Module Offerings

Modules are intended to provide more in-depth insights on topics and ideas important to the translational pipeline for innovation.  They are more in-depth than individual seminars but not as extensive as a course. 

MODULES

Eight modules are required over the course of the program. Modules are set-up over the course of a few weeks and run at different times of the year directly through the TRP or through other departments.  A complete list and description of each module can be found below.

LMP 2340: Project Management

Description:
This module covers the definition of projects, project management tools, techniques and organizational and interpersonal issues in project management within the context of the health care profession. Although the course will focus on project management skills necessary to successfully undertake the Translational Research Program Capstone Project (LMP 2330), it will be of value to students outside of TRP.

This module is intended to help prepare students for successful careers in health care where the successful completion of projects plays an increasingly important role. The course is designed to help students understand the terminology used in, and theories behind, project management and to help them function successfully in project environments.

Offered: Fall 2020; 

 

LMP 2341: Project Management II

Description:
This module covers the selection of projects within different organizations, the impact of organizational culture on the undertaking of projects, project leadership, negotiation, and techniques for budget and schedule tracking within the context of the health care profession. Although the course will focus on project management skills necessary to successfully undertake the capstone projects, it will be of value to any graduate students who’s future might involve the coordination, planning and allocation of resources.

Project Management, Part 2 is intended as a continuation of Project Management, Part 1. While the first part is not a required prerequisite, students would benefit from (and are encouraged) to complete Part 1 prior to enrolling in Part 2.

Offered: Winter 2021; Tues 3 – 5pm; Jan 5 – Feb 9

LMP 2342: Intellectual Property Fundamentals

Description:
This module introduces scientists to IP by weaving the basic areas of IP (patents, copyright, trade-marks and trade secrets) with an understanding of inventors’ rights and obligations and the mechanisms by which such rights can be harnessed into the economically beneficial outcomes of commercialization, both within the academic milieu and beyond. Using a case study, students will learn to read and interpret patent documents, conduct patent and trade-mark searches, and gain an understanding of IP matters in the context of commercializing an invention by conducting freedom to operate analyses. The module also includes a panel presentation of the IP policies of the University and its affiliated hospitals to familiarize students with each institution’s inventions policies.

Offered: Fall 2020; Thursday 1 – 3 pm; Oct 29 – Dec 3

 

LMP 2343: Applied Intellectual Property

Description:
This module moves beyond a discussion of basic intellectual property (IP) concepts and provides students with an opportunity to explore the implications of IP development and ownership, both generally and as specifically related to their careers.We will examine the content and key terms of a variety of agreements that impact IP rights including licensing, employment, consulting, and non-disclosure agreements, as well as IP terms of government calls for proposals (i.e. RFPs).Students will also have an opportunity to become conversant in basic ethical issues of IP through an examination of the potential abuses of IP rights, such as anti-competitive behaviour, barriers to IP access, IP non-use, and patent trolling.The module concludes with an overview of business structures, and an introduction to corporate concepts such as shares, share vesting, and financing.Throughout the module, students will have an opportunity to read and discuss recent case law and apply the material through negotiation exercises.

Offered: Winter 2021; Thurs 1 – 3pm; Jan 7 – Feb 11

 

LMP 2344: Translational Thinking

Description:
This module is designed to allow students to apply the Toronto Translational Framework to define their Capstone project’s.  The module is designed as a series of workshops and follow up activities intended to move students through the process of understanding a specific problem space, defining a range of patient-centric needs; analyzing a specific gap to define a particular problem, and to be able to articulate that program in the form of a research proposal.

This module is meant to supplement the introduction provided in LMP 2301 and apply the learned approaches to develop or refine a translational capstone project.

Offered: Summer 2021

*Only available to TRP students* 

 

LMP 2345: Procurement, Privacy, and Regulatory Affairs

Description:
Privacy Students will be introduced to the privacy legislation applicable in Ontario and Canada, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), and the Digital Privacy Act (DPA) to understand the requirements of these pieces of legislation. 

