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UPCOMING EVENTS

Emergency Medicine Citywide Rounds


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GRAND ROUNDS

Topic: Peds Tox
Presented By: Dr Yaron Finkelstein
Date: Tuesday January 6th, 2015
Time: 11:00am
Place: 585 University Ave., TGH, Conf TGH CSB 11C-1135 #100
Snacks and Refreshments will be provided
(This is a DOM accredited event)

Please also join us for Resident Rounds

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10:00-11:00
585 University Ave, TGH CSB 11C-1135 #100

Pease note these event are no longer webcasted

For additional information please contact
Sawan Massey at sawan.massey@sunnybrook.ca
 

 
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS- Faculty & Resident Research Day

Please join us by participating in the annual Division of Emergency Medicine Faculty and Resident Research Day. This event will bring together researchers, faculty, and residents while providing an opportunity to share exciting new findings and facilitate scientific exchange. Click for
Guidelines and Submission Form

Doctoring in the DRC...

Dr. Raghu Venugopal
is keeping a blog called "Doctoring in the DRC" while on mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders. To read the blog, click here: http://www.ghem.ca/blog/?cat=7

TAAAC-EM News!

Read more about the Emergency medicine development in Ethiopia as well as check out some photos of a recent trip:  TAAAC-EM

Disaster Strikes! But we're prepared….

Dr Laurie Mazurik,
Emergency Medicine staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, recently led  Sunnybrook’s mass casualty exercise, which this year recreated the Wellesley Fire, a massive 6-alarm blaze that gutted a Toronto highrise in 2010. Several Ontario hospitals, and a wide array of health care disciplines came together to play out the horrifying scenes on a cool Saturday in March. “SARS really put emergency preparedness on the forefront of our minds,” says Dr. Laurie Mazurik, the grand maestro of this event (known officially as the Strategic Lead of Sunnybrook’s Disaster Emergency Preparedness). “It made me and others think we certainly need to prepare for future events, as this wouldn’t be the last.” Check out this cool video on youtube of the event, and look out for future exercises for opportunities to participate. Contact Dr Mazurik at 
lmazurik@gmail.comfor more information.

Youtube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYXRrb9493k

 

News and Events

 


CELEBRATING SUCCESSES


 

Appointment - Dr Margaret Salmon

We are pleased to share that Dr. Margaret Salmon has accepted a full time appointment as Assistant Professor (Clinician Teacher) in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr Salmon is currently staff in the Emergency Department at University Health Network (UHN). She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Prior to completing her residency she did a Masters in Public health at Harvard in and a one year Emergency Medicine internship at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Redlands California

Dr Salmon is an extremely well trained physician who was recruited to the Division of Emergency medicine to bolster our Global Health priority. She has unique experience and training in curriculum development and the utilization of ultrasound as a tool in low resource settings. She has already been able to translate her passions for Ultrasound and Global Health into an academic focus within the Division. She is the co-coordinator for Ultrasound Education Curriculum for Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC-EM). In this capacity Dr. Salmon has been involved in providing lectures, developing teaching modules, and mentoring both international and local residents and undergrads. Her interest in Ultrasound, particularly in guided nerve blocks, is well recognized and she is amongst a handful of emergency physicians worldwide with this field expertise.

Dr. Salmon has several publications in her area of academic interest and recently received the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Challenge Grant to support her work. She also holds a grant for research to determine the feasibility of guided nerve blocks in limited resource settings. In addition, she is a member of the Global Health Emergency Medicine (GHEM) group at UHN.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Salmon.


First CQI Appointment - Dr Amy Cheng

We are pleased to share that Dr Amy Cheng has accepted our first full time appointment as Assistant Professor Clinician Quality Improvement in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr Cheng is currently staff in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s Hospital. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at UofT. During her residency, Dr. Cheng also completed a MBA in organizational change and performance management at IE Business School in Madrid. She recently completed a six-week program at Harvard School of Public Health on Clinical Effectiveness.

Dr. Cheng’s academic interest is in patient safety and quality assurance. During her MBA, Dr Cheng participated in projects related to the use of public-private partnerships to improve efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare to the public. During her tenure at UBC, she initiated two quality projects, one of which reduced time till management of patients with myocardial infarction, and served as the Assistant Academic Director for the Emergency Department. In early 2013, Dr Cheng was recruited to St Michaels Hospital to lead their quality and patient safety initiatives in the Emergency Department. Amy is leading QI initiatives in the department, including enhancing discharge instructions, developing clinical pathways, developing and implementing a physician audit and feedback program and offering QI expertise to physician lead quality projects, such as early pain management (MD lead Julie Spence) and early sepsis management (MD lead Sara Gray). Amy also is co-chairing CAEP’s Choose Wisely working group. She is currently helping to lead the curriculum development for a QI course for the postgraduates in the Division of Emergency Medicine.


