CPD Courses

CAEP CPD offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for all levels of emergency professionals. We strive to bring the best in medical education to as many locations in Canada as possible. If you would like to bring a CAEP CPD course to your location, please contact Gail Chapman gchapman@caep.ca 1-800-463-1158 ext. 13.

Airway Courses - AIME - AIME Advanced - AIME Awake

Airway Intervention and Management in Emergencies (AIME) will provide a practical approach for airway management in emergencies.

This program is designed for physicians working in an acute care setting requiring them to competently manage patients in need of emergency airway management.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner can expect to:

  1. Be more confident and comfortable in making acute care airway management decisions.
  2. Have acquired a practical staged approach to airway management.
  3. Be able to choose the most appropriate method of airway management based on a variety of patient presentations.
  4. Make appropriate choices in the use of pharmacologic agents used to facilitate airway management.
  5. Learn how to optimize patients prior to airway management.
  6. Know when and how to use various tools and adjuncts for managing the difficult airway.
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A Hands-on, Skill-focused Advanced Airway Learning Experience Using Clinical Cadavers.

This program is designed for experienced clinicians.  Clinicians will benefit most from this program if they have had prior airway management training/experience (AIME, residency trained, significant “field” experience).

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this program, the learning can expect to:

  1. Build on their core airway skills to achieve positive patient outcomes in the acutely ill requiring airway management.
  2. Reinforce best practice core skills with a focus on video laryngoscopy.
  3. Develop a plan and perform airway topicalization in preparation for awake airway management.
  4. Have multiple opportunities to perform (rapid cycling practice) and refine laryngoscopy skills on clinical cadavers.
  5. Understand the utility and limitations of airway management algorithms and checklists.
  6. Appreciate the principles of airway crisis resource management and human factors to help mitigate error and improve patient outcomes.
  7. Have an opportunity to practice airway management decision-making and technical skills in a case-based format using clinical cadavers.
  8. Perform various advanced airway management techniques, including flexible endoscopic intubation and cricothyrotomy.

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A hands-on skills-focused airway learning experience using clinical cadavers.

This program is designed for experienced clinicians. Clinicians will benefit most from this program if they have had prior airway management training/experience (e.g., an AIME course; residency trained and/or significant “field” experience).

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the components of awake tracheal intubation (ATI) and awake internal airway assessment.
  2. Based on airway evaluation, indicate when ATI is the safest option for securing the airway.
  3. Perform effective topical airway anesthesia to facilitate well-tolerated ATI.
  4. Use flexible endoscopy and video laryngoscopy to facilitate (simulated awake) tracheal intubation in human cadaveric specimens.
  5. Recognize when to enhance the standard airway evaluation with awake internal airway assessment and use flexible endoscopy or video laryngoscopy for the purpose.
  6. Given case scenarios of difficult airway patients, identify difficulties that may arise during ATI, and specify potential solutions.

Geriatric EM Course

Older adults are increasing in number in our Emergency Department (ED). Their needs are complex and difficult to meet without the proper setting and training. This is why many of us will sigh when we see “89 F presenting with general weakness”. This course will resolve many of your questions, and give you clinical tips and tools to change your approach to the geriatric patient in the ED. Our main objective is that each participant will become a better equip clinician and a positive leader for a population that once took care of all of us. It is our turn to give them back what they deserve: the best care.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Change their behaviour regarding older adults care in the emergency department in light of new knowledge and evidences;
  • Describe and explain the main geriatric syndromes that have an impact on the clinical management of older adults in the emergency department;
  • Resolve complex clinical situations involving older adults that are commonly seen in the emergency department.

