Award-winning paediatrician leads new residency program at RVHS
Aug. 6, 2014 — Dr. Yehuda Nofech-Mozes has earned the Marvin Gerstein Award for excellence in teaching at the Paediatric Awards Day at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto (SickKids).
The director of the paediatric medical education program at Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS), Dr. Nofech-Mozes recently completed eight years part-time at SickKids in addition to his work at RVHS. While at SickKids, he taught University of Toronto (U of T) paediatric residents who nominated him for this honour. The Marvin Gerstein Award, which goes to a part-time member of the department of paediatrics at SickKids, was presented to Dr. Nofech-Mozes on June 4.
Dr. Nofech-Mozes is no stranger to teaching. Together with the team of paediatricians at RVHS, he has been actively involved in the U of T undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programs in paediatrics for many years.
Having just been recognized for excellence in teaching residents, Dr. Nofech-Mozes will now be part of a new residency program at RVHS. Rouge Valley's paediatrician team is collaborating with The Scarborough Hospital (TSH), a community-affiliated teaching hospital of the U of T, and taking part in the U of T/TSH family medicine residency program. As of just last month, Rouge Valley now has a second-year resident position year-round, with residents rotating for one month at a time. The residents receive general paediatric hospital and office-based teaching at TSH and subspecialty clinic exposure for their second-year rotation at RVHS.
"At RVHS we have very strong subspecialties. These residents come to us for training in our many clinics" says Dr. Nofech-Mozes. "Rouge Valley Centenary provides a broad range of highly-skilled specialty paediatric services to east Toronto and west Durham. Because of this, we have responsibilities to train nurses, nurse practitioners, residents, and medical students," he adds.
Dr. Nofech-Mozes sees many positives to having residents in family medicine come to RVHS for their training. "RVHS will benefit because we will have residents year-round who will get to know the quality of our services. TSH benefits because we are creating a teaching partnership, and supporting their teaching load. It will benefit the residents, as they will acquire more diverse experience. When they leave RVHS, they will be familiar with the different subspecialty clinics and services that we have to offer the children of our community. And this will only benefit patients and families down the road. It is a win-win-win-win situation," he says.
The clinical rotation in paediatrics at RVHS was made possible by collaboration with Dr. Peter Azzopardi, chief of paediatrics at TSH; Dr. Larry Erlick, chief of the department of family and community medicine (DFCM) at TSH and academic site chief, DFCM, faculty of medicine, U of T; and Dr. Jennifer McDonald, co-director of the post-graduate family medicine residency teaching program, U of T, faculty of medicine at TSH.
Dr. Nofech-Mozes says, "We are excited to be collaborating with TSH. Both of our hospitals are growing with us working together."
The team of subspecialists involved, who are actively supporting and providing teaching and clinical guidance in different subspecialty fields at RVHS, include:
Dr. Latifa Yeung and Dr. Carol Durno (gastroenterology);
Dr. Miah Hahn (orthopaedics);
Dr. Hubert Wong (nephrology);
Dr. Joyce Ching and Dr. Audrey Segal (immunology and allergy);
Dr. Lani Lieberman (hematology and sickle cell clinic);
Dr. Phakamile Madikiza (sickle cell clinic);
Dr. Karoon Danayan (rheumatology); and
Dr. Margaret Gan-Gaisano (endocrinology and diabetes).
RVHS general paediatricians also actively support the residents' teaching program by supervising and guiding their clinical work in Rouge Valley's paediatric consultation clinic.
Dr. Nofech-Mozes was also the winner of the Community Paediatrics Clerkship Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010, and the Lionel Weinstein Clerkship Teaching Award in 2009, both given by the University of Toronto's department of paediatrics.
Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) — The best at what we do.
Rouge Valley Health System is an excellent acute care community hospital with many programs, including 24/7/365 emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, mental health and regional cardiac care. Rouge Valley consists of several health sites, including two community hospital campuses: Rouge Valley Centenary in Scarborough; and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham. Together, a team of physicians, nurses and many other professionals care for a broad spectrum of patient health conditions. Working in consultation and partnership with community members, other hospitals, health care organizations, the Central East Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Rouge Valley continues to improve its programs and cater to the needs of the growing communities of east Toronto, Pickering, Ajax and Whitby.