The IMPACT Course was a knowledge dissemination project held on December 5th, 2012. This course, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and McMaster University Surgical Associates, brought together an interdisciplinary group of intimate partner violence (IPV) experts. The objective of the course was to help residents become aware of the issues surrounding IPV in their clinical setting and address multiple misconceptions about IPV. Course participants learned about the impact of IPV in society, clinical cases involving IPV, research conducted to date on IPV at MacOrtho, what surgeons can do about IPV, what to do if a patient is a victim or a batterer, and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s position on IPV. MacOrtho would like to thank the residents for their participation and the course faculty (Mohit Bhandari, Emil Schemitsch, Clare Freeman, David Mathews, Diana Tikasz, Sheila Sprague, and Kim Madden) for making this course a huge success.
The IMPACT Advisory Panel also met on December 5th and it is a collaborative gathering of interdisciplinary experts and stakeholders with the aim of developing a plan of action for future intimate partner violence (IPV) research initiatives in orthopaedic surgery at McMaster University. Through a multi-disciplinary approach and open discussion, we gained multiple insights to foster research partnerships and to build our research program. Many new research initiatives in IPV and orthopaedic surgery are currently underway. Please look to the MacOrtho website for future updates. Thank you to all participants for making this afternoon incredibly informative and fruitful.
Participants in this meeting were Mohit Bhandari, Brad Petrisor, Bill Ristevski, Harman Chaudhry, Nathan Evaniew, Raman Mundi, Samir Faidi, Lehana Thabane, Forough Farrokhyar, Lauren Griffith, Sheila Sprague, Kim Madden, and Nicole Simunovic from McMaster University, Emil Schemitsch, Gerard Slobogean, and Aynsley Young from St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto), Doug Thomson from the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, Nadine Wathen from University of Western Ontario, Ole Brink from Aarhus University Hospital Denmark, David Mathews from One T Counseling, Sonia Dosanjh from Global Research Solutions, Diana Tikasz from Hamilton Health Sciences, Clare Freeman from Interval House Hamilton, and Pat Campbell from the Ontario Hospital Association.