To request this course for your group contact Carrol Ann a calapierre@caep.ca

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Ultrasound Courses - EDTU

Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU) is designed to provide physicians with a strong foundation in emergency ultrasound. This is achieved with one-on-one bedside teaching on live models. The models used during the practical sessions will be a combination of normal and true positive patient subjects.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this program, the learner can expect to:

  • Understand the basics of ultrasound physics, image generation and interpretation, and image artifact.
  • Understand the different types of probes used to generate images and the “knobology” of the ultrasound machine.
  • Have completed most (if not all) of their required 50 scans to complete the course
  • Generate limited focused images for all the primary applications of EDTU including FAST, echocardiography, abdominal aorta, pelvic ultrasound in pregnancy, and procedural ultrasound.
  • Understand the difference between EDTU and a formal ultrasound performed in the radiology department.
  • Understand how EDTU is to be used in the clinical assessment of patients and clinical algorithms for patient care.
  • Identify all the important anatomic structures on an ultrasound image that are necessary to interpret the primary examinations
  • Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance program at your local ED.
  • Learn the psychomotor skills necessary to generate accurate ultrasound images
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of EDTU.

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EDTUx is an advanced point of care ultrasound course for those who have completed and consolidated their basic ultrasound skills. A broad range of modules, including resuscitative, diagnostic, and procedural applications, have been combined into a comprehensive one-day course. This course is relevant for emergency physicians, critical care physicians, internists, family physicians, and residents in these specialties.

Like EDTU, EDTUx maximizes hands-on instruction time by using a high instructor to participant ratio as well as a flipped classroom model where instructional lectures are accessed by participants prior to the start of the course. EDTUx also emphasizes the appropriate clinical integration of point of care ultrasound findings into actual patient management with the use of case-based scenarios.

EDTUx encompasses advanced point of care ultrasound applications for problems you encounter on every shift.

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Toxicology

This course focuses on the interesting world of poisons, their nature, effects and antidotes.

Learning Objectives

  • By the end of this program, the learner cam expect to:
    For apparently benign intoxications, not underestimate or miss the serious cases; and, not over treat the truly benign cases
  • Use a systematic approach to a patient presenting with coma of unknown cause
  • Look for physical signs that define and identify the toxidrome
  • Use a systematic approach to treat an agitated/delirious patient to identify those with a toxic etiology
  • Enhance elimination of toxins using appropriate methods
  • Decontaminate the patient appropriately
  • For a patient presenting with metabolic acidosis, come up with differential diagnosis and investigate to make a definite diagnosis
  • Use antidotes appropriately
  • Deal with the patient who refuses treatment while respecting their rights
  • Use laboratory and other tests efficiently
  • Look for and recognize difficult/serious intoxications that commonly kill, and manage them aggressively
  • Modify your approach to pediatric intoxications by taking into account specific pediatric issues

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ED Strategies for Teaching Any Time - ED STAT!

ED Strategies for Teaching Any Time (ED STAT!) series focused on fostering enhanced clinical teaching skills in emergency medicine teachers from across Canada. CAEP has brought together some of the leading experts in EM clinical teaching in North America to develop this unique course. With its evidence-based mix of interactive lectures, videos, psychology, laughs, and hands-on teaching practice sessions, we hope you will find ED STAT! to be an invaluable event like no other.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, the learner cam expect to:

  • Describe the characteristics of effective and not-so effective clinical teachers
  • Describe the characteristics and challenges of the ED setting for clinical education
  • Use the ED STAT! teaching model in his or her daily practice
  • Orient a learner in the ED
  • Describe the elements of effective feedback
  • Tailor their teaching to the learner
  • Adapt their teaching to the demands of the Emergency Department environment
  • Describe 3 new ways of preparing for teaching
  • Describe 3 techniques to promote active learning on the fly

To request this course for your group contact Carrol Ann a calapierre@caep.ca

VISION:       To provide high quality education to Canadian emergency physicians and trainees

MiSSION:    CAEP’s CPD committee oversees the development of robust and timely education to Canadian physicians and trainees in the specialty of emergency medicine, specifically:

  • Provides education in various formats including in-person courses and conferences, online courses and webinars, and podcasts
  • Develops online education programs that are accessible both live and on demand including webinars, online courses and virtual Grand Rounds
  • Incorporates diverse perspectives on our planning committees through representation from our Academic Section, Rural and Small Urban Section and EDI taskforce
  • Integrates best evidence as outlined by our EM practice committees or from other reliable sources of primary literature, systematic reviews or clinical practice guidelines
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