Meet Dr. Frank Myslik, 36, emergency physician at London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, assistant professor, Western University, and one of our 20 Under 40 Class of 2023 recipients
FROM EARLY ON in his medical pursuits, full-time emergency medicine physician Dr. Frank Myslik knew he wanted to pursue academic medicine, not only to teach, but also to contribute to medical innovation. Supporting national and international trainees as a research supervisor, mentor and recruiter, he is also the director and creator of Western University’s Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and a trailblazer in the research, application and training for clinical use of point-of-care bedside ultrasound technology. His work in this area is improving diagnostic servicing within emergency rooms via quick access to imaging at any time of day or night, in turn bettering the diagnosis of emergent issues for patients and delivering better efficiencies and practices for hospitals and healthcare facilities.
What would you say is your single biggest business achievement, and why?
Since joining the emergency department here, I’ve had the privilege of developing a fellowship program focused around using ultrasound at the bedside of patients, allowing clinicians to integrate their findings into their clinical care in real time. This has brought learners from across Canada and internationally to train with us. Seeing them start programs of their own at their own hospitals or stay to join our team here in London has been exceptionally rewarding.
What about your biggest business obstacle? And how did you face it?
I don’t think it’s any secret that healthcare ― especially the emergency department ― is under immense strain these days. It’s a high-stress, fast-paced environment that demands quick decision making on complex and sick patients. Doing this while managing high volumes of patients, with limitations on resources and beds, can be at times absolutely soul-crushing when I go into shifts. I found that you have to take the small wins and moments and really cherish those. That could be a case of saving a patient on the brink of death, an educational session where you enlightened a few minds or a research project taken all the way to publication. Those really make the job worth it.
When you’re not working, what kind of things do you love to do?
I absolutely love playing board games. I accumulated more than anyone would ever need over the last few years – and I’m finally slowly working through actually playing some of my collection now with my friends.
You’re about to head off on your dream vacation — where are you headed?