Monday, May 27, 2019 • 10:45 - 12:15
Track 4 - Interprofessional Teams: When The Rubber Hits The Road, Interprofessional Teamwork Matters!
Track Chair: Dr. Stephen Miller
Room: 106-107

Grace Under Fire... When the Rubber Hits the Road, Teamwork Matters- the Fort Mcmurray Fire Experience - Dr. Dave Murray

Description: A presentation on the evacuation of the northern lights hospital emergency department in Fort McMurray on May 3rd 2016. Key point being discussed: how teamwork came together to relocate all patients to a field hospital.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Know about the importance of teamwork in adverse conditions in an acute care setting.
  2. Be familiar with the evidence that supports interprofessional teamwork in an acute care setting.
  3. Identify roles in interprofessional teamwork when presented in unfamiliar surroundings.


  1. Triage exists for a reason.
  2. Triage requires constant adaptation in a changing environment.
  3. Anticipation followed by organized action is key.

Emergency room physician, Fort McMurray. MD Dalhousie 1993. CCFP Mcgill 1995. EM 2000

Advanced Practice Providers Coming to an ED Near You! - Mr. Fred Wu

Description: PAs and NPs are becoming a common staple in modern day emergency departments. An ACEP Now article writes that the most effective ED patient flow model appears to favor teams of emergency physicians and PAs and NPs. However, what is the training background of these providers? How should they be utilized in your ED? How should they be onboarded and ultimately supervised? Join this speaker as these issues and more are discussed so you can maximize the use of PAs and NPs in your ED.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the roles of PAs and NPs in the emergency department.
  2. List the benefits of utilizing utilizing PAs and NPs in the emergency department.
  3. Review strategies for onboarding and supervising PAs and NPs.


  1. PAs and NPs can help make an emergency department more efficient.
  2. There are different models of supervision for PAs and NPs.
  3. A collaborative environment helps with the recruitment and retention of PAs and NPs.

Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C is the residency program director of the Emergency Medicine PA Residency at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) – Fresno. Fred practiced for 12 years in community emergency departments, while serving as a Lead PA, before entering academic emergency medicine. His interests lie in medical education, ED operations with advanced practice providers, and wilderness medicine/EMS.

Chaos In Rural Saskatchewan: How Interprofessional Teamwork Made a Difference During the Humboldt Broncos Disaster - Drs. Alison Turnquist, James Stempien, Carlyn Denton

Description: An overview of how interprofessional teamwork made an impact during care of patients injured in the Humboldt bus crash, as well as aftercare.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe an interdisciplinary rural mass casualty response.
  2. Share the experiences of colleagues from EMS, rural health care providers, and tertiary care providers.
  3. Explain the process for role distribution, role sharing and communication.
  4. Identify steps taken to provide patient and family centered care.

I am an Emergency Physician based out of Saskatoon who enjoys providing both adult and pediatric care. My passion is teaching- especially simulation based learning and the use of ultrasound in resuscitation. When I’m not at work, you will find me travelling to any place near the ocean, finding the best food, and going on adventures with my husband and two goofy dogs!

Dr. James Stempien completed his medical school University of Toronto in 1984. His first job was as a GP anaesthetist in Inuvik in 1986 and then spent the next ten years working in northern Canada and isolated areas internationally. Dr. Stempien has been working in Saskatoon as the head of Emergency Medicine since 2007 and has been the Interim Provincial Head since 2016. He lives in an acreage just east of the city with his wife, 3 children, 20 chickens, and 4 hives of bees.

I am an emergency physician working in Saskatoon, SK. I have interests in simulation, ultrasound and physician wellness. When not working, I try and spend as much time as possible adventuring outside.