AIME Advanced (Cadaver)


AIME Advanced Halifax *SOLD OUT* email to waitlist – Feb 25, 2024
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AIME Advanced Halifax – May 5, 2024
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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).

NOTE:  Potential attendees should be aware that this course uses clinical cadavers that have been gifted to the Human Body Donation program at Dalhousie.  These bodies behave in a manner that is similar to that of a live human.

Highlights & Learning Objectives

AIME Advanced (Cadaver) program highlights include:

  • High quality experienced and usually entertaining educators.
  • 5-6:1 learner to instructor ratio.
  • 5-6:1 Learner to clinical cadaver ratio.
  • Repetitive opportunities to practice skills on several cadavers
  • Reinforce primary core airway skills with feedback using exposed lung windows
  • Hands-on emphasis, with case based simulation.
  • Review of recent published airway guidelines on managing the difficult airway
  • Ask the expert case discussion
  • Exposure to advanced equipment and techniques using various video laryngoscopes and other devices

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Formulate a plan for safely securing a patient’s airway, based on an appraisal and application of current published literature. [CanMEDS Scholar]
  2. Communicate the plan to the assembled team and assign roles and responsibilities for securing the airway [CanMEDS Collaborator].
  3. Maintain patient oxygenation throughout the airway management sequence, using effective pre-oxygenation, face mask ventilation and apneic oxygenation techniques. [CanMEDS Medical Expert]
  4. Recognize upper airway anatomic landmarks during video laryngoscopy, and interact with the exposed anatomy to maximize successful tracheal intubation. [CanMEDS Medical Expert]
  5. Distinguish between an unsuccessful and a successful attempt at patient ventilation (e.g., esophageal intubation). [CanMEDS Medical Expert]
  6. Recognize when difficulty is occurring with airway management and respond with a structured approach, to include supraglottic airway placement and/or use of a combination of more than one device to facilitate tracheal intubation. [CanMEDS Medical Expert]
  7. Recognize a “cannot ventilate, cannot oxygenate” situation and perform an emergency cricothyrotomy. [CanMEDS Medical Expert]
  8. Advocate for the equipment and medications required to facilitate standard-of-care airway management in their home workplace. [CanMEDS Leader].

Program Day

0730-0800 Arrival/registration/breakfast
0800-0820 Intro
0820-0845 What’s new and important in patient preoxygenation
0845-0930 Workshop 1: Patient preoxygenation
0930-0940 Macintosh DL/Video Laryngoscopy
0940-0955 Coffee break.
0955-1130 Workshop 2: Mac DL/VL difficult laryngoscopy drills
1130-1145 Difficult intubation in the unconscious patient
1145-1230 Airway topicalization and awake intubation.
1230-1310 Lunch.
1310-1410 Workshop 3: Hyperangulated & Channeled VL
1410-1455 Workshop 4: Advanced techniques: SGA & VL assisted Flexible
1455-1530 Working coffee break and fireside case discussions
1530-1630 Workshop 5: Simulation: ‘rapid-cycle’ airway
1630-1715 Workshop 6: Surgical airway


This 1 credit per hour Assessment Program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 8 Mainpro+ credits

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by CAEP. You may claim a maximum of 8 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


Dr. Sam Campbell went to Med school in South Africa, did his emerg training at St Paul’s in Vancouver. He is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Charles V Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre in Halifax, a Trauma Team Leader; and On-line Medical consultant to the IWK/Maritime Poison Centre, EHS Nova Scotia Air Ambulance and Ground Ambulance services. His special interests are: The emergency management of Infectious and respiratory disease, continuous quality improvement and airway management.

Dr. George Kovacs is a full-time professor of Emergency Medicine and is cross-appointed in the Department of Anesthesiology at Dalhousie University. He works clinically as an emergency physician at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He is the co-developer of Airway Interventions & Management in Emergencies (AIME). He is actively involved in airway management research and education, collaborating on local, national and international projects. He is the co-editor of a soon to be published second edition textbook titled Airway Management in Emergencies.

Dr. Adam Law is a staff neuroanesthesiologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Professor of Anesthesiology at Dalhousie University. He is also medical director of the Atlantic Health Training and Simulation Centre in Halifax. Before returning to residency and fellowship training in anesthesia, Dr. Law spent 6 years in general practice in a small town in rural New Brunswick. He now teaches airway and difficult airway management across Canada and the US.

Dr. Paul Linden, a graduate of the University of British Columbia, holds certification in emergency and sports medicine. He currently works at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C., as an emergency physician and TCS Regional Trauma Director. Dr. Linden recently returned from a five year sojourn at Shaikh Khalifa Medical City in the United Arab Emirates, pursuing his interests in trauma, airway management and the development of local critical care courses including AIME, ATLS, ACLS, and PALS. Dr. Linden is Clinical Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia.

Dr. Kirk MacQuarrie is an assistant professor in the Dalhousie University Departments of Anesthesia and Surgery. He is a full time clinical anesthesiologist at the QEII HSC and Site Chief of the Halifax Infirmary. He is Director of Crisis Management Training at the Atlantic Health Sciences Simulation Center. His interests are in airway management and education. He has written several chapters for two major airway textbooks. He has been involved with AIME since its inception.

Dr. Mark Mensour is an Associate Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  His research interests include Procedural Sedation and Analgesia as well as Acute Myocardial Infarction management.  Nationally he is a course developer and speaker with CAEP’s EDTU team.  Provincially he is an ACLS advisor representing for the Heart and Stroke foundation of Ontario.  Most recently his interest in adult education has led him to the co-development of Evidence Based Resuscitation, a course for Emergency Health Care Practitioners. Dr. Mensour is also the Director of CPD for CAEP.

Dr. David Petrie is an emergency physician at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the Medical Director, EHSNS LifeFlight (Adult Services); Director, Division of EMS, Dalhousie University; Nova Scotia Trauma Advisory Committee, Trauma Team Leader; and On-line Medical consultant to the IWK/Maritime Poison Centre. David is an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University and also a Peer Reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. David’s primary academic interest include: prehospital research, airway management research and education and Air Medical Transport.

Dr. Chris Soder is Chief of the Department of Pediatric Critical Care at the IWK Health Centre and Associate Professor of Anaesthesia and Pediatrics at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He serves as co-director of EHS LifeFlight, the provincial air medical program. Dr. Soder is a full-time pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist with a special interest and extensive experience in airway instruction using high-fidelity simulation.

Dr. John Tallon graduated from medicine at the University of Toronto and completed his emergency medicine Royal College training at the University of Calgary. He has worked clinically in Emergency Medicine in four different provinces in his career and is currently at Vancouver General Hospital and in the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine as a clinical professor. He is also appointed as adjunct professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University with cross appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Surgery, Community Health and Epidemiology and Anaesthesia at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He completed a Master’s of Science at Dalhousie University with a thesis on outcomes in major head injured patients undergoing advanced resuscitative airway management. He was Medical Director of the province of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Trauma Program as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Health Science Centre’s trauma services, and past President of the Trauma Association of Canada. Administratively he is currently Vice President of Clinical and Medical Programs for British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), Canada’s largest pan provincial EMS system.


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“The energy and enthusiasm of the instructors was fantastic. The common sense approach made it easy to learn.”

“This is the best CME course going.  Should be required for all ED physicians”.

“The constant encouragement and non-intimidating approach of the instructors was good for learning. Keep up the great work! This course should be a pre-requisite for all residency programs.”

“This was an excellent course. I feel like I can approach AW decisions with some knowledge and CONFIDENCE. Thank you!”



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