Clinical Scholarship

Department of Medicine & McMaster Program for Faculty Development presents

1st Annual McMaster FHS

Quality Improvement Symposium

Thursday, May 20th, 2021 - 8:00 am - 1:30 pm Eastern Time Zone

đź’» This will be a Zoom Virtual Event

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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:

  • Acknowledge of the improvement domain of Equity as an underserved domain within QI and establishing an action plan to move forward

  • Expand knowledge around core principles of QI science (Is this project amenable to a QI approach? and Data visualization in QI)

  • Include knowledge from other improvement domains to augment QI as a broader clinical improvement science

8:00-8:30 Welcome & Introduction to the QI Symposium

8:30 -9:30
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

Breakout Sessions

Please ensure that you choose one workshop per breakout session.

9:30-10:15 Breakout Sessions - Time 1

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30-11:15 Breakout Sessions - Time 2

How to Tell Your Project Is Amenable to a QI Approach

Clare O'Connor

Prototyping & Design Thinking

Andrew Petrosoniak

Data Collection & Visualization in QI

Tim Dietrich

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

PJ Devereaux, Michael McGillon, and Shawn Mondoux

Two Golden Rules (Keynote)

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 started her career in healthcare at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) during the SARS pandemic as a screener and then as a nurse. Her passion for healthcare began at a young age, after a short experience at a children’s hospital. Amanda loves to travel and early in her career, she worked abroad as a nurse in Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia. She eventually returned to SJHH, leading quality initiatives and then taking on her first manager role in Complex Care and Rehab. Amanda has managed Corporate Flow, Bed Allocation and the Nursing Resource Team, Screening, Satellite Health Facility and now the Congregate Settings and COVID Response Team. Amanda is also the Interim Director of Care Shalom Village, in Hamilton.

Dr. Serena Gundy

Dr. 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 where her primary focus is around the care of medically complex patients who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. Dr. Gundy also participates in the high-risk obstetric clinic seeing women with multi-system illnesses in consort with their high-risk Obstetricians.

As an Obstetric Medicine physician, Dr. Gundy has a particular interest in post-partum follow-up and care transitions. She runs a women’s vascular health clinic which focuses on short and long-term risk modification for women who have experienced a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia. She is also interested in the optimization of medical care for women with high risk pre-existing medical illnesses and the reduction of complications from pregnancy-related health conditions in low resource settings.

Dr. Alisa Lagrotteria

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

Breakout Session Speakers

Dr. PJ Devereaux

Dr. Devereaux is a Professor in the Departments of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine at McMaster University. He holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Career Investigator Award. He is the Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster University. He is the Head of Cardiology and the Perioperative Cardiovascular Clinical Program at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre. He is also the Scientific Leader of the Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, and Surgical Research Group at the Population Health Research Institute.

Dr. Michael McGillion

Dr. Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor, a University Scholar 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. His research program focuses on remote automated monitoring and virtual recovery support models for people recovering from cardiac, vascular and other forms of surgery. 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.

Clare O'Connor

Assistant Clinical Professor, Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University

Quality Specialist/Continuous Quality Improvement Coach at Hamilton Health Sciences

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 has completed a Master of Science in medical education where he focused on the use of in situ simulation (practice in the actual workplace) in procedural skill acquisition.

Dr. Petrosoniak is the Co-Director of the Annual Critical Care Skills Course for the FRCP Emergency Medicine residents designed to enhance skill acquisition for rarely performed and high-stakes technical skills. He regularly lectures and instructs simulation sessions for the EM residency program.