Last week, the CACAP Education Committee hosted a virtual debate on the topic of “Virtual care versus in-person care post COVID-19 pandemic.” The debate brought in nearly 50 attendees during the live session and the recording of the debate is now available online. The recording can be downloaded here as Part 1 and Part 2 and will remain available on the CACAP website.
The invited speakers in this debate were:
Dr. Hazen Gandy has been a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for the past 3 decades. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Medical Director of the Eastern Hubsite of the Ontario Tele-mental Health Service. His clinical areas of interest include eating disorders, community mental health and telepsychiatry. He is also a hub specialist in CHEO’s Project ECHO for Child and Youth Mental Health.
Dr. Edward Les is a 1998 graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine (now called the Cumming School of Medicine), subsequently trained as a pediatric emergency physician both in Calgary and in Australia, and have been on staff at Alberta Children’s Hospitals since 2004. He is also the creator and host of a parent-facing podcast titled Cloudy with a Risk of Children, which explores raising children from a health and wellness perspective. In 2020 he founded a pediatric virtual urgent care company called Virtual Kids, which served the families of Alberta until the fall of 2021. Fun fact: prior to training as a physician, he was a practicing veterinarian — he is a 1991 graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Phillipe Robaey is a psychiatrist with a specialty in child and adolescence psychiatry. He is presently full professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine (University of Ottawa), associate professor in the School of Psychology (University of Ottawa) and in the Department of Psychiatry (Université de Montréal), and research adjunct professor in the Department of Neuroscience of Carleton University. He is an internationally recognized expert in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and head of the specialized clinic for ADHD and disruptive behaviour at CHEO. He is also a specialist in mental health outcomes of children treated for chronic diseases (leukemia, prematurity, genetic disorders like tyrosinemia, etc.). More recently he started working on services of mental health services in primary care and empowering families in treatment, and in global mental health in China. His current work is in the creation of computational model to better understand ADHD and its pharmacological treatment, developing precision medicine approach to treat ADHD and the use of home-based videoconference in child and youth mental health care.