed and integrated into the care model.

As well, Sylvia has been instrumental in including the voice of the health care recipient in the development of curriculum. She has lead the creation and implementation of learning activities designed to teach health care students to foster empowerment of their patients/clients and ensured that consumers play a critical role in determining what elements are important to teach. This is a critical skill for health care providers to develop, since empowerment leads to improved health literacy and enhanced health outcomes.

Sylvia’s scholarly and innovative work has been presented at local, national and international conferences and workshops.

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