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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
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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


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.

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News and Events




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!
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!


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.

Incoming Residents

CaRMS Match results are in and we are pleased to announce that we have been matched to 10 applicants.

UofT EM fully matched all 7 CMG spots with our first TWELVE!!!! choices. (and filled our 3 IMG spots with our first three choices). This is amazing. We are extremely happy to have these new residents join our program and look forward to working together in the upcoming years.

We would also like to thank the many faculty and residents, who devoted much time and energy to the CaRMS match process. I think we have been very successful again this year!

Congratulations to our new residents:




Medical School




Western University




University of Toronto




Western University












University of Toronto




University of Toronto




University of Al-Mustansiriyah College of Medicine




University of Queensland School of Medicine




Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine

New Department Division Director

Anil ChopraWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Anil Chopra will be the new Department Division Director for Emergency Medicine effective immediately. Dr. Chopra completed his fellowship in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto and has been an active staff at UHN since 1994. He has been the Chief of the Emergency Department at the UHN for the last seven years and is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chopra has also been an active member of the Department of Medicine’s Three Year Review Committee.

Dr. Chopra is a very well regarded administrator and clinician who has a passion for quality improvement and innovation. He has received several teaching awards including the W.A. Anderson Teaching award for undergraduate teaching and the Anna Jarvis Award for postgraduate teaching excellence. His clinical and research interests are in the area of venous thromboembolism.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Chopra

Royal College Steering Committee
International Conference on Residency Education


Congratulations to Nima Heirat, FRCP Program Admin, on her acceptance into the Royal College Steering Committee for the International conference on residency Education Administartors' Track. Nima will be involved in the organization of the workshops and training sessions for Program Administrator’s attending the annual event. Please join me in congratulating Nima on this wonderful opportunity!

Resident Harvest Feast

Harvest Feast- 2013The Ladies of EM Medicine hosted the residents (CCFP-EM and FRCP) for a home cooked fall Harvest Feast. A special thanks to Drs Laurie Mazurik, Lynne Fulton, Leah Watson, and Mary Ann Badali for hosting and coordinating the event and thank you to the many Ladies of EM that prepared the feast.

UofT Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium
Resident wins Quality Improvement Award

Congratulate to all Emergency Medicine Faculy and Resident presenters for their participation at the UofT Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Symposium.

We would like to offer a special congratulations to Dr. Pearlly Ng for not only being one of the top abstracts at the QI symposium, but for also winning the top trainee poster. Her work is on the impact of CT head among those presenting to the ED with bizarre behaviour. Congratulations on this award.

below are some faculty photos from the day
MacKinnon QI poster 2013Steinhart QI poster 2013

New Assistant Program Director

Chris HicksWe are delighted to announce that Dr. Chris Hicks has accepted our offer to become our new Assistant Program Director for the Division of Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Dr Hicks is an Emergency Medicine Physician at St Michaels Hospital, and an Assistant Professor (Clinician Educator) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Since joining our faculty in 2009, Chris has participated in a variety of educational activities within the program, including teaching rounds and simulation sessions. Dr Hicks has develop an excellent reputation with colleagues and residents as an accomplished clinician and teacher.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Hicks on this new role.

Congratulations to Ethiopia's First Emergency Medicine Physicians

Good morning. Or is it afternoon? Who can tell from so far away.

I'm in Ethiopia. The year is 2005. Here, they use the coptic calendar. The time, is also 6 hours different. Noon is "six o'olock". They think it silly that our clock starts at lunch time. Why not when the sun comes up, at six am? Or when it goes down at six pm?

Old wisdom here. A fascinating, and rich place, historically, and culturally. And, because of the efforts of so many people at the University of Toronto, it is also a safer one.

We arrived last week, earlier than our usual teaching trips, to deliver the final year residents' certifying exams. Of course, the emergency department is impossible to resist, and jetlag couldn't keep us from it. Deep in the scrum, we found a shivering man, from days away, blood pouring from his mouth and nose, his nails paper white. He had a lab report from three days ago that showed platelets of 13, and a hemoglobin of 50. He had no blood pressure. We pulled him from the queue and, with one of the residents, found out that that day, despite the bleeding, was his lucky one. There are platelets on Friday. One day before, or after, none. We gave him what they had, and with it some blood, and today, he is alive.

Ethiopia first gradsThere is still a ways to go before Ethiopia is an easier place for the poor and sick, but because of the emergency program here, and you all, that day is closer. Last Saturday, we celebrated the graduation of the country's first emergency physicians. They all passed their exam, and with it, into a new era of emergency medicine for Africa, and the world.

There is no question in my mind, or theirs, that this day would not have been so quickly possible without the thousands of volunteer hours donated by our committed faculty and residents. We have given our best, and it shows. We've reason to be proud of these young men and women, and to call them our colleagues.

As I said last Saturday, at a dinner to celebrate them, they are proof of what is possible, not just from dedicated teaching or access to innovative educational opportunities, but when two institutions and countries come together in a spirit of peace. What a great lesson, and what great momentum to carry them into the first days of their career.

Sincere gratitude to all of you who have made the day possible. Clare Pain for her guidance, the TAAAC-EM executive team, who work weekends and off-days to make curricula, support research endeavors, provide mentorship. The emergency medicine groups around the city, including UHN, St. MIchael's, SHSC and Mt. Sinai, who have contributed both people and funds necessary to run this program. The high level of support we have received from ED chiefs all over the GTA, current and former divisional directors, Drs Schull, Letovsky and Chopra, as well as Dept Chairs, Drs Wendy Levinson and Lynn Wilson. The busy doctors who have made time to deliver distance or sim sessions when our teams are not in the country.

