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 questions regarding registration.

Friday, May 24 or Saturday, May 25
1-day course

The Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies (AIME) course has been providing valued and practical hands-on airway management learning experiences for clinicians around the world for over 16 years. AIME educators are experienced (and entertaining) clinical instructors who understand the varied work environments of practicing clinicians. Whether you work in a large, high volume centre or a small remote setting, AIME will provide a practical approach for airway management in emergencies.

AIME program highlights include:

  • Case-based clinical decision making
  • New practical algorithms
  • When, why and how to perform awake or rapid sequence intubation
  • New textbook/manual based on the AIME program
  • Unique, customized clinical videos
  • Limited registration to ensure clinician to instructor ratio of 5 or 6:1
  • Clinician to simulator ratios of 2:1
  • Reinforcement of core skills
  • Introduction to newer alternative devices (optical stylets, video laryngoscopes & others)
  • Exposure to rescue devices (King laryngeal tubes, LMA Supreme and others)

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner can expect to:

  • Be more confident and comfortable in making acute care airway management decisions.
  • Have acquired a practical staged approach to airway management.
  • Be able to choose the most appropriate method of airway management based on a variety of patient presentations.
  • Make appropriate choices in the use of pharmacologic agents used to facilitate airway management.
  • Know when and how to use various tools and adjuncts for managing the difficult airway.


CFPC (with pre/post activity) MAINPRO+ Up to 18 credits
RCPSC Section 1 Up to 9 hours

Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25
2-day course

ACLS EP is a NEW ACLS renewal program designed primarily for seasoned healthcare providers who manage complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies and need to renew their ACLS course completion requirements. The ACLS EP Course emphasizes a systematic approach to patient care, critical thinking skills and critical decision-making skills and the questions. Through didactic instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary pre-arrest, arrest, and post-arrest patients.

The ACLS EP course emphasizes 4 major concepts:

  • The crucial importance of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to patient survival
  • The integration of effective BLS with ACLS interventions
  • The importance of effective team interaction and communication during resuscitation
  • Critical thinking and critical decision-making skills

The course is designed to give learners the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation:

  • Systematic approach: BLS, Primary, and Secondary Assessments
  • High-quality BLS
  • Airway management
  • Rhythm recognition
  • Defibrillation
  • Intravenous/intraosseous access (information only)
  • Use of medications
  • Cardioversion
  • Transcutaneous pacing
  • Team resuscitation concept (Team Leader and team member)

The course is also designed to discuss the following categories of cases through critical thinking and critical decision-making:

  • Post–cardiac arrest care
  • Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular emergencies
  • Clinical pharmacology and toxicology emergencies
  • Respiratory and metabolic emergencies

ACLS EP Provider Course Prerequisites: Students who take the ACLS EP Course must have:

  • A current Heart & Stroke BLS course completion card ( taken within 12 months and current to the most recent Guidelines)
  • A current Heart & Stroke ACLS course completion card (taken within the last 24 months and current to the most recent Guidelines)

All ACLS EP students must successfully complete the online ACLS EP Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 84%, and provide a copy of the exam results to the Course coordinator at the beginning of the course. Students are given direction on how to access the Student website in their ACLS EP Provider Manual and Resource Text (Page ii). The student website provides important supplementary information and videos, a link to the Precourse Self- Assessment (Optional), and the link to purchase and take the ACLS EP Entrance Exam. The mandatory ACLS EP Entrance Exam requires a passing score of 84% or higher to print the certificate. Students will have 2 attempts to complete the exam with each purchase of the ACLS EP Entrance Exam key.

Friday, May 24 & Saturday, May 25
2-day course

CASTED is a high yield, hands-on and practice changing ED orthopedics course. Since 2008, CASTED has been given over 300 times across Canada, as well as in the US and the UK.

CASTED: Emergency offers numerous clinical pearls on:

  • making more accurate diagnoses
  • recognizing ‘red flag’ patients
  • knowing who needs a reduction
  • numerous reduction and moulding techniques

After taking CASTED, you will be better at:

  • diagnosing important, uncommon injuries that we commonly miss
  • reducing, molding and immobilizing acute MSK injuries
  • understanding who needs to see orthopedics and when!

Each day runs from 8am-5pm and combines case-based lectures with hands-on practice.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a resident, whether you are urban or rural, you will have much more confidence with ED ortho post-course and you will have fun learning!

CASTED’s 2-Day Emerg Course is accredited by both the CFPC (48 Mainpro+ credits) and The Royal College (16 MOC Section 1 credits).

Saturday, May 25
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Are you frustrated with issues in your work environment? Are you wondering where to start to improve care? And how will you even know whether you are successful? If you are looking to answer these questions and more, join us for the first CAEP Quality Improvement Pre-Conference Workshop!

Quality Improvement (QI) is rapidly becoming the preferred method to advance patient care. Whether you are interested in learning more about the science of QI or you are looking for an effective approach to tackle local quality issues, this practical workshop will provide you with the foundation and tools to successfully complete meaningful QI projects. We will go through all the steps of a QI project, including how to select appropriate quality issues to tackle, how to apply process improvement tools, and how to carry out a project using rapid cycle change methodology. In addition, workshop participants will have the opportunity to book individual consultation sessions with experienced course faculty after the workshop to discuss specific questions about their local quality projects. If you want to improve care, don’t miss this high-yield practical pre-conference workshop opportunity! Space is limited and is expected to fill up fast, so reserve your spot soon!

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce QI theory and methodology
  • Compare and contrast QI and clinical epidemiology methodologies
  • Review the importance of adequately diagnosing and understanding quality gaps
  • Learn how to effectively match the right intervention to a given quality problem
  • Understand how to apply rapid cycle change methodology (PDSA cycles) and measurement tools to QI projects
  • Discuss how to make your QI project sustainable and disseminate your work


We are currently securing accreditation for this course with Section 1 (RCPSC) and Mainpro+ (CFPC) credits.


Questions? Contact Dr. Lucas Chartier or Dr. Samantha Calder-Sprackman