Clinical Scholarship

McMaster Program for Faculty Development & the Department of Medicine Presents

1st Annual McMaster FHS

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Symposium

đź“… Thursday, May 20th, 2021

💻 This was a  Zoom Virtual Event

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) is being increasingly recognized as an essential element of medical practice.  The CanMEDS roles within the postgraduate educational frameworks of the Royal College and the College of Family Physicians now recognized QI competencies.  Hospitals across the Hamilton region are actively deploying QI systems and interventions within their organizations.  There are provincial tables for QI discussions. There is legislation in Ontario mandating hospitals to undertake QI projects (ECFAA/QIP)

Despite this, there no longer exist local conferences aimed at expanding QI knowledge or showcasing QI scholarship since the shuttering of Health Quality Ontario and the end of the Health Quality Transformation conference.  As such, there is a unique space to be filled to meet these community needs within the Hamilton basin.

Overall Learning Objectives:

View the accepted abstract submissions, here.

8:00-8:30 am Welcome & Introduction 

8:30 -9:30 Keynote: Equity in Healthcare

Dr. Tara Kiran

Tara Kiran is the Fidani Chair in Improvement and Innovation and Vice-Chair Quality and Innovation at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.  She practices family medicine at the St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team (SMHAFHT).


By the end of this activity participants will be able to:
  • Describe existing disparities in health care and outcomes in Canada
  • Define the concept of health equity and appreciate why it needs to be addressed to achieve the Triple Aim
  • Reflect on strategies to address equity in your improvement work

9:30-10:15 Breakout Session 

Please ensure that you choose one workshop per breakout session.

How to Tell Your Project Is Amenable to a QI Approach

Clare O'Connor


Prototyping & Design Thinking

Andrew Petrosoniak & Chris Hicks


10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Breakout Session 

Please ensure that you choose one workshop per breakout session.

Data Collection & Visualization in QI 

Tim Dietrich


Virtual Care: What We Knew, What We Learned and What Is Still Unknown

PJ Devereaux, Michael McGillion, and Shawn Mondoux


11:15-12:15 Keynote: Two Golden Rules 

Dr. Edward Etchells

Dr. Etchells is the Medical Director of Information Services, and a staff physician with the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is a senior mentor at the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto.


  • Learners will be able to cite the two golden rules of successful implementation and discuss four features of innovative change

12:30-1:30 Our Experience of COVID-19: Stories from the Front Lines


Amanda Weatherston

Amanda Weatherston is a Nurse at St. Joseph's Healthcare and Foundation. She has managed Corporate Flow, Bed Allocation and the Nursing Resource Team, Screening, Satellite Health Facility and now the Congregate Settings and COVID Response Team at St. Jose. Amanda is also the Interim Director of Care Shalom Village, in Hamilton.

Dr. Serena Gundy

Dr.  Serena Gundy is an active staff member of Hamilton Health Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McMaster University. She is an attending physician on the Internal Medicine Inpatient Clinical Teaching Unit at the Juravinski Hospital as well as at McMaster University Health Centre.

Dr. Alisa Lagrotteria

Dr. Lagrotteria is a second year resident within Internal Medicine at McMaster University.

Breakout Session Speakers

Clare O'Connor

Clare O'Connor is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University. 

She is also the Quality Specialist/Continuous Quality Improvement Coach at Hamilton Health Sciences. 

Dr. PJ Devereaux

Dr. PJ Devereaux is a professor in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine at McMaster University. He is the Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster University and the Head of Cardiology and the Perioperative Cardiovascular Clinical Program at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre.  

Tim Dietrich

Tim Dietrich is the Director of Quality and Value Improvement at Hamilton Health Sciences. 

Dr. Chris Hicks

Dr. Christopher Hicks is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Professor and Clinician-Educator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  

He is an education research scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge institute, and an appointee to the International Centre for Surgical Safety, with a program of research that focuses on simulation-based psychological skills training, human factors and clinical logistics. 

Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak

Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the Co-Director of the Annual Critical Care Skills Course for the FRCP Emergency Medicine residents.

Dr. Michael McGillion

Dr. Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor, and holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at McMaster University. 

He is also a Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. McGillion is Co-Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Pan-Canadian Council on Mission: Priorities, Advice, Science and Strategy (CoMPASS).  

Dr. Shawn Mondoux

Dr. Shawn Mondoux is a staff emergency physician and the Quality and Safety Lead in the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH). He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University and at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Affiliate Scientist at the St Joseph's Hospital Research Institute.

View the accepted abstract submissions, here.

Planning Committee

Dr. Amna Ahmed, Internal Medicine

Clare O'Connor, RN Quality Specialist, HHS

Dr. Shawn Mondoux, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Dominik Mertz, Infectious Disease

Dr. Inge Schabort, Family Medicine

Dr. Seychelle Yohanna, Nephrology

Accreditation Statement

McMaster University, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide CFPC Mainpro+ and RCPSC Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study credits for Continuing Medical Education. 

This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the McMaster University Continuing Professional Development for up to 4.5 Mainpro+ credits. 

This activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster University, Continuing Professional Development Program for up to 4.5 MOC Section 1 hours.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at

This activity has received an educational grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.