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Supervisor:  Dr. Diane Lougheed

Professor of Medicine, Public Health Sciences and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Senior Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences



We are currently recruiting for a PhD trainee to join our team at the Asthma Research Unit, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. The candidate will have the opportunity to work in a collaborative team environment with experts in respiratory and family medicine, epidemiology, population and public health sciences. Collaborations involve members of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN) and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). We are seeking a student who has a Masters in Epidemiology, Public Health or Translational Medicine, with expertise in population health and administrative databases.


The specific projects include:

  • Promoting Evidence-based Asthma Care: Use of Sentinel Surveillance for Quality Improvement (PEACSS-QI). (PI: Dr. Diane Lougheed; Co-Is: Dr. David Barber, Dr. Samir Gupta, Dr. John Queenan, Dr. Teresa To). Funded by the Government of Ontario’s Academic Health Sciences Centre Innovation Fund, this project aims to develop, validate and pilot test the implementation of an EMR case definition for adult asthma for use in the CPCSSN. This study may involve linkage of CPCSSN data to ICES data. We aim create new knowledge on how to best collect and use point-of-care asthma EMR data to improve asthma care and outcomes.
  • Use of EMRs to Improve the Recognition and Management of Severe Asthma. (PI: Dr. Diane Lougheed; Co-Is: Dr. Catherine Lemiere, Alison Morra, Delanya Podgers). Using Pan-Canadian Respiratory Standards for Electronic Health Records (PRESTINE) data elements, we have created an EMR algorithm that identifies patients with suspected or confirmed severe asthma and provides decision support to the provider. There will be an opportunity for the PhD student to lead a prospective study of the impact of this knowledge translation tool on practice patterns and patient outcomes, that may include use of ICES data holdings.
  • The Electronic Asthma Performance Indicator (e-API) Project: Implementation and Evaluation. (PI: Dr. Diane Lougheed; Co-Is: Dr. Andrea Gershon, Dr. Teresa To, Dr. Samir Gupta). The purpose of this study is to determine whether integrating an electronic Asthma Performance Indicator (e-API) reporting system into the process of care enables CQI of asthma care and improves adherence with evidence-based guidelines


Funding will be commensurate with Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies. This position will be partially supported by a Queen’s Doctoral Fellowship which is limited to domestic BIU-eligible PhD Students.


If interested, please email the following documents to Dr. Diane Lougheed by May 25, 2021:

  • a 1 page cover letter
  • CV
  • academic transcript from your most recent academic degree
  • contact information for 2 academic references
  • Have you recently completed your master’s or PhD in a health-related field?
  • Are you looking to apply your analytic and research skills to real-world challenges?
  • Would you like to gain valuable work experience while making an impact on Ontario’s healthcare system?
  • Do you see yourself as an emerging health system leader?
  • If so, the new OHT Impact Fellows program may be for you!


The Opportunity

The OHT Impact Fellows program places skilled researchers directly within Ontario Health Teams. During their year-long placement, Impact Fellows will support the implementation and evaluation of local projects and contribute to rapid learning and improvement. Fellows will bolster evaluation capacity at host sites and support knowledge exchange across the learning network.


Who are Impact Fellows?

Impact Fellows are skilled researchers with advanced training in evaluation, data analytics, and quality improvement. Fellows have completed a master’s or PhD and have expertise in cutting-edge methods that can be harnessed to help advance an OHT’s priorities. They can generate innovative solutions grounded in evidence and build in-house capacity for evaluation and rapid learning.


Why Be a Fellow?

Impact Fellows have a unique opportunity to learn from and contribute to health systems change. As an embedded researcher, trainees can hone their analytic skills while contributing to real-world impact. During the year-long program, Fellows apply their skills to address critical challenges faced by OHTs and, in the process, receive mentorship and professional development.


Benefits for Fellows

  • One-year fellowship (value: $70,000) to work within an Ontario Health Team (OHT)
  • Advanced training in evaluation, implementation science, integrated care and other topics to support them in their OHT role
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with health system leaders, decision-makers, academics, and other embedded research fellows
  • Opportunity to tackle real-world challenges and contribute to meaningful impact


Who Can Apply?

  • Individuals with a doctoral degree completed within the last six years are encouraged to apply. The degree should be in health services and policy research or a related field such as epidemiology, health economics, population health, public health, or social studies of medicine.
  • Individuals with a thesis-based (research) graduate degree in health services and policy research or a related field AND who hold a professional degree (e.g., MD) or have at least five years of relevant professional experience in health and social service-related settings are also encouraged to apply.


Details about the application process and how to apply can be found on the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation web site. You can also send an email; program leads will be happy to chat with you.