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On October 24, SEAMO is focusing on Brain Cancer Awareness Day and the work of Dr. DJ Cook, Division Head and Chair of Neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery.

October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings an opportunity to highlight the work of one of our physicians in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine: Dr. Sonal Varma.

In October, SEAMO is thrilled to introduce two new physicians in the Department of Family Medicine.

The Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) is based out of Providence Care Hospital (PCH), where its clinics account for over 75 per cent of all medical outpatient clinical work.

Having a conceptual model for Physician Wellness is important to illustrate and communicate the organization’s overarching vision, as well as to focus strategies for addressing wellbeing. There are many models used successfully in various organizations, and after discussion, the Physician Wellness Advisory Committee agreed to adopt the Stanford Model of Professional FulfillmentTM as it best reflects our vision for wellness.

We are pleased to share that on Monday, September 13, 2021 our Governing Committee endorsed the five new strategic priorities for SEAMO.

Dr. Jessica Trier has been an assistant professor at Queen’s University in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) since 2014.

Please take note of these reminders regarding service codes that could apply to your work.

Since the spring, SEAMO has worked with our Departments on five eConsult pilot projects.

The Division of Dermatology has been the busiest receiver of referrals for a long time. SEAMO is pleased to welcome Dermatology into a brand new eConsult pilot project, encouraging referring physicians to send an eConsult to this team of doctors instead.

On July 30, the Ministry of Health released a new INFOBulletin stating temporary OHIP physician services funding is being extended until September 30, 2022.

The prevalence of acne among individuals aged 12 to 24 years is estimated to be 85%, making it one of the most ubiquitous medical ailments physicians see and something dermatologists like SEAMO-funded physician Dr. Yuka Asai deal with every day.

This fall and winter is shaping up to be an exciting time for SEAMO’s Committees and working groups. In addition to the Strategic Planning exercise that will be finalized, there are a number of other important projects on the horizon.

Watch a video of appreciation for the KHSC Critical Care Program.

Read an interview with KHSC Innovation Lead Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhauer on her upcoming projects.

According to Department Head Dr. Bob Connelly, the Department of Pediatrics is more than just a group of pediatricians; it is set up like a smaller model of a children’s hospital.

In September, SEAMO is pleased to welcome seven new physicians.

On July 1, 2021, Dr. Daniel Mulder returned to Kingston as he started his cross-appointment to the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.

This year’s Endowed Scholarship and Education Fund competition had an incredible 16 applications with nine successful candidates from seven different Departments.

CTAQ held an election in late June to fill a spot for a Member-At-Large on the SEAMO Governing Committee. There were two strong physicians up for the role and after 75 votes were cast, Dr. Paul Heffernan became the successful candidate.

Dr. Jeannie Callum is a new member of SEAMO, cross-appointed to the Departments of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and Medicine.

In August, we are pleased to welcome three new physicians to SEAMO.

Did you know that anything that comes out of a patient and gets sent to the lab gets sent to one of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine’s laboratories?

Check out these eConsult fast facts from the last three months

The Division of Vascular Surgery is excited to answer incoming eConsult requests from primary care providers.

Tired of waiting two years for your general neurology referral to be seen? Good news! Kingston Health Sciences Centre's (KHSC) Division of Neurology and SEAMO are pleased to announce the start of the Neurology eConsult Program.

At the June 21 meeting, Governors approved the following recommendations to the Innovation Fund competition starting in 2021.

The Department of Ophthalmology is comprised of 21 physicians, including 10 SEAMO-funded positions.

Learn more about funding decisions made by the Governing Committee this year. 

In July, SEAMO is pleased to introduce eight new physicians in five different Departments.

SEAMO is pleased to announce the three winners of medical education funding in Spring 2021. 

SEAMO is extremely grateful for the time and commitment of our Committee members to their roles. We would not be able to work as an organization without you.

SEAMO is pleased to introduce a new Endocrinology pilot project using the eConsult Program.

Deputy Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Chair of the Division of General Pediatrics Dr. Richard van Wylick says he is looking forward to seeing more practitioners take advantage of the eReferral services in the future.

Orthopedic specialist Dr. Aaron Campbell is currently taking part in a pilot project for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery to evaluate if eConsult is a viable method to address patients’ concerns and needs.

The eConsult Program would not be what it is without the incredible work of nurse practitioners. SEAMO would like to recognize the top 5 nurse practitioners who have contributed to eConsults over the past year and say congratulations!

