CAEP National Grand Rounds

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this session participants will be able to do the following for children in the ED:

1. Practice a step-wise approach to analgesia (including opioid use) based on the best evidence
2. Select the safest and most effective medication(s) for procedural sedation




Dr. Samina Ali is a pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta. She completed medical school and emergency fellowship at McGill University and pediatric residency at Memorial University. She recently completed a Mayday Pain and Society Fellowship in Science Communication. Dr. Ali is a national award-winning researcher, mentor, and educator. Her research program concerns better treatment of children in the emergency department, with a focus on responsible prescribing of opioid analgesia and the management of medical procedure-related pain; she holds national funding for studies informing best care for children with acute injury and illness.

Maala Bhatt MD MSc

Maala is a pediatric emergency physician and the Director of Emergency Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Ottawa, Canada. Maala completed her fellowship in emergency medicine and Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal. Her primary research interest is in the safety of emergency department procedural sedation. Maala’s contributions to pediatric sedation have enhanced the clinical care of children undergoing emergency sedation through the generation of new knowledge on sedation safety. She has been honoured to collaborate internationally with agencies to improve risk assessment and outcomes for patients sedated outside of the operating room.

Naveen Poonai MSc MD FRCPC

Dr. Naveen Poonai completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and his paediatric residency and emergency medicine fellowship training at Western University. He also holds a Master of Science in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University.

Dr. Poonai joined the Department of Paediatrics in the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine in 2009 and is cross-appointed to the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He is a Scientist at the Child Health Research Institute and serves as the Research Director of the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He is a member of Western University’s Health Sciences Research Ethics Board and the CIHR College of Reviewers.

On a national level, he is a Decision Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, the Paediatric Section Lead for the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM), the Pain Assessment Toolkit Lead for the Children’s Healthcare Canada, a member of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Executive, and a Pain in Child Health (PICH) faculty member.

His research interests include procedural sedation and management of acute pain in children. Recognitions include the John Dreyer Research Excellence Award from the Division of Emergency Medicine in 2017, the Young Investigator Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 2018, the Terry Klassen Young Investigator Award from Paediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) in 2019, and the Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario in 2019.

Maria Ivankovic MD CCFP EM FCFP

Maria Ivankovic is a staff Emergency Physician at St. Joseph’s Health Center, Unity Health Toronto. She is an Assistant Professor and Faculty Development Lead in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Her interests include medical education and faculty development.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.  Earn up to one (1) certified Mainpro+® credit per webinar.

This webinar series 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 Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.  You may claim a maximum of 24 hours.  Earn up to one (1) MOC Section 1 hour per webinar (credits are automatically calculated).

The pandemic has been hard on Emergency Physicians in Canada.  Already working in overcrowded emergency departments we came together early in the pandemic at CAEP’s virtual town halls.  We shared ideas and expertise from across the country to become stronger and care better for our patients.  After the new normal of the pandemic set in, the need to share expertise and stay connected continued.  National Grand Rounds replaced the virtual town halls and is now where Canada’s Emergency Physicians come to stay connected and up to date on the latest evidence.   Difficult issues within emergency medicine are discussed and debated.  Important clinical topics relevant to every emergency department across the country, from small-town to large urban centre, are covered in this virtual platform.  CAEP’s National Grand Rounds will remain as a silver lining to the many challenges faced by the Emergency Medicine community in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall learning objectives:

  1. Consider strategies to ensure career longevity.
  2. Apply up-to-date evidence to inform clinical decisions.
  3. Influence the future direction of EM in Canada
  4. Stay connected to CAEP and colleagues within a virtual platform.

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