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12/2/2013 5:00 PM

​​The Canadian Patient Safety Institute has funded four Studentship Awards to design and lead applied patient safety research. Each award of up to $5000 is supported by matching funds for the selected projects.

“The Studentship Awards increase capacity in applied patient safety research and are aligned with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s four clinical priority areas – home care safety, surgical safety, medication safety and infection prevention and control,” says Hugh MacLeod, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute.  “It is collaborative opportunities like these that will advance the patient safety agenda.  I applaud these students for their interest in patient safety, as it is their ongoing work that will help to build a culture of safety across the healthcare continuum.”

The 2013 Studentship Award recipients include:

  • Ackeem Joseph, McGill University - An analysis of the effectiveness of automated pre-, post-, and intra- treatment auditing of electronic health records
  • Jessica Jones, University of Calgary - Can the elderly effectively use self-monitoring blood glucose meters?
  • Josh Gleicher, University of Toronto - Improving perioperative patient safety using a standardized process for cardiac operating room to critical care patient handover
  • Safoora Fatima, McMaster University - Decision aid for choosing between new oral anticoagulants and Warfarin for atrial fibrillation

All studentship applications were reviewed by an external interdisciplinary expert review panel. Each award recipient is required to include patients or clients in the research process and required to create at least one tool or resource of immediate utility to the field. The work is to be conducted during 2014, with final reports due by December 31.  Copies of all of the Studentship Award final reports and the tools that are developed from the studies will be posted to the Canadian Patient Safety Institute website,  A future national webinar is also planned to launch each new tool to the field.

For more information on the Studentship Awards, visit and click on Research.