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30May 18

C-QuIPS Rounds : Monday, June 18th at 9:30am

The keynote speaker this year for the Department of Medicine's Annual Day (June 18, 2018) is Dr Sanjay Saint from the University of Michigan. His particular interest lies in the…

12Feb 18

City Wide Quality and Safety Rounds: Wednesday, Feb 28th @ 12-1PM

Topic: Using Simulation to Inform Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Strategies Speakers: Dr. Jordan Tarshis MD, FRCPC ( Director, Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre), Agnes Ryzynski (Manager, Simulation & Curriculum Development, Sunnybrook Canadian Simulation Centre), Emily Louca…

10Nov 17

City Wide Quality and Safety Rounds: Thursday, Nov 10th @ 12-1PM

Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in partnership with the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TASHN) hospitals, are pleased to present monthly City-Wide Quality & Safety Rounds. The rounds will be hosted by different hospitals on a rotating basis,…

We recognized when the Centre was established that a number of groups with expertise and interests related to patient safety already existed within the University of Toronto community. Unfortunately, these groups often work in isolation, and we have sought therefore to foster connections between these diverse groups in order to enhance collaboration around initiatives to study and address patient safety and quality problems through holding symposia and rounds.

• Our annual symposium has attracted each year approximately 200 researchers, educators, clinicians, patient safety officers, and hospital executives from the Greater Toronto Area and around the province. Speakers have included prominent international researchers including

• Dr. Lucian Leape, widely regarded as one the ‘fathers’ of the patient safety field

• Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety

• Dr. Chris Landrigan, Research and Fellowship Director, Inpatient Pediatrics Service, Boston Children’s Hospital Inpatient Program; Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

• Dr. Tejal Gandhi from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University known for her research and leadership in a range of patient safety topics (ambulatory medication errors, diagnostic errors, clinical informatics applications)

• Dr. Alan Forster, Director of The Ottawa Hospital centre for Patient Safety and developer of the Ottawa Hospital’s Data Warehouse, which has supported numerous research studies and internal improvement efforts

• Dr. Thomas H. Lee, a senior executive at Partners Health Care in Boston, Professor at Harvard University, and Associate Editor at the New England Journal of Medicine

• Dr. Eric Thomas, Director of a highly productive research group and one of the lead investigators of the Utah-Colorado study (one of the two seminal studies highlighted in the US Institute of Medicine Report To Err is Human)

• Dr. Charles Vincent, Director of the Imperial Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ) and the Clinical Safety Research Unit, which is based in the Department of Surgery and Cancer, editor of Clinical Risk Management and author of Patient Safety (2nd edition 2010)

• Drs. Uma Kotagal and Stephen Muething from Cincinnati Children’s, an internationally renowned Paediatric Hospital in general, but also known for its leading work in patient safety and quality improvement (Dr. Atul Gawande highlighted the extraordinary quality improvement work there for cystic fibrosis care in one of his New Yorker articles)

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum 2018 ( October 16th 2018 )

Join fellow alumni of C-QuIPS and IDEAS and those passionate about quality improvement and patient safety on October 16th 2018.This interactive day in Toronto will have you:

  • Build Skills: Develop and enhance skills to apply quality improvement and patient safety work.
  • Network: Connect with a network of practitioners, leaders and scholars with advanced expertise in quality improvement and patient safety.
  • Innovate: Share knowledge and your experiences with success and failure in quality improvement and patient safety

This year, we are thrilled to have Jeffrey Braithwaite from the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and Brian Hodges from the University Health Network deliver the keynote speeches. For more information please visit: https://events.hqontario.ca/ehome/index.php?eventid=347105

QIPSF 2017 brought together C-QuIPS members, IDEAS alumni and members of the broader Quality Improvement and Patient Safety community who are actively leading or supporting QI and patient safety practice and academic work. This year, we were thrilled to have invited Dr. Bryan Sexton, (Director, Duke University Health System Patient Safety Center) as our keynote speaker at the Forum – he spoke about resilience in healthcare.  The day closed with a presentation by Dr. Kaveh Shojania, C-QuIPS Director, and Dr. Tara Kiran, Family Physician and Quality Improvement Director at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Click here to download the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum Program Brochure.
Click here to download the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum Program Agenda.
Congratulations to our Poster Award Winners!  Click here to view the Poster Abstracts selected for the Open Competition for the QIPS Forum 2017.

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This event brought together C-QuIPS members, IDEAS alumni and members of the broader Quality Improvement and Patient Safety community who are actively leading or supporting QI and patient safety practice and academic work. This interactive event was aimed at advancing the quality improvement (QI) and patient safety agenda across the province by providing an engaged QI and patient safety community with opportunities for networking and professional development. Held the day before Health Quality Ontario’s annual events Health Quality Transformation Presents: Quality Matters 2016, the Forum provided opportunities for networking and skills development, discussed the latest QI and patient safety research evidence and celebrated recent QI project successes. We were also thrilled to have Helen Bevan (Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Improving Quality) as our keynote speaker at the Forum – she spoke about methods for spread and sustainability for change. The day featured dynamic and interactive workshops led by experts in clinician and patient engagement, resource stewardship, using data for QI and audit and feedback. As well, the day featured a “hot topics” session on the key safety issues presented in the literature this year. The day closed with a presentation by C-QuIPS Associate Director and Medical Officer for Patient Safety at SickKids, Dr. Maitreya (Trey) Coffey illustrating the key learnings from SickKids’ first two years of Caring Safely, their transformative safety journey.

