St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update 2018 #CPDStPauls

St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update 2018 #CPDStPauls

Target Audience:

Anyone who is providing Emergency Care: rural to urban; part-time to full-time; residents to seasoned veterans; Emergency Nurses; Nurse Practitioners; Paramedics; others with an interest in emergency medicine

Course Format: Lots of pre-conference workshops; plenary sessions; a conference break each day, interactive workshops on Saturday, interactive concurrent sessions on Fri and Sun
Whistler Conference Centre
4010 Whistler Way
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Join us for the 16th Annual St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update - guaranteed to be more exciting than Justin Trudeau's trip to India! Four incredible days of learning, networking and of course, recreation!
Pre-conference courses in Whistler: CASTED: Emergency, HOUSE EM, The CARE Course
Just Added!
Q&A with the Patient Transfer Network
Fri, Sep 28, 11:45 lunch buffet, 12:00 start
Wedgemount AB, Whistler Conference Centre
For more information: Download flyer
Conference Sponsorship Opportunites For sponsorship opportunities, please download a prospectus.

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View Wed Sep26

0800 - 1700 CASTED EMERGENCY: The ED Orthopedics Course (runs two days)
0800 - 1800 The CARE Course (runs two days)

View Thu Sep27

0800 - 1700 CASTED EMERGENCY: The ED Orthopedics Course continues from Wed
0800 - 1800 The CARE Course continues from Wed
0800 - 1700 HOUSE EM 

1600 Registration opens
1715 Welcome & Opening Remarks | Brian Lahiffe
1730 Rib Fractures "There can't be anything wrong if the X-ray looks ok, right?" | Caroline Eberdt
1745 Alcohol and Head Injury/Withdrawal "Saturday night specials"  | Kira Rich
1800 Necrotizing Fasciitis in the ED "You don't really need that leg do you?" | Simon Jones
1815 Resuscitation Pearls "The latest in saving lives" | Brian Grunau
1830 Question Period
1845 Refreshment Break & Exhibits
1900 KEYNOTE: Best Literature of the Past Year "The professor is in" | Grant Innes
1945 Question Period
2000 Opening Reception - Whistler Conference Centre

View Fri Sep28

0700 Breakfast, registration, and exhibits
0700 Breakfast, registration, and exhibits
0800 Wikipedia in Medicine "Textbook for 2018" | James Heilman
0825 Orthopedics Pearls "Slick tricks for bad breaks" | Arun Sayal
0850 Trigger Point Injections in the ED "Another tool for those challenging cases" | Ravi Dhanoa
0910 Question Period
0930 Refreshment Break & exhibits
0945 Concurrent Sessions - each session runs twice; pre-registration not necessary
i. Forensic Emergencies "CSI Whistler style" | Tracy Pickett
ii. Misdiagnosis in Emergency Medicine: Themes from the CMPA "Dodging lawsuits" | Janet Nuth
iii. ID Pearls and Pitfalls for the ED "How to kill those bugs" | Mary Kestler
iv. Physician Wellness "How to stay sane in this job" | Lawrence Cheng
1035 Move to next Concurrent Session
1100 Concurrent Sessions repeat
1135 Conference Break for activities
1145 Lunch Symposium: Q & A Session with the Patient Transfer Network (sign up through
1530 Refreshment Break and exhibits1530 Refreshment Break and exhibits
1600 Pediatric Procedural Pain & Anxiety "The crying child whisperer" | Navid Dehghani
1625 Toxicology Update "Strange brews and potions"  | Christopher DeWitt
1650 Pediatric Literature Review "More than just picture books"  | Ran Goldman
1715 Syncope "High and low risk swoons"  | Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy
1740 Question Period
1800 Refreshment Break & exhibits
1815 KEYNOTE: Mass Casualty Incident: How One Team's Non-Standard Approach Saved Hundreds in the Largest Mass Shooting in Modern US History| Kevin Menes
1900 Question Period
1930 Cocktail Reception - Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC)

