Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies (AIME)


AIME Whistler, BC (Pre-con to St. Paul’s EM Update) – Sep 25, 2024
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AIME Whistler, BC (Pre-con to St. Paul’s EM Update) – Sep 26, 2024
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AIME Vancouver, BC – Register thru FMF (you do not need to attend the conference) – Nov 7, 2024
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AIME Vancouver, BC – Register thru FMF (you do not need to attend the conference) – Nov 8, 2024
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The Airway Interventions and Management in Emergencies (AIME) course has been providing valued and practical hands-on airway management learning experiences for clinicians around the world for over 21 years.

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

AIME educators are experienced (and entertaining) clinical instructors who understand the varied work environments of practicing clinicians. Whether you work in a large, high volume centre or a small remote setting, AIME will provide a practical approach for airway management in emergencies.

Highlights & Learning Objectives

AIME program highlights include:

  • Case-based clinical decision making
  • NEW algorithms based on Canadian Airway Focused Group Guidelines
  • NEW managing patients with high risk infections
  • Optimizing your patient prior to airway management
  • Hyperangulated, Macintosh and channelled video laryngoscopy
  • Managing the contaminated airway
  • When, why and how to perform awake or rapid sequence intubation
  • Management of the difficult airway and rescue oxygenation and ventilation
  • How to make the decision and safely execute a cruicothyrotomy
  • On-line open access textbook Infinity Edition of Airway Management in Emergencies
  • Unique, customized clinical videos
  • Limited registration to ensure clinician to instructor ratio of 5 or 6:1
  • Clinician to simulator ratios of 2:1

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Practice making acute care airway management decisions. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  2. Organize a practical staged approach to airway management. (Leader)
  3. Choose the most appropriate method of airway management based on a variety of patient presentations. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  4. Choose appropriate pharmacologic agents used to facilitate airway management. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)
  5. Illustrate when and how to use various tools and adjuncts for managing the difficult airway. (Medical/Family Medicine Expert)

Program Day

0730 – 0800 Registration
0800 – 0835 Introduction and Oxygenation
0835 – 0910 Workshop 1:  Peri-intubation Oxygenation good lungs bad lungs, BVM & SGA Pearls
0910 – 0950 Review and Mac Videolaryngoscopy
0950 – 1005 Coffee
1005 – 1000 Workshop 2: Mac Videolaryngoscopy (VL)
1100 – 1135 Mac VL Review and Hyperangulated Video Laryngoscopy
1135 – 1210 Workshop 3:  Hyperangulated (HA) VL
1210 – 1230 HA VL review and intubation approach
1230 – 1300 Lunch (on-site)
1300 – 1350 Approach to the difficult airway
1350 – 1530 Workshop 4:  Nasal endoscopy/Cricothyrotomy/Awake intubation/SALAD (contaminated airway)
1530 – 1615 Workshop 5: Case Discussions, Drugs and stuff working Coffee
1615 – 1730 Workshop 6: Putting It All Together
1730 – 1745 Wrap-up/Evaluation


This 2 credit per hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada  for up to 18 certified Mainpro+ credits

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) 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 11 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!” Royal CBD Royal CBD Creams