Sunday, May 27, 2018, 07:00-08:15
Unexplained Bleeding in the Emergency Department
Speakers: Dr. Adrienne Lee, Dr. Eddy Lang
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify a rare bleeding disorder when a patient presents with an atypical picture in the ED
  • Identify and interpret tests used when diagnosing and referring a bleeding patient (Canada)
  • Review a treatment algorithm and leverage local referral network for best patient outcome

This symposium was co-developed with Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and Novo Nordisk and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Speaker Bio

Adrienne Lee is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary. She completed her Hematology training and a two-year research fellowship in Hemostasis at the University of Calgary. She is now a hematologist at the Foothills Hospital and the Southern Alberta Rare Blood & Bleeding Disorders Comprehensive Care Program where she sees adult bleeding disorders and hemoglobinopathy patients. She has been active in hemophilia and hemostasis/thrombosis research and received the Early Career Investigator Award from the International Bayer Hemophilia Awards program last year.  Her research interests are in prophylaxis, aging complications and bone health in hemophilia adults, and use of point-of-care global coagulation assays for the management of bleeding disorders. She is also a steering committee member of ADVANCE Canada, a national research working group for aging and comorbidities in hemophilia.

Speaker Bio

Eddy Lang is the Academic and Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine in the Calgary Zone. He is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary.  His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.  Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a monthly column for the Calgary Herald on EBM as it relates to the public.

Dr. Lang is a member of CAEP and is the Conference Chair for CAEP 2018.

Monday, May 28, 2018, 07:00-08:15
Dermatology Emergencies – Diagnostic Challenges
Speakers: Dr. Vanessa Potok, Dr. Kirk Barber
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate challenging dermatological emergencies
  • Describe the different clinical presentations
  • Provide adjunctive pain and symptom management
  • Recognize when and how to refer to a dermatologist

This symposium was co-developed with Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and Abbvie and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Vanessa Potok is an emergency physician and University of Calgary clinical lecturer, who completed her training in BC and Alberta.  Having worked in diverse settings from downtown Vancouver to small towns in the NWT, she has an interest in medical education and improving communication of knowledge between medical specialties. Vanessa is currently based at the South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Kirk Barber obtained his MD from the University of Alberta and his Canadian Fellowship in Dermatology (FRCPC) after training at the University of Ottawa and Harvard Medical School. As the Chief Resident in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School he qualified as a Diplomate of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD).

He was President of the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA) in 2003 and the only individual to have received the CDA’s Presidents Cup twice (1997, 2011) recognizing his outstanding and continuing contributions to the CDA.

Dr. Barber is in private clinical practice and is a Clinical Professor in both the Departments of Medicine (Dermatology) and Community Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Barber is the Principal Investigator in over 100 national and international clinical research trials. Dr. Barber was the Chair of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta Clinical Trials Committee (a committee that reviews all human medical research conducted outside Alberta’s major universities) for 15 years resigning in 2015.

In 2016 Dr. Barber was appointed the Editor-in-Chief of the indexed, peer reviewed journal of the Canadian Dermatology Association – the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 07:00-08:15
The Newest Oncologic Emergency: Management of Immune-related Adverse Events in Oncology Patients in The Era of Immune Checkpoint Inhibition
Speaker: Dr. Jose Monzon, Moderator: Dr. Eddy Lang
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate challenging dermatological emergencies
  • Describe the different clinical presentations
  • Provide adjunctive pain and symptom management
  • Recognize when and how to refer to a dermatologist

This symposium was co-developed with Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and BMS Canada and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Jose Monzon is a medical oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Dr. Monzon completed his postgraduate medical oncology residency training at the University of British Columbia and translational fellowship training at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group. He has also completed a PhD focusing on melanoma genetics at the University of Toronto. His current research interests include pharmacogenomics and clinical trials in cutaneous and gastrointestinal malignancies.

Speaker Bio

Eddy Lang is the Academic and Clinical Department Head for Emergency Medicine in the Calgary Zone. He is a Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary.  His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.  Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a monthly column for the Calgary Herald on EBM as it relates to the public.

Dr. Lang is a member of CAEP and is the Conference Chair for CAEP 2018.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 11:45 - 13:00
Evidence-informed, Individualized and Rational Use of Anticoagulants in the ED
Speakers: Dr. Benjamin Bell, Dr. Rob Stenstrom, Dr. Brent Mitchell
Chair: Dr. Indy Ghosh
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Learning Objectives

  • Improve acute and follow-up care of VTE in the ED, including challenging cases;
  • Examine the controversy of cardioversion versus rate control from an ED and cardiology perspective;
  • Compare different patient characteristics and the impact on anticoagulation therapy in the ED.

