HSO launches expert Technical Committee to develop standards for Health Education Programs

(OTTAWA) – Health Standards Organization (HSO) is committed to unleashing the power and potential of people who share our passion for quality health services. Today, HSO announced the members of our first ever Allied Health Education Programs Technical Committee.

HSO’s rigorous standard development process is evidence-informed and consensus-based. It sources the best available evidence, leading expertise, and compelling experiences to create global standards that are applicable to local contexts. The Allied Health Education Programs Technical Committee develops standards based on evidence-informed practices that focus on academic quality, both didactic and clinical integration for successful student achievement.

The standards that are being developed will work to ensure that the education programs’ curriculums, learning environments and resources are sufficient to prepare learners for competent, safe and effective practice at entry level. They also work to ensure that education programs are delivering quality education and producing graduates that meet pre-defined national standards of competence, set by profession.

HSO’s historic Technical Committees for standard development establish the highest quality health system standards because we don’t think anyone should aspire to anything less than the best for their health. These are the first health education-focused standards that HSO is developing.

Our standards are developed through a participatory and co-creative process in which the voices of patients, community members, families, health service providers, clinicians, policy-makers, and education professionals are heard.

Meet our Technical Committee members:
• Caroline Morris, Deputy Registrar, College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario
• Cathy Babiak, Professor and Clinical Liaison Officer, Michener Institute, Ontario
• Chris Zeller, Radiation Therapy Manager & Education Services, Cancer Care Manitoba
• Crystal Chin, Patient Partner, Ontario
• Dacia Richmond, Director of Education, Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
• Denise Neutel, Coordinator, Diagnostic Specimen Unit, Population Health Research Institute, Ontario
• Heather Thiessen, Patient Partner, Saskatchewan
• Karen Gabriele, Educator, Dawson College, Quebec
• Kevin Griffin, Educator, Durham College, Ontario
• Kyle Hiemstra, Teaching & Assessment, Michener Institute, Ontario
• Louise Gordon, Retired Dean, Red River College, Manitoba
• Rosewinter Kodzwa, Continuing Education Program Reviewer & Practice Standards & Chapter Manager, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, New Mexico, USA
• Roxanne Suchan, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Victoria Hospital, Automated Lab, Saskatchewan
• Sara Allain, Chair, Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists, Nova Scotia
• Tricia van Denakker, Deputy Registrar, College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba, Manitoba
• Vaishali Mehta, Educator, BC Children’s Hospital/Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia

 

Quotes:

“A good educational foundation is the key to producing competent health care professionals. Regardless of setting, we aim to create standards that transcend those differences to focus on academic and clinical excellence for all students and I am more than delighted to take on this responsible duty.”
Rosewinter Kodzwa, Continuing Education Program Reviewer & Practice Standards & Chapter Manager, American Society of Radiologic Technologists, New Mexico, USA

 

“I am very pleased to be a part of the Allied Health Education Programs Technical Committee as it has a significant role in establishing standards for the education of allied health professionals. The committee will work to ensure students are appropriately prepared to meet the requirements of their chosen field and able to provide quality patient care.”
Louise Gordon, Retired Dean, Red River College, Manitoba

Allied Health Education Technical Committee

Members of these historic HSO Technical Committees will help drive the standards development process and ensure that all points of view relating to a new standard or a proposed standard revision are represented. For more information: www.healthstandards.org @HSO_world