Monday, 29 February 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 29/02/16

1. The Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses (CCCN) represents the largest group of Canadian nurses practicing within the cardiovascular field and is proudly associated with the Canadian Nurses Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. If you are interested in more information about CCCN, please check us out at or contact a Manitoba chapter executive at

The Manitoba Chapter of CCCN has just started a quarterly journal club, which is open to all. The first meeting on February 8 was well attended and the next meeting will be in May. For further details contact or We'd love to have you join us!

2. From Friday, Feb 12 to Sunday, Feb 14, 2016, the Adult Cardiology residents at the University of Manitoba participated in the annual Western Cardiology Residents Education Program (WECREEP) conference in Calgary. WECREEP is a conference where all of the Adult Cardiology trainees in Western Canada (including those from UBC, U of Alberta, U of Calgary, U of Saskatchewan, and U of Manitoba) meet on an annual basis. The U of M trainees took first place in the Academic Jeopardy competition at WECREEP showcasing their academic and trivia knowledge!

3. Congratulations to: Lorraine J. Avery, Andrea Szwajcer, Shelley Zieroth, Bev Temple, Jo-Ann V. Sawatzky for their recent publication entitled: Caregiver experiences of providing care to adult individuals living with a left ventricular assist device: a qualitative systematic review protocol. Published in: JBISRIR Vol 14, No. 1 (2016) pp 44-54. Take a look at the publication here:

4. The Manitoba Medical Students' Association honours physician teachers each year with a number of awards. The MMSA 2014/15 Teaching Awards were announced recently, and a big congratulations goes to Dr. Anita Soni, who received an award for Best Course for the Med I Cardiovascular course. A number of other cardiologists were nominated for awards as well, and we want to congratulate them on being recognized in this way for their teaching:

Dr. Colette Seifer - nominated for Med III Attending Clinical Teaching, Mentorship, Patient Advocacy and Professionalism.

Dr. Anita Soni - nominated for Med I Awards for Innovation, Inspiration and Mentorship as well as Med II Award for Innovation and Inspiration

Dr. Clarence Khoo - nominated for Med I ¡V Best Small Group, Innovation and Inspiration

Dr. Thang Nguyen - nominated for Med I - Best Small Group

Dr. Davinder Jassal - nominated for Med I ¡V Mentorship

Dr. Amir Ravandi - nominated for Med I ¡V Best Small Group

5. February is Heart Month¡Kthe Winnipeg Free Press published an article that showcased the success of the Cardiac Sciences Program's Code STEMI procedure. Read the article here:

6. HSC's display to celebrate Cardiology Technology day (pictured: Kathryn Hurtig and Gary Trepanier).

Monday, 15 February 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 15/02/16

1. In recognition of February as Healthy Heart Month, Dr. Shelley Zieroth was interviewed on CJOB radio, where she spoke on behalf of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, promotion the 2016 Report on the Health of Canadians. She was also a guest, along with patient Mr. Fern Robidoux, on CTV Live, speaking about heart failure. Both of these appearances took place on Tuesday, February 2. Click on this link to see a video clip of the CTV interview:

2. It was wonderful to see so many people out at the Cardiac Sciences Staff Social on Saturday, February 6. The crowd totalled about 80, and all had a great time. Door prize and silent auction winners went home very happy! The 50/50 draw raised about $250 for the Heart Pillow Project and the leftover food was donated to Winnipeg Harvest. A big thank-you goes out to the planning committee and to Lesli Meek and Terri Hillier for all their work in making this event a success!

3. Accreditation is fast approaching! The countdown to April 20, when the survey team will be at SBH to survey the Cardiac Sciences Program, is 65 days.

4. The HSC Cardiology Technology group held a public education event in the William Ave. mall on Friday, February 12th from 9-3 in recognition of Cardiology Technologist Day (February 14th). A booth showcased the profession with posters, power point presentations, games and displays. A big thank you goes out to Kathryn Hurtig for all her hard work on this endeavor. Happy (belated) Cardiology Technologist Day to all you CTs out there!!

5. Thoughts for the day on Teamwork:

"None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford

"Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story." --Casey Stengel
Monday, 1 February 2016

Cardiac Staff Matters 01/02/16

1. At this point, everyone should have their tickets for the Cardiac Sciences Staff Social on February 6th! We’ll see you at the Belgian Club—come ready for lots of fun! If you don’t already have a ticket but want to come, please call Lesli Meek to check out last-minute ticket availability (204-258-1089).

2. With all the issues related to slowdowns with the SBH EPR lately, this video (EHR State of Mind) might help everyone laugh a little bit:

3. Sheila Bowles’ retirement dinner, held at the Winnipeg Winter Club on January 14, was a great success! We shared good food & drink, a few laughs and even some tears. Sheila said, “I had a blast! I would like to thank everyone for their support over the years and the wonderful times I had working in such a great program. THANK YOU ALL!”

4. Movin’ on….down—from CR5 to CR1! Congratulations to Reid Love, who is leaving his SBH position as Program Team Manager of the Intensive Care Cardiac Surgery on CR5, to take on the role of Program Director, WRHA Cardiac Sciences Program (with an office on CR1). His official start date in the new position is next week (February 8th) and his first order of business will be to find a new PTM for ICCS!

5. Congratulations to Dr. Davinder Jassal who is the recipient of the Doctors Manitoba Scholastic Award for 2016, for scholarly activity in the health professions (examples of scholarly activity are research, teaching, and writing).

6. A touch of humour: I was having some chest pains, but my cardiologist assured me nothing was wrong. I told him I was planning a cruise to Alaska and asked if he had any suggestions for avoiding the discomfort. “Have fun,” he said with a straight face, “but don’t go overboard.”