The Division of Pediatric Critical Care is committed to developing and supporting high-quality research projects that ultimately aim to improve the quality of care provided to critically ill pediatric patients.
Our staff members are involved in a variety of basic, clinical, and educational research projects, reflecting their different interests and expertise. Our team includes basic scientists, an epidemiologist, an ethicist, and experts in education, quality improvement, infection control, organ donation, and pharmacology.
In addition, the nurses in the PICU who are dedicated to research have an essential role in the coordination of research projects taking place in our PICU. Their responsibilities include screening of eligible patients and recruiting them for research, as well as ongoing data collection.
Faculty members and their research areas
Ronald Gottesman MD, FRCPC, FAAP, FCCM: Technology-enhanced-instruction; medical simulation; leadership skills training and faculty development.
Sam Shemie MD, FRCPC: Development and implementation of intensive care unit–based organ donation strategies; health policy research related to organ donation; transplantation; technological support of end-stage organ failure.
Davinia Withington MD, FRCA, MRCP (UK): Sedation; pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics of sedation in pediatric patients; sedation and neurodevelopment.
Saleem Razack MD, FRCP(C): Selection for medical school (best practices in admissions); diversity, equity, and social accountability in health professions education, qualitative methodologies (discourse analysis, critical social/language theories (Foucault, Bourdieu, Bakhtin), mixed methods research).
Pramod Puligandla MD, MSc in Physiology, FRCSC, FACS: Evaluation of clinical outcomes; feeding practices for children needing ventilatory support; post-operative hyperglycemia; pulmonary infections.
Farhan Bhanji MD, MSc in Education, FRCPC, FAHA: Simulation-based education; optimizing the instruction of pediatric resuscitation; use of technology enhanced instruction to improve clinical training, CanMEDS education.
Samara Zavalkoff MD, FRCPC, FAAP: Quality improvement; process of care; infection control in PICU, point of care ultrasound.
Patricia Fontela MD, PhD in Epidemiology: Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) acquired in ICUs; central line-associated bloodstream infections; HAI surveillance in ICUs; antimicrobial stewardship; procalcitonin; healthcare-associated urinary tract infections.
Franco Carnevale RN, PhD candidate in Philosophy, PhD in Psychology: Pediatric ethics; the experience of critically ill children and their families; childhood disability.
Janet Rennick RN, MSc in Nursing, PhD in Nursing: Psychological impact of critical illness and exposure to highly invasive, technological care on the child and family; innovations in care to enhance child comfort and parent involvement during PICU hospitalization, and promote healthy recovery post-PICU; measurement development.
In addition to undertaking locally developed projects, the Division of Pediatric Critical Care collaborates with different groups involved in critical care research:
Pediatric Critical Care Research Training Program
We have developed a research program for our fellows, which aims to:
- Expose trainees to the steps required for the development and completion of a research project;
- Promote the development of skills to critically evaluate evidence presented in the health sciences literature;
- Teach the principles of epidemiology necessary for the design and performance of clinical research projects.
This program includes monthly critical appraisal sessions and research seminars in which fellows learn basic principles of epidemiology and biostatistics. In addition, we also offer sessions about protocol development with the objective of training fellows in different aspects of research, such as how to do a systematic review, formulate a research question, design surveys and research plans, analyze methods, and interpret results.
We also encourage our fellows to take basic epidemiology and biostatistics courses during the summer session of the Department of Epidemiology at McGill University.
- Publications in 2015
- Publications in 2014
- Publications in 2013
- Publications in 2012
- Publications in 2011