Meet Jas Chahal
Name: Jas Chahal
Title & Department: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon, Department of Surgery
On the WCH team for: 6.5 years
1. What does your typical work day look like?
My work week is comprised of a mix of patient care, teaching residents and fellows, conducting clinical research, and various administrative tasks. On days when I perform surgery, we start at 7:30am and work until 3:30pm. Teaching is centred around cases and occurs throughout the day. At the end of the day, we will round on our post-operative patients and I will use this time to catch up on various administrative tasks. Days where I am in the clinic allows me to interact with my patients pre-operatively and post-operatively to provide seamless care throughout their journey. These days are high volume and fast-paced but necessary to address the needs of the population with musculoskeletal impairment. Throughout the week, there are often rounds at 7am that are related to clinical topics in sports medicine, research, or didactic/technical sessions for trainees. I also spend one day per week in my office involved in clinical research focused on studying outcomes after arthroscopic surgery and the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis. The days are busy but extremely gratifying!
2. What excites you the most about working at WCH?
Women’s College Hospital is the home of the University of Toronto Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Program. This program provides state of the art care in arthroscopy and sports medicine and provides an opportunity for all involved stakeholders to address gaps in clinical care, conduct high-quality clinical trials, be leaders in ambulatory surgery, and innovate in health care delivery across the peri-operative patient journey. We have an opportunity to create an international footprint in our field and WCH is an important enabler of the UTOSM vision. On a day-to-day level, the most exciting aspect of working at WCH for me is the people I get to interact with. From nurses, administrative assistants, and various support staff, there is a clear goal to optimize efficiency, patient care and quality. I have worked at many institutions in Canada and the U.S. and WCH stands out as my favourite place to be.
3. How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience?
My work in the clinic and the operating room represents a small part of the patient journey. Patients interact with numerous members of the care team and the alignment of everyone involved is important in optimizing the patient experience. I believe the culture at WCH does prioritize the patient experience which allows me to focus on doing my job in the surgical theatre and ambulatory clinics. On a larger scale, I am involved in research projects that help improve communication between patients and physicians post-operatively, as well as, with a health teach startup (Therapia) that improves access to home physiotherapy in the early post-operative period.
4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
I have two young daughters and spend most of my weekends running around with little kids, playing Pokemon GO and catching up on the latest animated programs on Netflix. LOL.