AIME Awake


AIME Awake Halifax – May 4, 2024
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This program is designed for experience clinicians. Clinicians will benefit most from this program if they have had prior airway management training/experience (e.g. an AIME course, residency training and/or significant “field” experience)

Note: Potential attendees should be aware that this course uses clinical cadavers that have been gifted tot he Human Body Donation program at Dalhousie. These bodies’ tissues retain a lifelike response to airway interventions.

Highlights & Learning Objectives

AIME Awake program highlights include:

  • High-quality, approachable and often entertaining educators.
  • 4-5:1 learner to instructor ratio.
  • 4-5:1 learner to clinical cadaver ratio.
  • Brief didactic session to reinforce present the components of, and indications for awake tracheal intubation (ATI)
  • Bedside demonstration of effective techniques for applying topical airway anesthesia, followed by hands-on practice opportunity in cadavers.
  • Extensive hands-on opportunity to gain skills in both and flexible endoscopy-and video laryngoscopy facilitated awake intubation techniques, with 1:1 coaching through each repetition by experienced faculty.
  • Opportunity for further flexible endoscopy skills acquisition on part-task simulators.
  • Faculty with mixed Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia backgrounds, all with extensive experience in performing and teaching airway management.

Learning Objectives:

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

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

Program Day:
0800-0830 Arrival / registration / coffee
0830-0850 Welcome and course logistics
0850-0930 Didactic: Introduction to awake tracheal intubation (ATI)
0930-1000 Hands-on 1: Topical airway anesthesia for ATI
1000-1020 Coffee break.
1020-1200 Hands-on 2: Oral ATI using flexible endoscopy
1200-1240 Lunch
1240-1320 Hands-on 3: Oral ATI using video laryngoscopy
1320-1400 Hands-on 4: Nasal ATI using flexible endoscopy
1400-1500 Case simulations and discussion (with refreshments)
1500-1600 Hands-on 5: Awake internal airway assessment and ATI skills consolidation
1600-1630 Cognitive consolidation and wrap-up


This Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and Nova Scotia Chapter for up to 6.75 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 6.75 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.


Registration Fees $1300 $1150


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