When it comes to leading others effectively, Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of North York General Hospital (NYGH), advises to focus on developing yourself first.
“It's really important for us all to reflect on who we are and where we want to be,” Dr. Rutledge told participants at the inaugural Educating the Educator conference. A crowd of 80-plus health care professionals from across Ontario, eager to enhance their teaching and leadership abilities, sat in rapt attention as he discussed topics such as self-mastery and the importance of positivity.
Educating the Educator was a one-day event at NYGH for educators in health care to learn, share and interact with like-minded colleagues on best practices and innovations. The conference highlighted an area of key importance in hospitals: supporting teachers and educators as they enhance their ability to provide the best opportunities for staff and students.
“We all have areas where we can improve,” said Dawne Barbieri, NYGH's Director of Interprofessional Practice, Research and Innovation, who also presented on effective learning plans. “This conference is a way to share lessons learned. “
Dr. Rick Penciner, NYGH's Director of Medical Education, agrees. “Teaching and learning is about engagement and sharing knowledge and ideas,” said Dr. Penciner, who gave a talk about effective presentations. “I see the Centre for Education as a place where we support education at NYGH and use events such as this one to disseminate really valuable information.
I believe this is how we will ultimately transform health care for the better for our patients and families.”
Dr. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of North York General Hospital, speaks at the inaugural Educating the Educator Conference on January 26, 2015.