Respirology program within the new state of the art 375 bed
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre delivers acute
medical care for Thunder Bay and the Northwestern Ontario
Region. Respirologists at TBRHSC provide an inpatient consultative
service, participate in Internal Medicine call (approximately
1 in 7-12 hour call period) and may also participate in the
Intensivist roster. In addition, this program provides a foundation
for many of the educational services and research opportunities
promoted at TBRHSC.
Respirology initiatives and hospital programs pertaining
to pulmonary medicine include:
This clinic is a partnership between the Lung Association, Thunder
Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Astra-Zeneca. It provides
asthma education to patients and families with asthma in Thunder
Bay and the Region. On staff educators are available and it
will be expanding this service to the inpatient population this
year. The respirologist provides consultation services, supervision
of education and oversees the day to day operation of the clinic.
This is a 10-week out patient program enrolling 10 patients at a time based at St.
Joseph's Hospital. It involves a multi-disciplinary team and an outpatient support
group is expected to be added to the program this year. Patients are under the care
and medical direction of the supervising respirologist.
An Intensivist run ICU ("Closed ICU") model was implemented
in February 2004. The 22-bed unit, of which 14 beds are closed
is a combined medical-surgical ICU and CCU. The other 8 beds
are managed by Internal Medicine. The ICU Director is Dr. Mike
- Endoscopy Suite - bronchoscopy, transbronchial biopsy, transbronchial needle aspirate
- PFT Lab - Body Box, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Equipment available
- Radiological Services
Research nurses are present on staff and the health center is involved in several
multi-centered trials at any given time. Local trials are also conducted. The Ethics
Committee meets regularly to approve trials.
There are many teaching opportunities for residents at all levels.
Family Medicine Residents are based at TBRHSC through the Northern
Ontario Medical Program (NOMP) as an extension of the McMaster
Program. In addition, there are community training specialty
programs in General Surgery and Pediatrics. In July 2004, an
Internal Medicine Training Program will be inaugurated as a
joint venture with McMaster University.
Telehealth links are available to remote communities in Northwestern
Ontario to facilitate consultation and follow up of patients.
Linkups are also available to other teaching centers for Grand
Rounds and Educational events (eg. with McMaster University
Hospitals and the University of Toronto Hospitals).
Dr. Saleem Malik
Chief, Department of Internal Medicine
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
980 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
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