Specialty Specific Information for Health Providers

List of Resources by Specialty

Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

  1. A list of resources covering anesthesia in patients with positive COVID status or suspected positive status, unknown COVID status, negative COVID status and asympotmatic. Includes special considerations for high risk surgeries and considerations for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

    Resources  UofT  Perioperative  Intraoperative  Postoperative  
    Website  

Critical Care Medicine

  1. U of T pandemic education preparedness for non ICU clinicians

    ICU  Non-ICU  UofT  
    Online Course  
  2. This free 1 hour webinar will feature a short presentation on ICU Practices and Care, including Personal Protection Equipment Practices, that will be required for non-ICU practitioners to work in an ICU during the pandemic

    PPE  Critical Care  
    Webinar  

Emergency Care Medicine

  1. General materials, procedure videos, approach videos and articles compiled by AIME.

    Resources  
    Website  
  2. pdf

    A resource developed by the Canadian Burn Association outlining coping measures for Burn victims and their families during the pandemic.

    Mental Health  Coping  Patients  Stress  Tips  Virtual Visit  
    PDF  
  3. An e-textbook from the Royal College that provides an interactive guide to patient management.

    Resources  
    E-Resource  

Family and Community Medicine

  1. I want to use virtual care — what do I need to know?

    Use of virtual care has rapidly been rolled-out across the province. The provincial government has introduced a temporary fee code change that allows physicians to more flexibly bill for virtual visits.

    How do I decide if virtual care is an appropriate way to provide patient care?

    The College encourages physicians to consider adopting virtual care into their practice during the pandemic to help ensure access to care, to support the conservation of PPE, and to avoid increasing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Physicians should, wherever possible, provide care virtually that they would have otherwise provided in person.

    Virtual Care  
    Website  
  2. pdf

    A quick reference for family physicians asking how to best manage in-person visits when they feel they are clinically necessary.

    OMA  Practice Management  Virtual Care  Family Medicine  
    Website  
  3. This series aims to bring together front-line clinicians caring for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties. Participants can contribute to panel discussions by responding to live polls and submitting questions. Resources and practice tips will be shared throughout the series.

    health research  Health Practice  IDD  
    Webinar  
  4. This series aims to bring together front-line clinicians caring for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and researchers from a range of disciplines and medical specialties. Participants can contribute to panel discussions by responding to live polls and submitting questions. Resources and practice tips will be shared throughout the series.

    Mental Health  IDD  
    Webinar  
  5. Adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD), such as autism and Down Syndrome, are not only more susceptible to COVID-19 but have also been facing greater physical, mental health, and ethical challenges during the pandemic.

    Ethics  IDD  
    Webinar  
  6. This session focuses on supporting colleagues and the community, and will share how family physicians are working with each other in the community during the pandemic. Moderated by: Dr. Tara Kiran. Guest panelists: Dr. Nadine Laraya, Dr. Daniel Pepe, and Dr. Arieg Badawi.

    CFPC  Family Medicine  
    Webinar  
  7. Please join the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) for the third in our series on ‘Changing the way we work.'

    Guidance  Mental Health  Patients  
    Clinical  
  8. This session will focus on embracing virtual care and share how family physicians are working in the community during the pandemic.

    Guidance  Communication  Patients  
    Webinar  
  9. Please join us for the fifth in our series on ‘Changing the way we work’.

    Guidance  Practice Management  
    Webinar  
  10. pdf

    Providing guidance to Primary Care Physicans in implementing a system for virtual and/or telephone consultations, making referrals to local assessment centres, conducting clinical examination and specimen collection using contact/droplet precautions and links to latest case definition, signage and PHO IPAC recommendations

    PHO  Resources  
    PDF  
  11. Visual Summary of COVID-19 Remote Assessment

    Assessment  Virtual Visit  
    Infographic  
  12. Resource slides from April 23rd webinar "Management of Residents with COVID-19 in LTC". The presentation can act as a resource in the identification of COVID in the LTC population, how to discuss a COVID prognosis with LTC residents and their families and plan treatment strategies for LTC residents with COVID.

