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Plenary Speakers

Insightful and thought provoking presentations from world renowned keynote speakers

June 15, 2021

8:30 – 9:30 PM CT

Prescription for Emergency Medicine in the era of Dr. Google

Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy

CIHR-ICRH/CAEP Mid-Career Lecturer Award in Emergency Medicine

Medicine is not an easy path, and many physicians – myself included – have overcome many obstacles to be where we are today. And yet despite all odds, including a global pandemic, we are not only advancing the field of emergency medicine but advocating for making the experience better for everyone: patients, doctors, and the system as a whole.

Despite having grown up, studied, and practiced in India, I was able to overcome barriers to practice emergency medicine, became a recognized researcher, establish the world’s largest research program on emergency syncope and develop a risk tool for risk-stratification that is now being used widely: I look forward to sharing my experiences, trials, and successes.

Emergency physicians are used to assessing risks with a view to making things better. On a broader scale, what should be our vision for the future of emergency medicine and for emergency care in Canada? How can we best position our emergency medical system so that it can continue to meet the needs of our patients? And, what can we learn from that ubiquitous “medical” advisor, Dr. Google?

Learning Objectives
How can our profession succeed against all odds?
How can we leverage research to improve the lives of our patients and the practice of emergency medicine?
What should our vision for the future of emergency medicine be, especially in the era of ubiquitous, accessible technology (i.e.,”Dr. Google”)?

10:00 – 11:00 PM CT

Judith Tintinalli

News of the World

Some things old, and some things new, that reflect on the public health of our communities. Emergency Medicine is the only population-based specialty, so it is important that we keep in mind the important roles of our specialty, and our roles as emergency physicians, which affect the health of the public.

Learning Objectives

A sample of medical achievements that make us proud

How the past is prologue to the future

Recognize that Emergency Medicine is the only population-based specialty. Take advantage of that.

Embracing Changes to Help Shape our Future in Emergency Medicine

12:30 – 1:30 PM CT

Dara Kass

Public Communications in Times of Crisis

Learning Objectives

Appreciate the importance of public communication and advocacy during times of crisis.
Understand how the public perceive messages and communication during a crisis.
Learn an approach to effective crisis communication.
Learn how to become a spokesperson for your cause during periods of crisis
Appreciate the role social media can play in public communication.

4:00 – 5:00 PM CT

Victoria Brazil & Eve Purdy

‘CT Safe and Fast’ – Simulation for High Performing Teams Working in Complex Systems

Work in the emergency department is both complicated and complex. By breaking the process of getting a sick patient to the CT scanner fast and safe we will explore this reality. We will dive into our institutions efforts to improve this process and while doing so will explore the intersections of simulation, quality improvement, and organizational culture.

Learning Objectives

Reflect on the difference between complicated tasks and complex work.
Apply principles from simulation and quality improvement to complex problems.


Our work is both complicated and complex, these require different approaches to improvement.

June 16, 2021

The Best in Canadian EM Research

8:00 – 9:00 AM CT

The Top 4 Abstracts

1st Plenary Presentation
Grant Innes Research Paper and Presentation Award

Rapid agitation with ketamine in the emergency department (RACKED): a double-blind randomized controlled trial.

2nd Plenary Presentation
Top New Investigator

Intracranial hemorrhage after head injury among anticoagulated elderly patients seen in the emergency department: A population-based cohort study.

3rd Plenary Presentation

Strategy empowering paramedics to assess low-risk trauma patients with the Canadian c-spine rule and selectively transport them without immobilization: a pragmatic cluster randomized stepped wedge patient-informed multi-center trial.

4th Plenary Presentation

PoCS Rule: derivation and validation of a clinical decision rule for early detection of persistent symptoms after a mild traumatic brain injury.

9:00 – 10:00 AM CT

Scott Weingart and Ken Milne

Emergency Medicine is a Failed Paradigm for the Care of the Critically Ill–A Dialectic Conversation

11:30 – 12:30 AM CT

Sara Gray

I Hate Yoga: Making Resilience Actually Work for You

Learning Objectives

Review strategies for optimizing resilience and why generic strategies may not work
Discuss the impact of system-wide strategies for well-being
Discuss behavior change science, and how this can impact our choices and resilience

4:00 – 5:00 PM CT

Kaveh Shojania

Canada’s Health Inequity Crisis: Prioritizing Social Determinants of Health in Research and Quality Improvement

Learning Objectives
Appreciate the rarity with improvement interventions meaningfully improve healthcare;
Understand that the same applies to the impacts of most biomedical research on basic health outcomes
Recognize the importance of fundamentally reshaping research priorities to match the massive health crises we face.

June 17, 2021

9:00 – 10:00 CT

Alika Lafontaine

Lessons Learned in Social Innovation

Present two approaches to social innovation
Discuss how system stressors, bias, and work-flow impacts help to articulate a path towards change
Use real-world examples (Indigenous Health Alliance, Safespace Networks) to illustrate how to apply these concepts

10:00 – 11:00 CT

Simon Carley

Did SARS CoV2 kill evidence based medicine?

This talk will explore how we were all challenged to practice evidence based medicine during a pandemic. It will explore how clinicians handled time critical decisions in the early phases of the pandemic and what we have learned about evidence generation during a pandemic as a result.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will be able to critique evidence based decisions during a pandemic.
Attendees will be able to consider plans for evidence generation during a future pandemic.
Attendees will be able to critique evidence dissemination strategies in current and future pandemics.


4:00 – 5:00 CT

Andre Picard

How will COVID-19 reshape Canada’s health care priorities?

Learning Objectives

Enhanced their knowledge of the myriad effects of COVID-19 on Canada’s medicare system and the health of Canadians;

Acquired practical knowledge on the influence of shifting political priorities on care delivery; and

Understood how the economic impacts of the pandemic and how it will shape health care spending.