We offer our deepest thanks to those committed souls who have made the month-long trip to Addis, and left behind the best of what they know. Those who, on their return, continue to develop exam questions, develop ideas through to fruition. It is you who have inspired this first generation of emergency doctors to excellence, not just by teaching the "what" of emergency medicine, but the "how", that in the pursuit of health for the sickest, distance should not matter. It was deeply humbling to tap out the list of people who follow my signature.

A partnership is only as strong as the people who form it. Our AAU colleagues, namely Dr Aklilu Azaj and Sisay Teklu, have been the main arbiters of this success. Soon, because of it, graduates will leave Addis to start programs elsewhere. The year after, even more. One day, they will take it from Ethiopia, to Sudan, Somalia, and on.

These young graduates need our continued guidance and support, the residents behind them, our teaching. But, should we do it well, less and less each year. Together, perhaps, we can live that development dream of having worked ourselves out of a job.

For those of you who want to contribute, we are still taking applications. Trips typically run, month-long, in Feb/May/Oct of each calendar year. We'll send out another call soon, and in the meantime, you can email Sara Berman for more info (sberman@ghem.ca). We might even expand this, should it be necessary to support the satellite programs that will follow. We'll keep you apprised.

Some dates for your calendar. We will have a TAAAC-EM info session in the coming months, but you can learn more about what's happening in international emergency medicine at our bi-monthly "Global Health Emergency Medicine" meetings, the next one December 17, 5-6pm. In the meantime, should you be hungry for more about Ethiopia, there is a global health symposium and galaon Nov 8, which will include many of our Ethiopian colleagues. And, for those of you like to travel, and plan in advance, join us as Ethiopia hosts the African Federation of Emergency Medicine, in October 2014, and meet these fine people firsthand.

In the meantime, there is reason to celebrate. Those of you who spend time virtually, can find some activity here, on the residents facebook page. The rest of you, join us in welcoming these four doctors, Seblework Temesgen, Sofia Kebede, Biruk Girma, and Yenealem Tilahun into the lifelong fraternity/sorority of emergency physicians. What great additions.

From Addis,

James Maskalyk MD, FRCP(EM)

Newest Additions to the Emergency Medicine Family

Jen Bryan KidsCongratulations to Dr Jennifer Bryan and her husband on the birth of their daughter Amelia Bryan on September 1, 2013. Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to the University of Toronto Emergency Medicine Residency Family

                    Amelia with her big sister Imani

Leadership Update Division of Emergency Medicine

After seven years as Department Division Director, Dr. Michael Schull is stepping down to take on a new leadership role as CEO of ICES.

The Dept of Medicine and the Division of Emergency Medicine is happy to announce that Dr. Anil Chopra will become Acting Department Division Director (DDD) for the Division of Emergency Medicine effective September 1, 2013.

Dr. Chopra is the Chief of the Emergency Department at UHN, and an Associate Professor (Clinician Administrator) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has sat on the Division's Executive Committee for many years and is a member of the Department of Medicine's Three Year Review Committee. He is a very well regarded administrator and clinician, and an award winning teacher and academic. Please join us in welcoming him to his new role!

Changes to Residency Program Leadership

Dr. Karen Woolfrey has decided to step down as Program Director of the FRCP(EM) residency program effective July 1, 2013, to focus on her research and scholarship in medical education. Karen leaves a rich legacy of innovation and change in the program and has overseen a rapid expansion in program size during her four year term as program director. The recent Royal College survey report highlighted the innovative curriculum, strong assessment strategies, and academic focus of the program, all of which have benefitted from Karen’s leadership. The Division wishes to personally thank Karen for all of her hard work as Program Director.

The Division is delighted to announce that Dr. Joel Yaphe has accepted the position of Interim Program Director until the permanent position can be filled. Dr. Yaphe has been involved in the residency program for many years, is currently a member of the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Committee, and is the divisional director of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Yaphe is also an award winning teacher and curriculum lead for the ethics teaching within the program. He works at the UHN sites. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Yaphe to his new role!

We will begin very soon to plan a search for the new program director.

Strategic Training Initiative In Health Research Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Lisa Puchalski Ritchie for winning a KT Canada STIHR fellowship award. The award will help to fund her post-doctoral work on the use of knowledge translation strategies to improve care and clinical outcomes in low and middle income countries.

Success at CAEP 2013

SIM CAEP 2013Congratulations to the University of Toronto Simulation Team (Mary Fotheringham, Caroline Pospisil, Emily Austin, Dennis Cho) and their faculty coach, Dr. Karen Woolfrey, for the second place finish in the national Simulation Olympiad competition

Congratulations to our Graduating Residents

This year we had eleven residents challenge the Royal College Examinations in May. It is with great pride that I can announce that our pass rate once again this year is 100%. On behalf of the residency program I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each and every one of our graduating residents. Each resident has risen to the challenge and worked extremely hard to earn such success. Our graduates are:

  • Dr. Alun Ackery
  • Dr. Firas Al-Rawi
  • Dr. Tina Bhandari
  • Dr. Jennifer Bryan
  • Dr. Melissa Chacko
  • Dr. Nima Farkani
  • Dr. Lana Grigoriou
  • Dr. Steven Lin
  • Dr. Heather Lindsay
  • Dr. Garret Pulle
  • Dr. Sam Vaillancourt

Celebrating Successes Archieves


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