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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

For some time, the Department of Surgery has been working on a process to assist with late career transitioning amongst surgeons on our faculty. Following a meeting of the Surgeon-in-Chiefs last fall, I appointed Robin Richards, Vice-Chair Clinical, and Ori Rotstein, Associate Chair, to write a draft document to encompass the principles that could be applied to late career surgeons.  After several iterations, and edits, I am pleased to provide you with the wording of the “Guidelines for Late Career Transition”  that has now been approved by the Executive Committee and the Senior Advisory Committee of the Department of Surgery.   Special thanks are given to Robin and to Ori for enabling us to finalize a document which, to my knowledge, is a first of its kind across Canada and perhaps North America on this topic.

 
GUIDELINES FOR LATE CAREER TRANSITION
PREAMBLE
 
In the absence of a defined retirement age, Department members need to develop plans for transition as they approach the end of their academic surgical careers.  The development of a plan for late career transition represents an opportunity for Department members to initiate a constructive process in co-operation with the Department, as represented by their Surgeon-in-Chief, the Hospital Division Head, and the University Division Chair.  The goal of the process is to develop an individual plan for each Department member that is agreeable to the academic surgeon, informs the relevant stakeholders and allows the late career surgeon, the Hospital, the Division and the Department to make plans for the future.  The following guidelines were developed to assist Department members in the development of individual plans for late career transition.
 
GUIDELINES
 

  1. All Department members should develop an awareness of and a plan for their late career transition.
  2. The development of a constructive plan for late career transition takes several years and discussion of individual plans should be initiated as part of the annual review process by the Surgeon-in-Chief at the Hospital.  
  3. University Departmental and Divisional policies and initiatives, such as the annual Assessment of Academic Performance, should be acknowledged and used to inform and guide the annual discussion regarding transition that occurs between the Surgeon-in-Chief and late career transition surgeons.
  4. Hospital resource utilization by individual surgeons is linked to on-call responsibilities and both should decrease in a planned and orderly fashion as late career transition occurs.
  5. Academic opportunities for surgeons can continue or even increase as reduced hospital resource utilization occurs.  The involvement of late career surgeons, whose careers are transitioning, in mentoring and resource sharing with new recruits initiating their academic surgical practice is encouraged.
  6. A marked diminution of surgical activity does not preclude ongoing meaningful participation in Departmental activities, including teaching, research and administration.
  7. The Surgeon-in-Chief, Hospital Division Head, and University Division Chair should ensure that the contributions of late career surgeons are recognized at an appropriate point in each Department member’s career.
  8. The provision of optimum patient care is of paramount importance to all stakeholders and plans for late career transition need to be developed with this in mind. 
 

Sincerely,  



James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Chair
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Gallie Day
Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
MaRS Complex (101 College Street), Dr. Clifford Ko, Professor, Department of Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles (PLEASE CHECK) will be this year’s Gordon Murray Lecturer.
 
2nd Annual Canadian Burn Symposium
May 25-26, 2015
Toronto Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
Guest Speaker: Dr. Steven Wolf, UT Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
www.cpd.utoronto.ca/cdnburnsymposium/
 
University Rounds
Tile Lecture
Friday, June 5, 2015, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. James Kellam
“Orthopedic Trauma:  An Evolution of Care.”
 
SpineFEST 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
MaRS Auditorium
Professor Wilco Peul, Invited Keynote Speaker
“Societal Impact & Added Value of spine surgery.
 
Toronto Thoracic Surgery Refresher Course
June 19-20, 2015
Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
www.torontothoracicrefresher.ca/
 
2015 Surgical Ethics Course
June 19, 2015
Rotman School of Management, South Campus, 149 College Street, Room 310
https://events.cepdtoronto.ca/startup/new_recovery/SUR1570
 
 


RECENT EVENTS  

Palmer Lecture
Dr. Timothy M. Pawlik Professor of Surgery and Oncology, John Hopkins Hospital gave the 2015 Palmer Lecture at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The title of his talk was “Perioperative Blood Management:  Understanding Variation and Minimizing Overutilization”.  Left to right: D. Backstein, T. Pawlik, O. Safir


 
Department of Surgery Hockey Tournament
On Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Varsity Arena, Team Urology won the final match of the season against a team of mixed Surgical Divisions. Congratulations Urology!   

