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Academic, Research and Quality Improvement Activities

Teaching

We are actively involved in undergraduate and post graduate education of students in the following fields: medicine, nursing, dietetics, social work and pharmacy. We have an integrated approach, with students and preceptors across disciplines learning from and teaching each other. We provide placements for students from the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University, Athabasca University, George Brown College, and North York General Hospital.

Research

We are active members of the North Toronto Research Network (NorTReN). This is a local network that supports research of questions that arise within medical practice. Will your office blood pressure result differ if it is taken in an exam room with the door closed versus in the nursing station, where it is busier? This is the kind of question we have answered and have had published.

Over half of our physicians participate in CPCSSN (www.cpcssn.ca), the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network. CPCSSN is a database on chronic diseases across the country, created by pulling information from electronic medical records. The information gathered will help health providers better understand and improve the care received by Canadians with chronic disease. CPCSSN is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada in agreement with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. It is rolled out in nine practice-based research networks (like NorTRen, above) associated with Departments of Family Medicine across Canada. CPCSSN also works together with the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

All research endeavours within NYFHT are approved by the Research Ethics Board at North York General Hospital. We are diligent in ensuring that privacy and confidentiality of our patients and ethical research protocols are maintained.

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NYFHT has had two teams involved with the Ontario-wide Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership (QIIP). Over half of our staff are trained in Quality Improvement methods. We regularly seek to make small, meaningful changes to health care provision. Some of these small changes have big results! For example, if we measure how long patients spend and what they are doing at each step of their visit to the doctor’s office, can we lessen the time spent waiting? Can we add more value to the visits? Some of our offices have addressed this question and made important changes to office efficiency.