    Assessment  CFPC  Communication  Family Medicine  
    PowerPoint  
  13. Journal Article outlining the University of Toronto Adult Neurology Residency Program’s early experiences with and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including modifications to the provision of neurologic care while upholding neurology education and safety.

    Guidance  
    Journal Article  
  14. Authors introduce the concept of a protected code stroke during a pandemic, as in the case of COVID-19, and provide a framework for key considerations including screening, personal protective equipment, and crisis resource management. These considerations and suggested algorithms can be utilized and adapted for local practice.

    PPE  Practice Management  
    Website  
  15. Clinical guidance, tools, and links for health providers caring for older adults during the COVID-19 Pandemic provided by the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto.

    Guidance  Geriatric Care  
    Website  
  16. This Stroke-focused podcast is developed by a keen group of doctors who are in the Neurology program in Toronto. It is geared towards residents and medical students with a keen interest in stroke and stroke-related topics. Our team of co-hosts are: Jaime Cazes, Ryan Muir, Phavalan Rajendram, Katherine Sawicka, Tess Fitzpatrick, Neha Patel, Sydney Lee, and Houman Khosravani.

    Resources  Tips  
    Podcast  
  17. Dr. Althea Hayden (family physician and Medical Health Officer, British Columbia), Dr. Elise Levinoff (geriatrician/internist and consultant at CHSLD Jewish Eldercare Centre, Quebec), and Dr. Andrea Moser (family physician at Baycrest Geriatric Health Sciences, Ontario).

    CFPC  Elderly  Long Term Care  
    Webinar  
  18. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many groups of people including the Indigenous community over the last few months. Join us for a discussion on the impact of the pandemic on Indigenous populations, how health systems are responding, and learn what actions have been effective–or fruitless–in the provincial and local responses across the country.

    Indigenous Health  
    Webinar  
  19. The Virtual Neurologic Exam: Instructional videos and guidance for the COVID-19 era

    Virtual Care  Neurology  
    Website  
  20. pdf

    A quick reference for physicians addressing the question: What Can I Use Virtual Care For?

    OMA  Practice Management  Virtual Care  
    Website  
  21. OTN's virtual care solutions has recently been adapted by many healthcare professionals to assess and care for their patients. In our upcoming webinar, we demonstrate how to use the built-in functions in OTN to carry out a detailed cognitive assessment virtually.

    Virtual Care  Psychiatry  Family Medicine  Neurology  
    Webinar  
  22. COVID-19 Information and Resources compiled by the Ontario College of Family Physicians

    OFPC  Resources  
    Website  
  23. Assessment  Virtual Visit  
    Article  

Indigenous Health

  1. Indigenous COVID-19 Information and Resources Page developed in collaboration with the Indigenous Education Network (Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Julie Blair, Alexis Daybutch) and the OISE Library (Desmond Wong). Provides information regarding health agencies, Indigenous responses to COVID-19 and Wellness resources.

    Resources  UofT  Indigenous Health  First Nations  
    Website  
  2. If you need someone to talk to, NWAC Elders offer resilience support via telephone.

    Mental Health  Coping  Stress  Tips  Providers  CAMH  Indigenous  Vulnerable Populations  
    Website  

Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology

  1. pdf

    This document outlines guidance for conducting medicolegal autopsies under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Coroner/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC/OFPS) during the COVID-19 outbreak. This guideline identifies practices that prioritize the safety of staff and help manage workplace pressures, while meeting the requirements of an adequate medicolegal autopsy.

