Message from the Director

Welcome to the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute

It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by so quickly. As you will discover in our 2017 annual report, the SREMI Team have had a busy and productive year.

I’d like to begin by extending my most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to our outgoing IAB Chair, Dr. Brian Rowe. He has provided outstanding leadership for our IAB, setting the tone for the friendly and productive meetings we have enjoyed over the last 3 years. Speaking personally, he has been generous in sharing his time and experience, and has been an outstanding mentor. Thank you Brian, for helping SREMI get off on the right foot.

My top priority over the last year has been to grow the number of SREMI investigators and increase our capacity. I am happy to report that we have made important progress in this area, and have recruited a new Junior Investigator, Dr. Keerat Grewal, who will join our team in July 2018. Dr. Grewal has just completed her MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, and is a health services researcher with a specific interest in the care of cancer patients in the emergency department. Dr. Grewal will consolidate her training as a fellow, following which she will apply for a Faculty appointment. We are excited to welcome her to the team.

Attracting mid-career and senior scientists to SREMI has been a significant challenge, but we have made progress. In recognition of the important contributions such scientists will make to our mission, we are in the process of establishing our first Chair in Emergency Medicine Research. Through the continued support and generosity of our benefactors, Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman, we have secured funding to support a Chair for a 10 year term. The process of arranging the administrative details of the appointment is underway, and we hope to begin a search in the near future. The creation of a Chair represents a big step forward, and will greatly expand our impact.

Second only to recruiting new staff, establishing a strategic plan for SREMI has been a key focus over the last year. Establishing a thoughtful, coherent roadmap to guide our work will allow us to focus our efforts and maximize the impact of our projects. As a group, we have invested considerable time capturing what it is that we want to accomplish, how we plan to get there, and how we will evaluate our progress. I am grateful to the group for their enthusiastic participation in this process, and our plan will guide our growth in the coming years.

In addition to our efforts to grow SREMI locally, we have been looking for opportunities to collaborate and foster the growth of academic emergency medicine provincially, and across the country. Our Research Director, Shelley McLeod, will highlight our projects at the IAB meeting, but one of the most exciting opportunities is the development of two SREMI Collaboration Grants. Intended to provide seed funding for larger projects, these grants are an opportunity to identify and support emergency physician researchers and educators working in areas of mutual interest, and hopefully build meaningful collaborations. We know from experience that these grants often pay large dividends and give an initial start to young academic leaders.

Finally, I would like thank our benefactors, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman, along with our other supporters Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski , Miles and Kelly Nadal, and Judy Wells, the hospital leadership at North York General Hospital and Sinai Health System, the members of our International Advisory Board, and our staff and partners, for their support, guidance and ongoing commitment to making SREMI a vital and important center for academic emergency medicine.

Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag PhD MD CCFP(EM)
Director, Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute

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