Education

Supporting the education of medical learners at the undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education levels is enthusiastically embraced by Humber River Hospital. Our ability to provide excellent care within a patient and family-centred environment both now, and in the future, is dependent upon nurturing and mentoring current and future members of our medical staff.

Humber River Hospital’s (HRH) Board of Directors and Senior Team recognize the unique learning opportunities our hospital has to offer as North America’s first fully digital hospital, and in light of our diverse medical staff, and a multicultural patient catchment area of more than 850,000 people. Our hospital is affiliated with many academic institutions including Queen’s University and the University of Toronto.

Supporting the education of medical learners at the undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing education levels is enthusiastically embraced by Humber River Hospital. Our ability to provide excellent care within a patient and family-centred environment both now, and in the future, is dependent upon nurturing and mentoring current and future members of our medical staff.

In fact, as one of Canada’s largest providers of acute care hospital services, and as a fully digital hospital, our role as an institution of learning takes on even more prominence. We are shifting the thinking about hospital design and optimizing the use of digital processes including test results pushed out to clinicians, and patients have electronic access to their digital health records. The education of the next generation must include preparation for this paradigm shift in future health care. Our hospital is also equipped with the latest state-of¬-the-art equipment including the most advanced CT scanners and our Interventional Radiology suite.

As the academic profile of Humber continues to grow, we are finding that increasing numbers of medical students and residents are asking to spend time with us during their training. This speaks to the excellent physician teachers at Humber River.

To acknowledge these physicians who give so freely and generously of their time to mentor and train learners, in 2015, we launched the Humber River Hospital Award for Excellence in Medical Teaching. There are strict criteria including nomination by a learner with supporting letters and where available, a review of the teaching effectiveness scores provided by the University. To nominate a physician for this award, please fill out a form and provide a letter of recommendation outlining why the physician deserves this recognition.

As the central organizing body for research at Humber River Hospital (HRH), the Research Department is dedicated to providing responsive, effective, and complete life-cycle support for the conduct of clinical trials and research that will have significant clinical and scientific impact for our patients’ healthcare.

The Research Department acts as a liaison between Physician Investigators and other groups, such as sponsoring agencies, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), collaborating institutions and various offices, both on- and off-site. We strive to balance a high level of support to aid Physician Investigators and clinical researchers by ensuring appropriate stewardship, regulatory and financial compliance for all types of research initiatives.

The Research Department provides the following support:

Clinical Trials Management: We are a team of clinical research administrators, study coordinators and research assistants who provide dedicated administrative and research support services specifically adapted to address the unique requirements of each Physician Investigator, researcher, or clinical research site.

For Physician Investigators with limited administrative support, our study coordinators are available to assist with end-to-end clinical trial administration and protocol implementation.

For clinical research sites with an existing support structure already in place, our staff are flexible and available to provide additional administrative and research support services as fits the unique circumstances.

Our primary goal is to help manage all research activities at HRH such that a Physician Investigator or any researcher can focus their efforts solely on research objectives and patient care.

Research Pre- and Post- Awards Administration: We offer a full-service approach to support Physician Investigators and researchers with preparing research proposals, funding opportunity searches, study budget preparations and study budget justification. We provide support for establishing budget projections and allocations. We also help the research sites with the administration of pre-study spending and accounts, budget revisions or changes of scope. We serve as the financial planner throughout the study’s life cycle.

Research Contracts and Agreements: We review, negotiate and accept research agreements on behalf of Humber River Hospital. We provide assistance to the Physician Investigator in developing subcontracts, industry or non-industry clinical trial agreements, and research consulting agreements.

Research Education and Training: We provide assistance on questions related to local, federal, departmental, or standard operational policies associated with research. We are committed to establishing quality training standards and compliance to standard operating procedures at HRH. We are the Physician Investigator’s resource for any clinical research training requirements, including access to training in Health Canada Food and Drug Regulations (FDR), the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2), and The International Conference on Harmonization: Good Clinical Practice (ICH:E6).

Research Development and Compliance: We help researchers be up-to-date with all requirements for developing, collaborating, and conducting a research study. We help ensure that research best practices, compliance and data integrity are maintained for any study undertaken by our Physician Investigators and researchers. We understand that the goal of research involvement by HRH Physician Investigators is ultimately the improvement of healthcare, and we strive to ensure the welfare of all of our research participants, as they are HRH patients first and foremost.

You are encouraged to contact the Research Department for further information regarding research initiatives, collaborations, training and support, or to become involved in our growing research team at Humber River Hospital.

Research Department

Humber River Hospital

1235 Wilson Avenue

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3M 0B2

research@hrh.ca

Tel.: 1-416-242-1000 x81259

Humber River Hospital understands that, in the field of medicine, tomorrow’s knowledge is the result of today’s research. As an organization, we are pleased to offer support to those wishing to pursue research activities in partnership with our hospital. Our Research Ethics Board (REB) has been established to protect the rights and welfare of people participating in research conducted at Humber River Hospital.

The REB reviews and oversees such research to ensure that it meets all applicable ethical standards and that it complies with all applicable legislative and regulatory requirements in Canada and the U.S. These include, but are not limited to, Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), The International Conference on Harmonization: Good Clinical Practice (ICH:E6), The Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) 2002, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) and the Humber River Hospital Mission, Vision and Values.

You are encouraged to contact the REB office for further information regarding the utmost ethical standards of Humber River Hospital’s research studies involving human subjects.

Research Ethics Board

Irene Melissa

Phone: 416-242-1000 ext. 21202

For all other research-related inquiries, contact the Office of Research.