Vancouver Island "Top 5 in 10" Emergency and Critical Care Conference **SOLD OUT**

Vancouver Island "Top 5 in 10" Emergency and Critical Care Conference **SOLD OUT**

Target Audience:

Emergency Physicians, Family Physicians, Critical Care Physicians, ICU Physicians, Registered Nurses, ICU Nurses, Residents & Students

Course Format: Rapid-fire 10 minute talks covering dozens of topics
Parksville Community Centre
132 East Jensen Ave
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The Vancouver Island “Top 5 in 10” Emergency and Critical Care Conference is the only educational forum designed to meet the growing demands of Emergency and Critical Care practitioners on Vancouver Island. This two day conference will feature speakers on over 25 topics related to Emergency, Critical Care and Family Medicine.



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Thu May 30 Pre-Conference Workshops

0900 - 1600      EPICC: Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care - Canada Course

Fri May 31 Pre-Conference Workshops

0730   Registration for APLS and ACLS-EP Open
0800 - 1730      APLS: Advanced Pediatric Life Support Course
0900 - 1600      EPICC: Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care - Canada Course

Sat Jun 1 Main Conference Day 1

0730        Breakfast & Registration        
0800        Opening Remarks & Welcome        
0820        ACLS Update | Tina Webber
0835        We Suck at Wellness | Fred Voon
0850        Trauma Part 1: Damage Control & Resuscitation Surgery | Alexandra Mihailovic
0905        Little Things That Will Tighten Your Anus #1: Pediatric Airway | Jeff Bishop 
0920        Less is More - The New Paradigm in Critical Care | Gordon Wood
0935        Question Period        
0945        Refreshment Break        
1015        Stroke | Dr. Janka Hegedus
1030        Not All FOAM is Rabies | Adam Thomas
1045        Top 5 Things to Know When Your Patient is Receiving Immunotherapy | Joanna Vergidis
1100        Wound Care for the 21st Century | Todd Yip
1115        Top 5 Things To Prevent/Enhance Intubation: Choking on Acronyms | Kevin Patterson
1130        ICU & Emergency Department Overlap: Common Ground | Shavaun McDonald
1145        Question Period        
1200        Lunch Break        
1300        Palliative Care | David Williscroft
1315        One Pill to Kill - Pediatric Toxicology | Meredith Briggs
1330        Disaster on Vancouver Island | Christopher Rumball & Mike Flesher
1345        Little Things That Will Tighten Your Anus #2: Pediatric Congenital Heart Patients | Amanda Barclay
1400        Top 5 Reasons to Love Emergency Medicine and the Secret to Avoid Burnout | Tracey Stephenson
1415        Question Period        
1430        Refreshment Break        
1500        How to Prep for a TED Talk | Dr. Brian Goldman
1515        Killed Anyone Today? Toxic Timebombs | Dr. Daniel Ovakim
1530        I See You: Culturally Safe Care of LGBTQ2S+ Clients in Emergency and Critical Care | Kirstin McLaughlin 
1545       The EMR is Your Friend | Dr. Eric Grafstein
1600       Sessions End 
1730       Reception (appies & cash bar) with food trucks available 
1900       The Power of Kindness in Emergency Medicine | Dr. Brian Goldman 

Sun Jun 2 Main Conference Day 2

0730 Breakfast & Registration
0800      Welcome & Review
0820      Top 5 Things To Try During the Next Code Blue | Jeff Unger
0835      Top 5 Things To Do When the BP Has Bottomed Out | Kevin Patterson
0850      Trauma Part 2: Trauma Pearls | Alexandra Mihailovic
0905      Top 5 Common Causes of Hypotension: When the Shock Hits the Fan | Mike Kenyon
0920      Top 5 Uses of TXA in the ED | Greg Kutney
0935      Question Period
0945      Refreshment Break
1015      Teaching in the ED | Rob Paquin
1030      Top 5 Things Toxicologists Wished ED Docs Knew | Daniel Ovakim
1045      Acute Pain Management in the Opioid User | Nathan Stefani
1100      Top 5 Things to Know About Novel Oral Anticoagulants   | Matt Bouchard
1115      Top 5 Things ICU Docs Wished ED Docs Knew | Mike Kenyon
1130      Culturally Sensitive Care for First Nations Patients | Tarah Reece
1145      Question Period
1200      Lunch Break
1300      Ethanol Withdrawal - Just When YouThought You'd Seen a Bad One | Chris Newcombe
1315      Bear-Fighting and Other Wilderness Medicine Fun | Justin Roos
1330      Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks | Ben Ho
1345      New Tech Things That Will Impact Your ED | Tristan Jones
1400      Learning Resiliency | Lisa McLeod
1415      Question Period
1430      Refreshment Break
1500      K.I.S.S. Your ED: Door to EKG and RADU | Elsa & Anna & Olaf
1515      How Not To Get Sued | Christine Hall
1530      Top 5 Recent Emergency Medicine Articles | Grant Innes
1530      Question Period
1550      Awards & Closing Remarks
1600      Complete evaluations; conference ends


The conference is now SOLD OUT - please contact us at to be added to the waitlist.

Cancellations and Refunds


Beach Club Resort
181 Beachside Drive
Parksville  British Columbia  V9P 2H5

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast. Guest suites offer private balconies, spectacular ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor.