    Guidance  Medico-legal  Autopsies  
    PDF  

Medical Imaging

  1. American College of Radiologists collection of resources to help radiology professionals make more informed decisions during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    ACR  Diagnosis  Provider Safety  Patient Safety  
    Website  
  2. Position statements, guidelines, recommendations, webinars and more compiled for radiologists by the Canadian Association of Radiologists

    CAR  Imaging  Lesson Learned  Preparedness  
    Website  
  3. The goal of this expert consensus is to help radiologists recognize findings of COVID-19 pneumonia and aid their communication with other healthcare providers, assisting management of patients during this pandemic. This expert consensus statement is endorsed by the Society of Thoracic Radiology, the American College of Radiology, and RSNA.

    Guidance  RSNA  ACR  STR  
    Website  
  4. Images, cases, advice, guidance and more compiled by the Radiological Society of North America

    RSNA  
    Website  
  5. This important webinar discusses COVID-19 strategies, including preparedness, policy and response for radiology departments. There’s also a Q&A session that answers timely questions.

    RSNA  Preparedness  
    Video  
  6. 200+ images of the radiology of coronavirus

    Cases  RSNA  Images  
    Website  
  7. This short article from the American College of Radiology provides recommendations for the use of chest radiography and CT for suspected COVID-19 infections

    ACR  Recommendations  
    Article  
  8. This Society for Interventional Radiology toolkit provides planning, case classification and FAQ resources for inerventional radiologists.

    Guide  SIR  
    Website  

Medicine

  1. A resource website with guidance, both clinical and operational, for General Internal Medicine units to adopt in caring for COVID-19 patients.

    Guidance  Patients  PPE  Procedure  Resources  Tips  
    Website  

Obstetrics And Gynaecology

  1. pdf

    Suggestions for the care of the perinatal population.

    Perinatal Care  CAPWHN  Nurses  
    PDF  
  2. Interim Considerations for Infection Prevention and Control of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings

    Guidance  CDC  PPE  Prevention  
    Website  
  3. The University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology’s Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee hosted this webinar entitled "COVID-19 in Pregnancy: The Ontario Provincial Guidelines, Ante Partum Assessment and Safe PPE Use" on Monday, May 4th, 2020 via a video conferencing system.

    Speakers include Drs. Jon Barrett, Rohan D’Souza, John Kingdom, Leslie Po, Prakeshkumar Shah, Wendy Whittle and Mark Yudin. Moderated by Dr. Jon Barrett.

    Assessment  PPE  UofT  
    Video  
  4. A thorough list of COVID-19 resources for ObGyn Health Professionals, organized by date of posting.

    Resources  UofT  
    Website  
  5. Clinical Resources from the leading international society of professionals in ultrasound for obstetrics and gynecology (ISUOG)

    ISUOG  Clinical Management  
    Website  
  6. A joint statement by AAGL, AUGA, SGO, SGS, IGCS and CANSAGE regarding minimally invasive gynecologic surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    AAGL  AUGA  SGO  SGS  IGCS  CANSAGE  
    Website  
  7. U of T Article "New Pandemic Pregnancy Guide Brings ObGyn and Family Medicine Together

    Pregnancy  Instagram  Expert Series  
    Website  
  8. Guidance for healthcare professionals on coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.

    RCOG  Pregnancy  Advice  
    Website  
  9. Q&A provided by the World Health Organization on the topic of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding as related to COVID-19.

    Guidance  Pregnancy  Q&A  Care  
    Website  

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

  1. A list of COVID-19 practice supports for OT's from the CAOT (Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists)

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  
  2. A list of COVID-19 resources and guides for OT's from the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  

Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences

  1. University of Toronto DOVS Grand Rounds

    Webinar  
  2. As the province looks to gradually have additional businesses open their doors, you may be wondering what that means for you and your colleagues in the ophthalmology profession. Join the University of Toronto's Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences for a round table webinar discussion on what the public opening of ophthalmology offices and clinics looks like, in a post-COVID-19 world.

