In this edition, our experts provide tips on avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room, talk about why communication is key to handling pandemics, discuss the importance of pap smears and heart health, and raise money for a memorial scholarship. 

Dr. Howard Ovens on Breakfast TelevisionWays to avoid return visits to the emergency room
Dr. Howard Ovens, Chief Medical Strategy Officer at Sinai Health appeared on Breakfast Television Toronto. Dr. Ovens provided tips on how patients can avoid unnecessary return trips to the hospital which cause overcrowding in emergency departments. Watch the segment here.

Dr. RossCommunication, transparency key as Canada faces new coronavirus threat
Dr. Ross Upshur, Associate Director of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, spoke to the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Dr. Upshur discussed how the SARS outbreak changed the public health landscape in Canada and why effective communication is key to handling pandemics. Read more here.

What is a pap test? Here’s what doctors are looking for
Drs Rachel Spitzer and Amanda Selk, Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Mount Sinai Hospital, spoke to Global News. Dr. Spitzer and Dr. Selk stressed the importance of regular pap tests and shared their insights on cervical cancer and HPV. Learn more here.

Shedding light on athletes susceptibility to heart conditions
Dr. Susanna Mak, Cardiologist at Sinai Health’s Miles Nadal Heart Centre was featured on Breakfast Television Toronto. Dr. Mak explained the importance of heart health and how athletes can be more susceptible to certain heart irregularities. Watch here.

Come From Away cast collects more than $16,000 for U of T Iranian Student Memorial Scholarship Fund
Dr. Allan Detsky, former Physician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, appeared in an article for U of T News. Dr. Detsky, who is a producer for the musical Come From Away, spoke about collecting donations from the theatre audience for a U of T scholarship. The scholarship honours the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines plane crash which claimed the lives of eight U of T community members. Read more here.