Appointment - Dr Steve Lin

Steve LinWe are pleased to share that Dr Steve Lin has accepted a full time appointment as Assistant Professor (Clinician Scientist) in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr Lin is currently staff in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s Hospital. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at UofT. During his residency, Dr. Lin concurrently completed an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research at UofT. He also participated in the Royal College Clinical Investigator Program, the UofT Eliot Phillipson Clinical Scientist Training Program, and the UofT Collaborative Program n Resuscitation Science. Following his residency, Dr Lin then completed a Research Fellowship in Rescu at Li ka Shing Knowledge Institute of SMH.

 

Dr. Lin’s academic interest is in research related to resuscitation and acute care. His recent work on therapeutic hypothermia awarded him the American Heart Association’s Young Investigator Award for top abstract in Cardiac arrest and Top New Investigator Award presented at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians’ (CAEP) annual scientific meeting in 2014. In the last two years, as a new investigator, he has been awarded five operating grants, and four as Principal Investigator. Dr. Lin has over 15 publications, including four as Principal author, in major journals such as Resuscitation and Circulation. He also has two recently accepted articles, one as Principal author and one as Co-Principal author, in Critical Care Medicine and Resuscitation. In addition Dr Lin has presented his work both nationally and internationally at symposia and with numerous abstract publications.

 

Please join us in congratulating Dr Lin.


 Newest Addition to Division of EM Family

Sam V baby
Congratulations to Dr Samuel Vaillancourt, SMH Staff, and his wife Gen, on the birth of thier son, Henri Vaillancourt.
 
His life began this morning at 10:09 am EST Saturday October 18 at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He weighed in at 6 lbs. 2 ozs. (3.168 kg).





 Appointment - Dr Rachel Poley

We are please to share that Dr Rachel Poley has accepted a full time appointment as Lecturer (Clinician Teacher) in the Division of Emergency Medicine.Poley

Dr Poley is currently staff in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s Hospital. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at emergency medicine at the Queen’s University which included a one year subspecialty year in Resuscitation Education at the Kingston Resuscitation Institute at Queens University. This further training provided a strong understanding of medical education; specifically, in curriculum, simulation and leadership development. In addition, Dr Poley has recently enrolled in the Stepping Stones Program offered at UofT.

Dr Poley has already been able to translate her passion for Trauma, Simulation and medical education into an academic focus within the Division. As of early 2013, she had taken on the role of Undergraduate Medical Clerkship Trauma Seminar Series Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for introducing undergraduate student to trauma management through both didactic and simulation training. She has also been a key member in the development and teaching of the FRCP postgraduate simulation curriculum. In addition, she has taken on a leadership role at St Michael’s Hospital as the Non-Clinical Compensation Plan Coordinator.


Appointment - Dr Anna Nowacki

We are please to share that Dr Anna Nowacki has accepted a full time appointment as Lecturer (Clinician Teacher) in the Division of Emergency Medicine.

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Dr Nowacki is currently staff in the Emergency Department at University Health Network. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the UofT which included a subspecialty year in Tropical Medicine and International Health from Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium. She is currently enrolled in the Master Teacher Program within the Department of Medicine. Her additional training has provided her with a strong understanding of medical education, curriculum, and leadership development.

Dr Nowacki has already been able to translate her passion for simulation and global health medical education into an academic focus within the Division. Dr. Nowacki has been involved in providing lectures, developing teaching modules, and creating written and oral board exam questions for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC EM). In November 2013, she took on a formal role within the Global Health in Emergency Medicine (GHEM) at UHN. In this role she will continue to work on developing a toxicology curriculum for the TAAAC EM. In addition, she has taken on leadership roles in simulation curriculum development within UHN.



Promotion - Dr Nicole Kester-Greene

Congratulations to Dr. Nicole Kester-Greene on her promotion to Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Medicine. NKG photo

Dr Kester Greene was initially appointed as Lecturer in the Division of Emergency Medicine in July 2010 with a job description of Clinician Teacher. Since that time she has gone on to obtain additional advanced training including completing the Stepping Stones Program in Medical Education, Emergency Department Echo Certification, and the Centre for Medical Simulation Instructors’ Course at Harvard Medical School; all of which augmented her academic leadership roles. Currently, Dr Kester-Greene is the co-lead of Simulation Medicine for Emergency Services at Sunnybrook and the City-Wide Rounds Coordinator for Emergency Medicine. She is also the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development Rounds Coordinator for the Sunnybrook site. She has been a full-time Physician in the Emergency Department at Sunnybrook since July 2007. Dr Kester-Greene has used her time within the Division of Emergency Medicine to successfully develop a reputation with colleagues and trainees as an accomplished clinician and dedicated teacher in medical education.

