Jewish General Hospital Virtual Medical Grand Rounds

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Join the virtual Medical Grand Rounds on  Microsoft Teams meeting.
Or call in (audio only) NEW: +1 438-799-0762, 502095193#   Canada, Montreal, Phone Conference ID: 502 095 193#

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds are additionally in person at the Block amphitheatre, room B-106

The Medical Grand Rounds are an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Some Rounds were video recorded.

Medical Grand Rounds 2023-2024

November 27 

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds 

Contemporary (and Controversial?) Management of Pulmonary Embolism 

Jed Lipes, MD, FRCPC
Medical director, Jewish General Hospital ECMO program 
Division of Critical Care Medicine, Jewish General Hospital 
Division of Internal Medicine, Jewish General Hospital 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, McGill University 

Ali O. Abualsaud, MD, FRCPC
Interventional cardiology and adult congenital heart disease 
Director, Pulmonary Vascular Interventions, Jewish General Hospital 
Division of Cardiology, Jewish General Hospital 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, McGill University 

Learning objectives:  

  1. Discuss how to classify and assess risk in acute PE  
  2. Discuss the medical therapy and ICU management of high-risk PE  
  3. Understand the role of novel catheter-based reperfusion therapy in PE 

Contact: Jed Lipes, MD, Intensive Care Unit, 514-340-8222 ext. 27500 

November 20 

Virtual Schwartz Rounds :  Zoom link to join the conference

Triaging Chaos in the ER: Cultivating Compassion Under Pressure 

Patricia Dobkin, PhD, OPQ 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University 
Faculty member, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care 
Psychologist, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher  

Mark Smilovitch, MD, FRCPC 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University 
Cardiology Division, Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University Health Centre 
Faculty member, McGill Programs in Whole Person Care 

Educational Objectives:  

  1. Provide a sense of community 
  2. Give voice to health care professionals 
  3. Normalize compassion for oneself and others 


Shannon Fraser, MD - General Surgeon (in charge of flow issues) (in case of emergency: Maral Koolian, MD) 
Maya Vardy, RN who has also been a unit agent in the ER and can bring both perspectives 
Mark Buch, MD 

Contact: Natalie Dayan, MD, MSc FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine & Associate Chair of Wellness, Dept of Medicine, McGill University – Tel. 514-934-1934 ext 76125      

November 13 

Virtual Medical Grand Rounds

Shifting Paradigms in the Flow Cytometric Identification of T-cell Malignancies 

Pedro Horna, MD 
Associate Professor 
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 

Educational Objectives:  

1. Describe contemporary and emerging strategies for the accurate identification of T-cell neoplasm by flow cytometry. 

2. Recognize the high prevalence and immunophenotypic characteristics of T-cell clones of uncertain significance. 

Contact: Hans Knecht, MD, Chief, Division of Hematology, Tel 514-340-8222 ext. 28799   

November 6 

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds 

Quality & Risk Management Program 

Disclosure of User/Patient Safety Incidents 

Demitra Agiomavritis, Lawyer (LL.B.), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal (CCOMTL)
Kevin Hayes, Clinical Ethicist, CCOMTL

Melody Lee, RN, MScA, Senior Advisor in Risk Management, CCOMTL
Suzanne Levitz, MD, Associate Director of Professional Services, CCOMTL

Educational Objectives: 

  1. To understand the legal and ethical obligations concerning disclosure of incidents and accidents in healthcare.    
  2. To increase awareness of the CCOMTL policy and procedure on disclosure.    
  3. To understand the disclosure process using clinical examples of when disclosure is necessary.    

Contact: Maude Beaupré, Associate Director of Quality, Transformation, Evaluation, Value, Clinical & Organizational Ethics and Virtual Care – 514-340-8222 ext 27895       

October 30

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds

Tropical and International Dermatology: Insights for Internists

Rachel Bierbrier BHSc, MD, MSc, DTMH

Educational Objectives:  

  1. Identify cutaneous manifestations of selected infectious/tropical diseases  
  2. Generate differential diagnoses for selected cutaneous clinical presentations  
  3. Appropriately diagnose selected dermatoses in skin of colour  

Contact Person: Robin Billick, MD, Chief, Division of Dermatology, Tel. 514-340-8272

October 23

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds

Nutrition for Frailty Prevention: Bridging the Distance Between Science and your Dinner Plate

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Senior Scientist, Hebrew SeniorLife, Boston MA

Educational Objectives:  

  1. To describe the importance of dietary patterns in older adults
  2. To identify the key dietary patterns that may inform frailty prevention
  3. To effectively use information from current studies in strategies to inform research and clinical communications with older adults in the community

Contact Person: Ruby Friedman, MD, Interim Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Tel. 514-340-7501

October 16

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds

A COPD Update:  Beyond Puffers and Cigarettes

Mathew Cherian, MD
Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Jewish General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, McGill University

Educational Objectives:  

  1. Discuss literature surrounding emerging treatable traits in COPD, namely chronic hypercarbic respiratory failure and frailty.
  2. Discuss new literature regarding the pathogenesis of COPD and emerging avenues for possible intervention.

Contact Person: Jason Agulnik, MD, Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, Tel. 514-340-8205

October 9

No Rounds – Thanksgiving Day

October 2

Hybrid Medical Grand Rounds

Ninth Annual JGH Department of Medicine Clinical Research Symposium

Simple Question, Complex Answer. Determining the Duration of Contagiousness of Individuals with COVID-19.

Yves Longtin, MD
Chair, Infection Prevention & Control Unit,
Division of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill University  

Educational Objectives:  

  1. Review current knowledge regarding duration of infectivity of individuals with COVID-19
  2. Identify current knowledge gaps that influences current recommendations

Contact Person: Vicky Tagalakis, MD, FRCPC MSc, Physician-in-Chief, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, McGill University.  Tel: 514-340-7538

September 25 

No Rounds – Yom Kippur 

September 18 

Virtual Care - Challenging our Traditional Values in the Provision of Value Based Care 

I. Lawrence Rudski MD FRCPC FACC FASE
Professor of Medicine, McGill University 
Director, Division of Cardiology
Director, Azrieli Heart Centre
Medical Director, Virtual Care, Jewish General Hospital  

II. Erin Cook, MSN 

Director of Quality, Transformation, Evaluation, Value, Clinical & Organizational Ethics, and Virtual Care  

Educational Objectives:  

  1. Define virtual care and its components  
  2. Review the evidence for Hospital at Home as a care paradigm in the literature and within our CIUSSS 
  3. Discuss challenges, controversies and opportunities around providing care outside of the traditional hospital setting  
  4. Provide future directions for VC as a vehicle to improve patient centered and value based care 

Contact Person: Lawrence Rudski MD FRCPC FACC FASE, Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Director, Division of Cardiology - Tel. 514-340-8222 ext. 22992 

September 11


Residents’ Welcome Reception
Carrefour Lea Polansky, Pavilion K 

Contact Person: Vicky Tagalakis, MD FRCPC MSc, Physician-in-Chief, Jewish General Hospital
Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, McGill University.  Tel: 514-340-7538 

September 4

No Rounds – Labor Day

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