View Sat Sep29

0700 Breakfast, registration, and exhibits
0800 - 1200 WORKSHOPS - YOU CAN ATTEND UP TO 4. Workshops A-E run 0800 - 0850, and repeat 0900 - 0950; Workshops F- L run 0800 - 0950, and repeat 1010 - 1200; Workshops M - Q run  1010 - 1100, and repeat 1110 - 1200
A) ECGs | Robert Noseworthy
B) Regional Anaesthesia | Mattias Berg & Wayne Choi
C) Airway | Navdeep Grewal
D) CT Head Cases| Phil Miller
E) Teaching in the ED| Kevin Clark
F) Trigger Point Injections - A How to Guide | Ravi Dhanoa
G) Mass Casualty Management: Managing the Impossible | Kevin Menes
H) Plastics Procedures & Wound Closure| Al Tober & Kevin Bush
I) Dental Skills | Marc Paris & Sunil Managal
J) Ophthalmology Cases| Heather O'Donnell
K) Basic ED Ultrasound| Rahim Manji
L) Advanced ED Ultrasound | Christine Henderson
0950 Refreshment Break & Exhibits
1010 Workshops F-L repeat
M) Procedural Sedation| Nick Balfour
N) ENT Cases| Dinesh Krishna
O) Festival Medicine | Jeff Eppler
P) Getting Sick Patients Out of Your Rural ED: Essential Tips & Pearls | Adam Watchorn
Q) Women in Medicine | Jeanne Macleod
1200 Conference Break for activities
1530 Refreshment Break and exhibits

1600 Ultrasound for Dyspnea "What do your stethoscope and iPhone2 have in common?" | Oron Frenkel
1625 M&M Cases from the St. Paul's Hospital ED "Learn from our misses" | Daniel Kalla
1650 High Risk Gynecological Emergencies "Scary bleeds and pain"  | Erin Kenny
1715 Basilar Skull Fractures "Beyond Battle's sign"  | Kevin Nemethy
1740 Question Period
1820 Stretch Break & exhibits
1815 KEYNOTE: Emergency Medicine and Pseudoscience "I saw it on Facebook - it must be right" | Timothy Caulfield
1905 Question Period
1920 Evening free

View Sun Sep30

0700 Breakfast and registration
0800 Concurrent Sessions - each session runs twice; pre-registration not necessary
v. High Risk Yet Vague Neurological Disease "Tingling that should send shivers down your spine" | Tong Lam
vi. Sports Medicine Cases "Weekend warrior wounds" | Nicholas Rose
vii. Adolescent Psychiatry Emergencies "Challenging teens" | Tyler Black
viii. Empathy in ED Patient Care "I really feel your need for 200 dili 8's" | Simon Pulfrey
0850 Move to next Concurrent Session
0900 Concurrent Sessions repeat
0950 Refreshment Break 
1010 Update on Spine Trauma "They can't move their what?" | Joseph Haegert
1035 Post-Intubation Pearls "You mean there's more than just passing the tube?"  | Jan Trojanowski
1105 KEYNOTE: What I've Learned "A career in the world's most interesting job" | Bruce Campana
1150 Question Period
1200 Closing Remarks; complete evaluations; conference ends

Key Speakers

Grant Innes, MD, MHSc. Senior Researcher, Dept of Emergency Medicine, University of Calgary
THURS KEYNOTE: Best Literature of the Past Year "The professor is in"
Kevin Menes, MD. Emergency Physician working the night of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting; Menes Resuscitation LLC, Las Vegas
FRI KEYNOTE:  Mass Casualty Incident: How One Team's Non-Standard Approach Saved Hundreds in the Largest Mass Shooting in Modern US History​
Timothy Caufield, BSc, LLB, LLM. Canada Research Chair, Health Law and Policy; Research Director, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta; Trudeau Fellow; Professor, Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, University of Alberta
SAT KEYNOTE: Emergency Medicine and Pseudoscience "I saw it on Facebook - it must be right"
Bruce Campana, MD, FACEP, FRCPC. Emergency Physician, Victoria General Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, Dept of Emergency Medicine, UBC
SUN KEYNOTE: What I've Learned "A career in the world's most interesting job"


