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CAEP24 Symposia

Insightful and thought provoking presentations from world renowned keynote speakers

CAEP Symposia are created for our members and delegates to learn about a specific topic from both Emergency Physicians as well as other physician specialists who are experts in their area.

These presentations highlight recent discoveries and the latest in research developments of relevant topics in Emergency Medicine.

Managing COPD in the ED

Sunday, June 9

Presenter:  Dr. Erika Penz

Erika Penz is Associate Professor and Division Head of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Medical Advisor for the Saskatchewan Lung Cancer Screening program.

Dr Penz’s main research focus revolves around health economics and health policy, and burden of disease studies, with a focus on respiratory diseases.  She is co-author of the 2023 COPD Pharmacotherapy Guidelines for Stable COPD.

She serves as President-Elect for the Canadian Thoracic Society and is an Advisory Board member of the Institute for Cancer Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



Presenter:  Dr. Mitch Shullman

Dr. Mitch Shulman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGill and an attending physician in the emergencies of the 2 campuses of the McGill University Health System. He has presented at McGill’s Thursday Evening Lecture series and its Lunchtime Webinars, at the McGill Refresher Course for Family Physicians and at many other professional meetings including CAEP. He’s an ACLS Master Instructor. He’s also actively engaged in educating the public. He appears daily on Bell Media Radio, appeared for many years on Global TV’s: Montreal This Morning and is an award-winning columnist with a weekly column in the largest English language weekly in Quebec, The Suburban. He volunteers his time speaking at many charitable events.

His philosophy on teaching has always been that we all have valuable knowledge to share and so he sincerely looks forward to hearing from you as we share the learning at this special breakfast event.

Deciphering Invasive Group A Strep in Adults: Essential insights for emergency physicians

Monday, June 10th
8:00 – 9:00

Learning objectives:       

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Defend existing management of pharyngitis despite rising rates of iGAS
  • Differentiate the diagnosis and management of simple skin and soft tissue infections from necrotizing fasciitis
  • Identify evidence and resources regarding infection control precautions and public health measures in the management of close contacts of invasive GAS cases
  • Integrate new guidelines for the assessment and management of skin and soft tissue infections in practice


Presenter:  Dr. Satchan Takaya

Dr. Satchan Takaya is an Adult Infectious Diseases specialist in Saskatoon. She completed her medical school and Internal Medicine residency at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by an Infectious Diseases Fellowship in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. After a short time with the University of Alberta Division of Infectious Diseases based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Satchan returned to Saskatoon in 2005. From 2020 to 2022, Satchan became the Pandemic Chief of Staff for Saskatoon, involved in Covid leadership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority. Things are now back to usual with a return to both inpatient and outpatient Clinical Adult Infectious Diseases.


  Presenter:  Dr. Krishan Yadav

  Dr. Krishan Yadav is an Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of
  Ottawa, and Associate Scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Krishan is a New Investigator
  within the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital and currently holds a Junior Clinical
  Research Chair in Skin and Soft Tissue Infections with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. His
  current research focuses on infectious diseases in the emergency department setting, with a focus on
  improving the care of patients with skin and soft tissue infections. 


Moderator:  Dr. Ariel Hendin

Dr. Ariel Hendin completed her FRCPC-EM residency training at the University of Ottawa, followed by a fellowship in Critical Care. She practices Emergency Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital, and her ICU at the Montfort Hospital, the city’s Francophone teaching hospital. She had the good fortune of working in multiple places (including Saskatoon and in her home city of Edmonton) during the pandemic, but Ottawa is now her home. Her interests lie in knowledge translation, improving resuscitative care in the Emergency Department, and resident education.

Navigating the Grey Zone: Understanding and managing patients with mild head injury in emergency medicine

Monday, June 10th

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define head injury as it relates to mTBI and apply emerging approaches to diagnostic labelling of concussion in the ED.
  • Analyze evolving paradigms for management of head injury in patients prescribed direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs).
  • Use the Falls clinical decision rule to determine the need for CT in patients with head injury.
  • Evaluate different approaches to facilitate rural management of mTBI.
  • Integrate new evidence regarding the potential use of biomarkers to accurately diagnose head injury and predict prognosis.
Presenter:  Dr. Eddy Lang
Eddy Lang is a Professor and Department Head for Emergency Medicine at Cumming School of Medicine- University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. He is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.


Presenter:  Dr. Eric Clark






Moderator:  Dr. Catherine Varner

Dr. Catherine Varner is an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Deputy Director and a Clinician Scientist of the Schwartz / Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Deputy Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal

Name that Rash: Differentiating the dangerous from the mundane

Presenters:  Dr. Tetyana Maniuk & Dr. Rachrel Asiniwasis

More information to follow.