Quality Improvement Experiential Student Training (QuEST) Program

QuEST is a year-long certificate program initiated at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine & Trillium Health Partners, where students are matched with THP physicians to work and lead on projects focused on quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS). QuEST is a great way to learn about the world of QIPS, gain hands on experience in leading projects in a supervised, clinical setting and also have opportunities to engage in scholarly products. Applications for projects open in Spring each year. In addition, QuEST hosts a monthly seminar series led by leaders in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.

For more information, please feel welcome to email the QuEST Co-Chairs: Calandra Li (calandra.li@mail.utoronto.ca) or Dr. Nazia Sharfuddin (nazia.sharfuddin@thp.ca).

Click here to download the QuEST Student Resource Package.

The QuEST Student Resource Package includes links to guides and articles about QIPS, scholarly communication, as well as opportunities to present/publish from within U of T and other organizations. QuEST program participants can request the attachments described in the package by contacting the MAM Research Projects Coordinator, Jonathan Hersh (jonathan.hersh@utoronto.ca).

Horizontal banner of 5 headshots of the inaugural QuEST faculty roster at Trillium Health Partners

Meet the Inaugural QuEST Faculty Roster at THP

Dr. S. Noor Ul Amin, MD, CCFP (SEM), FCFP, Dip. Sport Med (CASEM)

Dr. Noor Amin is a family physician and sport and exercise medicine physician at Trillium Health Partners. He is also Physician Lead for both the COVID-19 Vaccination Program and the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Trillium Health Partners. He is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine.

His professional interests include the COVID-19 assessment centre, case and contact exposure management, novel outpatient therapeutics, and vaccination.

His current QuEST project aims to address vaccine hesitancy with physician-led individualized counselling, and to support vaccine booking at point of care when patients arrive for COVID-19 assessment/testing.

Dr. Ali Damji, BHSc, MD, MSc, CCFP

Dr. Ali Damji is a family physician and addiction medicine physician at Credit Valley Family Health Team & Family Medicine Teaching Unit, Trillium Health Partners and the Mississauga & Halton Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine Clinic. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and an Investigator at the Institute for Better Health. He is the QI Program Director and COVID-19 Medical Director at the Credit Valley Family Health Team, Physician Lead for the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at THP, and Treasurer for the THP Professional Staff Association. 

His areas of interest include quality improvement in primary care and mental health care, promoting joy in work through QI, adoption of novel technologies in primary care, patient partnership, and enhancing integration and collaboration between sectors of our healthcare system by championing the Patient's Medical Home model.

 His current QuEST project is focused on addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy amongst patients at the Credit Valley Family Health Team using an equity-based population health approach. 

Dr. Adrian Fawcett, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr. Adrian Fawcett is a Stroke and Interventional Neurologist at Trillium Health Partners and a Neuro-intensivist at Hamilton General Hospital. He completed his MD PhD at the University of Toronto, followed by a Neurology residency at the University of Toronto and a Stroke and Neuro-interventional fellowship at McMaster University. He also holds multiple academic appointments, including Clinical Lecturer at U of T, Clinical Associate at McMaster, and Investigator at THP’s Institute for Better Health.

His areas of interest include strokes, neuro-intervention, and neuro-critical care. His current QuEST project is focused on determining if there are any differences between efficiency and/or safety outcomes in acute stroke assessments done in-person versus remotely via Telestroke.

Dr. Laith Ghazala, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Laith Ghazala is a Respirology and Critical Care physician at Trillium Health Partners. He practices both with a focus on general respirology. He is also clinical lecturer at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine. His current QuEST project involves improving the triage system of the Credit Valley Hospital Respirology Clinic.

Dr. Amina Jabbar BSW, MSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Amina Jabbar is a geriatrician at Trillium Health Partners. Dr. Jabbar also earned her Masters of Science with a focus on the evaluation of health care services. She subsequently completed medical school and internal medicine specialty training at the University of Toronto followed by subspecialty training at McMaster University. Dr. Jabbar is currently a Health Policy PhD candidate at McMaster University with specific focus on quality of care and models of care for older adults with complex health issues. QuEST students projects are assessing and evaluating the hospital's new Seniors Care Unit, an acute care inpatient unit for complex older adults. Students are currently involved in exploring who may be best suited for admission to the unit and as evaluating the quality of discharge summaries being sent to family physicians at time of discharge.

Dr. Terence Tang, MS, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Terence Tang is a general internal medicine physician at Trillium Health Partners. He holds many academic and administrative appointments, including Lecturer at the University of Toronto, Clinician Scientist at the Institute for Better Health, Physician Lead in Informatics at THP’s Clinical Systems & Informatics department. His primary area of interest is using data and digital tools to advance health care.

In his current QuEST project, the general internal medicine / hospital medicine group at Credit Valley Hospital is looking at how best to improve the quality of physician documentation in our recently adopted health information system, recognizing that adopting an advanced health information system can lead to many benefits for patients and providers.