The hotel’s amenities include: seaside pool and hot tub, fitness centre, Stonewater Spa, and the Pacific Prime Restaurant and Lounge with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk.

Check-In: 4:00 PM / Check-Out: 11:00 AM 
No smoking, no pets
Cancellations accepted up to 72 hours prior

The Beach Club Resort is now SOLD OUT for the conference. 

There are rooms available to book at other properties in Parksville:

Bayside Inn – rates start at $130/night: or 1.250.248-8333

Ocean Sands Resort – rates start at $179/night: or  1.877.733.5969

Tigh-na-Mara Resort and Spa – rates start at $225/night: or 1.800.663.7373



EPICC:  Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care—Canada Course
May 30 & May 31 (Thu-Fri), 0900—1600
Fees: $377; max 24 spots (nurses only)
EPICC uses evidence-based learning and assessment methods to fully engage the adult learner.  Theoretical content is learned online before attending the course.  The programs use mixed learning methods of small and large group case studies and simulation – there is no powerpoint-style learning at the attended sessions.  The programs leverage the “community”…when everyone is together at a course, we believe that learners should be interacting, not watching lectures. The purpose of the course is to provide a standardized approach to the emergency department patient with a variety of presentations.  In addition to discussing presenting complaint pathophysiology and standardized treatment, a focus will be placed on rapid plans of care, follow-up assessments and formats to communicate clinical data to other nurses and health care professionals. The intended participants for this course are Registered Nurses working in (or interested in working in) the Emergency Department.  Other professions and emergency department staff are welcome to attend the EPICC; however, only Registered Nurses can receive certification in the course.
APLS: Advanced Pediatric Life Support Course
May 31 (Fri), 0800—1730
Fees:  Physicians $550; Residents $400; RNs & RTs $400; max 12 spots
You can register at the same time as your conference registration
APLS is now SOLD OUT; please contact to be placed on the waitlist
Developed by the AAP, APLS focuses on the core knowledge needed to provide care to critically ill and injured children in the emergency department environment. 
In this one day course, participants will work in teams to complete simulated resuscitations of pediatric patients. Scenarios will attempt to accurately reflect presentations that may be seen in community emergency departments. Emphasis will be on hands on practice in a high fidelity simulated environment. We will be utilizing the Mobile Medical Unit for this course in order to best replicate the clinical environment. 
This course is ideally suited to clinicians who regularly work in the emergency department and who are comfortable with the material covered in the Heart and Stroke Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) course. APLS is designed to complement but not replace PALS. Most participants find it useful to recertify or review the PALS material before taking APLS. APLS Participants are generally pediatricians, emergency physicians, emergency and pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists. Senior trainees in pediatrics, family practice and emergency medicine are also welcome.  Course instruction will be by Physicians and RN’s certified and experienced in Pediatric Critical Care and Resuscitation.  We all enjoy working with adult learners and are excited to learn from and with you as we share our experience, tips and knowledge. 
Course participants will need to complete prereading of the The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource, Fifth Edition. Upon registering for the course, participants will receive details about purchasing and accessing textbook material.
ACLS—EP: advanced Cardiac Life Support for the Experienced Provider Course
May 31 (Fri), 0800—1700
Fees:  Physicians $500; Residents $450; RNs $450; max 18 spots
You can register at the same time as your conference registration
ACLS-EP manual is not included; you can order through the Heart & Stroke Foundation: Cost of the manual is $95 plus shipping. 
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support for Experienced Providers (ACLS-EP) is a NEW ACLS renewal program designed primarily for seasoned healthcare providers who manage complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies and need to renew their ACLS course completion requirements.  The ACLS-EP Course emphasizes a systematic approach to patient care, critical thinking skills and critical decision-making skills and the questions; if you knew the cause of the cardiac arrest, would that change your management approach? If you had this information before the arrest, could you have prevented cardiopulmonary collapse or death? More generally, if you knew the eventual cause of sudden death (eg, acute coronary syndrome), what could you do to create a pathway for prevention and survival? Through didactic instruction and active participation in case-based scenarios, learners will enhance their skills in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary prearrest, arrest, and postarrest patients. Intended Audience: This course is designed for seasoned ACLS providers who wish to renew their provider status by using critical decision-making strategies. Physicians and other healthcare professionals who respond to complex cardiovascular, respiratory, and other emergencies are encouraged to attend. 
Learners are strongly encouraged to evaluate their knowledge and skill level before the course. The ACLS-EP Course is designed to challenge learners in an interactive format, which requires a comprehensive understanding of ACLS algorithms and practice skills.Course emphasis is at the Team Leader level, and minimal time is devoted to didactic material (ie. lectures). A learner who is not up-to-date with the current ACLS materials will have a difficult time keeping up with colleagues. Participants will work through participant selected case based and round table discussions of cardiovascular, respiratory, toxicological, metabolic and Post-Arrest Care.
The prerequisites to enroll are current HSF BLS, eligibility to do an ACLS update course, and a score of at least 84 percent on the ACLS-EP entrance exam (a link will be provided in the ACLS-EP manual – the registrant will have two attempts to pass). If students have questions as to whether they are eligible, they can contact the Medical Director at If students are not up-to-date in BLS, they will have the opportunity (as part of the cost) to get BLS skills practice and testing prior to the ACLS-EP course (the morning of the course).  It will require them completing an online module first through HSF.  Further details can be obtained by contacting the Program Director at

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