Wellness Needs Assessment of Pediatric Trainees at McMaster Children’s Hospital

Dr. Claire Young, PGY2

Supervisor: Dr. Joanna Humphreys

While the importance of medical trainee wellness is being increasingly recognized, we continue to lack specific data from our medical trainee cohorts that can provide a detailed assessment of their overall well-being. Within this study, we aim to create a comprehensive survey to assess wellness needs within the McMaster pediatric trainee population, including residents and subspecialty fellows. Ultimately, we aim to identify key areas for wellness-focused intervention.


1. Review existing literature on medical trainee wellness

2. Identify and discuss key components of a comprehensive wellness needs assessment, using an appreciative inquiry method

The Efficacy of the 2019 McMaster Children’s Hospital Anaphylaxis Kits versus the Standard Anaphylaxis Kit

Dr. Meagan Kaye, PGY2

Supervisor: Dr. Ronish Gupta

Anaphylaxis is an acute, potentially life-threatening systemic allergic reaction to various triggers. There is international consensus that intramuscular epinephrine is the first line and most effective treatment for anaphylaxis. Despite this, it is commonly underutilized and misused by healthcare professionals. As part of a quality improvement initiative at McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH), a new anaphylaxis kit was developed and implemented in 2019. Our aim is to showcase that the 2019 MCH kit results in fewer medication errors as it pertains to inpatient anaphylaxis management versus the standard anaphylaxis kit.


  1. To define anaphylaxis and anaphylaxis management
  2. To review why errors in anaphylaxis management occur and what has been implemented at MCH to decrease errors
  3. To outline our proposed methods to showcase the efficacy of the 2019 MCH anaphylaxis kit versus the standard anaphylaxis kit

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