Pre-Conference Courses

We are pleased to offer a variety of pre-conference courses, listed below. Since these are not part of the overall conference program, please contact the specific course lead for registration and information.

For a list of CAEP CPD pre-conference courses, click here.

The purpose of this course is to provide a standardized approach to the trauma patient with a variety of presentations.  This course does not only focus on the resuscitation of the patient but goes further into ongoing care and identifying gaps in care common to this population.  It is a one-day course for nurses. EPICC – Foundation is a pre-requisite. The course will be limited to 24 participants.

EPICC information and to register:

Debriefing real ED events with real benefits

If you are part of an inter-professional team and want to debrief clinical events in your ED then INFO debriefing can help you achieve that goal.

This is not a debriefing course as one may be used to in simulation. Experience with debriefing is helpful but not a prerequisite for implementing INFO debriefing in your workplace.

Workshop Overview
While most Emergency Department (ED) healthcare providers express the desire to debrief after clinical cases, limitations such as the availability of facilitators and the time restraints of a busy ED make it a challenge to regularly debrief.

INFO or Immediate, Not for personal assessment, Facilitated feedback and Opportunity to ask questions is a debriefing process that has been used in clinical practice in the Calgary ED’s since March, 2016. Over 300 documented debriefings with an average duration of 10 minutes and 9 participants per debriefing have taken place since then and shown us that regularly debriefing real cases in the ED is possible.

This 4 hour interactive Teach the Teacher workshop will enable participants to implement INFO in their own ED’s. Participants will have the opportunity to simulate an INFO session while receiving coaching and feedback from expert inter-professional clinical faculty.

Target Groups
Health care providers involved in the inter-professional management of critically ill patients in the ED:

  1. Physicians
  2. Nurses
  3. Respiratory Therapists


  1. Enable the participants to implement the INFO clinical debriefing process in their own ED’s.
  2. Review clinical event debriefing in the ED.
  3. Provide participants with the opportunity to facilitate a simulated INFO session debriefing.
  4. Provide participants with the resources to teach the INFO Basics Workshop.

INFO Teach the Teacher Workshop Description
During the workshop participants will be asked to reflect on their own clinical debriefing programs if they have them or to identify some of the challenges they face implementing and maintaining a clinical debriefing process in their workplaces. We will describe the INFO implementation process including the flipped/home classroom method of workshop preparation and supporting documentation. Participants will then experience the INFO Basics workshop themselves including a simulated INFO session. Each simulated INFO practice session will be followed by instructor feedback and small group discussion. Through the workshop and discussion inter-professional faculty will share their own experiences with the INFO debriefing tool in clinical practice.

Debriefing clinical events can improve our patients care and how we feel about what we do. We need to change the culture surrounding the clinical management of critically ill patients and set the expectation that reflection after a serious clinical event is a worthy use of our time.

Registration details will be posted in by the end of February 2018.

Contact: Dr. Stuart Rose at

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Inquiries: Gavin Burgess, PACE Program,

This one-day interactive course will provide ED teams with a practical approach to make senior-friendly change in their home EDs.

Teams will leave the course with many ideas for feasible changes – staffing enhancements, staff education, screening and assessment tools, transitions of care, clinical pathways – and a road map to implement at least one of them.

The senior-friendly ED is a system that is created and maintained by an interdisciplinary team – clinicians and administrators. This course is not directed at individual clinicians but rather at interdisciplinary teams – for example, one MD, at least one RN clinician and nurse leader, one allied health professional (PT/OT/SW/pharmacist), one in-hospital clinician (geriatrician or general physician), and one administrator.


  1. Identifying problems and finding solutions at your site using the Geriatric ED Guidelines;
  2. Developing a site-specific quality improvement project;
  3. Encountering a wide range of successful senior-friendly interventions;
  4. Critiquing and refining a feasible QI project with national and international geriatric ED specialists.

Participants will have access to a two-month post-course webinar to track their progress and get feedback from faculty.

