2017 PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Translation Fellowship

Dr. Kerstin de Wit

 

"The PSI Graham Farquharson Knowledge Foundation grant will allow me to dedicate 3 years of research on how to improve the way pulmonary embolism is diagnosed in Canadian emergency departments. Currently, many emergency patients who are tested for pulmonary embolism undergo CT imaging. The CT scan has a small risk of kidney damage and cancer in later life. There are well validated pathways to test patients for pulmonary embolism without doing a CT scan. This research program will identify and address the barriers to using these other tests in the emergency department."

The PSI Foundation is pleased to announce Dr. Kerstin de Wit of McMaster University as the 2017 PSI Graham Farquharson KT Fellow. This Fellowship -- valued at $100,000 per year for three years -- is intended to protect a new, promising clinician’s research time, allowing the Fellow to undertake high-impact translational research.

Dr. de Wit trained in Emergency Medicine and Acute Internal Medicine in the UK. She graduated from Edinburgh University Medical School, has a BSc in Pharmacology and a research doctorate (MD) from the University of Manchester. She moved to Canada in 2010, to take up a Thrombosis Research Fellowship in Ottawa, where she obtained a Master of Epidemiology. She is now an Assistant Professor in McMaster University, and works clinically as both a Thrombosis and Emergency physician in Hamilton Health Sciences.