EDUCATION

We offer a diverse selection of learning experiences for undergraduates, professionals, and care providers.
Our courses provide learners with practical skills to further high-quality research and innovation in healthcare.

Professional Development Courses

Entrepreneurial Thinking in Health

This course will teach you how to think like an innovator. The skills and mindset of an entrepreneur can help individuals, teams, and organizations improve and create new value through public, private, or policy solutions.

You will learn methodologies such as design thinking and apply them to real challenges in the world of health. Whether your interest is commercialization and bringing a product to market, or improving the quality of healthcare and enhancing public value, this course will provide useful tools for each step of the process: identifying needs, generating solutions, and implementing, evaluating, and sustaining quality work.

Contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca with any questions.

Course Information

Title: Entrepreneurial Thinking in Health

Dates & Time: 

  • May 23 (5:00 – 9:00 pm)
  • May 25 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • June 1 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)
  • June 15 (8:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Participants are required to attend all four sessions.

Cost: $500

Study Credits: This course has been approved as a one-credit-per-hour session by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

Description:

  • Learn how entrepreneurial thinking can be applied within health and healthcare contexts
  • Develop skills to help innovate and implement improvements in your own area of work
  • Bring your real world challenges to the course and begin applying new skills immediately
  • Learn from proven innovators and educators at the University of Calgary’s W21C and Hunter Hub

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Understand the value of entrepreneurial thinking and how it can be applied to health and healthcare.
  2. Use design thinking processes to identify and begin to address needs in their own areas of responsibility.
  3. Treat entrepreneurial thinking as a means to innovate and effect meaningful change in both the private and public sector.

Contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca with any course inquiries.

Instructor

Dr. Derek Hassay, MBA, PhD
Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary

 

Dr. Hassay has a BBA (University of New Brunswick Fredericton), MBA (McMaster University), and a Ph.D. (University of Manitoba) and has been teaching at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary since 2000. Derek’s teaching and research interests exist at the intersection of Marketing and Entrepreneurship with an emphasis on the practical application of theory and most importantly has lead to the development of Entrepreneurial Thinking at UCalgary.

His work in this area lead to the development of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Haskayne School of Business (HSB) and more recently the University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub. To date, thousands of students at the business school and across campus as well as members of the community have received training in the art, science and practice of Entrepreneurial Thinking. As the RBC Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurial Thinking, Dr. Hassay designs and delivers a variety of instructional, research and community engagement initiatives related to this exciting area of economic, social and cultural development.

In addition to Dr. Hassay’s considerable experience designing and delivering MBA and EMBA courses on Entrepreneurial thinking, he has also developed and delivered Entrepreneurship / Innovation courses and sessions for a broad range of open and custom Executive Education programs.

It is in this latter capacity that Dr. Hassay has been involved with the joint UofA/UofC AHS Executive Education program since its inception and more recently the AHS Senior Leadership Program. During his time with the these programs, he has worked on healthcare initiatives, programs, and projects involving over 250 healthcare leaders from a breadth of zones, clinical and administrative areas both in and outside AHS. He has also been involved in the Cumming School of Medicine program and has held numerous sessions on Entrepreneurial Thinking with numerous departments, medical association and medical student groups in his capacity as the RBC Teaching Professor.

However, Dr. Hassay’s experience extends beyond healthcare innovation to numerous other industries and sectors within the province of Alberta, which allows for unique insights into how innovation is pursued across for profit and non-profit sectors.

FAQ

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to innovate in health: providers, researchers, administrators, of any specialty and at any career stage. If you want to create innovative solutions to challenges in your area of work, we can help you hone your skills.

What is the course format?

This course is designed to be very hands-on: there will be plenty of discussion, educational activities, and opportunities to think about real-world challenges and solutions. We encourage you to come with an idea or a challenge that you can work on and develop throughout the course.

How do I apply and register?

Interested course participants are required to fill out and submit an application form. We will invite successful applicants to register. There is very limited space and we may not be able to accept all who apply.

Who is providing this course?

This course has been developed in partnership by the University of Calgary’s W21C, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, and the Cumming School of Medicine.

How to Apply

Please download the application for admission and email your completed form to w21cedu@ucalgary.ca.

Deadline for applications is midnight May 14, 2019.

We will confirm receipt of your application and provide notice of decision via email.

Human Factors in Healthcare

The W21C program at the University of Calgary, in collaboration with HQCA, and Continuing Medical Education, is offering an accredited multi-day course that will discuss the role of Human Factors in Healthcare including, how to conduct evaluations of human error, icons and labels, digital interfaces, equipment procurement, processes, and physical environments. Participants will have opportunities for the application of Human Factors knowledge and methods through course modules covering case studies and methodologies in various clinical areas.

Registration for this course is currently open.

Learn more about the 2019 course offering starting May 31

For course inquiries, please contact w21cedu@ucalgary.ca

Course Information

Title:  Human Factors in Healthcare

Duration:  21 hours

Structure:  3 seven-hour sessions

Cost: $300

Continuing Medical Education Credits: This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.
This course has been approved as a one-credit-per-hour session by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course the attendees will be able to:

  • Understand and describe what the applicability of human factors in healthcare.
  • Recognize when Human Factors considerations or involvement is applicable in the work I do.
  • Meaningfully involve end users to enhance quality improvement and patient safety.