    Ophthalmology  
    Webinar  

Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

  1. What you need to know to return to practice. Tips and advice from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Patients  Practice Management  Virtual Visit  Providers  
    Webinar  
  2. pdf

    What you need to know to return to practice. Tips and advice from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Patients  Practice Management  Virtual Visit  Providers  
    PDF  

Paediatrics

  1. Links to resources on a number of topics inclucing Clinical guidance, information for families and advocacy from the Canadian Paediatric Society

    Resources  
    Website  
  2. COVID-19 Resource Centre assembled by the Child Development Instittue to bring additional support to families through resources and tips on managing emotions and staying connected.

    Mental Health  Kids  Child Development  Paediatrics  
    Website  
  3. Article regarding use chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine for treatment of suspected or confirmed COVID-19

    Treatment  Drugs  
    Website  
  4. Critical messages for youth and families related to COVID, youth and substance use

    Youth  Substance Use  
    Article  
  5. This article presents current screenign guidelines in Canada, in-office infection controls and precautions and routine in-office child health care tips for paediatricians.

    Guidance  Children  
    Article  
  6. The CPS has released a series of guidance documents on neonatal care during the pandemic. This resource focuses on delivery room considerations for infants born to mothers with suspected or proven COVID-19.

    Guidance  CPD  Neonatal  
    Website  
  7. The CPS has released a series of guidance documents on neonatal care during the pandemic. This resource focuses on breastfeeding when mothers have suspected or proven COVID-19.

    Guidance  CPS  Neonatal  
    Website  
  8. The CPS has released a series of guidance documents on neonatal care during the pandemic. This resource focuses on NICU care for infants born to mothers with suspected or proven COVID-19.

    Guidance  CPS  Neonatal  
    Website  
  9. Dr. Robin Williams, Chair of the Early Years Task Force, shares advice on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 and shares suggestions on how to build resilience

    Mental Health  Coping  Kids  
    Blog Post  
  10. pdf

    Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn, Section on Neonatal provides interim guidance for the management of infants born to mothers with confirmed and suspected COVID-19.

    Guidance  Infants  
    PDF  
  11. Dr. Kassia Johnson, a developmental paediatrician in Hamilton, reassures parents that isolation, quarantine, and social distancing may be opportunities to re-connect with children.

    Mental Health  Youth  Kids  Parenting  
    Blog Post  
  12. Adolescent medicine specialists Dr. Nicholas Chadi and Dr Richard Bélanger warn that young people who smoke or vape may be more likely to develop complications from coronavirus like pneumonia or acute respiratory distress, which could result in hospitalization and/or treatment in an intensive care unit

    Youth  Vaping  Smoking  Management  Risk Factors  
    Website  
  13. The City Wide Rounds is dedicated to bring the very best of continuing education to all our community paediatricians within the Greater Toronto Area.

    Webinar  

Physical Therapy

  1. This is a hub for all resources and updates regarding COVID-19 from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  
  2. This is a repository for all resources and updates regarding COVID-19 from the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  
  3. This is a list of all COVID-19 webinars and trainings offered to Physiotherapists through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

    Online  Remote  Resources  Training  
    Website  

Psychiatry

  1. IACCAP advice for surviving the pandemic with your children.

    Guidance  Youth  Coping  
    Website  
  2. The virtual MMSE and MoCA provide a basic assessment of cognitive function. In this webinar, we will demonstrate a more in-depth approach to virtual evaluation of cognitive function using the Behavioural Neurology Assessment (BNA-SF) and the Toronto Cognitive Assessment (TorCA). Both tests have been adopted as standards within the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance, and can be administered by health care professionals or trained assistants.

    RCOG  Psychiatry  
    Webinar  
  3. CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use. We have put together a suite of resources from websites and organizations from around the world, as well publications from our own experts.

    Mental Health  Resources  Substance Use  
  4. This webinar will highlight key issues in harm reduction during the COVID-19 outbreak and discuss changes that harm reduction programs have made during this time.

    Mental Health  Prevention  Substance Use  Psychiatry  
    Webinar  
  5. ECHO Coping with COVID is designed for Healthcare Providers and Residents responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are invited to join ECHO sessions virtually through multi-point videoconference technology to share and learn about ways to build resilience and overall wellness through didactic lectures and case-based discussions.

