Scientific Program

Symposium Chairs:

Dr. Lisa K. Hicks, Choosing Wisely Lead, St. Michael’s Hospital, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Michelle Sholzberg, Hematologist and Medical Director of Coagulation Laboratory, St. Michael’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Victor Tron, Chief of Laboratory Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Professor, University of Toronto


Saturday November 18

0730-0900 Registration Desk Opens
0900-0930 Welcome and Interactive Exercise
Bring your cellphone!
0930-1015 KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Director, Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care.
Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Division of Cardiology, University Health Network and Women’s College Hospital Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Learning Objectives
1) Understand an approach to evaluating the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign
1015-1030 Refreshment Break with the Exhibitors
1030–1050 Overview of Laboratory Overutilization: What is the Extent of the Problem
Dr. Christopher Naugler, Department Head and Medical Director, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary and Calgary Laboratory Services, Calgary
Learning Objectives
1) Identify the extent of overutilization in Canadian laboratories
1050–1110 Laboratory Test Overutilization: A Community Labs Perspective
Dr. Andrew Don-Wauchope, Vice President, Clinical Services, LifeLabs, Toronto
Learning Objectives
1) Identify techniques that support appropriate utilization
2) Describe challenges in applying utilization for community laboratories
3) Describe the extent of repeat testing over utilization in Ontario
1110–1130 How do we Determine if Testing is Appropriate versus Inappropriate?
Dr. Kent Lewandrowski, Associate Chief for Laboratory and Molecular Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston
Learning Objectives
1) Describe the various approaches to identify utilization management opportunities
2) Describe specific examples where these approaches have improved
1130–1200 Panel Discussion and Q & A
1200–1330 Lunch with the Exhibitors
1330-1350 How to Make Change Happen: The Highly Adoptable Improvement Model
Dr. Chris Hayes, Chief Medical Information Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton
Learning Objectives
1) Understand factors that influence adoption of change
2) Assess change strategies for adoptability
1350-1410 A Successful Change Strategy Addressing Overutilization of Stat Drug Tests, with Emphasis on Collaboration between Labs and Clinical Staff
Dr. Penny Colbourne, Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
Dr. Douglas Urness, Alberta Health Services, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
Learning Objectives
1) Recognize the effectiveness of collaboration between laboratory and clinical colleagues to enact utilization measures
2) Recognize the importance of addressing administrative processes in order to effect change in clinical practice
1410-1430 Dr. Julie Gilmour, University of Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Learning Objectives
1) Discuss reflexive laboratory testing as a change strategy for overutilization
1430-1450 Using Data and Policy to Drive Change – Home Glucose Testing in Ontario
Tara Gomes, Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto
Learning Objectives
1) Describe the evolution of quantity limits for blood glucose test strips in Ontario
2) Summarize evidence used to inform the implementation and evaluation of this policy
1450-1530 Panel Discussion and Q & A
1530-1600 Closing Remarks