Meet Allyson Kis, a Medical student and McGill Global Health Scholar supported by the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award. She is currently evaluating trauma and acute care in Northern Quebec with Dr. Evan Wong.
"As a recipient of the Dr. Margaret Siber Global Health Scholar Award, I have the pleasure to take part in the evaluation of trauma and acute care resources as well as telemedicine readiness in Nunavik. The assessment of trauma and acute surgical capacity is being done using the Personnel, Infrastructure, Procedures, Equipment, Supplies (PIPES) Surgical Assessment tool, the International Assessment of Capacity for Trauma (INTACT) index, as well as the Telemedicine Readiness Questionnaire (modified Maryland Health Care Commission tool). These tools are then administered to Kuujjuaq’s Centre de Santé Tulattavik de l’Ungava (CSTU) and Puvirnituq’s Inuulitisivik Health Centre (IHC) and its 6 respective catchment areas. Dr. Wong and I hope that by filling this important knowledge gap in care that the results of this study can be used for quality improvement initiatives as well as a base for future funding priorities.
Having grown up in a small northern town in British Columbia, I have been exposed to the challenges that remote communities face as a result of limited resources. The lack of care in rural populations as well as Indigenous underrepresentation is unacceptable in my eyes. As an advocate of Indigenous Health, I am very passionate about this study and hope to make more tangible contributions within our healthcare system throughout my medical career.
It has also been amazing working alongside such an inspiring physician with a unique educational background. Dr. Wong’s dedication in research as well as his individual practice is very inspiring. I have been continuously learning throughout this project through interactions with diverse health care professionals, literature reviews, and data collection."