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Choosing Wisely Project Team

Dr. Renato Pasqualucci, Co-Chair, SWAHN Choosing Wisely Project Team; Medical Director of Emergency, Bluewater Health

Dr. Renato Pasqualucci is Chief and Medical Director of ER at Bluewater Health and has been Chair of its Quality and Patient Experience Committee for 5-years. Interested in metacognition and quality, he started the Choosing Wisely work at BWH in 2016.

Dr. Blayne Welk, Co-Chair, SWAHN Choosing Wisely Project Team; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Urology; Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry; St Joseph's Health Care London

Dr. Welk obtained his Bachelors of Science degree and Medical Degree at the University of Western Ontario. He then went on to complete his urology residency at the University of British Columbia and obtained his Royal College certification in Urology. He completed additional clinical training at the University of Toronto, where he specialized in the evaluation and treatment of male and female incontinence, male urethral stricture disease, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. During his 2-year fellowship he also completed a masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

In 2011 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department’s of Surgery (Urology) and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University. He is an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He has received peer-reviewed grants from the Canadian Urologic Association, Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario, PSI Foundation, Rick Hansen Foundation, Craig Neilsen Foundation and Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation in order to support his research. He has an active interest in the use of administrative data to evaluate health system change.

The Choosing Wisely Project Team falls under the direction of the Knowledge Generation and Translation Stream.

The purpose of the Choosing Wisely Project Team is to develop and implement a strategy to advance the knowledge translation of recommendations highlighted by Choosing Wisely Canada in the SWAHN region (i.e., Southwestern Ontario) which speak to improving clinical practice both in terms of patient care and reduced healthcare costs.

To accomplish this goal, the Project Team will:

1. Ensure that its activities are aligned with the goals of SWAHN (i.e., to transform health in Southwestern Ontario through integrated excellence in research, education and clinical practice);

2. Liaise with and report to the SWAHN Co-Lead who is overseeing the Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream concerning matters related to the focus and advancement of the Project Team's activities;

3. Develop short and long term goals in collaboration with the SWAHN Co-Lead of the Knowledge Generation & Translation Stream which will be specific, measurable, and achievable in one to two years (short term) and three to five years (long term);

4. Identify appropriate performance measures to monitor progress and performance of the Project Team;

5. Liaise with Choosing Wisely Canada’s leaders and SWAHN financial contributors to determine specific knowledge translation focus areas for the Project Team;

6. Identify strategies to increase awareness and support for the adoption of Choosing Wisely Canada’s recommendations as well as other similar initiatives that lead to improved patient care as well as financial savings in healthcare.

2017 project:

SWAHN Presents: Choosing Wisely in Southwestern Ontario: A Knowledge Exchange Forum
Friday, May 12, 2017 -- 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Parkwood Institute, Mental Health Care Building Auditorium
550 Wellington Road, London, Ontario
Thank you to all who participated in SWAHN's Choosing Wisely Forum!  The event proceedings have been published and submitted to Western University's Library System and Archives Canada for inclusion in their respective collections.  The document can be downloaded here.