Our scholarship transcends traditional educational boundaries, adopting a
truly interdisciplinary approach. This is exemplified in my engagement with projects that meld insights from social sciences, health, and patient advocacy. These initiatives emphasize the role of agency in empowering individuals, especially women, to confront complex health issues like cardiovascular disease. By integrating diverse disciplines, we aim to foster a more comprehensive understanding of the learner experience, highlighting the significance of varied perspectives in educational research and the dynamics of power among, for example, physicians, patients, and clinician-researchers.

PATIENT A Pilot Study

PATIENT Promoting Agency Through Innovative Education and Networked Teams (PATIENT) Welcome to PATIENT, a groundbreaking initiative led by Dr. Jillianne Code, focusing on enhancing patient agency in research (PAIR). Our mission is to empower patients to become active partners in medical research, transforming them from passive subjects to essential contributors. What is Patient Agency in […]

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Virtual Reality Anatomy

Anatomy Learning in Virtual Reality The difference in academic achievement and emotional behaviors when learning anatomy in the dissection lab vs in a virtual reality (VR) lab Anatomy education has experienced profound advancements in the past few decades, namely the continuously expanding technologies and virtual reality educational tools. It is well reported that students value these

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Preferences and Decision Needs

Patient Treatment Preferences and Decisional Needs for Heart Failure Medications Goal: The overarching goal is to characterize the decisional needs, preferences, and values of heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients and their clinicians to improve HFrEF medication decision-making. Background: Over 750,000 Canadians have HF, approximately half of which is classified as HFrEF.

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Unbundled Learning

Unbundled Learning Unbundled Learning: Online Social Networks for Learning and Support in Vulnerable Populations As human nature is experience-dependent, social conditions will either hinder or enhance human learning, health, and overall well-being since individuals are continuously embedded within and among networks of social relations and interactions. Social support is critical in aiding patients with chronic

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VCHAT for Mental Health A Virtual Community promoting mental Health, psychosocial Adjustment, and peer supporT (vCHAT) for patients living with increased risk for COVID-19 Mental health needs are pronounced for individuals with chronic heart failure (CHF) or advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD). Clinically significant symptoms of depression and anxiety are prevalent in 22% (11% to

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VCHAT for Covid-19 A Virtual Community promoting Health literacy, self-cAre, and peer supporT (vCHAT) for patients living with increased risk for COVID-19 Meta-analysis (pooled n=76,993) indicates that chronic heart failure (CHF) and advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) were among the most prevalent conditions for patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The impact of living with increased risk for COVID-19

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From the Heart

From the Heart: Canadian Women’s Lived Experience of Heart Failure Women with heart failure (HF) are particularly under-served, under-researched, and under-represented. They receive less aggressive medical treatment, experience longer hospital stays, and have poorer outcomes and challenges in accessing care and treatment options as compared to men. We have only limited knowledge of how women

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