Dr Sherissa Microys is an Anesthesiologist and Intensivist with the Canadian Forces and works at The Ottawa Hospital and Montfort Hospital. She completed the Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship from the Health Research and Education Trust (American Medical Association) in the United States in 2008-2009. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa.
2003 till 2010 she was a faculty member and subsequently co-chair of the Canadian ICU Collaborative (CIC), a national group of interdisciplinary professionals focused on improving patient care and safety for critically ill patients and provide support to Safer Healthcare Now teams enrolled in the ICU-related interventions. Currently Dr Microys is primarily focused on patient safety and quality improvement education and research. She provides lectures and elective experiences for students and residents at the uOttawa. She is a faculty of ASPIRE (Advancing Safety for Patients in Residency Education) and also is a member of the CanMEDS 2015 team working to integrate patient safety competencies into the objectives for all specialties. She has co-chaired a number of improvement projects for The Ottawa Hospital including rapid response teams, central-line infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and is the co-creator of the Central Line Education program for The University of Ottawa which employs on-line and simulator methodologies.
Vision for patient safety in Canada:
Patient safety is about a culture where it is second nature to go the extra mile to ensure patients are involved in decisions, receive the best care, and all including healthcare workers are treated with respect.
Vision for patient safety education in Canada:
To have patient safety and quality improvement education integrated into all levels of teaching – students and residents, all professions. It is also about the ‘hidden curriculum’ though. Students will model what they see even more than what they are told. We must all model the behavior we want to teach.