Multi-Subspecialty Education for low-Resource Settings (MSERS)

The Multi-Subspecialty Education for Low-Resource Settings (MSERS) series confronts the unique health education challenges in Ontario’s Indigenous Communities. Topics are identified by nurses, physicians, and indigenous health leaders who work within the 133 First Nation communities across Ontario. The MSERS series focuses on locally relevant topics, presented by content leaders in the health care fields across the entire range of medical subspecialties.

All sessions take place 830 to 930 AM (Central Standard Time) through Zoom- contact ben@benthomson.org if you’d like to be on the mail list for upcoming sessions!

Planning Committee

  • Ben Thomson MD FRCPC, Mackenzie Health; Queens University
  • Marika Bellerose RN NP, Indigenous Services Canada
  • Jason Pennington, MD RCPSC, University of Toronto, Scarborough General Hospital
  • Azad Mashari MD FRCPC, University Health Network; University of Toronto
  • Cory McFarlane MD CFPC, North Bay Regional Health Centre; Sioux Lookout, Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre
  • Josiah Butt MD, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University

COMPLETED SESSIONS: 2021-2022

CONFRONTING COVID-19 SERIES

  1. Protected Code Blue in the North (PDF) or Recorded Zoom Presentation and Meeting (Coming Soon)- Dr. Laurie Mazurik, Jan 28 (2021)
  2. Oxygenation Options and Considerations for Northern communities (PDF) – Dr. Cory McFarlane & Dr. Azad Mashari, Feb 11 (2021)
  3. Pharmacologic Management of COVID-19 Infection: Review of the Evidence and Treatment Algorithms (PDF) or Recorded Zoom Presentation (.mp4) with referencesDr. Ben ThomsonMarch 4 (2021)

WOMEN”S HEALTH SERIES

  1. Contraception (PDF) or Recorded Zoom presentation (mp4)– Dr. Lesley Roberts, April 1, (2021). Additional Resources: (i) Counselling for Contraception guide (ii) Canadian Contraception Consensus Documents on Emergency Contraception, Intrauterine contraception, Progestin-only contraception, Combined hormonal contraception
  2. Vaginal pain Recorded Zoom presentation (mp4) – Dr. Julie Ann Francis, April 15 (2021)
  3. The Pap Smear (PDF and recorded Zoom presentation (mp4) – Dr. Lesley Roberts, May 13 (2021)
  4. Vulvar Discharge and Pruritus (PDF, Assessment form for Pelvic Pain, and recorded Zoom presentation (mp4) – Dr. Julie Ann Francis, May 27 (2021)

INTERNAL MEDICINE SERIES

  1. Challenging cases of Hypertension – Review of CHEP Guidelines (PDF and recorded Zoom presentation (mp4)) – Dr. Ben Thomson, April 29 (2021) Additional Resources: (i) CHEP (Canadian Hypertension Education Program) Hypertension Highlights (ii) International Society of Hypertension Guidelines (105 page document- page 21 for mechanism of measurement/)
  2. Diabetes Management at the Nursing Station (PDF and recorded talk here) – Dr. Bikram Sidhu, June 10 (2021)
  3. Everything You Need to Know about Peritoneal Dialysis in a Remote or Indigenous Community: September 16 (2021)- Dr. Ben Thomson PDF here
  4. Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Remote and Indigenous Communities: October 28 (2021): – Dr. Anouar Teriaky . PDF here
  5. Cognitive Assessment and Decline in Remote and Indigenous Populations: November 25 (2021): Dr. Mark Lachmann. PDF and recorded talk here
  6. Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disorders in Remote and Indigenous Populations: December 9 (2021): Dr. Sara Awad. PDF here
  7. Geriatric assessment of Polypharmacy and De-prescribing in Remote and Indigenous Populations: January 20 (2022): Dr. Joanne Ho.
  8. Anemia in Remote and Indigenous Populations: February 17 (2022): Dr. Ben Thomson. PDF . Recorded talk here.
  9. Soft Tissue Infections in Remote and Indigenous Communities: March 17 (2022): Dr. Reena Lovinsky. PDF hereRecorded Talk Here
  10. Chronic Kidney Disease in Remote and Indigenous Populations: June 9 (2022): Dr. Ben Thomson. PDF here- Recorded session to be added after talk

EMERGENCY MEDICINE SERIES

  1. Hypothermia and frostbite management in remote and Indigenous Populations: September 29 (2022): Dr. Tarek Loubani. PDF here– Recorded session to be added after talk.

UPCOMING!

Upcoming topics include Addictions medicine, Emergency medicine, Chest Pain, Diagnosis and Management of CHF, Impact of Multigenerational trauma on health outcomes in Remote Indigenous Communities.

  1. Abdominal Pain assessment in Remote and Indigenous Populations: March 31 (2022): Dr. Jason Pennington. PDF to be uploaded 24 hours in advance of talk, and recorded Zoom talk to be added after talk
  2. Diarrheal Illnesses in Remote and Indigenous Populations: May 12 (2022): Dr. Reena Lovinsky. PDF to be uploaded in advance of talk, and recorded talk to be added after talk.
  3. Liver Enzyme Interpretation and Management in Remote and Indigenous Populations: May 26 (2022): Dr. Grant Chen. PDF to be uploaded in advance of talk, and recorded talk to be added after talk.
  4. Pediatrics, Dermatology, Addictions Medicine topics and a range of other topics highly relevant to Indigenous communities, will be part of the August 2022 MSERS cycle

Check this website for updates!

Please contact ben@benthomson.org to suggest topics for future sessions, to provide comments on any of the sessions, or to get placed on the mailing list to be provided the Zoom link for future events!

There are many ways you can support the MSERS series. If you would like to support the MSERS series, please contact ben@benthomson.org