Early bird registration: Tue. Jun 26, 2018 | Add to calendar +

$10 off if you register online.
By Jun 26/18: $919
By Sep 5/18: $969
After Sep 5/18: $989
Allied Health & Nurse Practitioners:
By Jun 26/18: $449
By Sep 5/18: $469
After Sep 5/18: $489
Residents (proof of resident status required on-site)
By Jun 26/18: $259
By Sep 5/18: $279
After Sep 5/18: $299
Cancellations and Refunds


Westin Whistler Resort and Spa
4090 Whistler Way
Whistler  British Columbia  V0N 1B4

Please note that the Westin is now SOLD OUT of the $220/night Junior Suites. We have added a block of 1-bedroom suites at the discounted room rates starting at $300/night + taxes. Rates do not include applicable taxes or parking. Group Code: “St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine 2018”. Reservations cutoff for the Group Rate is Aug 27, 2018.  After Aug 27, you may still book accommodation, but the group rate may not be offered.

Full pre-payment of reservation is due 72 hours prior to arrival and is non-refundable. Cancellations made less than 72 hours are non-refundable. 

PH: 1-866-412-2864
Amenities available:
  • Complimentary internet access in guest rooms for SPG Members
  • Kitchenettes in all rooms
  • Avello Spa and Health Club 
  • Outdoor Pool & Hot Tub

We also have a group rate set up with Perimeter Bus for transport to and from Whistler:

YVR to Whistler One Way:  $59.00 + GST
YVR to Whistler Return Trip:  $118.00 + GST
For private transfers, Perimeter can offer the following discounted rates between YVR and Whistler:
3 Passenger Executive Sedan:  $350.00 + $15.00 YVR Pickup Fee
5 Passenger Executive SUV:  $405.00 + $15.00 YVR Pickup Fee
11 Passenger Sprinter Van:  $430.00 + $20.00 YVR Pickup Fee
24 Passenger Minibus:  $650.00 + $40.00 YVR Pickup Fee
Group Code: CPD2018
PH: 604-717-6600
Toll-Free: 1-888-717-6606

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS: All held in Whistler at the Whistler Conference Centre

CASTED EMERGENCY:  The ED Orthopedics Course, Sep 26&27 (Wed-Thu), 0800—1700
Registration & information: 
Fees: Physicians $1895; Nurses & Physician Assistants $1550; Residents $1285 (GST added)
CASTED: Emergency is ruthlessly clinical - a practical, high-yield, practice-changing ED orthopedics course. By the end of the course, you will be better at diagnosing subtle but serious ED ortho injuries. You will have a much better approach to ED reductions and immobilization. And you will have a better sense of when ortho needs to get involved (and why!) The course will be valuable to anyone who manages ED patients with acute injuries - from rural to urban.

The CARE Course, Sep 26&27 (Wed-Thu), 0800—1800
You can register at the same time as your conference registration; max 30 spots
Up to 51 MainPro+ credits
Fees: Physicians $1550; Nurses $200, Paramedics $100
The CARE Course (Comprehensive Approach to Rural Emergencies is a traveling rural program for physicians, nurses, and pre-hospital providers. This two-day program provides interactive hands-on learning in a fun, warm and supportive interprofessional environment. Medical, trauma, obstetric and paediatric emergency management are featured. Appropriate to the realities of rural practice, this small group program supports the teamwork and skills enhancement needed to provide rural emergency care. For more information: visit or email: 

HOUSE EM: Hands-On Ultrasound Education Acute Care, Sep 27 (Thu), 0800—1700
You can register at the same time as your conference registration; max 10 spots
HOUSE-EM is currently FULL; we are trying to secure some additional spots. Please contact if you wish to be added to the waitlist

Fees: $1600
The Hands-On Ultrasound Education Program gives rural physicians the training and confidence to integrate point-of-care ultrasound into their practice. HOUSE EM offers learning in a relaxed environment, with a high instructor to student ratio and scanning on live models to maximize hands-on practice time.This course features POCUS modules that are most useful to emergency care providers, including Ultrasound for Dyspnea and Ambulatory Care (eFAST, cardiac, lung, MSK, procedures, IVC, and DVT).This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 31.5 Mainpro+ credits. 

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