Professor Emeritus

Pamela Jane Morgan

Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 1B2
Research Interests
education, quality improvement, simulation
Clinical Interests
ambulatory anesthesia, quality improvement
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Research Synopsis

Dr. Morgan’s research career has focused on the use of high-fidelity simulation in medical education, beginning with its use for undergraduate evaluation, expanding to include resident education and finally continuing education and interprofessional team training. She has examined the role played by behavioral aspects of teams including such descriptors as “leadership”, “communication” and “situation awareness” to name a few.

In addition, she has become interested in patient safety, examining how the use of checklists may affect patient outcomes. As well, Dr. Morgan is interested in ambulatory surgical outcomes and has been part of a team examining different techniques of pain management in the perioperative period for outpatient procedures. 


Recent Publications


  1. Morgan PJ, Tregunno D, Brydges R, Pittini R, Tarshis J, Kurrek M, DeSousa S, Ryzynski A. Using Situational Awareness Global Assessment Technique (SAGAT) for Interdisciplinary Obstetrical Team Training using High-Fidelity Simulation. J Interprof Care 2015; 29(1): 13-9. Epub 2014 Jul 9
  2. Abdallah FW, Morgan PJ, Cil T, Escallon JM, Semple JL, Chan VW. Comparing the DN4 tool with the IASP Grading System for Chronic Neuropathic Pain Screening After Breast Tumor Resection With and Without Paravertebral Blocks: A Prospective Six-month Validation Study PAIN 2015  Apr;156(4):740-9. doi: 0.1097/j.pain.0000000000000108 PMID 25719620 Epub Feb 25, 2015
  3. Armstrong K, Davidge K, Brown M, Morgan P, Li M, Cunningham L, Semple J. Quality of recovery in women undergoing autogenous breast reconstruction in an ambulatory setting. Plast Reconst Surg 2014; 134(4S-1): 90
  4. Abdallah FW, Morgan PJ, Cil T, McNaught A, Escallon JM, Semple JL, Wu W, Chan VW. Ultrasound-guided Multilevel Paravertebral Blocks and Total Intravenous Anesthesia Improve the Quality of Recovery after Ambulatory Breast Tumor Resection. Anesthesiology 2014; 120(3): 703-13
  5. Davidge K, Brown M, Morgan PJ, Semple JS. Processes of care in autogenous breast reconstruction with pedicled TRAM flaps:  Expediting postoperative discharge in an ambulatory setting. Plast Reconstr Surg 2013; 132(3): 339e-344e
  6. Morgan PJ, Cunningham L, Mitra S, Wong N, Wu W, Noguera V, Li M, Semple J. Surgical Safety Checklist Implementation in an Ambulatory Surgical Facility. Can J Anaesth 2013; 60 (6): 528-38. doi: 10.1007/s12630-013-9916-8
  7. Morgan PJ, Tregunno D, Pittini R, Tarshis J, Regehr G, Haley MF, DeSousa S, Kurrek M, Ryzynski A, Milne K. Determination of the Psychometric Properties of a Behavioural Marking System for Obstetrical Team Training Using High-Fidelity Simulation. BMJ Qual Saf 2012; 21: 78-82 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2011-000296
  8. Morgan PJ, Kurrek M, Bertram S, LeBlanc V,  Przybyszewski T. Non-technical Skills Assessment following Simulation-based Continuing Medical Education.  Simulation Healthc 2011; 6(5):255-259 doi: 10.1097/SIH.0b013e31821dfd05
  9. Morgan PJ, Tarshis J, LeBlanc V, Cleave-Hogg D, DeSousa S, Haley MF, Herold-McIlroy J, Law JA. The efficacy of high-fidelity simulation debriefing on the performance of practicing anaesthetists in simulated scenarios. Br J Anaesth 2009; 103: 531-7 First Published August 24, 2009, doi: 10.1093/bja/aep222



Research Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Member, Patient Safety Committee, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society
Physician’s representative on the AFP Executive, Women’s College Hospital
Member, AFP Management Board, Women’s College Hospital
Member, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine Appeals Committee


Honours and Awards

Name: Third Place Prize in Clinical Outcome Category


"Effect of Team Training on Management of Obstetrical Emergencies" - 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), New Orleans, LA. Jan 2011

Name: First Place Prize in Clinical Outcome Category

"Simulation Use to Establish Outcome Measures for Critical Event Management by Obstetrical Teams" - 11th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), New Orleans, LA. Jan 2011

Name: Dave Davis Continuing Education and Professional Development Research Award

University of Toronto, December 2009. Presented at a ceremony at the 8th Annual Educational Achievement Day, May 13, 2010

Name: Inaugural Interprofessional Teaching Award

University of Toronto, Department of Anesthesia, August 2009