In 2020, Department Chair sought dynamic strategy to position department for continued excellence. Priorities to Action as part of the Strategy:

  • Advancing early- and mid-career leaders
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Cross pollination and interdisciplinary
  • Potential for Innovation and external recognition/achievement.

Through design process and literature review, determined launching Communities of Practice fulfilled these objectives. An application process was launched in December 2020, emphasizing multi-disciplinary teams and ’moonshot’ goal-setting.

MED-X: Medical Entrepreneurship Nexus

Mission

Advance health innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.

Moonshot Goal

Incubate a Billion-dollar valuation company.

Leaders

  • Mark Larché, PhD
  • Sarrah Lal, MBA, MEng, LLM
  • Jeremy Hirota, PhD

 

MED-X serves as a nexus for entrepreneurship and commercialization initiatives within and outside of the university. We connect market potential with resources and people to accelerate growth. Join us in creating the first billion dollar life sciences company spun out of McMaster University.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)

Mission

Community of Practice which supports higher-quality patient care increases the capacity to conduct QIPS work through the training and education of clinicians and contributes to a new stream of academic output at McMaster University, its affiliated hospitals, and the healthcare region.

Moonshot Goal

World-renowned Quality and Patient Safety conference and activities.

    Leaders

  • Seychelle Yohana, MD, MSc(QIPS), FRCPC
  • Amna Ahmed, MD, FRCPC, MScHQ
  • Dominik Mertz, MD, MSc, FMH(CH)
  • Clare O'Connor, RN, BScN, MSc

 

The QIPS COP's vision is to improve the quality of care through collaboration between academic departments and our partner hospitals. The overarching goal is to support each other in our QIPS endeavors and to offer a platform for shared learning. 

Projects

Fractures-Readmission Reductions


Leaders: Alfred Cividino, MD, FRCPC, FACR, Arthur Lau, MD, FRCPC

High-Risk Obstetrics


Leaders: Serena Gundy, MD, FRCPC, Anna Mathew, MD, MPH, FRCP(C)
More About High-Risk Obstetrics

The development of a multi-disciplinary clinical, research, and academic initiative in Obstetric Medicine (Maternal Medicine) focuses on innovative models of care provision, interdisciplinary collaboration, and knowledge translation.  This CoP will emphasize linkages with other CoP’s and local maternal and obstetric care providers to amplify shared priorities. It will include members from the Departments of Medicine, Obstetrics, Family Practice, and Midwifery.

Mission

To transform the care provided to all women with medical conditions in pregnancy in Hamilton through innovative collaborative care, generating research to inform practice and improve outcomes, and creating future leaders in maternal medicine through engaging and inclusive education. 

  • We leverage our broad network of obstetric medicine specialists to provide exceptional collaborative care 
  • We foster interdisciplinary research and CQI initiatives to improve antenatal and postpartum outcomes
  • We use our clinical and research platforms to facilitate life-long learning for trainees and faculty
  • We utilize pregnancy and postpartum windows as opportunity to effect change in long-term women’s health 
  • We place an urgent clinical focus on vulnerable populations most likely to lose health care access and disproportionately suffer adverse obstetrical events (BIPOC, PUD, homeless)

Moonshot Goal

By 2035, we have established an international-renowned interdisciplinary academic and clinical practice approach- providing comprehensive maternal medical care throughout the preconception, antenatal and postpartum period. 

Our overarching clinical goal is to place all women with medical conditions of pregnancy in the center of their care circle. We will accomplish this goal by developing a seamless network of clinicians providing individualized medical care, leveraging digital/virtual technology, and fostering a strong community and academic partnerships. 

Our specific, measurable clinical goals are in the following areas of care: i) Preconception, ii) Antenatal iii) Postpartum

The short-term focus in each area will be on “high-obstetric risk” medical conditions or those requiring multiple specialty care providers. It will expand to capture “low-medium obstetric risk” medical conditions in the medium term. 

Leadership

Mission

Advance leadership development.

Moonshot Goal

World-renowned medical leadership development program.

    Leaders

  • Smita Halder, MBChB, PhD, MRCP
  • Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, DRCPSC
  • Simerpreet Sandhanwalia, MD, FRCPC(EM)
  • Sandra Ramelli, MBA, B.Ed., B.Comm.
  • Tim Karachi, MD, FRCPC

Education & Innovation

Mission

Advance teaching and scholarship.

Moonshot Goal

Launch Future of Education Conference.

    Leaders

  • Teresa Chan, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, DRCPSC
  • Sarrah Lal, MBA, MEng, LLM
  • Meera Luthra, MD, FRCP(C)

Virtual Care

Mission

Advance virtual care, determine best practices.

Moonshot Goal

Centre of Excellence in Virtual Care.

     Leaders

  • Ted Xenodemetropoulos, MD, FRCPC
  • Juan Guzman, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Given the unprecedented pace and scale of change in the requisite mechanism of healthcare delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic, all faculty within the DOM have been obligated to rapidly adapt to marked changes in both clinical and academic domains of their faculty appointment. In the absence of standardized and, ideally, validated approaches to the integration of virtual care into clinical practice and academia, significant heterogeneity with possible suboptimal outcomes has likely occurred. As such, the current CoP proposal encompasses the systematic assessment, standardization and optimization of virtual various activities in both clinical and academic domains within the DOM.

Clinical Improvement Sciences

Mission

Multi-modal intervention with international impact.

Moonshot Goal

Publications of scalable methods; multi-disciplinary approaches to intractable problems in Medicine.

     Leaders

  • Madeleine Verhovsek, MD, FRCPC
  • Shawn Mondoux, MD, FRCPC
  • Ted Xenodemetropoulos, MD, FRCPC


Projects

Substance Use Disorder Centre of Excellence


Leaders: Tim O'Shea, MD, Leslie Martin, MD, FRCPC, Clara Lu, MD, Claire Bodkin, MD

Transition to Care in the Pediatric and Adult Divisions of Rheumatology


Support all chronic care patients
Leader: Mark Matsos, MD




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