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The HoPingKong Workshop in Complex Medicine


A core competency of a General Internist is that of expert diagnostician. General Internists, particularly those with an outpatient practice, are often asked to see patients referred from the Emergency Department or from primary care providers, with constellations of symptoms, signs, and investigations, around which diagnostic uncertainty exists. It is often the goal of the referring physician that the consultant consider rare conditions with which they may have only passing familiarity, or with which they may be completely unfamiliar. The referring physician may also not have found, or even be suspicious of, a unifying medical diagnosis, but seeks a second opinion, or reassurance that it is unlikely an important diagnosis has been missed.
The achievement of proficiency in the care of this patient population, and in answering complex questions effectively, requires a unique skillset and extensive clinical experience, which is most often acquired after training, when exposed to these questions in practice. 
This workshop aims to hone the unique skillset required for this practice, with a focus on ambulatory medicine, although the concepts covered are also relevant to a hospitalist practice.


This 2nd annual 1-day workshop will include interactive rare diseases case discussions, expert panel presentations with a focus on the care of marginalized patients, as well as audience Q&A. 

This workshop has been integrated into the University of Toronto General Internal Medicine trainees’ formal curriculum (PGY4 and 5), and is open to GIM trainees across the country as well as  practicing general internists, critical care, family medicine, and emergency physicians. 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's workshop will be postponed. 

If you have registered already, you will be refunded. 

Please stay tuned for a new date.   


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2020 Workshop Agenda - coming soon!

Planning Committee 


David Frost MD FRCPC

Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Site Director/CTU Director, General Internal Medicine, Toronto Western Hospital

Kevin Venus MD FRCPC

Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto 

Clinical Associate, Division of General Internal Medicine, UHN-SHS


Ben Kaasa MD CCFP 

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Program Director, PGY-3 Academic Hospital Medicine, University of Toronto 

Anna Goulding MD (PGY4) 

General Internal Medicine Training Program, University of Toronto

Alison Lai MD FRCPC (PGY5)

General Internal Medicine Training Program, University of Toronto 

Sarah Meilach

Administrator, The HoPingKong Centre, UHN 

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