Patricia Fontela (Alumni) - McGill University
|Award Type:||Career Development Award|
|Supervisor(s):||Dr. Jacques Lacroix|
Dr. Fontela obtained her medical degree from the Federal Faculty of Medicine in Porto Alegre, Brazil (FFFCMPA - 1997). After completing a training residency in General Pediatrics (FFFCMPA, Brazil) and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care and a M.Sc. in Medicine (PUCRS, Brazil), Dr. Fontela completed a second fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (2004-2007). Consequently, she obtained her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at McGill University (2007-2011). Her thesis focused on surveillance of central line-associated bloodstream infection in Quebec intensive care units. In 2012, she was hired as a Full-Time Assistant Professor Clinical in the Department of Pediatrics, at McGill University and as staff physician within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine of the Montreal Children’s Hospital of the MUHC. Dr. Fontela’s research focus is on antimicrobial stewardship and infection control in pediatric intensive care units (PICUs). She works on the development of interventions to ensure the appropriate use of antibiotics for this patient population, with the aim of reducing adverse events, toxicity, and antibiotic resistance. To do so, Dr. Fontela studies how physicians tailor antibiotic treatment duration and the ability of clinical findings and diagnostic tests to predict infection cure in PICUs.