    Coping  Online  
    Website  
  6. Webinars on Mental Health - United for Global Mental Health

    Mental Health  Online  E-Learning  
    Website  
  7. Talking with children about dangerous or scary situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for all parents. A clinical psychologist shares considerations for those on the front lines.

    Youth  Resources  Stress  Teaching  Tips  
    Website  
  8. This webinar will explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and well-being.

    Guidance  Mental Health  
    Webinar  
  9. WHO and public health authorities around the world are acting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, this time of crisis is generating stress throughout the population. The considerations presented in this document have been developed by the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as a series of messages that can be used in communications to support mental and psychosocial well-being in different target groups during the outbreak.

    Mental Health  Coping  Substance Use  WHO  
    Website  
  10. Mental Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic
    (Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters III)

    Mental Health  Psychiatry  
    Webinar  
  11. pdf

    Although we cannot lessen the loss of a loved one, we can provide family members with clear, concise, and accurate information about the death, and access to helpful resources.

    Guidance  Mental Health  Coping  Resources  Tips  Training  
    PDF  
  12. pdf

    Described here are the psychological effects of quarantine, as well as strategies for how healthcare providers can care for their patients’ and their own mental well-being during periods of quarantine.

    Guidance  Mental Health  Patients  Prevention  Procedure  Stress  
    PDF  
  13. pdf

    This briefing note summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The brief was last updated February 2020.

    Mental Health  Resources  
    Website  
  14. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

    Mental Health  Youth  Coping  Online  Stress  
    Website  
  15. "APA's Telepsychiatry Toolkit — developed by the APA Work Group on Telepsychiatry — is an evolving resource for members who want to learn about the various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this toolkit.

    The toolkit covers topics from History, training, practice/clinical, reimbursement and legal issues from leading psychiatrists."

    Guide  Online  Patients  Practice Management  Remote  Virtual Visit  
    Website  
  16. pdf

    This is a guide for leaders and managers of healthcare services who will need to consider the wellbeing needs of all healthcare staff (clinical and non-clinical) as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. It offers practical recommendations for how to respond at individual, management and organisational level involving the appropriate utilisation of expertise within their practitioner psychologist and mental health professionals and anticipates the psychological reactions over time, and what people may need to recovery psychologically from this.

    Guidance  Mental Health  Procedure  Resources  
    PDF  
  17. The purpose of this webinar is to explore how information in certain forms and contexts can be harmful versus helpful; how it will impact patients as well as healthcare workers; and strategies to deal with the reality of the situation.

    Mental Health  Stress  Psychiatry  
    Webinar  
  18. The purpose of this webinar is to explore how information in certain forms and contexts can be harmful versus helpful; how it will impact patients as well as healthcare workers; and strategies to deal with the reality of the situation.

    Mental Health  Stress  Psychiatry  
    Webinar  

Radiology

  1. Learn about the experiences of our international colleagues in Italy, Spain and the United States, review recently published international imaging guidelines, understand how we can maintain education for our trainees during this challenging time and also learn how we can protect ourselves and our radiology staff while taking care of the most sick and vulnerable patients. Presented by the University of Toronto Medical Imaging Department

    Imaging  Lesson Learned  COVID  Radiology  Respirology  
    Webinar  

Speech-Language Pathology

  1. COVID-19 Resources update from Speech Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). Posted on April 20th 2020

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  
  2. Updates from CASLPO, the regulatory body of Ontario in regards to services offered by Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists.

    Communication  Guide  Resources  
    Website  

surgery

  1. As operating rooms and endoscopy suites gradually return to activity, there is much for the general surgeon to consider!

    Return to practice  surgery  
    Webinar  
  2. What you need to know to return to practice. Tips and advice from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Patients  Practice Management  Virtual Visit  Providers  
    Webinar  
  3. pdf

    What you need to know to return to practice. Tips and advice from the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

    Patients  Practice Management  Virtual Visit  Providers  
    PDF