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Did you know the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is medicine’s best kept secret? SEAMO-funded specialist Dr. Gabrielle Hayduk-Costa explains, “We work with patients with impaired function as a result of primarily neurologic and musculoskeletal causes and work on goals that enrich their everyday lives. We have a unique skillset in recognizing the interplay between a person’s impairments and various personal and social factors that impact the ways in which those impairments will affect them.” 

Dr. Hayduk-Costa has been in Kingston and at Queen’s since September 2022 after completing a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. She went on to Dalhousie University for medical school and remained in eastern Canada for residency in PM&R. Dr. Hayduk-Costa also completed a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies for Health Interprofessionals at Acadia University. “I practice in acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and do outpatient electromyography (EMG). In addition to tutoring clinical skills for the MD program and helping to facilitate academic half days for our residents, I also recently took on the role of academic advisor/coach for some of our new residents,” she says, and also describes her interest and passion in medical education: “During my Master’s, I sought to understand more about residents’ academic half days and discovered its importance in not only knowledge acquisition, but also professional identity formation. I’m excited to explore some of those ideas further and dig into the role of informal communities in resident leaning and wellbeing.” 

And what is the key to the success of PM&R physicians? Dr. Hayduk-Costa says it is the interprofessional nature of the work. “We work in interdisciplinary teams, often including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, prosthetists, orthotists and others,” she describes. In the future of her field, Dr. Hayduk-Costa would like to see adequate staffing for these fulsome rehabilitation teams and also a new attitude towards accessibility. “Many of my patients have functional impairments exacerbated by barriers in their built environment, or due to societal attitudes towards disability. I think there’s been a greater understanding in the community at large about ideas of ableism and I hope that leads to greater incorporation of universal accessibility in new endeavors,” she shares.

What you might not know about Dr. Hayduk-Costa is that she is passionate about the impact that sleep has on general wellbeing and recovery from illness – an area she hopes to explore more in her future work. “In addition to the myriad causes of poor sleep that are experienced by the general population, many of my patients have additional contributors such as sleep-disordered breathing, spasticity, neuropathic pain, impaired mobility, or cognitive impairment” she explains. “Working through those barriers takes time and often can’t be properly addressed in a general outpatient follow-up. One of my goals is to start a clinic specifically aimed at addressing sleep in our rehab populations, and in particular to utilize non-pharmacologic strategies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).”

In the meantime, where can you find Dr. Hayduk-Costa in her free time? She is a certified yoga teacher who completed her training in Bali so she can usually be found practicing movement! “Whether it be running, dancing, lifting weights, practicing yoga or hiking with my partner and our dog – I love to be on the move.”

After 30 years at Queen’s, Dr. David LeBrun is retiring at the end of March 2024. But what will he take with him? Memories of hard work and collaboration.

Dr. Robert Campbell has been a member of the SEAMO-funded Department of Ophthalmology since 2005 and has seen several changes over the years. That said, he is looking forward to the changes of the future still to come.

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The SEAMO Digital Health team is excited to announce the launch of three new eConsult groups for Southeast providers to access!

In our 2023 round of funding competition winners, SEAMO was very happy to be able to financially support fellowship winners as well.

What happened when physicians in Kingston asked: “If you could break one rule to provide a better patient or provider experience, what would it be and why?”

This month, we are happy to welcome one new physician to Team SEAMO.

SEAMO is very happy to announce the next winners of our annual funding competitions in 2024.

Learn who is joining Team SEAMO this month!

SBS Manager Melanie Pride breaks down new Ministry INFOBulletins from March 2024.

Dr. Param Dedhia will be leading a session for the next event of the physician wellness speaker series 2023/2024!

There are several new Ministry INFOBulletins that might be useful to learn about - SBS Manager Melanie Pride breaks them down for you.


18 June, 2024 5:00pm-10:00pm

Celebrate SEAMO's 30th anniversary on June 18 at Grant Hall!

Dr. Kim Morrison and Dr. Bob Connelly
Dr. Claudio Soares and Dr. Teras Reshetukha
Drs. Richard van Wylick, Suzanne Bridge and Stephanie Sibley
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