Helpful Definitions

What is a Trauma Center?

Just like your typical emergency room, a trauma center is located within a hospital, in the emergency department. A trauma center is equipped to deal with severe and more life-threatening conditions, and the staff are highly trained in traumatic injuries. These injuries could include stabs or gunshot wounds, major burns, severe falls, brain injuries, traumatic car crash injuries and more. St. Michael’s Hospital is a Level I Trauma Centre, which means that we provide total care for all aspects of an injury.

Adapted from the Dallas Medical Centre 

What is an Emergency Room?

Emergency rooms are where you go for emergency assistance. An emergency room is equipped with nurses and doctors who are trained to deal with a variety of issues such as signs of a heart attack, fainting, or possible broken limbs. You would go to an emergency room if you experience of have broken bones, fainting, a heart attack or stroke, minor burns, stomach issues and more.

Adapted from the Dallas Medical Centre 

EDI Resources

We have compiled an inventory of EDI resources that may be helpful for researchers. This inventory will be updated regularly. If you know of additional helpful EDI resources that are not listed here, please contact

Many applications require an institutional letter of support and/or a description of the research environment. To assist, we developed a Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (LKSKI) Priorities and Resources document summarizing the research priorities of LKSKI and the resources available to our investigators to support their research programs. We also designed a general outline of an institutional letter of support; however, these are only meant to be a guide and can be expanded upon or altered as required for individual applications.

Note: the above documents (except CIHR guide below) are for Internal Use Only and accessible through the intranet. Click Here for a step-by-step guide on how to externally access internal documents.