About Virtual Clinic Immersion Training (VCIT)
In partnership with Ryerson University, MedTech Canada has developed the MedTech Talent Accelerator to train and transition talent into the industry. Lead by MedTech Canada and through the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development fund, Ryerson University, Unity Health Toronto, and Sheridan College are working together to build on the MedTech Talent Accelerator program and create Ontario’s first Virtual Clinical Immersion Training (VCIT) program for science and engineering talent. The healthcare setting exposure will address a key labour market knowledge gap and fast track in-demand engineering and science talent into the growing industry.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need to develop a strong local Medical Technology (MedTech) industry to diversify and enhance Canadian medical technology manufacturing (e.g. Ventilator shortage). In Ontario, biomedical science and engineering programs are offered in 10+ academic institutions. However, without sufficient industry-related training, these new professionals are not attractive talent for the MedTech industry as they lack the knowledge of how this complex and highly regulated industry works.
Addressing the educational gap
With over 10 colleges and Universities in the Province offering biomedical science and biomedical/clinical engineering programs, Ontario is well-positioned to create and deploy technology. However, when completing these academic programs, students become proficient in math, biomedical sciences and engineering specialization. Without integration and exposure to clinical settings, these professionals are less prepared to work in the MedTech space and have challenges entering the workforce. Furthermore, clinical settings are not designed for having students observe live activities given privacy, and space considerations.
Ontario’s VCIT program is designed to provide this opportunity, offering intimate knowledge of the clinical setting that results in better preparedness to join the workforce. In addition, VCIT is complementary to other provincial investments such as the establishment of the CDHE, and as the VCIT program develops we see a natural link to be explored. Currently, Ontario talent in search of such experience and accreditation have to join programs being offered in other provinces or the U.S.. Through its partners, the proposed VCIT program for new science and engineering talent is well-positioned to provide Ontario youth with this valuable training to prepare them for careers in the MedTech industry.
In conclusion, the need for talent is essential to sustain and propel the growth of Canada’s MedTech sector.