This summer, SEAMO is pleased to welcome two new team members to assist with all things digital health within the organization.

During the third wave of the pandemic in Kingston, it has been all hands on deck to deal with not only local cases of the virus, but also patient transfers from out of region to our hospitals. Physicians have been working tirelessly during this time, but they have had an assist from the Queen’s medical students. 

During the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, our physicians have gone above and beyond in their work. Just a few examples are provided below.

In April and May, we were pleased to welcome one new GFT to SEAMO, along with several locums who have joined our hospitals to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology sees themselves as champions of women’s health care, according to Department Head Dr. Graeme Smith.

The Department of Family Medicine has embarked on a new initiative to promote resiliency by supporting our faculty to pursue executive coaching.

Exciting news as Department of Urology professor Dr. J. Curtis Nickel joins a NASA research project.

Physician wellness is a top priority not only for SEAMO, but for our partner institutions as well. Members from the Queen’s School of Medicine, Providence Care and Kingston Health Sciences Centre meet with the Physician Wellness Advisory Committee monthly, but they are also responsible for initiatives in their individual organizations.

SEAMO is pleased to introduce your new Physician Wellness Lead: Dr. Melanie Jaeger.

In October 2020, the Physician Wellness Advisory Committee (comprised of SEAMO, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, and Providence Care) and the PSI Foundation (Physicians Services Incorporated) were pleased to present a special event with Harvard’s Dr. Jo Shapiro on the topic of peer support.

The Physician Wellness Advisory Committee began in 2019 with the aim to identify and make recommendations relating to advancing the wellbeing of physicians. It now includes representatives from each of the Clinical Departments, as well as members from Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) and Providence Care Hospital (PCH).

The Department of Psychiatry provides mental health supports to the entire community, not only through hospital-based services, but to the community at large.

May 3 – May 9 is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week, spotlighting the importance of mental wellness in Canadians. We interviewed three Queen’s psychiatrists working in various fields to get their perspective on the future of mental health research and work in the field.

COVID@Home Monitoring for Primary Care is supported by centralized procurement and distribution of oxygen saturation monitors (by the Ministry of Health) for primary care practices to lend to patients.

SEAMO wishes to congratulate all our eConsult users for contributing to the enhancement of virtual healthcare in a changing realm.

The eConsult Program is consistently growing in the South East region thanks to the participation of physicians like yourself. Check out these statistics for a sampling of what’s going on with eConsults in the region.

Psychiatry as a specialty made up three per cent of the total number of eConsults sent in the past 12 months. Dr. Sarosh Khalid-Khan would like that number to increase.

In a dedicated space on Kidd7 at the Kingston General Hospital (KGH) site of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) is a brand-new vascular ultrasound lab.

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is the use of an ultrasound imaging device at the bedside of patients and Dr. Amer Johri from the Department of Medicine at Queen’s University says it could become as common as the stethoscope.

In late 2020, SEAMO undertook the task of finding a Director of Operations to assist in our organization with day-to-day tasks. We have found a successful candidate for the position in Stacey Wolfrom.

SEAMO is pleased to introduce a new Cardiology pilot using the eConsult Program.

There is no doubt that physician burnout is a growing epidemic with significant impact on patient safety and quality of care as well as the mental and physical wellbeing of physicians.

SEAMO wishes to congratulate the Division of Hospital Medicine, led by Dr. Ammar Rashid, for its nomination for one of Providence Care’s Achievement Awards.

The Department of Medicine (DOM) is the largest Department within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and incorporates the disciplines of internal medicine specialties and subspecialties.

Since the beginning of March, SEAMO has welcomed three new physicians. Get to know them.

March 26 is Purple Day, honouring epilepsy research. Two Queen’s professors are making great strides in their work towards this area.

The Ontario eConsult Centre of Excellence has released new documentation to support the delegate model of workflow for eConsult providers.

SEAMO wishes to congratulate our physicians who have been awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fall 2021 Project Competition.

As of March 15, eConsults can be submitted to the South East regional Heart Rhythm Specialist Service led by Dr. Damian Redfearn.

The Ocean eReferral Network is an EMR-integrated, cloud-based technology for healthcare referrals that enables quick and secure referrals to be sent and received through an electronic platform.

The Heart Rhythm Service of Kingston has enthusiastically adopted eConsult within the shared practice model.

SEAMO is pleased to welcome our new Regional eConsult Program Coordinator, Crystal Brash.

