Emergency Department Peer-to-Peer Program

Supporting rural and remote Emergency Department (ED) Physicians through access to immediate, on-demand coaching, mentoring and support from a credentialed peer ED physician via virtual channels.

About the Program

This program aims to enhance care and support to patients and providers who reside in rural settings within Ontario, and to support rural and remote hospitals with the growing shortage of trained Emergency Department (ED) physicians.

The program, which started supporting the first six hospital sites in October 2022, offers access to coaching and mentoring 24 hours a day, seven days a week, supporting all patient acuity levels in six rural and remote emergency departments in Northern Ontario:

  • Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre
  • Weeneebayko Area Health Authority
  • Chapleau Health Services / Services De Sante De Chapleau
  • Blanche River Health (Kirkland and Englehart Sites)
  • Geraldton District Hospital

Additional hospitals will be added over the next year.

This will support and maintain quality of patient care, while allowing the patient to remain closer to home. It also allows faster recognition when patient transport is required and enhances stabilization prior to transfer.

Program Values

  • Person-centered
  • Relationship-centered
  • Culturally safe
  • Compassion, humility, and empathy
  • Clinical excellence

Contact Us

For more information about the ED Peer-to-Peer program, please contact us: EDPeer@ontariohealth.ca.

Thank you for your interest in becoming an ED Peer; however, applications for this role are no longer being accepting.

Please do not send us personal health information – including healthcare number, diagnosis, treatment plans – or other personal information or attachments.

Last Updated: November 16, 2022