Please join me in congratulating Dr Kester-Greene


 

FRCP Residency Program Update

It has been an exciting and productive year at the University of Toronto, Division of Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Please take a moment to review the Program Update and see some of the exciting highlights and changes that have occurred in the 2013/14 academic year.

Faculty Publication    

Dr Clare AtzemaPlease take a moment to read the editorial, "Highway traffic and children don't mix", in the Toronto Star by Dr Clare Atzema, clinicain scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, assistant professor at University of Toronto and emergency physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.




Dr Tom Kaul- Faculty Appointment

We are please to share that Dr Tom Kaul has accepted a full time appointment as Lecturer (Clinician Teacher) in the Division of Emergency Medicine. Dr Kaul is currently staff in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s Hospital. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Queen’s University which included a one year subspecialty yearTom Kaul in Resuscitation Education at the Kingston Resuscitation Institute at Queens University. This additional training provided a strong understanding of medical education, curriculum development, simulation and leadership development.

Dr Kaul has already been able to translate his passion for Simulation and medical education into an academic focus within the Division. As of 2012, he has taken on the role of SHM Junior Postgrad Rotation Coordinator. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring a quality educational experience for junior residents completing rotations at SMH. As Postgraduate Coordinator, Dr Kaul is also an active member of the Postgrad Emergency Medicine Training Committee (EMRTC) and SMH Medical Education Committee. In addition, he has taken on leadership roles in simulation curriculum development within SMH and the UofT Emergency Medicine Postgraduate Program.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Kaul.


 

Dr Bruce Lampard- New Faculty Appointment

We are please to share that Dr Bruce Lampard has accepted a full time appointment as Lecturer (Clinician Teacher) in the Division Bruce Lampardof Emergency Medicine. Dr Lampard is currently staff in the Emergency Department at University Health Network. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Calgary and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University, with a specialization in Humanitarian Affairs, post Conflict Recovery.

Dr. Lampard has both extensive experience and expertise in Global Health and humanitarian work of which he has gained not only though his Masters, but also through his overseas humanitarian experiences through Medecins Sans Frontieres/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF). He recently completed a 3 year term as President of the Board of Directors of MSF-Canada, and is currently the Vice-President of MSF. Dr. Lampard was recruited to augment Global Health education and leadership at University Health Network and within the Division of Emergency Medicine.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Lampard.


 

UofT-EM Simulation Team wins at CAEP!

This is with great pleasure to congradulate our SIM team on their great win at this year's CAEP. Keep up the good work!
 
SIM CAEP
Left to right: Dennis Cho (PGY2), Brigid Madden(SMH Nurse), Rachel Poley (Coach), Michelle Tubman (PGY3), EMily Austin (PGY3)


2014 Research & Academic Day Recap

 

The day’s events included 10 resident and 9 faculty presentations. Abstracts can be reviewed in the 2014 Research Day Program. Following the presentations the Division acknowledge our graduating residents and presented faculty teaching awards and two awards to residents based on their research and academic presentations.

Teaching Awards 

The Anna Jarvis Award is presented annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in formal teaching, including that occurring at bedside, didactic lectures and seminars/workshops.

John King- Anna Jarvis 2013This year after an extensive review of the last three years of teaching scores, participation in and evaluation of academic sessions, mentorship, examinations events, and effectiveness as an academic role-model for residents, a committee of faculty and residents chose Dr. John King from North York General Hospital as the winner of the 2012-13 Anna Jarvis Award for Teaching Excellence.

Jordan Chenkin- Outstarding Clin Teach 2014The Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award is given once a year to a staff member who has demonst  

rated exemplary clinical skills and excellence in bedside teaching. The current group of emergency medicine residents nominates and chooses the recipient of this award.

  This year the residents have chosen Dr Jordan Chenkin from Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, as the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Clinical Teacher Award.

The Emergency Medicine Undergraduate Teaching Award was given to Dr Fernando Teixeira, from St Michael's Hospital, in recognitions his excellence, dedication and commitment to teaching medical students in the Emergency Medicine Clerkship at University of Toronto.

Research and Academic Presentation winners

Dennis Cho- Original 2014Dr. Dennis Cho (PGY2) won the “Best Original Research” Award

for his academic project “CT Current Practice Patterns for the Management of Discharged Emergency Department Patients with a Primary Diagnosis of Hypertension: A Multicentre Survey”.