Since July 2020, SEAMO has welcomed 19 new physicians across nine Departments. Get to know them:

Napanee family doctor Dr. Kim Morrison has been passionate about bringing common healthcare issues to tables of providers to discuss solutions for years.

Like all other SEAMO Departments, the Department of Family Medicine has a mix of clinical services, education, and research activities. Unlike some of the other Departments, Family Medicine physicians complete their work all across the southeastern region.

Check out two funding opportunities for our physicians.

As emergency docs, we have chosen to work a lot of unsociable hours in a chaotic setting.

Attention SEAMO physicians, a new communication from the Ministry affects you in two ways.

On November 18, the provincial government announced that the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA OHT) is one of thirteen new teams approved to bring together health service providers to better coordinate health care and services for the approximately 226,100 individuals, families and caregivers in the Southeastern region. SEAMO is one of close to 60 partners signed to the FLA OHT.

Received an advance payment? Here are details regarding repayment.

Thursday, February 4 is World Cancer Day and we are spotlighting one of our wonderful physicians whose work in cancer research is making a difference.

Kingston hospitals are planning for patient transfers from out of region in the coming weeks. Renate

In December, SEAMO ran a holiday giving campaign encouraging our physicians to donate what they could to local organization Lunch by George.

Dr. Oyedeji Ayonrinde is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and has been at Queen’s since the summer of 2017. He was recently appointed as Chair of the Commission on Black Medical Students.

It has been a whole year since our already complex lives have been pushed to the edge. For all of us, it has entirely changed our practice and limited the activities that bring us joy.

On Tues. Jan. 12, the first long-term care workers in the southeast region received their first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), and mobile clinics in care homes began on Jan. 17.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is a group of over 40 practicing clinicians and academic faculty members.

Please follow the steps below if you are using Google Chrome on a KHSC device and if you have uBlock installed.

Recently SEAMO undertook a process to select a consultant to assist with creating a new Strategic Plan for our organization.

In December, we announced that current SEAMO Medical Director Dr. Chris Simpson would be moving to a new role as Executive Vice-President, Medical for Ontario Health. Dr. Stephen Vanner from the Department of Medicine will be taking over as interim Medical Director of SEAMO beginning in February while our organization undergoes a search for a permanent replacement in the role.

The Department of Critical Care Medicine works in clinical and academic avenues at Queen’s.

In early December, CTAQ held a virtual election for a Member-At-Large position on SEAMO’s Governing Committee.

Resilience is an important topic to remember this January.

If you are experiencing issues logging into OTN, try this.

The Department of Anesthesiology has been part of SEAMO since its inception and is made up of 35 FTEs.

On Monday, November 9, the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences held a special Zoom presentation to announce a generous mental health gift made by the Mach-Gaensslen Foundation.

If you were in receipt of a COVID-19 Advanced Payment in May/June/July 2020, the repayments will begin automatically commencing in February 2021 over six monthly installments.

SEAMO is committed to highlighting physician wellness every month in our e-newsletter.

We wish to thank and congratulate Dr. Mariana Silva for her service to several SEAMO committees over the years.

We wish to congratulate our Fall 2020 MEDP award winners on their successful applications.

Please take a moment to check out this list of charitable organizations and let us know if you’d like any added to the list!

In November, OHIP released several new INFOBulletins that affect our physicians.

Want to know when to use the eConsult Program? Here are a few tips that can help primary care providers in deciding what types of issues eConsult can handle.

Remember to set your priority region to “South East” to ensure you can access our regional groups and local specialists.

For Dr. Ben Ritsma from the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), the mode of virtual health care has always been important, before and during COVID-19.

Dr. Steve Mann is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been using the OCEAN eReferral system for a year.

We are happy to welcome Heidi Langen on board as SEAMO’s new Business Analyst.

For Dr. Meghan Wilson from the Department of Family Medicine, the shift to digital health care came when COVID-19 hit earlier this year.

Are you interested in joining our team at the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization?

Dr. Ramana Appireddy from the Department of Medicine has a research program that explores multiple aspects of virtual care.

On Monday, October 19, we had the pleasure of hearing from PSI visiting scholar and Harvard physician Dr. Jo Shapiro on the topic of peer support.

In the fall and winter of 2019, the Governing Committee finalized the new Accountability Framework and established an oversight body: the Accountability Committee.

With the introduction of a new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences in July came a renewed focus on EDI (equity, diversity, inclusion) within the faculty.

