COVID-19 Resources

The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), through its committees and member institutions, have developed guidance and resources to support academic health science centres in managing challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The resources below, from TAHSN and from health system partners, aim to support academic hospitals in pursuing high quality patient care, education, and research during this challenging time.

Academic Recovery Guidance Documents

Guidelines for Managing Learners with Placements Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreaks
November 2020

Guidance for Toronto Region hospitals and education institutions when managing learners whose placements are impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks.

 

Maintaining Hospital-Based Research Activities During COVID-19
October 2020

Guidance to TAHSN Hospitals regarding principles and strategies to maintain hospital-based research activities during current and potential future waves of COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Maintaining Hospital-Education Activities During COVID-19
October 2020

Guidance to Toronto Region hospitals and educational institutions regarding principles and strategies to maintain educational activities, specifically hospital-based placements, during current and potential future waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Learner Participation in the Care of Persons Under Investigation and of COVID Positive Patients
September 2020

Recommendations for Toronto Region Hospitals and Education Institutions related to managing learner participation in the care of persons under investigation for COVID-19 and of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients.

 

Learner Mask Fit Testing
September 2020

Recommendations for Toronto Region Hospitals and Educational Institutions on approach to mask fit testing for learners during COVID-19.

 

Guidelines for Group Placements in Hospital
August 2020

Guidance for Toronto Region Hospitals related to conducting group placements during the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform collaboration with Educational Institutions.

 

Guidelines for Delivering Educational Activities in Hospitals (PPE and space)
August 2020

Guidance for Supervisors and Learners in Toronto Region Hospitals in delivering educational activities safely in during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically as it relates to personal protective equipment and physical space.

 

Educational Institution Liability Insurance (COVID19 Exclusion) Guideline for Hospitals
July 2020

Guidance for hospitals related to learner placements where the partner educational institution has COVID-19 and/or communicable disease exclusions in its general liability insurance policy.

 

TAHSN Hospital Based Academic Recovery Strategy & Guidelines
May 2020

Guidance for hospitals and academic institutions in preparing for recovery of hospital-based academic activities (i.e. education and research), while ensuring the safety of staff, learners and patients.

 

TAHSN Principles for Summer Research Students and Graduate Research Students
May 2020

Guidance for hospitals in considering summer research students and graduate research students within their organizations.

Learner Entry to Placement and Orientation

Learner Entry to Placement and Orientation Guidelines
September 2020

Guidance, tools and resources for Educational Institutions and Hospitals in ensuring appropriate preparation and orientation related to COVID-19 activities for learners who are beginning placements in Toronto Region Hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Sample Learner Placement FAQ
August 2020

Suggested questions for hospitals to consider addressing when developing resources for learners on placement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

TAHSN Learner Orientation Guidelines and Sample Welcome Letter
TAHSN Welcome Letter Template (MS Word file)
August 2020

Recommendations developed by the TAHSNe Leaner Engagement Orientation Task Force to support an excellent student experience by providing timely and relevant information to learners before they start their clinical placement. The overall goal is to create consistent communication for learners across TAHSN.

 

COVID Curriculum for Health Sciences Students (ZIP file)
COVID Curriculum for Health Sciences Students (IMSCC file)
August 2020

These learning modules contain general information aimed at preparing learners to return safely to clinical environments based on guidance available as of August 2020. The modules were developed by the University of Toronto and shared with its permission for other educational institutions to download and adapt as needed for their learners.

Please note that the COVID Curriculum materials are provided as is, and it is the responsibility of those institutions who choose to use this content to ensure it is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the most up to date evidence and guidance related to COVID-19.

Teaching and Learning Resources

TAHSN Principles for Virtual Learning
April 2020

Guidance for hospitals and academic partners to identify and, where possible, provide opportunity for learners on placement to support virtual care of patients and families, and/or to complete other virtual learning.

 

COVID-19 Teaching and Learning Resources - University Health Network

Resources, tools and links for clinical preceptors/instructors who are considering or expecting a learner in the coming months following the pause in clinical placements.

 

COVID-19 Resources - Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Resources designed to support the needs of clinicians, faculty and other members of the CPD community.

PPE Training and Resources

Please note that policies related to PPE requirements and conservation during the COVID-19 pandemic may vary by organization. Please adhere to the polices and procedures of your local organization.

 

Donning & Doffing PPE – Full Precautions for Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP)
Michael Garron Hospital

 

Virtual PPE Orientation for Leaners
University of Toronto

 

Making the Best Use of PPE
University of Toronto

Wellness

Wellness Resources for Faculty
University of Toronto

A collection of wellness resources developed and curated by University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine to support faculty during the pandemic. Includes weekly webinars, tip sheets, a resource navigation line, and guidance related to a number of items including, for example, childcare and emotional support.

 

CMA Physician Wellness Hub
Canadian Medical Association

A collection of wellness tools and resources for physicians, medical learners and leaders to support wellbeing and facilitate change in the culture of medicine.

 

TAHSN Quick Guide for Physicians
March 2020

This quick reference document highlights several resources to support physicians during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Health System Resources and Updates

COVID-19 Health System Response Materials
Ontario Health

Information shared with the Ontario health care system and generated by the COVID-19 health system response effort.

 

OHA Updates on the Novel Corona Virus
Ontario Hospital Association

Information curated by the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to keep members apprised of recent Ministry of Health updates regarding the novel coronavirus, and to highlight relevant resources for members.