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EM at the extremes and in diverse contexts

Laurel Anne Mazurik

Track Chair

I am a emergency (Sunnybrook) and critical care transport physician (ORNGE) from Toronto, who now spends 25% of my time serving First Nations communities since the onset of COVID in 2020. I done extensive work in disaster simulation looking at innovative ways to do more with less. This work has taken me on adventures in different parts of the world.

Brittany Ellis


Brittany attended medical school in England at Warwick University, her FRCP emergency medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Fellowship in Geriatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. She works clinically in Saskatoon across three Emergency Departments as well as holds a provincial leadership position focused on developing and improving care for older adults in the ED through education, research, policy and quality improvement. Brittany also works as a Transport Physician, is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Geriatric EM Committee, and is also on the leadership committee of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine Geriatric Special Interest Group.

Jasmine Lam

Learner Lead

Hi all!  My name is Jasmine, and I am currently a fourth-year medical student at Queen’s University.  Some of my passions include EDIIA-related interests, such as exploring racial disparities and the diversification of medical school curricula.  I am extremely excited to be a part of the EM at the Extremes and in Diverse Contexts track!

Monday, May 29th

Back to Basics: Wellness Bootcamp 101

9:15 AM - 9:55 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Learn to surround yourself with the right people to support yourself during your career
  • Learn to use available technology, or best wellness practices to enhance and prolong your career
  • Establish good financial practice to ensure a base in order to sustain and enrich your career and life


Rodrick K. Lim

Sara Gray

Brittany Cameron

Jennifer Chu, MD, MPH, FRCPC

So you want to live forever... Gero-protective medicine and what it can offer you

9:55 AM - 10:15 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Following this session, participants will be able to describe what healthy aging is, and how they can maximize their likelihood of being healthy into middle and older age.
  • Following this session, participants will be familiar with some of the methodologic pitfalls in the area of geroprotective medicine.
  • Following this session, participants will be able to prioritize which strategies are appropriate for them in terms of maximizing their own healthspan.


Robert Stenstrom, MD, PhD CCFP-EM

The future of frostbite care in Canada: Exploring the development of a Canadian frostbite care network

10:15 AM - 10:25 AM


Yousuf Ahmed, MD

Mary Ollier

Rachel Peet

Alex Poole

Sarvesh Logsetty, MD

Josianne Gauthier, BPharm, MPharm

Sebastien Hebert

Malcolm Davidson

Lauren Klammer, BA, MPA

Nathan Johnstone

Lisa Allen, PhD

Jenna Smith-Turchyn, PT, PhD

Cait Champion, MD MSc

Challenges in organization: Problems with patient flow and how we try to solve them in Switzerland

10:25 AM - 10:45 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Recognize the concept of patient flow
  • Examine the limits of preconceptions to crowding/overcrowding
  • Inspire change through reproducible examples


Eric Heymann, MD FSSERM

Tuesday, May 30th

Crisis Leadership

9:15 AM - 10:05 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Have the ability to operated in a high risk high stress leadership environment
  • Develop the ability to organize an ad hoc team in a expedited manner
  • Conduct meeting that are effective, efficient and useful.


Trevor Jain, OMM MSM CD MD MSc

Too hot to handle: managing severe heat illness

10:05 AM - 10:25 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Identify patients at high risk of developing and suffering morbidity from heat illness
  • Describe 3 novel cooling techniques that may be applicable in settings with limited resources
  • Appreciate the impact of climate change on demographics and frequency of future heat events


Kira Gossack-Keenan

Exposures: Exploring visual arts on the frontlines of a pandemic

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about colleagues working simultaneously in the ER and in the visual arts.
  • Reflect on the experience of being on the frontline of a pandemic by engaging in visual art.
  • Explore the role of coaching and collaboration and the potential for blending a medical/artistic practice.


Megan Landes, MD, MSc., CCFP(EM)

Brant Slomovic, MD, FRCPC

Eva-Marie Stern, RP, MA

Kelley Aitken

Examining emergency residents’ experience of being a near-peer mentor and uncovering its effect on perceived wellness

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM


K. Jean Chen, MD
Sasha Weill, BA
Steve Alchi, BHSc

Challenges of physician health: the human aspect of Swiss Emergency Medicine

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants can compare burn-out rates in physicians in Canada and Switzerland
  • Participants can identify factors that may lead to differences/similarities in those rates
  • Participants learn about strategies and projects in Switzerland that address burn-outs in physicians in Switzerland


Valerie Romann, MD

Impact of a spinal motion restriction protocol that empowers paramedics to assess low-risk trauma patients and transport them without backboard immobilization on patient-determined outcomes

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM


Christian Vaillancourt, MD, MSc

Manya Charette

Elham Sabri, MSc

Richard Verbeek, MD

Elizabeth Hall, BSc

Brent McLeod, MPH

Shannon Leduc, MSc

Richard Dionne, MD

Amy Plint

Colin Macarthur, MBChD PhD

Jason Prpic, MD

Sheldon Cheskes

Refik Saskin, MSc

Dean Fergusson, PhD

Ian Stiell, MD, MSc

Monica Taljaard, PhD

Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of a small nomadic medical assistance team to support remote Indigenous communities in Canada, during COVID outbreaks.

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM


Laurie Mazurik, MD FRCPC MBA EMDM

Why Fly Blind - Pre-Hospital Ultrasound

4:10 PM - 4:30 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Define what to teach pre-hospital providers
  • Establishing pre-hospital POCUS QA program
  • Developing training curriculum


Tom Jelic

Rural trauma outcomes in Saskatchewan

4:30 PM - 4:40 PM


Samuel Savard

Philip Davis

Lauren Ready

An overview of global health and humanitarian POCUS - lessons from the field

4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the importance of POCUS in global health and humanitarian medicine
  • Discuss interesting cases and novel applications of POCUS in low-resource and humanitarian settings


Matthew Douglas-Vail, MD

Anne Aspler

Raluca Alexandra Stefan, MD MSc FRCP

Wednesday, May 31st

Predictors of mortality in older patients with moderate traumatic brain injury.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM


Marcel Émond, MD, MSc, CCMF(MU), FRCP(C)


CHU Toulouse

Axel Benhamed

Chartelin Jean Isaac

Valérie Boucher

Christian Malo

Myreille D'astous

Pierre-Gilles Blanchard, MD (FRCPC) MSc PhD MBA

Eric Mercier, MD MSc FRCPC

Francis Bernard

The problem with MCI triage systems

11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the evidence that supports the use of triage tools
  • Report the effectiveness with which triage tools are employed in both real-world and simulated scenarios
  • Employ triage tools commonly used by emergency medical response organizations in Canada


Dave Jerome, MD, MSc, CCFP, FAWM

Pediatric patients in Mass Casualty Incidents: it is time to START to Sieve SALT from sugar

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of this experience, participants will be able to: - understand the need of a new pediatric MCI algorithm


Chady El Tawil, MD, mMBA

A Child's Death in the ED: Processes to support the family and your staff

11:50 AM - 12:10 AM

Learning objectives:

  • To learn models and strategies to support staff and families when a child dies in the ED.


Natasha Collia, Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Gurinder Sangha, MD, FRCPC

Imminently dying patient in your rural ED - what to do/not to do?

12:10 AM - 12:30 AM

Learning objectives:

  • Tailor medications for end-of-life symptom management to your practice setting
  • Employ strategies for effective goals of care discussions that will facilitate patient-centered decision-making


Christine Wing-hung Pun, MD CCFP (EM) (PC) FCFP

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