AIME Clinical Cadaver


AIME Clinical Cadaver Halifax, NS *SOLD OUT* Email to waitlist – Oct 27, 2024
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New name, same great course!

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 Clinical 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. 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. 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.


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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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