Spotlight on Dr. Eleanor Latta – Intro to Medicine course director
Dr. Eleanor Latta is Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at U of T. She has been a Staff Pathologist at St. Michael's Hospital since 2002 and has been involved in undergraduate medical education since 2001 in various capacities, including a tutor, lecturer and as course director. She shared a bit about her new role to help us get to know her.
What made you want to take on the role of Course Director of Introduction to Medicine (ITM)?
I have a strong interest in undergraduate medical education and was excited to be part of the development of the new curriculum.
What does a course director do?
My role is to ensure the smooth functioning of the ITM course and the timely delivery of course content and materials. I also act as a conduit to receive feedback, from students and teachers alike, on how the new curriculum is going. I’m available to troubleshoot issues to ensure students have the best education and experience possible.
What are you most looking forward to in this new role?
The best part of my role is developing relationships with students and being a part of their journey as they gain the knowledge and experience necessary to become great doctors.
In your words, what is the ITM course all about?
It’s about providing students with the building blocks they’ll need as they move forward in their studies. ITM introduces students to a broad array of topics including the basic and social sciences relevant to medicine and it allows them to begin developing communication and clinical skills. The course develops the toolkit that students will use and apply to increasingly complex situations as they progress in their medical education.
How can students and/or teachers get in touch with you?
I look forward to receiving feedback from teachers and students. They can contact me anytime via e-mail. I’m here!