Cross-appointments

  • Director, research and quality improvement, department of family medicine
  • Director, Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN)

Research themes

  • Using digital technologies to improve primary care delivery
  • Change management and improvement science

Research interests

  • Using primary care EMR data for secondary use, specifically in the areas of disease surveillance, natural language processing and pragmatic clinical trials based in primary care settings
  • Quality improvement in primary care settings
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Medication prescribing patterns
  • Adherence to Choosing Wisely recommendations in primary care settings
  • eConsult and interoperability of digital health records
  • Virtual care in primary care settings

Keywords

  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Choosing Wisely
  • Disease surveillance
  • eConsult
  • EMR
  • Pragmatic clinical trials
  • Quality improvement
  • Virtual care

Research affiliations

Research groups

  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) Commonwealth Fund Expert Advisory Committee
  • Choosing Wisely Canada
  • Diabetes Action Canada
  • eConsult Centre of Excellence
  • Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP)
  • Manitoba Primary Care Research Network (MaPCReN) / Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN)
  • Patients, Experience, Evidence, Research (PEER)
  • True Patriot Love Advisory Council

Biography

Dr. Alex Singer is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine at the University of Manitoba where he serves as the director of research and quality improvement.

As the network director of the Manitoba Primary Care Research Network, he leads and collaborates on several practice-based research studies. Dr. Singer is the measurement and evaluation lead for eConsult Manitoba and a family physician clinician-teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Dr. Singer’s research focuses on using EMR data for secondary use, specifically in the areas of disease surveillance, natural language processing and pragmatic clinical trials based in primary care settings.

He has published and presented on several topics including: quality improvement in primary care settings, EMR data quality, chronic disease surveillance, antibiotic stewardship, medication prescribing patterns and Choosing Wisely recommendation adherence in primary care.

Education

  • Bachelor of science (microbiology and immunology), McGill University (2002)
  • Bachelor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics, University College Dublin (2007)
  • Post-graduate certification in family medicine, University of Manitoba (2009)

Awards

  • Manitoba Psychiatric Association Award for Best Resident Paper (2020)
  • Child Health Research Days Best Presentation (2020)
  • First prize for poster presentation at Pharmacists Manitoba Conference (2018)
  • David Lanier prize for top poster presentation at North American Primary Care Research Group; Practice Based Research Network Conference (2017)
  • Herndon Award for Outstanding IJMSC Article (2016)
  • Best Poster Presentation at the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Conference (2014)
  • Best Poster Presentation at the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada Conference (2014)
  • One of top 4 Canadian family medicine research projects at Manitoba eHealth Conference (2013)
  • Best Poster Presentation at the Department of Family Medicine, University of Manitoba Research Day (2008)
  • Best Research Presentation at University College Dublin, Summer Student Research Presentations (2005)

Contact us

Family Medicine
S100, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R33 0W2 Canada

204-318-2555
204-789-3671