As 2016 draws to a close, we are seeing the culmination of almost five years’ efforts towards full city-wide integration of staff and services. The clinical academic staff functions principally from one of the two acute care hospital groups at either the University or Victoria Hospital. Between them the two groups cover the clinical and academic commitments of the city including St. Joseph’s Health Care of London Hospital, an ambulatory hospital specializing in upper limb, eye, urology and breast surgery services in addition to ambulatory Medicine and Pain Services.
Growth has continued in the Department on several fronts, with the addition of varied staff. In addition to these individuals the Department continues to recruit actively to all sub-specialty programs. The expanding out-of-OR services in addition to new clinical commitments in the recently opened Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry dental suite continue to present us with challenges and opportunities. Our current staff complement of over 85 clinicians city wide has ample room to expand to meet the demands being seen in the growing and complex world of our University-based department.
On a related note, the Department practice plan evolved to a partnership structure this year, after many years as an association of clinicians. This change marks the dissolution of the Anaesthesia Associates of London, Canada, an organization in continuous existence since the 1950’s. The formation of the formal partnership is expected to further facilitate the important academic and clinical work of the Western University Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine and provide a powerful force to drive the “business of medicine” for the Department members and their employees. Hopefully 2017 will see the successful continuation of our growth and faculty recruitment to meet the ever increasing clinical, research and teaching needs of our vibrant, expanding university department.