Innovation in Retina Research Award
CALL FOR AWARD SUBMISSIONS
Submissions for the Innovation in Retina Research Award being offered by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) with the support of Bayer Inc. are now being accepted. The Award is open to residents or fellows enrolled in a Canadian clinical training program.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on May 10, 2021.
The top three finalists will be notified during the week of May 31, 2021.
Finalists must be available to present their research proposal during a virtual symposium at the 2021 COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition scheduled from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
If you have any questions or require support preparing or submitting your application, please email [email protected]
The Innovation in Retina Research Award is being offered by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) with the support of Bayer Inc. The Award is intended for clinical trainees (residents or fellows) for a research project proposal on any topic related to retinal disease. While all retina topics will be considered, preference will be given to those using digital innovations in optimizing patient care.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on May 10, 2021.
The applications will be scored based on an independent peer review process. The top three selected submissions will present their research proposal during a virtual symposium at the 2021 COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition scheduled from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET on Saturday, June 26, 2021. The judging panel will ask questions about the research proposals and during the ensuing judging deliberations, the symposium audience will be able to vote for its choice of the top pitch. That research project proposal would gain an additional $5,000 towards its research. Three prizes will be awarded by the peer judging panel for a total of $70,000 (first prize: $35,000, second prize: $22,500, third prize: $12,500).
Funded research must be completed within 36 months from the start of funding. After the Annual Meeting, COS will distribute the funding to the winner’s institution. A research status report will be requested and should be submitted on July 1st of the ensuing year(s) that the project is running.
- Applicants must be enrolled in a Canadian clinical training program (residents or fellows).
- Award funds are solely intended for Canadian research purposes.
- Applicants must currently reside in Canada.
- The award and funds are intended for original research conducted by residents or fellows and should not supplement funding for an ongoing project.
- If the submission refers to a multi-centre clinical trial, the applicant must specify his/her specific role in the research study.
- If the application is for a sub-study of an ongoing project or trial, the applicant must specify his/her role and explain how the sub-study is distinct from the main study.
- If the scope of the project is greater than the funds awarded, the applicant must explain in what area the grant will be used. If another member of the team is involved in the project, the applicant is to describe his/her role in the study.
- The funds awarded may be used as a standalone or may be further leveraged by applying for funding from another source.
- Applicants must be available to present their research project proposals to the judging panel during a virtual session at the 2021 COS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET.
- Funds will be administered by the Ophthalmology Division of the awardee’s affiliated university or equivalent.
- A research status report will be requested and should be submitted on July 1st of the ensuing year(s) that the project is running.
- Upon completion of the project, there is an expectation that the output of the research will be submitted for presentation at ophthalmology congresses like the COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition. The submission must acknowledge the source of the research funding as the Innovation in Retina Research Award supported by COS and Bayer Inc.
- Applicants are asked to submit a proposal using the application form
- The application form should be emailed to [email protected] by 5:00 pm ET on May 10, 2021 along with the following documentation:
- Curriculum vitae outlining any prior research experience and/or publications
- Hi-resolution photo of the applicant along with a brief bio
- By submitting the photo and brief bio, the applicant provides consent for the photo and brief bio to be used in promotion of the Award and the symposium to be held at the 2021 COS Annual Meeting and Exhibition
- Completed budget template that can be accessed here:
The Peer Review Process
All applications will be pre-screened by the COS Secretariat for eligibility. Applications that are late, incomplete and/or do not meet the basic eligibility criteria will be not be considered for review.
An adjudication committee of five healthcare professional peers with expertise in retinal diseases will review all qualifying applications and select the three most meritorious finalists. Any reviewers with a Conflict of Interest will recuse themselves from the review process for the corresponding proposal.
Evaluation of applications will be based on three criteria: 1) Quality, 2) Importance, and 3) Feasibility. A portion of the review will be based on the candidate’s presentation delivered during the symposium.
