The Academic Affairs Directorate embarked on a multi-site caravan to present the findings of a 2017 survey to assess the needs of the 700 student supervisors across the CIUSSS. The survey sought feedback in the areas of training, support and recognition. Eager to share their reflections, nearly two-thirds of supervisors completed the questionnaire.
“It’s clear that our student supervisors are extremely passionate about sharing their knowledge and expertise to prepare and train the next generation of healthcare professionals,” says Associate Director Fatima Lahrizi. “For our part, we’re committed to providing supervisors with the necessary resources to deliver the best learning experience possible.”
Teaching is one of the six pillars of the CIUSSS mission and all institutions are required to contribute in their field. The survey revealed that supervisors are keen to engage in best supervisory practices and to create an optimal learning environment for their students. When asked how they would most like to be recognized for their efforts, the majority of supervisors said they would welcome periodic training and the opportunity to attend conferences or knowledge-transfer activities to enhance their professional development.
“Academic Affairs has taken a leadership role in implementing changes that will strengthen education,” says Ms. Lahrizi. She notes that the directorate is currently developing several tools relating to best practices in stage supervision.
“Our objective is to provide our professionals with the resources they need to excel in their role as student supervisors,” says Ms. Lahrizi, “By fostering a strong leadership in education, our CIUSSS offers our students the tools and supervision to excel in their stage and to contribute most meaningfully to health care.”