Investing in the Future Fund

The Rossy Cancer Network's Education Fund was designed to invest in the future leaders in the oncology teams in the hospital. (This funding stream is now closed.)

2014 Education Grant Recipients

Optimizing health care management

Radiation-oncologist Dr. Tarek Hijal, the MUHC’s Associate Clinical Director of Radiation Oncology, will complete a two-year executive Master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Management at the London School of Economics. Topics of his program will include quality assurance strategies, outcome measures in oncology and the cost effectiveness of health care projects.

He will focus on measuring and reporting health outcomes and improving operational efficiency, in addition to developing the skills to evaluate the economic impact of new technologies. Upon completion of his program, he plans to implement network-wide practice guidelines and automated electronic medical record auditing. Click here to learn more. 

Improving performance

Head nurse Karine LePage from the In-Patient Hematology-Oncology and Internal Medicine floor at the JGH will be completing a week-long intensive course on Leading High-Performance Health Care Organizations offered by the Harvard Business School.

Her program will focus on evaluating new care delivery models and understanding their impact, applying best practices to health care delivery and implementing innovations in order to streamline budgets. Her goal is to return with stronger skills in strategic planning and improving performance in oncology.

Acquiring best practices

Faced with an increase in the number of oncology patients admitted to their unit, nurses at SMHC’s Intergrated Surgery Unit are embarking on a self-directed program to develop oncology-specific skills. Spearheaded by head nurse Maria Kozma-Hong, the unit will do field research by observing the daily routine of the surgical oncology units at Mount Sinai Hospital and Sunnybrooke Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

They will also send three nurse champions to attend the Nursing Oncology Conference at the Cleveland Clinic and the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology Conference in Quebec City. Lessons learned will be shared with the team, allowing them to integrate an oncological perspective within the foundation of their post-operative care practices.


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