We are deeply saddened to share the news of Dr. Pallavi Nadkarni’s passing on September 20, 2020. Dr. Nadkarni was a physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Queen’s for almost ten years.

SEAMO is pleased to introduce our new Communications and Events Coordinator – Savoula Stylianou. Savoula’s background is in writing, strategic communications and social media management.

Please join us for a virtual special presentation on Monday, October 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. titled "Peer support: The power of colleagues to help us heal".

Applications are now being accepted for the fall term of the MEDP. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. Please send applications to LeeAnne Howland at seamo@queensu.ca.

South East region specialists continue to do an outstanding job responding to eConsults in a timely manner.

The Ontario eConsult Program is pleased to welcome four new specialists.

eConsults can now be submitted to the brand new South East regional Obstetric Medicine group.

Vivian Carter recently joined us as our Regional eConsult Service Coordinator.

In April of 2020, the Innovation Fund Provincial Oversight Committee (IFPOC) gave SEAMO the oppor

The Ministry of Health and the Ontario Medical Association recently introduced additional billing

You are invited to join us on October 19, 2020, for a lecture by

The Ministry of Health has modified the repayment terms for the COVID-19 Advance Payment Program:

In the past four months, the move to virtual care has been accelerated due to the global pandemic

Congratulations to the 2020 SEAMO Endowed Education and Scholarship Fund award winners!

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) entered into a Binding Arb

We are pleased to welcome Dr.

The third and last COVID-19 Advance Payment will be provided by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in J

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Rezni

Please join us in welcoming our 60 new physicians to Team SEAMO!

We are pleased to welcome Dr.

We are very proud of how our physicians have embraced a new online platform (Reacts) to provide v

We are excited to announce new groups that are available for eConsult.

When completing a consult, you can send optional feedback to the specialist who answered your case.

Given the unprecedented suspension of all non-essential research due to the COVID-19 pandemic, th

Have your say in how SEAMO runs, get involved in the SEAMO Nominations and Governance Development

Updated June 4, 2020

The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has introduced account access for residents, fellows and m

When it came to preparing for the COVID-19 pandemic, Provide

Physicians will be compensated for the virtual care provided.

 “I want to recognize the exceptional work being done by our physicians and other members of the

We are living in uncertain times.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more of our physicians need to connect with their

Queen's medical students are offering their support to our physicians during this difficult time.

SEAMO received 49 applications spanning 12 departments and 26 specialties, valued at $8M for 2019

The Functional Improvement Trajectories After Surgery Study

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jane Philpott will join SEAMO as our new CEO and Dean of Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences on July 1, 2020.

For the last six months, Dr. Jody Timpson has been providing rehabilitative care to patients on Lakeview 1.

Since the inception of the Ontario eConsult Program in February 2017, primary care providers (PCP

If you’ve ever been to Heritage 2 at Providence Care Hospital, chances are you’ve run into Dr. Greg Patey.

For almost 10 years now, Dr. Agata Szlanta has been providing exceptional person-centred care.

Dr. Romith Naug joined Providence Care Hospital in July, as part of the Division of Hospital Medicine.

You’ll normally find Dr. Sara Porter providing care for adult mental health patients on Parkview and Lakeview 0s, or lending a helping hand with stroke and musculoskeletal patients on Lakeview 1.

Dr. Keith Greenway has been providing rehabilitation care on Heritage 1 for the last two years.

She’s fairly new to the Providence Care family; in fact Dr. Ana Blagojevic recently celebrated her one year anniversary with the hospital.

He’s been lighting up the halls of Providence Care Hospital and the former Mental Health Services site with his warm smile for decades.

At the January 20th meeting, SEAMO Governors approved the new Accountability Framework

If you’ve ever stopped by Heritage or Lakeview 2, you may have run into Dr. Catherine Monnin.

For the last nine months, Dr. Ammar Rashid has been providing clinical care for Providence Care Hospital's Complex Medical Program.

In December 2018, SEAMO, the Faculty of Health Sciences, Kingston Health Sciences and Providence

On November 21 and 22 SEAMO hosted two Physician Wellness events with PSI Visiting Scholar Dr.

If you are going to be unavailable for a period of time, you can set an out-of-office notificatio

We are looking for specialists to join the Plastic Surgery and Infectious Disease groups in the S

OTN released a successful eConsult upgrade on November 1, 2019, that includes the following enhan

Physicians and Nurse Practitioners will input a prioritized list of regions to mirror their typic

Chelsea Good recently joined us as our Regional eConsult Service Coordinator

A total of 3,119 eConsults were sent in the South East Region over the past 12 months!

