TAHSN Committee Collaborations

TAHSN Research Committee

REB Board of Record

The TAHSN Board of Record is based on an agreement among TAHSN-qualified academic hospitals. This agreement allows TAHSN institutions to defer Research Ethics oversight to a single TAHSN member REB (“Lead REB”) for studies that involve two or more TAHSN institutions. With this process, one hospital can accept the research ethics review of a qualified REB at another TAHSN institution.

The TAHSN Board of Record model is efficient because only one investigator ("Lead Applicant") is required to submit the application and apply for ethical approval from the Lead's Research Ethics Board ("Lead" or "Lead REB"). In essence, they are submitting to the TAHSN Board of Record on behalf of all participating TAHSN sites.

Participating Institutions: Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network, Women’s College Hospital.

Click here for more information about, and contact details for, the TAHSN Board of Record.

TAHSN Education Committee

Learner Engagement

Following its inception in 2010, the TAHSN Education Committee embarked on a collective Learner

Engagement Initiative to administer a standardized survey to learners in all health disciplines across the TAHSN hospitals. The objective of this initiative was to enable the collection of data that would contribute to quality improvement, leveraging best practices, and benchmarking performance for comparison across the membership. To date, a full-year of pilot data has led to almost 5 000 responses from learners. TAHSN members have established learner engagement as a corporate performance indicator, and will leverage future reports to understand the profile and needs of learners, to in turn optimize the engagement of learners across TAHSN.

eLearning Modules

Sharps Safety Module (

The following module elaborates on the proper prevention techniques and management of sharps injuries in a healthcare environment. Created May 2013; Content approved by TAHSNe.

Hand Hygiene Module (

The following module teaches how to perform proper hand hygiene in order to decrease the spread of infections in a healthcare environment. Created May 2013; Content approved by TAHSNe.


The following module provides a detailed outline of the workplace hazardous materials information system (WHMIS) and how to make use of the system in a healthcare environment.

Workplace Violence and Harassment ( )

The following module defines workplace violence and harassment in a healthcare environment, and outlines ways to identify and manage such incidences.

Privacy: (

This module teaches about the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of patient’s personal health information and ways to do so.

TAHSN Practice Committee

Senior Friendly Community of Practice

In 2011, the TAHSN Practice Committee embarked on a collective Senior Friendly Initiative focused on the prevention of functional decline in hospitalized elders through establishing a TAHSN network of scholarship for Senior Friendly Care. Following a comprehensive review of existing senior friendly practices at TAHSN hospitals, the Committee established that all hospitals have embedded senior friendly care as a priority within their institutions, and thereby endorsed the 48/6 model as a best practice to inform future initiatives. Since then, a TAHSN Senior Friendly Community of Practice (CoP) has been formed, to provide a platform for an interprofessional group of clinicians and clinical leadership from across the TAHSN membership to brainstorm and share ideas, experiences, and best practices to further enhance the provision of senior friendly care in TAHSN hospitals. In the year ahead, the CoP will specifically focus its efforts on interprofessional team building, dementia and addressing responsive behaviours in seniors.

TAHSNp Innovation Fellowship Program

In 2014, the TAHSN Practice Committee sponsored the development of the TAHSNp Innovation Fellowship Program to advance academic practice and improve patient care across TAHSN hospitals. The Fellowship program provides point-of-care health professionals with an opportunity to improve patient care through the implementation of a quality improvement project while learning about leadership, change management and inter-professional collaboration. The TAHSNp Fellowship Program builds on the success of University Health Network’s Collaborative Academic Practice Innovation and Research Fellowship Program, which was recognized in 2012 by Accreditation Canada as an Innovative Leading Practice. For more information on the TAHSNp Innovation Fellowship program visit

TAHSN Medical Affairs Committee


Over the past 3 years, the TAHSN Medical Affairs Committee has identified the Automation and Harmonization of Physician Re-credentialing as a key priority. Leveraging a common approach, 8 TAHSN hospitals have implemented an IT system (CMaRS) that allows for physicians who are appointed at multiple TAHSN hospitals to complete their re-appointment application in an efficient and expedited manner. Through harmonization of the requirements for re-credentialing, over 10,000 privileged physicians at TAHSN hospitals can complete their re-appointment application in less than half the amount of time required in the past. The system provides a platform to expand the process to initial appointment and will allow for alignment with other system stakeholders such as the University and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

TAHSN CEO Committee

MaRS Innovation

The launch of MaRS Innovation (MI), formed in 2009 as a better way to capture the commercial potential of Toronto’s $1 billion in annual science and technology research spending since its inception. MI has since grown into a provincial resource, acting as the commercialization agent for the exceptional discovery pipeline from 16 leading Ontario academic institutions. In addition, MI is an easy gateway for investors and licensees who wish to gain access to technology assets in Ontario. Recently, four University of Toronto professors who have commercialization projects at various stages with MaRS Innovation were named to the University’s list of Inventors of the Year.

Toronto Dementia Research Alliance

The Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA), established in 2009 as a new paradigm for collaborative research, exists to create an effective platform for consistent collection and interpretation of clinical data across member institutions. TDRA is working towards positioning itself as a Canadian research center of excellence in the prediction, diagnosis and management of neurocognitive disorders with a specific focus on dementia. Most recently, TDRA was the recipient of 3 peer-reviewed grants, totaling over $2.5M. For more information on the TDRA, please visit: