Message from the Executive Liaison Committee

Dr. Howard Ovens (Mount Sinai Hospital) and Dr. Kuldeep Sidhu (North York General Hospital)

The Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute was established in November 2013 by a founding gift from our patrons, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. The Institute is a partnership of Mount Sinai Hospital (now part of the Sinai Health System) and North York General Hospital and our Departments of Emergency Medicine in Toronto. Our vision is to advance the discipline of emergency medicine through the development of new knowledge (research) and translating that knowledge into practice (knowledge translation) as well as advocating for system improvement through better public policy.

We held our first International Advisory Board (IAB) meeting in November 2015 and met again in November last year and it’s been a busy and productive year since!

In conjunction with the IAB meeting the last two years, we have hosted a very stimulating 2-day international leadership conference. Many of our IAB members have spoken and participated in the conference. Last year we partnered with the Ontario Hospital Association and hosted the conference at their beautiful education centre on Front Street in Toronto. The partnership and venue allowed the event to be offered via webinar and attracted a North American wide audience. Last year, day 2 focused on Mental Health and Addictions issues. This year we will follow the same format and location and day 2 will focus on medical-legal issues; “Managing Risk and Driving Improvement.”

The reports that follow will detail a busy and successful year including: the appointment of a third research chair based at North York; the appointment of Dr. Don Melady as our Care of the Elderly Lead; the recruitment of a new clinician-scientist focused on Health Systems Research (Dr. Keerat Grewal, commencing July 2018); the recruitment of a clinician to North York with research ambitions (Dr. Rohit Mohindra); as well as details of publications, grants, abstracts, and the stunning impact statistics from our “FOAMed” initiative (Free Online Access to Medical Education) “Emergency Medicine Cases” – literally millions of global downloads (and another sold-out, in person course in January, to be repeated again this winter).

North York now has appointed a total of three Research Chairs; Monika Kastner, Chair in Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science; Patricia Trbovich, Chair in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement; and most recently Katie Dainty, Research Chair in Patient Centered Outcomes. All are cross-appointed to SREMI and together they are a formidable resource for consultation on methodology and collaboration.

In response to challenges and advice from our IAB meeting last year, under the leadership of our Director, Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag and our Research Director, Shelley McLeod, SREMI has developed an exciting Strategic Plan to focus our efforts and continue the stunning growth and impact we have had already. Of course, all of this is only possible through the gracious support of our colleagues, hospitals and donors.

Howard and Kuldeep

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