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Using Videoconferencing in Practice: NOSM Health Sciences Competency and Curriculum Implementation Toolkit

February 2014

The purpose of this toolkit is to continue efforts to articulate the clinical education/practica best practices required to advance and integrate competencies into Health Sciences curriculum that relate to Health Informatics, specifically the use of videoconferencing (VC) in practice.  

This toolkit includes background information; VC readiness tools;  minimum and advanced competencies; a draft competency checklist as well as generic training and support materials that can be adapted by Health Sciences preceptors to implement in a northern and rural context and also translate to student experiences and activities within clinical education. This toolkit can also be used by Program Managers in faculty development for preceptors and as a resource for learners.

Toolkit Goals

  • To increase the knowledge and understanding of the literature and research around telepractice amongst health professions
  • To introduce videoconferencing (VC) as a potential telepractice strategy for NOSM Health Sciences  preceptors and their learners.
  • To assist in planning and developing competency in VC telepractice for NOSM Health Sciences preceptors and their learners.
  • To assist in planning and delivering curriculum to support VC telepractice competency for NOSM Health Sciences preceptors and their learners.

To view and download sections of the toolkit, see the Table of Contents and accompanying links below. The complete toolkit is also available for download.  

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements, About this Implementation Toolkit and Toolkit Goals 
  2. Overview and Background
    a. Literature Review-Executive Summary
    b. Key Informant Process and Results
  3. Competencies
    a. Definitions
    b. NOSM Health Sciences Learners and Competencies in Francophone Health and Culture
    c. Goal
    d. Minimum Competencies
    e. Advanced Competencies
  4. Resources
    a. Videoconference Readiness Tools and Surveys
    b. Training Opportunities and Resources
    c. Competency Checklist Tips for Preceptors
  5. Appendix A: Literature Review 
  6. Appendix B: VC Telepractice Competence Assessment Framework 
  7. Appendix C: VC readiness tools and surveys
    a. TELBIL survey, Spain 
    b. RCN Telehealth Readiness Survey
    c. NODIP VC Readiness Online Survey 
  8. Appendix D: VC Competency Checklist
    a. English Word and .pdf versions (To open the word file, you will need to first save the document.)  

NOSM Telepractice Series Archived Webcasts (2012-2013)

September 20, 2012

Get with the Guidelines: An Overview of Telepractice Principles for Rehabilitation Professionals: This session focused on accessing profession-specific guidelines, standards and position statements; discussing telepractice issues related to consent, confidentiality, documentation, etc.; and the barriers and facilitators to patient-centred care through telepractice.

October 18, 2012

An Introduction to KOTM: This session investigated the early development of telehealth and telemedicine in First Nations in Sioux Lookout and the services available. Discussion highlighted the roles of the Community Telemedicine Coordinator and the Community Telemedicine Scheduler, including their interaction with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). Webcast

November 15, 2012

Applications of Telehealth for Speech-Language Pathologists working with Adult Neuro Patients in Manitoba: This session highlighted the work done in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for adult outpatients requiring speech therapy via telepractice upon discharge from hospital including the benefits, obstacles, strategies and successes. Webcast 

February 21, 2013

Facilitating Small Groups Using Telehealth: Feedback from Participants: This session covered the preparation, delivery, and feedback ideas for facilitating small groups within the telepractice environment including discussion of the delivery of exercise to a group onsite and by videoconference. Best practice guidelines, research, case studies, and clinical experiences are also presented. Webcast

March 26, 2013

Developing Telepractice Competence: Implementing Telepractice in Northern Ontario: This session described the experiences of a Diabetes Program when establishing Telehealth practices with remote northern communities and on how to provide diabetes education via telehealth. Webcast, Part One   Webcast, Part Two

April 18, 2013

Moving Forward: Telemedicine in Rural Ontario: This session focused on the collaborative interprofessional team approach along with specific tools to conduct effective Speech Language (SLP) therapy sessions for elderly patients with communication impairments via Telemedicine.  Webcast

May 16, 2013

Are we Ready Yet?: This session discussed the assessment and readiness to practice using videoconference (VC). Participants were introduced to the VC Telepractice Competency Tool, currently being piloted by select Health Sciences Learners at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Webcast

Other Resources

March 4, 2015

Health Sciences Rounds: Interactive Parent Learning Through Video-Conferencing: This session focused on an innovative strategy including numerous tips on coordinating and facilitating distance training with small groups of clients living in rural and remote communities. Webcast




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