Tuesday, May 29, 2018 • 13:00 - 14:30
Track Chair: Dr. Paul Parks
Room: TELUS Glen 206

In Rural and Small Community Settings - Dr. Kevin McMeel

Description: Review of the history and development of the Nanaimo Practice Eligible Program for CCFP(EM) certification.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover a novel approach to supporting CCFP(EM) practice eligible candidates
  2. How to build a local training program in an era of limited funding resources


  1. You can create training opportunities without a university.
  2. Formal training programs cannot meet the demand for training

Biography: Kevin McMeel, B.Sc, CCFP (EM), FPA, Dip Sport Med, Associate Clinical professor, UBC Department of Emergency Medicine. Nanaimo ER since 1989 and rural emergency departments in towns of 10 K and 2 K populations. Professional interests in developing/teaching educational programs in Emergency medicine, organizational aspects/service delivery of Emergency departments and offshore sailing.

Novel Emergency Medicine Training in Alberta, create your own EP - Dr. Paul Parks

Presentation slides

Description: Review of the challenges in obtaining Emergency Medicine training in Alberta, and a look at a very novel solution to a build your own residency program in a Regional ED.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Exposure to a Regional program to adequately train a physician so that he can safely work in a Regional ED while becoming CCFP(EM) practice eligible.
  2. How to build a local training program in an era of limited funding, resources, and without access to formal residency education programs.


  1. You can create training opportunities without a university, and it might suit your needs better.
  2. Formal training programs cannot meet the demand for training.
  3. Some training is ALWAYS better than no training.

Biography: Emergency residency training at the UofA and relocated to Medicine Hat Alberta in 2009. Currently the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. CAEP even gave me an Emergency Medicine Teacher of the Year Award… and that was before I was crazy enough to volunteer to try to create a surrogate PGME emergency residency training program in a regional hospital.

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.