Paul Parks

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 • 13:00 - 14:30
Track Chair: Dr. Paul Parks

In Rural and Small Community Settings - Dr. Kevin McMeel

Description: TBC

Learning Objectives: TBC

EM Then and Now - Dr. Howard Ovens

Description: Change is incremental so it can be hard to realize how far we have come in the evidence based practice of EM in the last 40 years. Yet much remains the same.

Learning Objective:

  1. Learn how poor many of our diagnostic tools were at the dawn of EM


  1. Practice is better and safer than ever!

Biography: Howard Ovens practices at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He’s been the Ontario Expert Lead advising govt on policy issues in EM for the last 11 years and is a Full Professor at the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at U of Toronto. He is on the CAEP Public Affairs Ctte.

The SEME Program - Enhancing EM skills for Rural Family Physicians - Dr. Yasmine Mawj

Description: The Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience (SEME) Program is a continuing medical education program in Emergency Medicine funded through the Ontario MOHLTC and administered through the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. SEME was developed in 2011 in response to significant human resource needs for emergency department coverage in rural and semi-rural Ontario hospitals. The intention of SEME was to provide a practical option to enhance acute care skills for physicians providing emergency care in their communities as part of a comprehensive family practice. To date 99 family physicians have completed the three month program. We will discuss the original SEME proposal, the program curriculum, course evaluations and the future of S​EME.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the benefits and challenges of the SEME program.
  2. Outline the components and the curriculum of the SEME program.
  3. Discuss the impact of the SEME experience on physician participants.


  1. There are relatively few options available to family physicians who are interested in obtaining additional training in emergency medicine.
  2. The goal of the SEME program is to help family physicians further enhance their clinical skills and increase their confidence in practicing emergency medicine.
  3. The ultimate intention of the SEME program is to support family physicians who choose to provide emergency care in their rural or semi-rural community as part of a comprehensive family practice.

Biography: Yasmine Mawji has worked as an ER physician for the past 20 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Director for the Supplemental Emergency Medicine Experience Program.