Rounds are held usually every other month on a Thursday at noon.  Note there is no set date in order to be flexible to accomodate speakers' schedules.  If you would like to be notified of upcoming rounds or if you would like to present your work at upcoming Research or Work in Progress Rounds, please send your email to Lisha Lo at

Work in Progress Rounds: Thursday, May 5th @ 12-1PM

Speaker(s): Dr. Lianne Jeffs and Michelle Zahradnik
Title: Keeping on Track and Moving Forward Antimicrobial Stewardship Using Quality Improvement Methods and Sustainability Planning
A body of empirical evidence exists on the benefits of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs (ASPs) however, less is known about what components within ASPs and what factors and conditions influence the sustainability of ASPs. In response, a Quality Improvement strategy with integrated sustainability planning was developed to improve and sustain ASPs. The developed ASP-SUSTAIN project combines interactive learning, coaching and mentorship within a networked Communities of Practice (CoP) model to improve and sustain four local ICU ASPs. The objectives of the project are to facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainability plans with local teams. Four teams from different hospital ICUs are working on project topics which range from reducing the duration of empiric therapy to improving antimicrobial discussion during daily rounds through nurse engagement. The learning framework, team projects, evaluation framework and preliminary findings will be discussed during this seminar.

Speaker(s): Drs. Geetha Mukerji and Ilana Halperin

Title: Balanced scorecard development for ambulatory diabetes care: a multi-site quality initiative
Description: The goal of this quality initiative is to develop and implement a set of appropriate indicators for diabetes care in the form of a balanced scorecard. The indicators will be translated into a balanced scorecard for diabetes care to compare and monitor performance, analyze programmatic strengths and weaknesses, and track progress and improvement in diabetes care. The resulting scorecard will be pilot tested and implemented in ambulatory care diabetes clinics across five Toronto academic health centres.

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Invited Speaker Rounds: Friday, April 1st @ 12-1PM

Speaker: Dr. Mary Patterson
Resilience and Precarious Success: How Human Adaptation Keeps Patients Safe

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the roles of Safety I and Safety II in Patient Safety

2. Recognize the ways in which humans make use of system capabilities and proactively mitigate the effects of system limits in the quest to improve the healthcare delivered to patients.

3. Describe the four primary activities of resilience engineering

Invited Speaker Rounds: Thursday, Feb 18th @ 12-1PM

Speaker: Ryan Brydges
Title: Competency by what design? Results of a scoping study and realist synthesis on competency in bedside invasive procedures

Description: Dr. Brydges will report on a recent scoping review he completed on procedural skills training in internal medicine, the results of which raise questions about whether we should be treating competency as a blanket concept. Ryan raises the idea that rather than expecting everyone to be competent, it may be necessary to develop a system where there are streams of proceduralists and non-proceduralists. This thinking, of course, can be extended way beyond procedures.

Invited Speaker Rounds: Tuesday, May 19th @ 12-1PM

Speaker: Martin Marshall
Title: Researcher-in-residence model: practical examples, theoretical and conceptual underpinning, benefits and challenges
Description: Most people involved in improving care for patients would like to think that their decisions are influenced by the best possible research evidence. Most academics would like to think that their research has an impact on patient care. But too often neither of these aspirations are a reality. Academic research is often difficult to access, hard to use and sometimes fails to address the questions of greatest importance to practitioners. One of the reasons for this is the traditional separation of researchers working in the ivory towers of academic institutions, and clinicians and managers working in the swampy lowlands of front line health services.

C-QuIPS/VAQS/CQI Joint Rounds: Friday, May 1st @ 12-1PM

Speaker: Yoel Donchin
Title: Safety is not a commodity – It is a value (or if you like, How to teach HF for safety via eLearning and movies)
Description: After a short (very short) history of the struggle to eradicate medical mishaps, the talk shall demonstrate another approach to create a safety climate in the medical domain based on what we know from cognitive psychology and Human Factors Engineering (*see reading material below).