Dr. Kate Trebuss is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor within the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Queen's University, Providence Care Hospital, and Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). She graduated from Queen's School of Medicine in 2018 and returned to Kingston in 2021 after completing her residency in Family Medicine and Care of the Elderly at the University of Ottawa, where she served as Program Chief and PGY3 Enhanced Skills Chief for the Department of Family Medicine. In 2020, she was awarded a College of Family Physicians of Canada Family Medicine Resident Scholarship.
She is originally from Toronto but moved to New York City in 2009 to pursue graduate studies in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her work at Columbia focused on how personal narratives of trauma and illness engage with questions of cultural memory, personhood, and social justice. She ultimately left her doctoral program to pursue a career in medicine but continues to be interested in how stories can be used to teach medical learners at all stages of training to become better listeners, communicators, and carers.
Clinically, Dr. Trebuss has a blend of inpatient and outpatient responsibilities in the Seniors Day Rehabilitation program, outpatient Geriatric Medicine clinics, and Geriatric Rehabilitation unit at Providence Care Hospital, and with the Geriatrics Consult Service at KHSC. Her educational roles include supervising clinical clerks and residents on Geriatrics rotations. Her scholarly interests are broad, but include consent and capacity, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and medical education. She is currently working on a study in collaboration with faculty at the University of Ottawa to identify competencies in long-term care training for Family Medicine residents.