The three finalists will present their research project proposal at a virtual session held during the 2021 COS Annual Meeting & Exhibition on Saturday, June 26th, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. During a 10-minute presentation, the finalists will have the opportunity to present the research project proposal and answer questions from the judging panel. Following the three presentations, each of the three finalists will be awarded an Innovation in Retina Research Award and one will also receive the audience choice designation.
Three prizes will be awarded based on an independent peer review process.
- 1st prize: $35,000
- 2nd prize: $22,500
- 3rd prize: $12,500
An additional $5,000 prize will be awarded by the session audience during the presentation of the research proposal to one of the three finalists for the most effective and persuasive presentation.
Funds will be administered by the Ophthalmology Division of the awardee’s affiliated university or equivalent.
Funded research must be completed within 36 months from the start of funding.
The Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) and Bayer Inc. are proud to support The Innovation in Retina Research Award. With this award, we hope to further research in retinal diseases to improve the lives of Canadians who are affected by these conditions and their families.
Medical Record Keeping
One-day online interactive case-based workshop for developing approaches for good record-keeping. This workshop addresses the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Medical Record Keeping Policy. Pre-workshop and post-workshop assignments are required.
2021 Upcoming Dates
- Friday, April 23, 2021
- Wednesday, May 12, 2021
- Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Visit the University of Toronto CPD website for registration details.
Strategies for Managing Unprofessional Behaviour
About the Strategies for Managing Unprofessional Behaviour online program.
This is a comprehensive program that supports healthcare managers and leaders, as well as those who wish to grow into leadership positions, in recognizing and addressing unprofessional behaviour. The course is offered online, as five 2-hour sessions delivered over the course of five weeks.
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada MOC Program 30.0 credits (Section 3)
Visit the Saegis website for course information, dates and costs.
So You Got a Complaint – Now What?!
Patients’ complaints involving ophthalmologists in the province of Ontario, Canada: a 5-year review (June 2020) – Published in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (CJO)
Review of Ophthalmology Medical Professional Liability Claims in the United States from 2006 through 2015 (May 2018) – Published in Ophthalmology
Doctors’ experiences and their perception of the most stressful aspects of complaints processes in the UK: an analysis of qualitative survey data (July 2016) – Published in the BMJ
The impact of complaints procedures on the welfare, health and clinical practise of 7926 doctors in the UK: a cross-sectional survey (January 2015) – Published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ)
What to do if you’re notified of a College complaint (March 2018) – For many physicians, a regulatory authority (College) complaint is stressful, but can be managed by speaking with the CMPA, assessing the complaint, and responding professionally and respectfully.
Coping with a College complaint: Suggestions for reducing anxiety (April 2012) – Dealing with the stress of a College complaint is easier when a physician understands the complaint process and receives support, advice, and coping strategies from the CMPA.
Effective Team Interactions
This workshop-style online program provides practical strategies for effectively interacting with colleagues in a team environment. Participants will be equipped with skills that ensure clearer communication between healthcare colleagues, reduce risk and lead to improved patient safety. The program was developed in partnership with the CMPA, this program leverages the CMPA’s breadth of knowledge and understanding of physicians’ needs and healthcare safety issues
- Team communication in the context of safe patient care
- The concept of psychological safety allowing team members to raise concerns
- Active listening and assertive communication skills
- Situational awareness
Seven hours. Currently offered online as three 2-hour online sessions and one 1-hour session delivered over the course of four weeks.
- Explain how the attributes of effective teams contribute to reliable patient outcomes
- Demonstrate communication strategies that support effective team functioning
- Identify opportunities for teams to implement psychological safety
- Demonstrate effective use of one structured communication tool to accurately, clearly, and efficiently share information within a healthcare team
- Demonstrate assertive communication approaches for addressing a healthcare-related safety concern
- Develop a clear and actionable change plan to improve team communication
Accredited through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, this course offers 10 MOC credits (5.5 credits Section 1 and 4.5 credits Section 3)
For more information visit the Saegis website.