 

Rose- Oral 2014Also, Dr. Jeremy Rose (PGY4), won the “Best Oral Presentation” Award for his presentation “A Quantitative Analysis of the Effect of Organizational Culture on the success of a Lean-Type Initiative in 36 Hospitals”.

Congratulations to all the winners!

The Divisions of Emergency Medicine would like to thank all of the participants and those who have supported Research & Academic Day either through their work or attendance throughout the day.

jacques- RAD 2014The Division would also like to give a  special thank you to Dr. Jacques Lee, who announced  that he will be stepping down as Scholarly Activities Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. The high quality of resident presentations Research Academic Day, and the ever increasing resident involvement in conference presentations and publications is a testament to his dedication and important contributions over the years.

 


 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congradulations to our PGY5 Residents!

This is with great pleasure to congratulate all of our PGY5 residents in passing their Royal College Exam. Your determination, perseverance and continued hard work have surely earned you these excellent results. Congratulations to you!

 

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Faculy Three Year Review Results

It is our pleasure to announce that all six of our EM faculty who underwent a Department of Medicine 3-Year review of their activities successfully passed their review. Each new faculty has a 3-Year review of their clinical and academic activities at UofT by their peers. Congratulations to Graham Cleghorn, Nadia Farooki, Dawn Lim, Brant Slomovic, Alex Stefan and Leah Watson. This is a recognition of the valuable work which is continually being done by our new faculty in the division

Faculty and Resident Participation at CAEP

I’m extremely pleased to share the list of University of Toronto faculty and resident abstracts that have been accepted for CAEP (Ottawa May 31-June 4, 2014)! The list includes the dates, times, and locations of most of the University of Toronto Faculty and residents presenting or participating at CAEP.

Come and join Dr. Chris Hicks & Dr Rachel Poley with the UofT Simulation team as they compete forCAEP2014 national bragging rights at CAEP by demonstrating their communication skills, team-work and crisis management skills under pressure during a 10 minute resuscitation scenario. The simulation Olympiad will take place on Saturday May 31st, at 13:00.

It is also with great pleasure and excitement to announce that the abstract submitted by Dr. Keerat Grewal (PGY-2) has been ranked among the top resident abstracts submitted this year! Kareet will be giving an oral presentation on Sun June 1st at 10:20. Please join me in congratulating Kareet on her outstanding success!

Faculty and Residents are invited to attend the University of Toronto Faculty and Resident CAEP Social taking place Monday, June 2nd at 6:00pm at Mill Street Brewery, 555 Wellington Street.

If anyone or event has been missed, please contact Sawan.massey@sunnybrook.cato be added to the list. We hope that if you are attending you take the opportunity to support your fellow staff and residents.

UofT-EM SIM Team Ranks First

SIM TeamThis is with great pleasure to annouce that our EM SIM team ranked first in Kingston Simulation Olympics at Queen's University. This year's team was comprised of Dr. Dennis Cho, Dr. Emily Austin, Dr. Michelle Tubman, Dr. Rachelle Poley (Staff), Dr. Chris Hicks (Staff) and Brigid Maddan. We are so proud of you!
 


Dr Jennifer Chu- New Faculty Appointment

Jennifer Chu We are please to share that Dr Jennifer Chu has accepted a full time academic appointment as Lecturer (Clinician Teacher) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr Chu is currently staff in the Emergency Department at St Michael’s Hospital. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto and a Masters in Public Health at the University of British Colombia. Dr Chu is a very well regarded clinician and teacher with an academic focus in medical education and Global Health.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Chu.


Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development

Congratulations to Dr Laurie Morrison for her work within the Department of Medicine Faculty Development Committee. The committee was selected to receive the 2014 Helen P. Batty Award for Excellence and Achievement in Faculty Development in the category of Innovation in Program Development and Design. This award is given in Recognition of an outstanding faculty development program within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto which has led to the enhancement of instruction, career development, professionalism, inter-professionalism, and/or health professional leadership.


Toronto Life The 30 Best Toronto Doctors

Sara Gray Toronto LifeDr Sara Gray was recognized by Toronto Life Magazine as one of The 30 Best Toronto Doctors. Dr Gray was nominated by her peers i in recognition of her skills, reputation and contributions to a medical field. You can read more about here http://www.torontolife.com/informer/features/2014/03/05/best-doctors-toronto/

 


 

Sarita Verma Award 

 Congratulations to Dr James Maskalyk for being selected to receive the 2014 Sarita Verma Award for Advocacy and Mentorship in Postgraduate Medicine. The award recognizes  faculty members who exhibit an exemplary level of leadership and commitment to social responsibility, mentorship, advocacy, and resident wellbeing. Please join us in congratulating Dr Maskalyk for exemplifying the qualities of this award.


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