Click here to download the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum Program Brochure.
Click here to download the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Forum Program Agenda.
Click here to view the Poster Abstracts selected for the Open Competition for the QIPS Forum 2016.

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The Centre held its seventh annual symposium at the Fairmont Royal York on October 8th, 2015. The keynote, Mary Dixon-Woods, Professor of Medical Sociology and director of the SAPPHIRE group, Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, UK, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety explored challenges in both studying and improving patient safety including why some well-intentioned efforts to model other industries have foundered and why quality improvement efforts have the potential both to help and to hinder safety. Mary alongside Prof. Adalsteinn Brown, Director of IHPME moderated the CEO Panel discussion by Dr. Michael Apkon, CEO of SickKids and Dr. Peter Pisters, CEO of University Health Network sharing their hospitals’ venture into a renewed approach to patient safety, focusing on safety culture and methods of High Reliability Organizations. Locally, we learned how to improve our ability to learn from patient safety incidents by Dr. Brian Wong, Director of Continuing Education and Quality Improvemen at UofT Department of Medicine and Associate Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto.

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The Centre held its sixth annual symposium at the Fairmont Royal York on October 9th, 2014. The keynote, Dr. Christopher Landrigan, Research and Fellowship Director, Inpatient Pediatrics Service, Boston Children’s Hospital Inpatient Program delivered a timely presentation on provider fatigue and handoff miscommunication problems in patient safety and health professional education. Locally, we also had Dr. David Urbach, Senior Scientist, Toronto General Research Institute review his findings from a widely read paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this year, “Introduction of surgical safety checklists in Ontario, Canada” (Mar 13, 2014) and Dr. Dante Morra, Chief of Medical Staff, Trillium Health Partners; Associate Director, Center for Inter-professional Education give an inside look at mechanics of a large scale radiology review & disclosure. We had over 200 participants who attended our breakout sessions and poster viewings by various local, national and international speakers/presenters.

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On October 10th, 2013, the Centre held its fifth annual symposium at the Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. The symposium commenced with an enlightening talk by our keynote speaker, Charles Vincent, PhD, Director of the Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ) and the Clinical Safety Research Unit, Imperial College London. Locally, we also had Dr. Irfan Dhalla, MD, FRCPC, Staff Physician and Medical Director, Quality and Research St. Michael’s Hospital deliver a talk on “Efforts to reduce hospital readmission: what can we learn from the Virtual Ward experience”.

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At our 4th Annual Symposium at the Westin Harbour Castle on Oct 2, 2012, we had over 200 particpants who attended the enlightening and lively keynote given by Dr. Steve Muething on Cincinnati’s Children’s “Journey Towards Zero Harm.”  As well, other local, national and international speakers during the workshops were well-liked and well-attended.

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3rd Annual Symposium (Nov 9, 2011)

The Centre held its third annual symposium at the Westin Harbour Castle on November 9th, 2011. The keynote, Dr. Eric Thomas, Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, and Director of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, delivered a presentation on Teamwork and Culture. Locally, we had a presentation on Sim-One from Dr. Bruce Ballon.  We had over 180 participants who attended our breakout sessions and poster viewings by various local, national and international speakers/presenters.

2nd Annual Symposium (Sept 30, 2010)

Pursuing Organizational Excellence
On September 30th, 2010, the Centre held its second annual symposium at the Metropolitan Hotel, with the event preceded by a pre-symposium presentation given by Dr. Lucian Leape, well-known as the “grandfather” of the patient safety movement.  The event featured a panel on the MOH Excellent Care for All Act with leaders from two partner institutions: Dr. Barry McLellan, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Mary Jo Haddad, CEO, Hospital for Sick Children, as well as Tom Closson, CEO, The Ontario Hospital Association and Adalsteinn Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.  The keynote was given by international speaker, Dr. Thomas H. Lee, on “Quality Improvement Through Effective Leadership and Organizational Change.

Inaugural Annual Symposium (Oct 21, 2009)

Achieving synergy between academic and operational efforts to improve patient safety
On October 21st, 2009, the Centre held its first annual symposium. The event featured presentations by local, national and international leaders in the science of patient safety, including people who have successfully improved patient safety by synergizing research with local operational efforts.  Leaders from the three partner institutions, Dr. Catharine Whiteside, Dean of Medicine, Dr. Barry McLellan, Chief Executive Officer of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Dr. Larry Roy, VP Medical and Academic Affairs, Hospital for Sick Children, each delivered a welcome, as did Dr. Chris Hayes, Medical Officer of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.  Our speakers included: Tejal Gandhi MD, Uma Kotagal MBBS, Michael Baker MD, Chris Parshuram MD, Linda McGillis Hall PhD, Alan Forster MD, Dante Morra MD and Robin McLeod MD.

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