CoDesign Health Workshop

Working with our patients & future leaders to design better hospital spaces

Are you a Medical Student, Engineering Student or Architect Student? 
Do you have ideas on how hospital spaces could function better? 
Are you keen in learning the aspects of design thinking?
Sign up here!


The Challenge.

A recent study¹ at St. Michael’s Hospital identified disturbances in sleep, mobility, nutrition, and mood were common in medical inpatients. 


Collectively these are referred to as the trauma of hospitalization and may be associated with a greater risk of 30-day readmission or emergency department visit. 

The Vision

Using design thinking, we are forming a ‘design team’ comprised of patient & family advisors, ward staff, medical, engineering & architects students


Over a series of 3 workshops facilitated by OCAD Masters of Health Design students, the team will work to define the problem after spending time on the ward, generate ideas and prototype solutions to improve the patient experience. 

Define Problem
Generate Ideas
Prototype Solutions

Why Design Thinking?

Often in healthcare systems, we work in silos to solve age-old problems.


In medical school, we are seldom given the opportunity to work with patients, engineers or architects to discuss problems that are directly impacting patients.


Design thinking is described as a human-centered approach that focuses on empathy with users, integrating their needs with the proposed solution. Design is about weaving patient and clinician experience with empathy and efficiency.


Your Role:


- Learn about design thinking and collaborate with medical students, architects, engineers and patients to test out new ideas on how to reduce the trauma of hospitalization


- You will walk away with the principles of design thinking, how to come up with cool solutions to design our hospital spaces better for our patients and see your ideas used in hospitals for the benefit of patients

Join us at LKSKI @ St. Michael's Hospital on

Monday, March 18, 2019 430 PM 
Thursday, March 21, 2019 430 PM
Thursday, March 28, 2019 430 PM

Co-Design Leaders

Andrew Petrosoniak

MD, MSc (Med Ed), FRCPC

Project Supervisor


Sean Molloy

MHSc, MDes

Project Supervisor


Rushil Chaudhary


Medical Student


Kirk Mason

BSc, MDes Candidate



Melissa McGowan


Research Coordinator


Contact Us 

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1. Rawal S, Kwan JL, Razak F, et al. Association of the Trauma of Hospitalization With 30-Day Readmission or Emergency Department Visit. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(1):38–45. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.5100

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