 
55th Annual Update in General Surgery was held April 23-25, 2015 at the Hilton Toronto Downtown Hotel.  


 
NEWSWORTHY ITEMS
Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS).  A partnership of Health Quality Ontario, ICES, IHPME and seven Ontario universities.  Here you will see Reilly Musselman, Timothy Jackson, Najib Safieddine, and Kwaku Gyimah holding their graduation certificates.  For further information on the program, please go to www.ideasontario.ca.
 

Continuing Appointment Reviews (CARs)
The following Continuing Appointment Reviews (CARs) took place in April under the leadership of Ori Rotstein, Associate Chair, Department of Surgery.  
 
Jason Lee is a Lecturer with the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and a faculty member at St. Michael’s Hospital.  He completed medical school in 2004 and then urology residency training at the University of Toronto. He passed his Royal College exams and then completed 2 years of fellowship training at the University of California Irvine in Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery and Surgical Education.  Dr. Lee specializes in the endourologic management of complex stone disease, laparoscopic and robotic management of renal and prostate disease, as well as renal transplantation.  His surgical education research interests include the use of simulation for the instruction and assessment of laparoscopic and robotic skills, as well as curriculum design and program evaluation for the improvement of MIS skills acquisition and OR team crisis management. His work is supported by several research grants, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  From left to right:  K. Pace, J. Lee, N. Fleshner
 
Anand Govindarajan is a surgical oncologist in the Division of General Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital, and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.  He completed medical school and a residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto.  During residency, he completed a Masters of Science through the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  Following this, Dr. Govindarajan completed a clinical fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.   Dr. Govindarajan’s clinical practice involves the care of patients with gastrointestinal and peritoneal-based malignancies. His primary research focus is to study and narrow the gaps between current practice and best evidence in the treatment of these diseases, through the use of health services research methods and knowledge translation techniques. (PHOTO)  From left to right: R. McLeod, C. Swallow, A. Govindarajan, J. Wonder, A. McCart, N. Baxter.
 
 
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Andy Smith inducted today into membership in the American Surgical Associations! Congratulations Andy!
 
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At the American Surgical Association Meeting in San Diego with Shaf Keshavjee! @UofTSurgery
 
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Apr 17
Only 1 week until ‪@UofTSurgery 41st Gallie Day with Gordon Murray Lecturer, Clifford Ko from ‪@UCLA 
 
Apr 12
Team Urology wins final match of season against team of mixed Surgical Divisions at Varsity Arena. Congrats Urology!
 
Apr 11
See Lucas Murnaghan’s surfing photography at Milk Glass gallery tonite!  1247 Dundas St W.
 
Apr 10
Dr Pawlik presented the Palmer lecture this am, University Rounds, Mt Sinai. "Period blood management .....
 
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Apr 1
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James Byrne (General Surgery) received a CIHR MSc Scholarship for his work “Impact of Pre-hospital Care and EMS Performance on Trauma Patient Mortality and Trauma Center Outcome Measures”.
 
Karen Devon (General Surgery) received a grant from the Gold Foundation for her work “Transformative Learning Impact of Surgical Ethics Quality of Care Rounds”.
 
Teodor Grantcharov (General Surgery) has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety.  Congratulations Teodor!
 
Shiva Jayaraman (General Surgery, SJHC) received a Special Commendation – Integrated Medical Education Awards for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching.
 
Bernard Langer (Surgical Alumni) was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Winnipeg.  An article regarding this appeared in the Canadian Journal of Surgery.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4373986/
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