Enrollment in this course will be capped at 100 and will close on May 1, 2018.  On-site registration will not be possible.

More information about course content can be found at

This one-day interactive course will provide registrants from varying backgrounds with the knowledge required to manage poisoned patients.

Teaching sessions will include a review of basic toxicologic concepts and exposures as well as more in-depth discussions. In addition, registrants will be given the opportunity to gain hands-on experience during Simulation sessions. Registrants not attending the Simulation session will have the opportunity to discuss specific poisonings as determined by a pre-conference questionnaire.

This course is targeted to providing an interdisciplinary approach to the poisoned patient and is applicable to emergency medical services, physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.


  • Approach to common and life-threatening toxicologic exposures.
  • Approach to decontamination and treatment of patients with ingestions that cause hemodynamic compromise including beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Review of pharmacokinetic principles critical to understanding the toxicokinetics of overdoses.
  • Opportunity to “Ask the experts” as Medical Toxicologists review their step-by-step approach to the management of poisoned patients.
  • Gain hands-on experience with poisoned patients during mannequin Simulation sessions.
  • Discuss specific poisonings with a Medical Toxicologist as determined by a pre-conference questionnaire.

Enrollment to this course will be capped at 70. Enrollment for the afternoon Simulation sessions will be capped at 15. Enrollment will close on May 14, 2018. On-site registration will not be possible.


Physician – $300.00
Other Health Professional – $200.00
Resident/Student (Full time students only) – $100.00

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) is a national network improving children’s emergency care across Canada. Through the development of evidence-based resources, education, and networking, TREKK’s vision is that every acutely ill and injured child receives the highest standard of care in Canada. Since 2011, TREKK has been made possible by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Knowledge Mobilization (KM) Initiative.

This one-day course is designed for physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals working in general emergency departments seeking to improve their ability to assess and manage acute pediatric illness and injury. This event takes place at the KidSIM Centre at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

The course is comprised of approximately seven hours of small group learning, including four 45-minute high-fidelity simulation sessions led by experienced KidSIM facilitators and TREKK pediatric experts, which will follow and reinforce principles and strategies learned in didactic lectures. This is a hands-on course with a low instructor-learner ratio.

Topics to be covered include: Sepsis and Shock, Respiratory Distress, Pediatric Trauma, and other conditions prioritized by registrants through the pre-course survey.

Learning Objectives for this course include:

  • Explore current best evidence on diagnosis and treatment of pediatric sepsis, septic shock, respiratory distress, trauma, and other acute emergency conditions.
  • Explore best management practices for pediatric sepsis, septic shock, respiratory distress, trauma, and other acute emergency conditions.
  • Learn more about TREKK and identify resources available to manage pediatric cases within a general emergency department setting.

Registrants will be surveyed to determine priority topics for lecture and simulation sessions prior to attending.

Course location: KidSIM Centre, Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail, NW, Calgary, AB
Maximum number of registrants: 24
Registration Fee: $750 for physicians; $325 for other allied health professionals
For more information on this course:

WISE is a two day workshop in simulation education course that provides a broad overview of the core simulation concepts and principles. This course is targeted towards healthcare professionals who are wanting to design, deliver and debrief simulation education and training sessions for Interprofessional teams. This is an interactive course which provides a mix of didactic, small group and simulation based practice activities to gain beginning mastery of simulation skills in healthcare delivery settings. By the end of the course participants will be able to design and run their own simulation session and conduct a debriefing session. Please note this course does not include manikin operations training.

1. Participants will be introduced to the following education concepts and understand their importance and relevance to simulation based learning:
• Experiential Learning
• Creating Realism
• Prebriefing and Debriefing Learners
• Effective Teamwork Skills
• Scenario Development

2. Participants will also gain hands on and guided experience with the following:
• Pre-briefing and Debriefing Learners
• Scenario design
• Facilitating simulation sessions

Please contact for a registration package. Selection to attend will be given priority to AHS Rural Interprofessional Teams (Physician, Nursing and Allied Health Professional) or to AHS Physicians / employees where possible.