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.