Procurement Unlike in a direct-to-consumer business model where a company’s customer is also the purchaser and likely end-user of a product, engaging with a healthcare system is vastly different. Students will be introduced to the concept of supply chain management, (i.e. the processes that manage the flow of goods and services, information and dollars between companies/suppliers, their customers, and end-users), will have an opportunity to explore the challenges of iterating a product though proof of concept, piloting, and early adoption, and will emerge with a deeper understanding of the importance of clearly identifying the customer, payer, and end user for a product or service.   

Regulatory Affairs  Students will be introduced to the regulatory lifecycles of medical devices through sessions led by domain experts and will address how a variety of standardized practice guidelines, including good laboratory practices (GLPs), good clinical practices (GCPs), good manufacturing practices (GMPs), and quality systems regulations (QSPs), dictate the types of data required for quality review and approval of regulatory submissions.  

Offered: Summer 2021

 

LMP 2346: Grant Writing

Description:
This module focuses on building structured outlines and learning how to solidify your objectives when writing a grant application. The module also teaches students to conduct a thorough background research in order to create a strong rationale and plan. Lastly, the module teaches students to carefully edit their application to enhance the clarity and credibility and to engage reviewers.

Offered: Summer 2021

 

LMP 2347: Economics of Healthcare

​​Description:
“Health economics” can be defined as the application of Economic principles, theories, tools and concepts to the topics of health and healthcare in order to manage health institutions and health delivery system efficiently. Health economics studies issues related to the efficient utilization of scarce economic resources (e.g., Human resource, materials, and financial resources) to improve health. This includes both resource allocation within the economy to the health sector and within the healthcare system to different activities and individuals.

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to fundamental concepts of economics as it is applied to healthcare, with a emphasis on innovation.

Offered: TBD

LMP 2348: Knowledge Translation & the Community

​​Description:
Knowledge translation (KT) is defined “as a dynamic and iterative process that includes synthesis, dissemination, exchange and ethically-sound application of knowledge to improve the health of Canadians, provide more effective health services and products and strengthen the health care system” (CIHR 2000, 2010).“This process takes place within a complex system of interactions between researchers and knowledge users which may vary in intensity, complexity and level of engagement depending on the nature of the research and the findings as well as the needs of the particular knowledge user” (Graham, 2010).

Designed as an experiential learning opportunity, this module is intended to allow students to investigate and to apply KT concepts in small collaborative groups with specified community partners/knowledge users. Deliverables shall demonstrate a focus on integrative reflective learning and result in outcomes that demonstrate clear, specific and individual learning objectives for each participant and tangible benefits or contributions to ‘translation’.

Offered: Fall 2020; Wednesday 4 – 6 pm; Sept 10 to Dec 15

*Only available to TRP students* 

LMP 2349: Student Work and Research Module (SWARM)

​​Description:
The SWARM module is conceived as a “mini capstone” experiential learning opportunity. The participating TRP students propose and implement a small collaborative project (10 – 12 hours of individual contribution toward implementation each) guided by the Module Facilitators and an SGS appointed Faculty Member. SWARM projects shall demonstrate a focus on integrative reflective learning and result in outcomes that demonstrate clear, specific and individual learning objectives for each participant and tangible benefits or contributions to ‘Translation’.

Projects may vary in nature and can range from secondary research to prototyping or knowledge translation.  For example, a SWARM project may explore a method such as piloting a focus group, developing a marketing plan, or testing a proof-of-concept.  The deliverable may be a report, an artifact or a guide for future students (eg. quick guide to focus groups).  A group may also work with a community partner to design and conduct a survey.    Specific rigorous learning outcomes and deliverables must be outlined in the SWARM proposal.  Proposals must be assessed and approved before the project is started in order for credit to be granted on completion.

Offered: Winter 2021; Wed 4 – 6 pm; Jan – Apr

*Only available to TRP students* 

LMP 2350: Professionalism

Description:
Constructs of “Professionalism” span many domains and disciplines with both universal and contextual characteristics in each.  Increasingly, Interprofessional collaboration means that people require competencies, skills and strategies around a ‘supra-professional’ understanding of how multi and interdisciplinary teams establish effective and ethical relationships and practices.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a series of workshops and tutorials that focus on Professionalism and professional skills needed to navigate the complexities of interprofessional collaboration in healthcare and health science contexts.

