Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 10:15 - 11:45
Track 6 - International
Track Chair: Dr. Tia Renouf

Northern Medicine in Flight - Dr. Margo Wilson

Description: Aeromedical evacuation is a critical service in rural and remote communities, but is especially important across Northern regions. We will provide an overview of aeromedical evacuation systems worldwide and look at regional patterns in Northern Labrador.

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

  1. Recognize the challenges of medical transport in austere and remote environments.
  2. Observe and interpret patterns of use in aeromedical evacuations.
  3. Identify common issues that may arise in the transport of critically ill patients.

Pearls

  1. Understand the resources in remote environments.
  2. Appreciate the physiologic stresses of flight.
  3. Improve knowledge of patterns of use in medical evacuations.

Dr. Margo Wilson, CCFP (EM) is an emergency physician with Eastern Health and assistant professor in the Discipline of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s. Margo spent the early part of her career as a rural family and emergency physician in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Margo’s clinical and scholarly interests include rural health systems, emergency medicine, trauma management, and medical simulation training.

Cycling to the End of the World: Health in the Amazon - Mr. Phil D’Entremont and Dr. Tia Renouf

Description: Between September 2015 and August 2017, Phil rode a bicycle from Vancouver to the bottom of Argentina. During this trip he met and lived with the Huni Kuin: an indigenous tribe in western Brazil. This talk will provide a health status assessment of the Huni Kuin by focusing on their various social determinants of health. It will then move to a consideration of Huni Kuin perceptions of health, medicine, and community, before closing with a discussion of medical intervention strategy.

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

  1. Understand the health challenges and opportunities of the Huni Kuin.
  2. Know more about Huni Kuin cultural perceptions as related to medical intervention.
  3. Consider how these perceptions can be properly valued, understood, and harnessed in the pursuit of positive health outcomes.

Born in Halifax and raised on the West Coast, Philip has recently returned from a two-year cycling journey from Vancouver to the bottom of Argentina. He is currently based in Toronto and pursuing a career in medicine.

Having worked and/or studied on 7 continents, Tia currently divides her time between Newfoundland and New Zealand. She is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Memorial University, and an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Hauora Tairāwhiti, a remote and largely Māori hospital in Gisborne New Zealand. Tia is pelagic by nature. When not ashore, she can be found working as an Expedition Physician aboard ships in Polar Regions, or in the air providing pre-hospital care to remotely-located populations and medics on isolated oil installations.

Have Stethoscope, Will Travel. Emergency Medicine on Seven Continents - Dr. Tia Renouf

Description: A primarily visual presentation, this will be an engaging trip around the world showing medicine as it is practiced on parts of seven continents.

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

  1. Know an approach to managing critical illness in resource-poor regions.
  2. Learn the benefits provided by facing medical challenges abroad.
  3. Learn about managing illness at sea and in the air

Pearls

  1. Phone books are your friends.
  2. You only regret the things you don’t do.

Having worked and/or studied on 7 continents, Tia currently divides her time between Newfoundland and New Zealand. She is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Memorial University, and an Emergency Medicine Consultant at Hauora Tairāwhiti, a remote and largely Māori hospital in Gisborne New Zealand. Tia is pelagic by nature. When not ashore, she can be found working as an Expedition Physician aboard ships in Polar Regions, or in the air providing pre-hospital care to remotely-located populations and medics on isolated oil installations.