FOR VACCINATION: Book an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination. >>

FOR TESTING: Book an appointment for COVID-19 testing at one of our Assessment Centres. >>

Text size: a a a

Interprofessional Practice Based Research


Name: IPBR Showcase recap

Role: Celebrates practice based research at St. Michael’s Hospital

Research interests: cool clinicians, exciting research, fun photo booths, good food, compelling presentations

Fun trivia: No cacti were harmed in the making of this event

November 26, 2018

2018 IPBR Showcase recap: bringing together great research, ideas, snacks and selfies

What do you get when you put together a room full of hungry yet happy clinicians, a culture of innovation and enquiry, a Polaroid camera and some streamers? The 2018 IPBR Showcase!

On Thursday, Nov. 8 the IPBR team hosted nearly 80 guests from across St. Michael's for our second annual IPBR Showcase. The aim of this inspiring afternoon was to celebrate the amazing research initiatives being carried out by our nursing and health disciplines clinicians across the hospital, share a bit about what the IPBR program has to offer and announce something new and exciting for our clinicians.

The event, held in the Upper Marketeria started with networking and fun antics at our photo booth. Interprofessional teams shared their best poses and bunny ears. We also had a chance to visit with and learn about the work from the 2015-2017 IPBR Small Grant teams who displayed their research posters all around the room. On the big screen rotated a series of practice based researcher spotlights and a fun quiz on who published what.

The formal component of the Showcase was launched by Dr. Tim Rutledge, our President and CEO who shared his congratulations for all of the excellent practice based research being showcased at the event.

“I am completely inspired by what you are doing with what is essentially seed funding…when we reflect and refine our practice we give better care…there is nothing like reflective practice and doing evaluation on our practice to support excellence,” he commented.

Our director, IPBR, Jane Topolovec-Vranic described some of the initiatives underway and premiered our new IPBR video:

She also spoke to some of the metrics of IPBR over the past year including over 150 consultations with more than 60 clinicians on a variety of research projects.

View a text version of this infographic

Next, each of the two current IPBR Small Grant teams shared the aims of their respective research projects:

  • Alyson Martinez and Natalie Puccio – Exploring how parents of premature infants learn to independently feed their babies once they leave the hospital for home;
  • Marjorie Hammond and Vivian Law – Studying the barriers and enablers to performing peripheral nerve blocks for pain management in hip fracture patients.

Finally, Sonya Canzian, our vice-president Clinical Programs and Chief Nursing and Health Disciplines Executive announced a new opportunity for our clinicians! Nurses and health disciplines clinicians who are actively engaged in research will be able to apply for a practice-based researcher (status-only) appointment with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. This new category of appointment will;

  • Enable our nurses and health disciplines to lead their own research projects, and
  • Provide a means for us to recognize those clinicians who go above and beyond the excellent care they provide to patients and help contribute new knowledge in their field through research.

Stay tuned for more information about the appointment process which will launch network-wide on Jan. 1, 2019.

After inspiring closing remarks by Sonya, the form presentations concluded and attendees continued networking, snacking and selfie-ing. Some even took the opportunity to get their work holiday photo done.

Thank you to all those who took the time to attend, to our speaker and to our researchers who shared their ongoing and completed research projects. We look forward to an even bigger showcase next year with more practice-based researchers, projects and impacts across the hospital.


1 / 10
2 / 10
3 / 10
4 / 10
5 / 10
6 / 10
7 / 10
8 / 10
9 / 10
10 / 10

Read more IPBR blog entries