A huge thank you to over 100 committee members who took time out of their busy schedules to serve on a SEAMO committee.

Chelsea Good recently joined Team SEAMO as our Regional eConsult Service Coordinator

Here are the winners from the Fall 2019 Medical Education Development Program (MEDP) competition:

In 2019, we welcomed 41 new physicians.

The Physician Wellness Lecture taking place on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm will

With the combination of his academic and professional experiences, Saad Sajid is ready to make a significate contribution to the role of Data Analyst

On November 1-2, 60 individuals, including SEAMO-Funded Physicians, University and Hospital Leade

We are pleased to share upcoming improvements to regionalization and workflow of the Ontario eConsult Service, which will be available on November 1st, 2019.

Improvements to the Ontario eConsult Service became available on November 1st, 2019.

In spring 2018, SEAMO Governors decided to add a Vice-Chair position to the Governing Committee.  The goal was to both broaden the skill set on the Committee as well as support a succession plan.  After an extensive search, a successful candidate was identified for this new role.  

EMR-integrated eConsult is now available on two systems: QHR Technologies’ Accuro® and KAI Innovations’ OSCAR. 

Queen’s Family Health Team (QFHT) clinics are the first in the province to test-drive the use of patient materials to promote the Ontario eConsult Service.

Opinions on billing, primary care engagement, system performance and more, from specialists participating in the Ontario eConsult Service in 2019.

Upgrade to eConsult platform, to be released later this fall, will improve efficiency and functionality of system settings. 

A 60-minute per case maximum billing allowance starts Oct. 1, 2019, for specialists participating in the eConsult program.

The eConsult Diabetes specialty group, comprised of endocrinologists Drs. Bikram Sidhu, Sara Awad and Robyn Houlden, answers questions about diabetes education and management, gestational diabetes, insulin dose adjustments, insulin pumps, glucose monitoring, hypoglycemia and ketoacidosis.

Learn how to redirect a consult to a colleague that is appropriate for your specialty, but outside your area of expertise. 

As a result of the February 2019 Binding Arbitration Settlement, SEAMO’s share of the Innovation Fund has almost doubled.

Faizal Haji, Kingston’s first Pediatric Neurosurgeon and second Medical Education Scholar, has an interest in improving simulation training as an effective tool in medical education.  

Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye is coming to Kingston to share her knowledge and expertise about Physician Wellness on November 21, 2019.

With the addition of a new physician and delegate team at Joyceville Institution this week, eCons

On July 1, 2019 we welcomed seven physicians to Kingston, Queen’s and the SEAMO family.

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Lori Almeida, our new Manager of Financial Services.

Drs. Leonie Herx, Craig Goldie and Danielle Kain are now available to answer your questions about adult and pediatric palliative medicine.

Whether you have a specific question, or would like a 10-minute review of the system, we are here to help you seamlessly integrate eConsult into your practice.

When sending an eConsult, it’s important to provide high quality, well-lit and focused images. Here are five tips to help you capture the best possible clinical photos to accompany your queries.

Get to know Dr. Adam Newman, a Kingston physician who specializes in treating patients with addiction and substance use disorders.

Specialists in our region answered 3,830 eConsult requests between June 2018 and May 2019, resulting in a whopping 195% increase over the number of consults answered (1,294) during the same period in 2017-18. 

The Ontario eConsult Program partnered with Correctional Service Canada (CSC) to improve access to specialist care for the inmate population. In the first 100 days of 2019, eConsult usage by CSC physicians grew by 333% over the last 100 days of 2018.

Are you heading to the beach or escaping to the cottage for some well-deserved R&R? Set an out-of-office notification on your eConsult account so you won’t receive requests while you’re away.

The next round of payments for the Ontario eConsult Program will be distributed in July.

The Medical Education Development Program (MEDP) supports SEAMO’s objective to build an academy o

New to the Department of Medicine and the SEAMO family is Dr. Gavin Winston. 

Congratulations to the 2019 SEAMO Endowed Education and Scholarship Fund, award winners!

George Thomson celebrates two years as SEAMO Governing Committee Board Chair on July 1.

When it comes to bleeding disorders, Von Willebrand disease (VWD) may not be as well-known as hem

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 SEAMO

Until his arrival in August 2016, patients from SE-LHIN were assessed in town, but had to travel to Ottawa or Toronto for surgery.