Dr. Maala Bhatt received her medical degree from McMaster University in 1996, completed her pediatrics residency at Dalhousie University in 2000 and Emergency Medicine fellowship at McGill University in 2004. She also completed a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at McGill (2008) and holds a certificate in Improvement Science from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (2015). Maala was an emergency medicine physician and clinical researcher at the Montreal Children’s Hospital from 2004 – 2013 and at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2013-2014.
Dr. Bhatt is now and Research Director for the Division of Emergency Medicine and a pediatric emergency medicine physician at CHEO. Dr. Bhatt’s primary research interest is in the safety of emergency department procedural sedation. She led the development of the first standardized definitions for procedural sedation and has published the largest emergency department procedural sedation cohort, establishing practices associated with the safest sedation outcomes. Dr. Bhatt Executive Board Member of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC). Through PERC, Dr. Bhatt is also an investigator on studies of appendicitis, pain management, bronchiolitis and procedural sedation.
Pediatric emergency department physicians’ perceptions of virtual mental health assessments for urgent needs
While many physicians agreed that there is a potential benefit of the ED virtual care platform for urgent mental health assessments, time constraints and lack of confidence in providing satisfactory virtual mental health care with minimal mental health support limited its acceptability. These findings can inform the future implementation of mental health services using an innovative virtual ED platform.
Nasopharyngeal swabs vs. saliva sampling for SARS-CoV-2 detection: A cross-sectional survey of acceptability for caregivers and children after experiencing both methods
Though most youth find saliva sampling painless and prefer it to nasopharyngeal swabs, primary decision makers present for the experience generally remain accepting of both methods for COVID-19 testing.
Innovative Virtual Care Delivery in a Canadian Pediatric Tertiary Care Centre; Pediatrics & Child Health
Hands-On Workshops Improve Emergency Department Physicians’ Self-Reported Understanding of Pediatric Hand Injuries
Knowledge sharing between specialists and generalists through combined didactic and hands-on workshops is an effective and well-received method of refining physician knowledge and increasing confidence in treating subspecialty-specific clinical presentations.