Preliminary 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

0730-0845 Registration Desk Opens
0845-0900 Welcome Address
0900-1000 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
1000-1015 Refreshment Break with the Exhibitors
1015–1035 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
1035–1055 Laboratory Test Overutilization: A Community Labs Perspective

Dr. Andrew Don-Wauchope, Vice President, Clinical Services, LifeLabs, Toronto
1055–1115 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
1115–1135 Panel Discussion
1135–1200 Interactive feedback session
1200–1300 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
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
1410-1430 Can we Safely Curtail Testing for ANA in the General Rheumatology Population?

1430-1445 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
1445-1515 Panel Discussion
1515-1545 Polling Results and Discussion
1545-1600 Closing Remarks