Senior-Friendly Emergency Department Course (SFED)

Senior-Friendly Emergency Department Course (SFED)


Target Audience:

Emergency Department-based teams ie. MD, RN, an in-hospital clinician (geriatrician, internist, social worker), and a hospital administrator

Course Format: Workshop
Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
3099 Corvette Way
Richmond BC
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This course is now sold out!
There is no waitlist for this course.
We are not accepting onsite registration for this course.

Despite the fact that the geriatric patient population accounts a large and ever increasing proportion of ED visits the current ED model may not be adequate for geriatric adults. This highly interactive day-long course will be practical and specific to your needs.  Attendees will work closely with a team of experts in Senior-friendly ED to increase their familiarity with the ACEP/SAEM/AGS/ENA Geriatric ED Guidelines and to develop strategies to transform their EDs for the oncoming Silver Boom.

Target Audience

Any ED interested in making high-yield changes to provide optimal care for the increasing volume of older patients over the next decade.  Creating a senior-friendly ED is an interdisciplinary collaborative team project and we encourage participants to consider registering in department-based “teams.” The best value would be for a team of MD, RN, an in-hospital clinician (geriatrician, internist, social worker), and a hospital administrator. The day’s activities will be highly interactive and will require a small amount of advance preparation.


"The Senior-friendly ED Course held recently here in Winnipeg was fantastic.  The faculty was excellent and the program kept the participants engaged for the entire day.  Our teams left the day with practical ideas that they could take back to their EDs the next day to begin to make our services more senior-friendly.  I would highly recommend this program for all ED leadership."

"With the aging population our ED’s are seeing more geriatric patients with complex care needs than ever before. The Senior Friendly ED Course was a fun, interactive, collaborative workshop that provided us with the opportunity to learn practical solutions to to both clinical and administrative issues."

"The day explored linkages between the ED and the community and throughout our hospitals.  We appreciated the opportunity to hear about similar challenges other ED’s were experiencing with providing effective ED senior care, and more importantly we found the opportunity to learn about the solutions that others have implemented in their ED’s to be extremely valuable; in particular the Geriatric Guidelines and information presented in the round table forum are ideas we could take away."

"We would definitely recommend this course to other physician and nursing administrative teams who are wanting to make an impactful change in the care of Senior Patients who attend their ED’s and hope to see you in Vancouver."

About the Course Director

Dr. Don Melady has been a staff Emergency Physician for 25 years, both in community hospitals and currently at Mount Sinai Hospital.  He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.  For the past ten years, he has focused on Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM), care of older people in acute care including a curriculum in Geri EM for EM residents and nurse and an online accredited continuing medical education resource for practicing clinicians  He is a core faculty of both the Geriatric ED Collaborative in the US and the Acute Care of the Elderly Collaborative in Canada; and chair of the CAEP and the International Federation of EM committees on Geriatric EM.



08:00     Breakfast & Registration Opens

08:30     A Senior-friendly M and M Rounds:  What is a Senior-friendly ED?   How Can the Geriatric ED Guidelines Help your ED to improve?

10:00     Coffee Break

10:15     A Senior-friendly Buffet:  What Solutions Work at Other Sites?

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Senior-friendly Quality Improvement: What you need to know to get started

14:15     Coffee Break

14:30    A Senior-friendly QI Project:  Your chance to Develop, Present and Critique a QI Project to implement senior-friendly change

16:00    Adjournment

Key Speakers

Dr. Don Melady
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Kevin Biese
Associate Chief, Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina

Dr. Debra Eagles
University of Ottawa, researcher, co-chair of CAEP Committee in Geriatric EM

Dr. Audrey-Anne Brousseau
University of Toronto, Fellow in Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital

Skills Gained

Join the workshop on January 20, 2017 in Richmond to learn more about:

Defining the problem:
• Using case-based discussion and data from your site, how can you understand the challenges and barriers to excellent care of older people?

 Identifying solutions:
• What are some guidelines and evidence-based best practices from other high-functioning EDs that can be added at your site?

 Advocating for change:
• What are priorities at your site?  What can work?  How can you make it happen?

Creating change at your site:
• How can you make change happen at your ED?  Expert guides help you develop a QI project that you can implement immediately on return to your ED to improve care of older people.


Early bird registration: Fri. Dec 23, 2016 | Add to calendar +

REGISTRATION NOTE: We strongly encourage participants to register in department-based teams. The best value would be for a team of one or more MD, RN, allied health, in-hospital clinician (ie. geriatrician, internist, social worker), and a hospital administrator.

Please do not register until all team members have been confirmed. Teams would ideally be between 3 and 7 interdisciplinary staff.


Regular Rate:
By Dec 23/16 

Late/Onsite Rate:
After Dec 23/16 

Single Registration



3 Member Team



4 Member Team



5+ Member Team




Registration fees include course materials, breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.


The Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
3099 Corvette Way
Richmond  British Columbia  V6X 4K3

Conference rates start at: $129 CDN per night (plus taxes) for a Traditional Room and $159 for a Club Floor room (other rates also available).

Reservation deadline: December 19, 2016. After this date, rates can not be guaranteed.

Book your room now:

T: (604) 303-6565

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