The International Ocular Inflammation Society (IOIS) will host the 2021 Meeting with the Hellenic Society for the Study of Ocular Inflammations and Infections from December 3 – 5, 2021 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The meeting will be held in a hybrid format.
So You Got a Complaint – Now What?!
Getting a complaint can be one of the more stressful experiences for a physician. If you’ve received a complaint, you are not alone! In this webinar, we will explore the do’s and don’ts related to complaints, delve into the experience of receiving a complaint and discover strategies to minimize your risk going forward.
Title: So You Got A Complaint – Now What?!
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 8:30 pm EST / 5:30 pm PST / 9:30 pm AST
Richard Mimeault, MD, Canadian Medical Protective Agency
Andrea Wheeler, Lenczner Slaght
Yvonne Buys, MD, FRCSC Past-President COS
R. Rishi Gupta, MD, FRCSC – Moderator
At the end of this webinar participants will be able to:
- Review the who, what, where and why of complaints
- Outline the complaint process
- Describe the do’s and don’ts after receiving a complaint
- Discuss the psychological impact of complaints and how to stay well
The webinar So You Got a Complaint, Now What?! is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Ophthalmological Society. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours
Join this webinar on March 3. Register online now.
This program was delivered with financial support from an educational grant from provided to the COS by the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank.
CMA Physician Wellness Hub
As a physician, when you’re well, everyone benefits. Healthy and fulfilled physicians perform at a higher level and have better patient outcomes.
The Physician Wellness Hub aims to improve physician wellness individually as well as at the system level, and to promote a collaborative approach to physician health and well-being. It does so by:
- Offering day-to-day strategies physicians can use to build resilience or how to start institutional wellness programs;
- Creating a safe supportive virtual community to enable physicians and learners to connect with others interested in wellness;
- Providing immediate and confidential support and counselling to physicians, learners and their families through the Wellness Support Line.
Visit the Physician Wellness Hub: cma.ca/wellness
Everyday Mindfulness for Busy Clinicians – February 6, 2021
Full day workshop that will take place as a virtual event, online.
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET
Maximum Participation: 30 ophthalmologists
Facilitators: Rev. Andrew Blake and Dr. Agnes Wong
Language: Presentation will be in English
Physician wellness is an important issue and a growing concern within the medical profession. The recently released CMA National Physician Health Survey (2018) revealed that physicians experienced high burnout (30%), depression (34%), and lifetime suicidal ideation (19%). In addition, surgical specialists had 1.74 higher odds (74% increase in odds) to report low emotional well-being than those practising in other areas. Research has demonstrated that both intrinsic (e.g., personal traits) and extrinsic factors (e.g., high workload, long working hours, poor work-life integration, practice environment) adversely impact physician wellness.
In this one-day workshop, we will address physician wellness by introducing and developing mindfulness skills in participants so that they could tackle these contributing factors more skillfully at personal, interpersonal, and system levels. The emphasis will be placed on experiential exercises and everyday strategies aim to enhance personal and situational awareness in a physician’s busy life. A variety of formats including mindfulness training, didactic sharing, dyad exercises, prose/poem reading, and group discussion will be used to ensure an interactive experience that is invigorating, informative, and practical.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- Engage mindfulness skills in participants through the practice of different types of mindfulness training (formal and informal).
- Describe the contributing factors that lead to decreased physician wellness and burnout, and to learn skillful strategies to tackle them.
- Draw on a personal repertoire of mindfulness skills and strategies that can be applied in their daily lives.
The workshop Everyday Mindfulness for Busy Clinicians is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by theCanadian Ophthalmological Society. You may claim a maximum of 5 hours.
Kindly note that there is a maximum attendance of 30 participants, when you register you will be sent a confirmation email with the event details. To attend this event, please register online: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckfumrqDkpGdQRy5mZQSRht0TURRlggAev
This program was delivered with financial support from an educational grant provided to the COS by the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank through the Affinity Agreement.