by Dr. Alison Fox-Robichaud

National ACES was held in Calgary on July 10-12 and hosted by Dr. John Kortbeek and the outstanding simulation facility in the Foothills Medical Centre.

Dr. Brindley, Dr. Piquette and yours truly from the CCCS board were amongst the 28 faculty, putting over 56 trainees through practice on intubation, learning about ventilators, managing shock and neurologically injury and simulation, simulation and more simulation. Over the 13 years I have been part of this course I have seen our trainees, more experienced in simulation and keen to learn about our great sub-specialty. This first year of competency we were able to give our trainees feedback on their TTD EPA3: “Initiating and leading resuscitation for unstable patients”.

The faculty were treated to an evening of entertainment at the Calgary Stampede (front row seats…thanks John). For many it was their first experience, but they came out appropriately attired, including the required hat!

Great fun and learning for all. And welcome to our newest class of intensivists-to-be! As always thanks to Angele

Landriault, Manager of the Practice Performance and Innovation Unit at the RCPSC and to Dr. Pierre Cardinal who has

spearheaded this course for more than 20 years!


About the Association

The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

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