COVID-19 Town Hall

Please join President Elect, Kirsten Johnson on Wednesday May 20th at 8pm EST on when she will interview Dr. Joanne Liu and Dr. James Maskalyk. You do not need to be a CAEP member to join so feel free to share with your colleagues.

Dr. Liu was the International President of Médecins Sans Frontières for two terms from 2013-2019 during the West Africa Ebola epidemic, a wave of attacks on health facilities in conflict zones, and what became known – in Europe at least – as a migration “crisis”. MSF runs an annual budget of 1.6 billion Euros and a staff of 68,000 with operations in 74 countries treating some 11 million patients worldwide. Dr. Liu will speak about her thoughts of COVID-19 preparedness and response in Canada and abroad. She will discuss lessons learned from other recent epidemics, how her work with MSF translates to her work on the frontlines of the COVID response here in Montreal. She will talk about being a woman in medicine, a leader in advocacy, practicing global health and the future of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Maskalyk is an emergency physician and trauma-team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto’s inner-city hospital, and strategic director of the Toronto – Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine, which has trained East Africa’s first emergency physicians.  He is a member of Medecins Sans Frontieres, a bestselling author of two books, and wellness lead in his ED and Division.  He teaches and practices mindfulness in what spare time he has left.

He is joining us for our town hall for a talk on “Which way is the front-line from here?”, a title in homage to Tim Hetherington, a war photojournalist who died in line of duty.  He will talk about the shifting ground of our emergency work, how COVID-19 has moved from our emergency departments, into our homes and minds of Canadians.  He will talk about the lessons he has learned trying to balance the weight of work that seems endless, with a life outside of it. He will lead a discussion in what  lessons we can pull from this difficult time into our most beautiful expression of emergency medicine yet, and how we can use this attention towards the front-line to make it stronger than ever.

We are also pleased to now offer a members only discussion forum for COVID-19 available through your CAEP membership dashboard/portal.
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Thank you to Jeff Allen Productions for supporting this series.

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