BEEM/CAEP Rural EM Journal Club

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the session, the participant will:

1. Apply recent evidence in selecting the duration of antibiotics for pediatric patients diagnosed with community pneumonia

2. Consider alternatives to rigid immobilization in the management of pediatric torus fractures

3. Use validated tools to identify which pediatric patients need CT imaging for head injury that present after 24 hours


Suneel Upadhye

Suneel Upadhye is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Health Research Methods, Evidence & Impact (HEI) at McMaster University.  He completed his Royal College Emergency Medicine training in 2001, and his Masters in HEI in 2005.  He is a co-founder of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) course since 2005.  He is a former Standards Chair for CAEP, and is the inaugural Research Lead for the EM Researchers of Niagara (EMRoN).  He also serves as a Methodologist for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Guidelines for Reasonable & Appropriate Care in the Emergency Room (GRACE) program since 2019, which has led to numerous guidance documents and reviews for EM practice.  He is also a jazz music enthusiast, founding bassist for Docs that Rock, master scuba diver, and mediocre golfer.


Tania Sullivan

My fate was sealed as a ruralist, being born and raised on a small island off the north east cost of Newfoundland. I completed medical school at McMaster University and a family medicine residency through Dalhousie. I followed the practice eligible route to my CCFP(EM). I have been practicing rural and community regional Emergency Medicine in Nova Scotia for 17+ years. Within that time I have also worked as a hospitalist and in rural primary care clinics. I currently hold site and provincial leadership positions in emergency medicine as well as in simulation based education. I am invested in lifelong learning as a stance and I am passionate about simulation enhanced inter-professional education (Sim-IPE) as CPD for rural emergency care teams. I am currently completing a Masters in adult education as an investment in my growth and development. The best of my time is spent as a mother to 5 awesome humans and I am grateful everyday for the community that continues to support me in raising them. 


Rahim Valani
MD MBA M Med Ed LLM(Health Law)

Dr. Rahim Valani has been practicing emergency medicine in some of Canada’s busiest emergency departments for over 18 years. He is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and is also the Chair of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine program. He is also part of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and recently spearheaded the international pediatric emergency medicine curriculum, which is now published.
He holds a Masters in Medical Education and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He is the co-editor of the Sickkids pediatric trauma handbook, and editor of the pediatric emergency handbook along with pain and procedural sedation in the emergency department. Royal CBD Royal CBD Creams