April Kam
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Dr. April Kam is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. She joined the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine after completing her pediatrics residency and an academic pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Kam completed her Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and her Masters of Science in Public Health (Health Promotion stream) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK.

Dr. Kam has interest in global health education and has taught and worked in several countries including Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guyana and St. Lucia. She was the Pediatric track lead for the Developing EM conference in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Kam has revamped the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement and Patient Safety rounds and is also part of the McMaster Children’s Hospital Quality Improvement and Innovations Committee. She is an original member of the McMaster-Mumbai Partnership that provides QIPS workshop and training to partner children’s hospitals in India. In 2017, April and the Speak Up team has brought “Speak Up at MCH”, an initiative that integrates patients and their families in communicating for patient safety to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kam is the McMaster Evaluations Portfolio Lead for the Pediatric Postgraduate Education Committee. In 2014, she was recruited to become a CAEP Education Champion. She is a member of the Program for Faculty Development and has been leading workshops on the hidden curriculum, simulation and coaching in medical education. Dr. Kam sits on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Specialty Committee in Emergency Medicine and the Emergency Medicine Examination Board.

She is the founding chair and Research Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Oversight Committee (PEMROC). Dr. Kam currently sits on the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board and has recently led the creation of PEMMREP the PEM research enrichment program. Her research interest includes antibiotic stewardship in PEM, ethics in EM, the hidden curriculum in medical education and quality improvement processes in the ED.
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