Sydney McQueen received a research award at the 2019 University of Toronto Medical Student Research Day. Her poster presentation ‘The Dimensions of Stress and Surgical Performance’ received the Dina Gordon Malkin Award for top MD/PhD poster presentation. Congrats Sydney!
One of our lab members, Adam Shehata, recently started his rotation at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital and his story has been featured below
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The surgical safety checklist as myth and ceremony
We presented our latest research with Elise Paradis looking at the Surgical Safety Checklist at the Wilson Centre research rounds. The talk summarized some of the results and data, examining the findings using neo-institutional theory.
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The title of one of our recent publications, ‘Fake it til you make it: Pressures to Measure Up in Surgical Training’, was mentioned in AM Rounds, Academic Medicine’s blog. Check out their series of useful writing resources. Including this post: Strategies for writing effective titles. Thanks for the mention!
We are very excited to have Adam Shehata joining the lab. Adam is a second-year medical student at the University of Toronto. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School and articling on Bay Street, Adam was called to the Bar of Ontario. Adam also enjoyed a career as a professional pilot earning his Airline Transport Pilot Licence and Class 1 Flight Instructor Rating where he trained commercial pilots to become flight instructors. He is currently working on team performance in surgical environments at the Wilson Centre.
Thank you to Dr. Richard Hart and Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson who joined us at a recent lab meeting to discuss the applications of biofeedback and monitoring. We got to see firsthand some live data from our willing participant, and observed brain wave changes in real time. The technology has been used in mental training throughout sports and elite performance.
Recognizing impression management as an expectation in surgical culture, this study looked at how surgical residents portray an image of confidence and competence. We examine the strategies, motivations, and consequences of impression management in surgical training.
Patel P, Martimianakis MA, Zilbert NR, Mui C, Mobilio MH, Kitto S, Moulton CA.
Acad Med. 2017 Dec 26. [Epub ahead of print].
“By researching the complexity of the human stress response, I learned that, like many things in life, there may be no clear answer that I could simply flip to at the end of a textbook.”
Moses Cook wrote about his experience in the latest issue of the Journal of Undergraduate Life Sciences at UofT. It is dedicated to the surgeon stress study he worked on with Sydney last summer.
Read more about the study in Moses’ article: JULS Spring 2017 Issue
We recently said farewell to Dr. Pierre-Louis Hénaux. Pierre-Louis is a neurosurgeon and PhD candidate from France who spent a year with us at the Wilson Centre. His study looks at surgeons’ pre-operative planning, mental representation and the development of a framework to describe the process. We are excited to continue this partnership with his work in France and look forward to the next phase of research.
The lab was recently awarded a project grant from The Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation to pursue a 2-year research study titled, The Tools and the Trade: an ethnographic study of checklist policy and performance, and implications for patient safety.
We are excited to partner on the project with Dr. Elise Paradis, the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Healthcare Practice and scientist at The Wilson Centre.