Topics: The intention is for these sessions to be useful for developing professional conduct, competencies and cognition, so please take the quiz below to provide feedback on session topics.

Offered: Fall 2020; Tuesday; 3 – 5 pm; Sept 8 – Oct 13

 

LMP 2351: Leadership

Description:
This module will equip students with an understanding of different leadership styles, people management, and how to lead a team. It will include an opportunity for students to discover their leadership preferences, as well as their tendencies under stress or adverse conditions.

Self-awareness regarding one’s strengths/weaknesses, motivations, and tendencies are vital for effective leadership, and a leader’s ability to adapt to different teams and environments. Equally as important is to understand how others see you as a leader. To this end, students will conduct a 360 to gather anonymous feedback from peers, supervisors, and subordinates (where applicable).

Offered: TBD

 

LMP 2352: Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Business Model Design

Description:
Entrepreneurship is one pathway to the implementation of and to capturing value from new health and medical discoveries. Over the last few years, numerous initiatives have targeted scientists, encouraging them to become entrepreneurs and commercialize their research. All scientists should have a basic understanding of both entrepreneurship, and intrapreneurship, the use of techniques from entrepreneurship in large organizations. With this understanding they will be able to identify new opportunities for their work, become entrepreneurs themselves, or identify and collaborate with the talent they need to drive their innovations forward.

Offered: TBD

LMP 2353: Introduction to AI in Healthcare

Description:
Artificial Intelligence will transform the way health care is delivered, how disease is diagnosed and treated, how the business of healthcare is managed, and how health research and discovery is conducted in the coming years. Recent focus on the application of artificial intelligence to health and medicine has primarily been on the development of new algorithms and technologies. Capturing value from these algorithms and technologies requires an interdisciplinary approach, engaging health and health science professionals in the design and implementation of the products and services that utilize the algorithms and technologies.

In this module students will be introduced to the vocabulary of artificial intelligence, basic concepts for the design of solutions that use AI, key challenges and issues in its implementation in health and medicine and frameworks for identifying opportunities for AI and designing with it.

Offered: TBD

LMP 2354: Hacking the Networking Code (Hacking Network)

Description:
Not everyone is a natural networker but being able to connect with others is a valued skill that is essential in building quality and lasting relationships. Professional relationships and connections are challenging because people feel as if they are putting their self interest ahead of everyone else’s. As a result, when it comes to meeting new people, people feel anxious and awkward. They worry about first impressions and hesitate to make the first step.

During life transition stages such as the start of a new career, the need to network and to move ahead is unavoidable and necessary. With new perspectives and strategic thinking, they can approach networking with excitement, curiosity, and an open mind. They will learn how networking can help reach their career and life goals.

Technology has also made it easier to discover and leverage much more diverse networks. However, we usually tend to move towards people who look and sound like us. Getting outside our comfort zone helps us meet new people and, more importantly, gain perspective and empathy. With this understanding, we can become better leaders and look to help others more positively and help change their lives.

This module will introduce students to the intricacies of core communication skills in networking and discover new opportunities to learn and engage. Students will emerge with a better understanding of their fears and how to address them in specific situations.

Offered: Fall 2020; Tuesday 3 – 5 pm; Oct 27 – Nov 24

Please note: Students can enrol into TRP modules via ACORN.

Students who began their program before Sep 2020 will have to manually register via self-registration links.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact trp@utoronto.ca

 

 

MODULES OUTSIDE TRP

Modules outside the TRP program are administered by other academic units and may involve additional steps for registration or require proof of completion.

IMS Module Description and Timetable: click here

LMP Module Description and Timetable: click here

"I look at research in a different way to answer a question that really matters.”

 - Dr. Reza MD (Sick Kids Nuclear Medicine, Associate Professor UofT)