Message from the Executive Liaison Committee

Dr. Howard Ovens (Mount Sinai Hospital) and Dr. Kevin Katz (North York General Hospital)

Executive Liaison CommitteeThe last year has been very positive for SREMI and for the relationship between founding partners, Sinai Health System and North York General Hospital (NYGH). 

In education, the quality and impact of activity under the “FOAMed” umbrella of EM Cases continues to flourish. Under the able leadership of NYGH emergency physician, Dr. Anton Helman, EM Cases continues to stay on the cutting edge of creation and delivery of high quality, peer-reviewed content, free of commercial bias. Last year’s emergency department administration course (EDAC) was an academic and commercial success and this year may be our strongest conference agenda ever. Dr. Rick Penciner (NYGH emergency physician and SREMI faculty) is co-chairing this year’s day two agenda for EDAC, focused on education in leadership and creating a “learning culture” in our healthcare teams. 

There are some changes in leadership and relationships that will create challenge and opportunity for the SREMI model. In education, the OHA has notified us that they are no longer interested in partnering with us on EDAC (a decision based on new strategic directions). Additionally, Dr. Tim Rutledge left NYGH as CEO this year and has been replaced by Dr. Josh Tepper. Dr. Tepper has roots in emergency medicine and medical education, but no prior history with SREMI. We hope it will be a positive transition and look forward to working with Dr. Tepper. Finally, Dr. Kuldeep Sidhu’s tenure as NYGH ED chief is ending in 2019 and an active search is underway, with SREMI represented on the search committee by Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, SREMI Director.

Engaging front line providers in the academic agenda is a challenge in every ED. It has been particularly challenging at NYGH given the absence of a clinician scientist in the group. The successful recruitments to SREMI this year, including two new Research Chairs, may create opportunities to cross-appoint clinician-scientists and build this brand among staff.  
The challenge of change has been an opportunity to communicate frequently and openly at the leadership level and deepen our understanding of how our organizations and their distinct interests and cultures can best partner. We are extremely positive about the relationship and the future of SREMI. Many thanks to the gracious support of our colleagues, hospitals and donors.

Respectfully submitted,


Howard Ovens MD, FCFP (EM)        Kevin Katz MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC
Mount Sinai Hospital                         North York General Hospital

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