This symposium was co-developed with Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and BMS Pfizer and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Benjamin Bell is a specialist in General Internal Medicine with an appointment at North York General Hospital. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bell is passionate about physician advocacy and patient safety. He has pursued these interests in part as a member of the medical quality committee at NYGH since his appointment in 2012. He is an active member of Thrombosis Canada and in this role has been involved in developing online knowledge translation tools, guides, and algorithms to provide health care providers with point-of-care decision aids. Areas of clinical interest include cardiovascular medicine, perioperative care and venous thromboembolism. He obtained his MD from the University of Toronto, where he also pursued his residency and fellowship.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Rob Stenstrom has been an emergency physician at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for 16 years. He is the Director of Research there and an assistant professor of Emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia, as well as a scientist at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS). Dr Stenstrom completed medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton and an emergency medicine residency at the University of Ottawa. He also completed a PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics at McGill University.

Dr. Stenstrom’s primary research interests are in the area of sepsis and septic shock, MRSA, and infections in the emergency department. He has also been involved in studies about NOAC’s and management of bleeding in patients taking NOACs.

Dr. Stenstrom is also active in the area of global and international health and has participated in several medical missions in Central and South America, Asia, and Africa.

Speaker Bio

Dr. L. Brent Mitchell obtained his B.Sc. (Hon) in Biochemistry (1972) and his M.D. (1975) degrees from the University of Calgary.  After a Fellowship in Clinical Cardiology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, he undertook a Fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Stanford University Medical Centre, California.  He returned to Calgary in 1982 where he has remained for his career.  During that time, he accomplished two terms as Head of the Department of Cardiac Sciences at the University of Calgary / Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services and two terms as Director of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.  Dr. Mitchell’s clinical practice and research interests are in the area of clinical cardiac electrophysiology, particularly in the clinical science of tachyarrhythmias – their mechanisms, their investigation, and their management. His preferred tool in the science of clinical cardiac electrophysiology is the randomized clinical trial.  He has contributed to many pivotal trials in clinical cardiac electrophysiology.  He has also served as President of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, has received the Teacher of the Year Award from the International Heart Rhythm Society, the Annual Achievement Award from the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, and has been elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ghosh is an Emergency Physician at Trillium Health Partners and Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University.  Has had numerous leadership positions, including Program Director for the CCFP Emergency fellowship training program, Chief of Emergency departments at different ED’s in southern Ontario as well as Senior Medical Director of Strategy, Access and Flow at Chatham Kent.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 07:00-08:15
Assessment and Management of Acute Trauma-related Pain in the ED: Best Practice/Best Evidence
Speakers: Dr. David Flusk, Dr. Partha Datta
Moderator: Dr. Justin Wong
Room: TELUS Exhibit Hall E

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define and implement essential components of the assessment and monitoring of acute trauma-related pain in the ED
  • Evaluate current and emerging treatment options for acute trauma-related pain in the ED
  • Identify best practices when managing acute trauma-related pain in adults with pre-existing comorbid conditions

This symposium was co-developed with Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and Purdue and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.

Dr. Flusk is a clinical assistant professor in the department of anesthesia and faculty of medicine at Memorial University Newfoundland and Labrador. He works as an anesthesiologist and pain physician in St. John’s Newfoundland. He is the director of the Atlantic Mentorship Network- Pain and Addictions. He sits on several National advisory boards for opiates and other controlled substances and is co author of The Prescribing Course- Safe Opioid Prescribing. Dr. Flusk was just elected Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association.

Before coming to Newfoundland for his anesthesia residency training Dr. Flusk completed his medical education at Trinity College Dublin in 2006. Before that he completed a degree in Immunology at Dalhousie University.

His professional interests include chronic pain medicine policy development and prescribing education. Dr. Flusk has a keen interest in the management of conditions causing neuropathic pain. Dr. Flusk is holds a CHIR grant for knowledge synthesis in opioid prescribing.

He spends his free time camping with his wife and two children. Dr. Flusk has had a lifelong passion for motorcycles and cars. He can be found at car shows, races and rallies throughout the year. He will be a driver in this years Targa Newfoundland.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Partha Datta currently works as an Intensivist in a 350 bed hospital in Markham, Ontario (GTA). He is involved both in Clinical Practice and Student and Resident Teaching in his capacity as Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

After completing his MD,CM at McGill, Dr. Datta did residency training in both the Royal College Emergency Program and later in Internal Medicine/Critical Care in Toronto.

Dr. Datta has worked in Emergency Medicine and ICU at Hotel Dieu in Windsor, Ontario. Prior to moving to his current ICU role, he was in Alberta for 10 years. Including Academic Medicine (Calgary) and Community Medicine/ICU (Fort McMurray) which continues on an ongoing basis.

Outside of work he enjoys skiing, but has perfected falling, hence the limp. He has two daughters hence the grey and balding.

Speaker Bio

Justin Wong is an emergency physician and clinical lecturer with the University of Calgary. His training included rural Alberta, Edmonton and Calgary. Interests include knowledge translation and quality improvement initiatives. Justin is based at Foothills Medical Centre and the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary