SREMI Clinician Scientist Profile
In the summer of 2018, with the additional guidance of qualitative researchers Dr. Katie Dainty and Ms. Bianca Seaton, University of Toronto medical student Vanessa Rojas-Luengas completed interviews of women who experienced early pregnancy complications or loss. These interviews will inform improvements in processes of care as well as provide input for novel advances for this patient population. Dr. Varner also supervised University of Toronto medical student Robin Glicksman who completed surveys of ED directors and chief obstetrician/gynaecologists across Ontario to better characterize the care of patients with early pregnancy loss.
For her work in this area, Dr. Varner has been invited to co-chair the Health Quality Ontario’s Early Pregnancy Complications and Loss Quality Standard Advisory Committee. Convening patients with lived experience, radiologists, gynaecologists, emergency physicians and policy makers, this group will establish standards for high quality care of patients experiencing early pregnancy loss across the province.
Dr. Varner has also continued her collaboration with Dr. Kerstin de Wit, an emergency physician and scientist at McMaster University. Dr. Varner is a co-investigator for The Falls Study which seeks to develop a decision rule for emergency physicians to inform which patients older than 65 years patients should have a CT scan of the head following a fall. This study recently received funding ($857,756) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and will launch in 2019.
For her academic work this year, Dr. Varner received the 2018 University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine New Investigator Award for Research Excellence.