Dax G. Rumsey, MD
Training Program: MSc in Clinical Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Hi, my name is Dax G. Rumsey. Born and raised in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, I completed a BSc (Joint Honours) in Biology and Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. I then went on to receive my Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at Memorial, as well. The next step of my training was a residency in paediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. After that, I did a fellowship in paediatric rheumatology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. I now plan to work part time as a paediatric rheumatologist at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. I also plan to work toward my MSc in clinical epidemiology through the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, starting this September 2014. My main supervisor will be Dr. Dean Eurich.
Throughout medical school and my residencies, I have had the opportunity to care for many patients and their families. These experiences have helped me to appreciate the people behind the diseases that we treat. They have inspired in me a deep desire to help further our collective medical knowledge in any way that I can.
For my thesis, I intend to study outcomes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) in Canada using the Research in Arthritis in Canadian Children (ReACCh) database, a large database of prospectively collected data from a national observational study of children with newly diagnosed JIA. There are over 1500 patients enrolled from 16 centers across the country, making it the largest database of longitudinal data on children with JIA. The data has been completely collected and cleaned. There are several important questions to be asked related to modeling of disease outcomes and predictors of outcomes, etc. I look forward to working with Dean and others in the School of Public Health, the University of Alberta, and beyond.
Outside of work, my beautiful wife, Rachel, and I have three wonderful children. As practicing Catholics, God is at the center of our lives. We enjoy spending time together and being active.