Who Should Attend?

Physicians, nurses, allied health care professionals, health professions learners, hospital administrators, and health systems managers.

Instructors

Greg Hallihan – Human Factors Program Manger, W21C

Jonas Shultz – Human Factors Specialist, HQCA

Registration

Registration for this course is currently open, but space is limited.

Register by May 18th to secure your spot. Registration is processed through UCalgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.

Click here to learn more about the 2019 course offering commencing on May 31

Certificate Course in Qualitative Research Methods

The W21C program within the O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary, in collaboration with Continuing Medical Education, is offering an introduction to qualitative research methods course. This course is well-suited for anyone who would like more exposure to qualitative research methods, including faculty members, residents, or students.

The course will provide attendees with the skills to read and interpret qualitative data and provide foundational skills in thinking, devising, and conducting qualitative research projects.

Course Information

Title:  Qualitative Health Research Methods

Duration:  9 hours

Structure:  3 three-hour sessions

Participants will be eligible to receive credits through Continuing Medical Education for this course.

Topics covered will include: What qualitative research is, how to design a qualitative research project, different forms of qualitative data collection, and how to analyze and disseminate qualitative research.

The goal is to provide attendees with an overview of qualitative research which could provide them with the necessary background for more advanced training in conducting qualitative research.

By the end of this course the attendees will be able to:

  • Describe what qualitative research is.
  • Describe what qualitative research can be used for.
  • Describe how to use qualitative research.

For course inquiries, please contact Alicia Polachek.

Past course dates: 9 a.m. on April 27, May 4, and May 11, 2018

Register

Registration for this course is currently closed.
If you are interested in being notified about future offerings of this course, please contact Alicia Polachek

Safety & Quality Courses

The W21C Education Portfolio offers courses for medical professionals, health leaders and undergraduate medicine students.

Through our various organizational partnerships with the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, the Health Quality Council of Alberta, and Alberta Health Services, we are constantly striving to develop patient safety and quality improvement thinking with current and future health care providers, through class based learning, mentorship opportunities, and project work.

Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Quality Management

Created in 2010 through an ongoing partnership between W21C, Health Quality Council of Alberta, and the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education, the certificate course is designed for health care professionals who want to expand their working understanding of concepts in patient safety and quality management and learn from experts in the field.

The course is offered every September with a mix of in-person and weekly online sessions and runs until March. It boasts an impressive faculty including W21C members and experts from across Canada.

For more information on past projects, registration or professional credits please visit the course website.

Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

Offered through HQCA, University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and W21C, the Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events is obtained through completion of both the 2.5 day introductory and advanced courses

Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

This course can be taken as a stand-alone class or combined with Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events course, as the foundation for the Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

Focus is the Systematic Systems Analysis: A Practical Approach to Patient Safety Reviews (SSA:PSR) methodology

A practical, case based 2.5 day course

Participants will be eligible for continuing education credits (College of Family Physicians | Royal College)

Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

This course is open to anyone who has completed the Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events course

A broad focus on various aspects of managing the occurrence of harm, and patient safety events as well as SSA:PSR methodology

A practical, case bases 2.5 day course

Participants are expected to complete a patient safety review as a project for the course and mentors will be provided

Participants will be eligible for continuing education credits (College of Family Physicians | Royal College)

Professional Credits

This program meets the accreditation criteria of The College of Family Physician of Canada and has been accredited by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 37 Mainpro-M1 credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. Participants may claim up to 37 study credits.

MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

Registration

For more information on these courses, please visit: www.patientsafetymanagement.ca

Applied Evidence Based Medicine in Quality Improvement (MDCN 440)

This course is only available to Undergraduate Medicine students at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Questions surrounding this elective may be directed to Nishan Sharma.

Course Information

Title:  Dissecting the System-Projects in Quality Improvement

Duration:  60 hours

Structure:

  • 5 two-hour small group sessions on Quality Improvement in Healthcare basics (September-October)
  • Mentored project-approx. 45 min
  • Required: Project presentation day (2 hours in January)
  • Critically Appraise Topic

Deliverables:  Project report, short oral presentation, CAT, small group session participation​

Project Topics:  Students are encouraged to present project ideas that align with their interests. We will be able to provide possible topics if no preference given.

Projects and mentors:  We will provide/suggest possible mentors, but students may also suggest suitable project mentors. Students will have a chance to rank the projects they are interested in and a best match will be made.

Faculty

Ward Flemons (Director), Nishan Sharma (Coordinator), invited experts from University of Calgary, Health Quality Council of Alberta and Alberta Health Services

Past Student Projects

Click on the “Download” button to view examples from 2016-2017.

Apply

Please complete the Student Interest Form and return to Nishan Sharma, Education Lead, W21C.

Please note that by indicating your interest by filling out this form, you are not making a commitment to participate in this elective. You will be contacted in short order to meet with the Faculty in mid-May to get more information and see if a project might be developed to suit your interests.