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Residents reach to infinity and beyond at this year’s Higgins Day

Toronto, May 23, 2014

By Kaylea Forde

Awards winners Nathan Stall, Ashish Patel, Pamela Tsao and Baruch Jakobovic with Brian and Kevin Higgins
(l to r) Awards winners Nathan Stall, Ashish Patel, Pamela Tsao and Baruch Jakobovic with Brian and Kevin Higgins.

St. Michael’s Department of Medicine celebrated the 26th annual Higgins Day on May 21. This year’s theme was To infinity and beyond: Taking big ideas global through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, was the keynote speaker.

The Higgins Day resident research presentations are intended to inspire creative thinking and research among the Internal Medicine residents at St. Michael’s Hospital. The annual H. Patrick Higgins Memorial Scholarship Award of Merit was initiated in 2010 to recognize the resident with the best research presentation. It has since expanded to include second and third-place prizes, as well as a Best Poster award. This year, a total of 30 abstracts were shown. Here are the award winners:

  • First place annual H. Patrick Higgins Memorial Scholarship Award of Merit: Nathan Stall, for his abstract, Unintentional discontinuation of chronic medications for seniors in nursing homes: Evaluation of a medication reconciliation accreditation requirement

  • Second place award: Ashish Patel for his presentation, Risk stratification and stroke prevention therapy care gaps in Canadian atrial fibrillation patients: Insights from the co-ordinated national network to engage physicians in the care and treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (CONNECT AF)

  • Third place award: Baruch Jakobovic for Necrolytic acral erythema in a young patient with recurrent encephalopathy

  • Best Poster: Pamela Tsao for Comics to the rescue: Reminding medical students about empathy using animated comics on diabetes

Higgins Day is a testimony to the late Dr. H. Patrick Higgins and his efforts toward residency training in medicine during his tenure as physician-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1979 to 1989. Two of Dr. Higgins’ children, Dr. Brian Higgins and Dr. Kevin Higgins, were in attendance helping to choose award winners.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.