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Michener Alumni News -
Spring 2020  
 
                        
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COVID-19 has brought upheaval to our community, and Michener is so grateful and proud of our alumni for your exceptional effort during this pandemic. From imaging to critical care to labs, you are playing an essential role in this fight.

In this issue of Alumni News, we've put together stories that showcase the bravery, dedication and remarkable skills of our alumni, current students and faculty. We hope you enjoy this special issue, and we wish you and your families good health and safety.
Alumni Association Update

Hello, Michener alumni. It has been a challenging spring so far. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on all Michener activities, including many that involve our Board.

Most notably, the pandemic has resulted in changes to our calendar of events. One of the cancelled events was this year’s career fair. As the career fair is primarily attended by students in their final year (intended for those searching for their potential first entry-level position), this cancellation represents a loss of opportunity to prepare for employment. Read the full update here.
Continuing Education at Michener
Continuing Education's Situational Awareness and De-escalation workshop is intended for frontline health care professions and administrative staff who interact directly with patients. Click here to learn more.
Every Ventilator Counts

One of the most serious concerns around the COVID-19 crisis is that hospitals won’t have enough ventilators to treat patients who become critically ill. UHN is turning to every resource for help.
In mid-March, Michener’s leadership team asked the Respiratory Therapy department to ship any ventilator equipment they could find to Toronto Western and Toronto General hospitals. Read the full story here.

"I know that all Canadians are grateful"

Thank you! That’s the message from across Canada to health care workers on COVID-19 duty – delivered by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other political leaders, UHN patients and their families, students, and people from all walks of life. Read the full story here.
Make a difference to Michener students affected by COVID-19

Many Michener students and their families have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis due to illness, financial stress or isolation from family members and their community. Michener staff, faculty and alumni, as well as members of the larger UHN and global community, now have an opportunity to support these students through the General Bursary (COVID-19) Fund. These bursaries are distributed each semester to students in financial need.
 
With the help of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, we have set up an online donation option that is quick and easy. If you are able, we hope that you can make a contribution, large or small, to support our students in need – your donation could change a student’s life.

Click here to donate to the General Bursary (COVID-19) Fund.

Submit to Alumni News

Do you have a story that Michener alumni need to hear? We encourage you to submit story ideas or articles to alumni@michener.ca.
Alumni Spotlight

When the call came, Ryan Wybenga and his colleagues were eager to help. As the volume of testing of COVID-19 swabs overwhelmed the capacity of Public Health Ontario labs, Ryan’s Shared Hospital Lab (SHL), where about 80 per cent of the core molecular team are graduates of The Michener Institute of Education at UHN, was among those asked to help ease the strain. Read the full story here.
Respiratory Therapy students graduate five weeks early to enter the frontlines

In a normal year, students graduating from Michener’s Respiratory Therapy program would be finishing off their 30-week clinical placement and preparing for the program composite exam.

But 2020 has been anything but normal. Read the full story here.

Michener-led team helps upskill health care workers to provide COVID-19 care

With the rapid rise and severity of COVID-19 cases, hospitals urgently need health care professionals to redeploy to critical care environments. To make this happen quickly, a team led by the Michener Institute of Education at UHN worked with experts from across the Toronto Region to create an online education package to ensure health care workers have the information they need to safely care for COVID-19 and other critically ill patients. Read the full story here.
New lab tech grads join COVID-19 fight
 
We are proud to share that 62 of our Medical Laboratory Science students recently passed their licensing exams and are now playing a critical role on the front line during the fight against COVID-19. 

City News spoke with some of our graduates and Dr. Peter Bridge, Chair of Medical Laboratory Sciences, about what it's like entering the workforce at such an unprecedented time. 

Click here to to watch the clip
Covid-19 Pandemic Highlights Vital Role of Medical Laboratory Technologists

With a surge in the number of Canadians being tested for COVID-19 in recent weeks, medical labs are finding it difficult to keep up with the growing demand.

As a result of the pandemic, labs are being asked to handle more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests in a short amount of time, with numbers increasing every day. Typically, these labs handle around 440 million tests a year outside of COVID-19. Read the full story here.

Michener grad receives bronze-medal score on CBRC exam

Congratulations to Michener graduate Emily Crenshaw on receiving the bronze-medal score on the Canadian Board for Respiratory Care (CBRC) exam. Emily graduated from the Respiratory Therapy program in 2019 and has been working with Michener this past academic year as faculty in some of the Respiratory Therapy labs. Well done, Emily!

Coming & Going

The Centre for Academic Quality said farewell to Spring (Pinar) Peacock this past winter, and Mandy Sangha was recently hired in her place. Welcome, Mandy! Leonard Fearon joins the Facilities team as the new Manager of Facilities Services. And new to the Chiropody faculty are Michener alumni Tobi Mark and Salman Alman.
Then and Now
We love showing alumni the contrast between our past equipment and the technology we use today in classrooms and labs! Here's another one of Michener's vintage respiratory therapy instruments from 1966 compared to the modern ventilation technology.
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