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Curriculum Development and Delivery



Touchstone Institute researches, designs and develops education programs for internationally trained health professionals, including international medical graduates (IMGs). Our programs are reviewed, designed and led by health professionals, with the input and guidance of academic professionals. All of our curriculum projects are anchored in current competency frameworks and practice standards.
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Pre-Residency Programs

Pre-Residency Program

The Pre-residency Programs curricula are designed and validated by health professionals, with the input and guidance of academic professionals. During the program’s clinical teaching sessions, physician facilitators are involved in the daily learning of examinees, while standardized clients act as resources, offering valuable feedback. Supplementary customized sessions on communication, ethics, and provincial regulations are offered by specialists in those areas.

Continuous improvement

Once a program has been launched, we continue to evaluate, grow and refresh its sessions. All classroom sessions, online modules and individual lecturers are evaluated and overall program evaluation is conducted at the conclusion of each cohort (a group of students).

Evaluation data provides important information on learners’ needs and progress. We use this data to revise and expand courses to ensure they convey relevant, highly contextualized information that supports the learners.

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Proven Success

Proven Success

According to the preceptors and family medicine program directors, our pre-residency programs have been successful in preparing IMGs for residency training. The results are that new residents are better able to handle their responsibilities in the training and patient care environments.

Our pre-residency programs (PRP and PRP-FM) are now mandatory for all IMGs who have been accepted into residency positions in the province.

New Programming

Communication through Simulation

The Communication through Simulation Project focuses on the development of an experiential learning program targeting professional communication skills for the health-care workplace. Using a design-thinking methodology, this curriculum development project builds on research conducted on communication competencies for regulated health professions in Ontario and leverages the 360° View on Communicative Competence at Work.

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