Research or Clinical Interests
Dr. Skeate’s research has focused on blood product quality, transfusion reactions, post-graduate medical education, and health informatics. His primary focus has been redesigning how Canadian Blood Services delivers medical services to internal and external customers. Under his leadership, local medical offices in St. Johns, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, London, and Winnipeg have been combined into one virtual office (Eastern Medical Services). Blood Services staff requiring nursing or physician support now have one point of contact for both urgent (one on-call number) and non-urgent (unified e-mail address) matters, and receive more efficient and consistent support.
His second major area of focus has been education. Through his participation with the Royal College Transfusion Medicine Subspecialty Committee, he made important contributions to the transformation of Transfusion Medicine physician training from a traditional time-based program to a competency-based (Area of Focused Competence) program. He is currently director of the Canadian Blood Services portion of the Transfusion Medicine training programs in Canada. A flagship element to this program is the weekly Learn Transfusion series for Transfusion trainees, which is made freely available to the broader medical community countrywide through easy-to-access webinar technology. Over 900 hours of continuing professional education credits are delivered per academic year to physicians, nurses, and laboratory technologist through participation in this program.