2020 New Year’s Message

January 7, 2020 |

A year can be described as being 12 months, 52 weeks or 365 days, but a New Year can be described as a celebration, a fresh start or an opportunity. 2020 can be all of that and more. More, because this leap year we are given an extra day to do something new, bold or enriching. Consider enrolling in one of our new treatment focused courses this year. We take great pride in consistently providing current up to date curriculum and learning opportunities. Your thirst for knowledge keeps us on our toes and drives innovation. As a result, more and more healthcare professionals are turning to de Souza for lifelong learning and skills development courses. In 2020, we will have new courses for a variety of professions.

This year is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Her legacy as the founder of modern nursing continues to influence nurses and improve patient care worldwide. To celebrate this anniversary the World Health Organization has declared 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. We plan to celebrate this occasion through our de Souza Nightingale Series where we will showcase nurses who have demonstrated great leadership and ask them to share with us some the secrets to their success.

Let’s leap forward this year, embrace the possibilities and build on greatness.

Executive Director, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen
Mary Jane Esplen's Signature

Warm Holiday Wishes from de Souza Institute

December 19, 2019 |

As the days pass and we bring a close to 2019, the end of the year gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on all our partnerships and interactions with our learners, faculty and staff. 2019 was a remarkable year with many advancements in treatment and hard work on our courses to roll out new offerings. We wish to express our gratitude for your support and for the opportunity to work together in our joint mission of providing optimal care.

During the holiday season and in the New Year let us be driven by the desire to make every day better than the last and to leave positive impressions on those we meet.

Enjoy all of the offerings this festive season and happy holidays!

Best Wishes,
Mary Jane Esplen

Please note: Our offices will be closed on December 25, 26 and January 1 2019 but otherwise we will be working hard to prepare for the new year!

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Jane Esplen, recipient of the Henry Durost Award for Excellence in Creative Professional Activity, University of Toronto.

November 28, 2019 |

Dr. Esplen is recognized for her accomplishment in a leadership role in the Department of Psychiatry, UofT as well as in the de Souza Institute at UHN. She developed an evaluation framework for the Creative Professional Activity (CPA) and championed CPA as an academic pursuit and career choice, in her role as Vice-Chair, Basic and Clinical Sciences, and Chair of the Decanal Promotions Committee in the Faculty of Medicine.

You can find a full list of other UofT Psychiatry Department Award winners and nominees at:

Meet Mark Kocsis – St. Joseph’s first-ever de Souza Nurse Associate

October 24, 2019

The last few years in Mark Kocsis’ life have been busy, to say the least. Kocsis graduated from Ryerson University’s nursing program in June 2017, and by November of that year, had begun his career on the Medicine, Oncology and Palliative Care (6M) unit at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. All the while, Kocsis was fueling … Read more

Spotlight: Recognizing the Contribution of de Souza Chemotherapy Regional Facilitators

September 19, 2019 |

Every year, hundreds of nurses across Canada participate in the de Souza Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy course to enhance their knowledge and practice in chemotherapy and biotherapy administration. What makes this course unique is the up-to-date interactive online learning, a direct link to provincial and national chemotherapy practice guidelines, and an in-person workshop on … Read more

de Souza Institute to use Artificial Intelligence in Latest Effort to Support Cancer Patients

June 17, 2019 | ,

TORONTO, ON – de Souza Institute is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $247,000 research grant to develop an artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool to enhance online psychosocial services for cancer patients. Drs. Yvonne Leung and Mary Jane Esplen lead the project that is supported by an interdisciplinary team with investigators from the … Read more