Shifting the Culture: Developing an Integrative Knowledge Translation and Exchange Framework at CAMH

A networking dinner and presentation.

Event Details

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
7:00 to 10:00 pm
East Common Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle
University of Toronto


Dr Ivan Silver, Vice President Education, CAMH
Dr Sophie Soklaridis, Education Scientist, CAMH

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Developing an Integrative Knowledge Translation and Exchange Framework at CAMH (PDF)


In this presentation, Drs Silver and Soklaridis explored the history of CAMH including the amalgamation of four hospitals into one and the implications of that in (re)creating a culture of best practices. They described the existing organizational structures and highlights from their new education strategic plan that support knowledge translation. One of the challenges in a teaching hospital is to create a best practices culture that all health disciplines and administrators can embrace. During the presentation, they stimulated discussion within the group to generate ideas for knowledge translation approaches and frameworks that would best align with their current and proposed initiatives within a mental health and addictions hospital.

About the Speakers

Dr Ivan Silver Dr. Ivan Silver joined the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in December 2011 as the Vice President, Education. Dr. Silver received his medical education at Dalhousie University; he completed a psychiatry residency program at the University of Toronto and has been a geriatric psychiatrist since 1981. He returned to school in the 1990s to receive a MEd from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Silver has built a national and international reputation as a skilled clinician and health professional educator. Amongst his many awards and honors is the 3M Teaching Fellowship, a national award that recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching across all universities and their faculties in Canada.

In his role as the VP Education, Dr. Silver is working to create a learning environment that will draw students and trainees to CAMH. He is dedicated to inter-professional collaboration, work-based learning, and linking health professional education to the principles of knowledge translation, and quality and patient safety. He envisions establishing a student centre at CAMH, as well as a new centre for discovery and innovation in mental health education and teaching. He would like to create new communities of practice and networks in mental health education locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Silver is also deeply interested in fostering the careers of those engaged in education and teaching. He is continuing his scholarship and research in interprofessional and work-based education and life-long learning.

Dr. Sophie Soklaridis is an education scientist who earned her doctoral degree at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Social Science & Health, with collaboration in Women’s Studies from the University of Toronto. Her interests focus on studying health care professions education research from a sociological perspective. She is particularly interested in applying qualitative research methodologies to understand how organizations foster a culture of interprofessional teaching, teamwork and learning. Another area of interest is implementation science and the process of translating best available evidence into teaching and practice. She is based at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She is also the director of the Research, Innovation and Scholarship in Education (RISE) stream in the division of Psychotherapies, Humanities and Education Scholarship (PHES) at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.

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