What is "SREMI"?
The Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute was established in November 2013 by a founding gift from our patrons, Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman. It 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.
The partnership brought together two hospitals that already knew each other well and collaborated extensively; Mount Sinai brought strength in research and education including simulation, North York added its national reputation in continuing medical education, and presence in the rapidly growing world of online education. The patient populations are complementary as well; Mount Sinai is located in the inner city while North York is a busy suburban ED with an Urgent Care Centre as well, together we have over 200,000 patient visits/year.
The first two years included appointing our inaugural director; Dr. Bjug Borgundvaag, and a research director, Shelley McLeod. Both are well known in the ED research community and have international reputations. We also appointed a Chair for our International Advisory Board, Dr. Brian Rowe, noted emergency medicine researcher from Edmonton. He has helped us complete the board with an international list of distinguished emergency medicine scholars.
As you will see, we have had an exciting success already; from grants, papers, and abstracts, to courses, blogs, and podcasts we are off and running!