CPD Courses

CAEP CPD offers a wide variety of learning opportunities for all levels of emergency professionals. We strive to bring the best in medical education to as many locations in Canada as possible. If you would like to bring a CAEP CPD course to your location, please contact Janice MacIsaac jmacisaac@caep.ca 1-800-463-1158 ext. 20.

AIME: Airway Intervention and Management in Emergencies (AIME)

The AIME course has been providing valued and practical hands-on airway management learning experiences for clinicians around the world for over 14 years. 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.


AIME program highlights include:

• Case-based clinical decision making
• New practical algorithms
• When, why and how to perform awake or rapid sequence intubation
• New textbook/manual based on the AIME program
• Unique, customized clinical videos
• Limited registration to ensure clinician to instructor ratio of 5 or 6:1
• Clinician to simulator ratios of 2:1
• Reinforcement of core skills
• Introduction to newer alternative devices (optical stylets, video laryngoscopes & others)
• Exposure to rescue devices (King laryngeal tubes, LMA Supreme and others)

Learning Objectives

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

• Be more confident and comfortable in making acute care airway management decisions.
• Have acquired a practical staged approach to airway management.
• Be able to choose the most appropriate method of airway management based on a variety of patient presentations.
• Make appropriate choices in the use of pharmacologic agents used to facilitate airway management.
• Know when and how to use various tools and adjuncts for managing the difficult airway.


“This is the best CME course going.  Should be required for all ED physicians”. 

“The energy and enthusiasm of the instructors was fantastic. The common sense approach made it easy to learn.”

“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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Course Materials

Pre-workshop Activities
Pre-test Questions
Post-test Questions
Main Pro C Document

Any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the AIME course by any participant of AIME  or any other individual shall be at the sole and complete discretion of the said participant or individual.  For greater certainty CAEP and the speakers/presenters shall have no liability whatsoever for any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the AIME course by any AIME participant or any other individual.

AIME Advanced

A Hands-on, Skill-focused Advanced Airway Learning Experience Using Clinical Cadavers.

AIME Advanced Audience: 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: Attendees should be aware 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 for the most part indistinguishable from live human tissue.

Course Highlights:

  • High quality experienced and usually entertaining educators.
  • 5-6:1 learner to instructor ratio.
  • 5-6:1 Learner to clinical cadaver ratio.
  • Hands-on skill-focused simulation.
  • An opportunity to practice learned techniques using clinical grade cadavers.
  • Exposure to advanced equipment including various video laryngoscopes and other indirect intubation equipment.

Program Objectives: Attendees will…

  • Build on their core airway skills to achieve positive patient outcomes in the acutely ill requiring airway management.
  • Reinforce best practice core skills using direct & indirect laryngoscopy.
  • Have an appreciation for airway topicalization in preparation for awake airway management.
  • Have multiple opportunities to perform and refine laryngoscopy (VL/DL) skills on clinical cadavers.
  • Have an opportunity to practice airway management decision-making and technical skills using clinical cadavers.
  • Perform various advanced airway management techniques including flexible bronchoscopic intubation, and cricothyrotomy.

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Available Course Dates

  • AIME Advanced Halifax 27OCT17
  • AIME Advanced Halifax 18MAY18 **NEW DATE**

AIME Update

AIME Update: What’s new, what’s in, what’s out

While this program is not a substitute for the hands-on experience of AIME, it is relevant to any clinician who may be responsible for airway management in emergencies regardless of experience.

Highlights of this new course include:

  • Case based ‘rapid fire’ interactive learning
  • Current issues and controversies
  • Review the ‘top 10’ airway articles
  • Customized AIME videos
  • Airway management pharmacology do’s and don’ts
  • Live demos using current airway equipment
  • Create your own customized airway ‘go-kit’ (and have it shipped to you)
  • Half day format
  • Plus much more

Program Objectives:

 At the conclusion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Reinforce their knowledge base and understand the priorities of airway management.
  • Understand current controversies surrounding airway management.
  • Understand critical decision nodes required for safe airway management.
  • Be involved in interactive case-based airway management pharmacology decision-making.
  • Understand the evidence and experience for and against the use of various airway management techniques.
  • Understand the utility of checklists for airway management.
  • Understand the common errors and human factors challenges involved in airway management in emergencies

Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU)

Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU) is designed to provide physicians with a strong foundation in emergency ultrasound. The course philosophy emphasizes hands-on practical instruction to maximize the participants’ learning experience. This is achieved with one-on-one bedside teaching on live models. The models used during the practical sessions will be a combination of normal and true positive patient subjects.

EDTU is offered as a training hub in major centres across Canada. The course material has recently been updated and relevant to both emergency and family physicians.

The course is now a two day program and will accommodate twenty learners. It is designed to facilitate the completion of most (if not all) of the required 50 supervised scans in each of the four areas (aorta, cardiac, abdomen, and pelvis).

The new program includes an e-syllabus as well as five lectures on video. The learners are required to review the materials prior to attending the program. This will allow the instructors to spend less time lecturing and more time instructing during the practical sessions.

EDTU Partners
GE Healthcare

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the basics of ultrasound physics, image generation and interpretation, and image artifact.
  • Understand the different types of probes used to generate images and the “knobology” of the ultrasound machine.
  • Have completed most (if not all) of their required 50 scans to complete the course
  • Generate limited focused images for all the primary applications of EDTU including FAST, echocardiography, abdominal aorta, pelvic ultrasound in pregnancy, and procedural ultrasound.
  • Understand the difference between EDTU and a formal ultrasound performed in the radiology department.
  • Understand how EDTU is to be used in the clinical assessment of patients and clinical algorithms for patient care.
  • Identify all the important anatomic structures on an ultrasound image that are necessary to interpret the primary examinations
  • Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance program at your local ED.
  • Learn the psychomotor skills necessary to generate accurate ultrasound images
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of EDTU.


“The course was extremely well run with excellent hands on teaching by an enthusiastic group of physician educators.  The layout allowed for the ability to teach, train and practice of 50+ scans easily over the 2 day course.  The organizer of the course needs to be congratulated and used as a model for this course across the nation.”

“This was an excellent course that made a daunting amount of material relatively simple.”

“Overall excellent and informal with balanced presentation and hands on.”

“Thanks for a very worthwhile day-good blend of hands on and theoretical.”


Any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the EDTU course by any participant of the said EDTU  or any other individual shall be at the sole and complete discretion of the said participant or individual.  For greater certainty CAEP and the speakers/presenters shall have no liability whatsoever for any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the EDTU course by any EDTU participant or any other individual.

EDTU X - Resuscitation

EDTU X  is a series of advanced courses for those who have completed and consolidated their basic skills. Various modules will be combined into one-day courses and offered at training hubs across Canada. Each day can accommodate twenty-four learners. The course is relevant for emergency physicians, critical care physicians, internists and family physicians.

Currently available is “EDTU X-Resuscitation” which encompasses advanced cardiac skills, inferior vena cava assessment, lung evaluation and US guided-central venous catheterization. Future modules will include among others gallbladder, kidney, procedural modules (i.e. nerve blocks, paracentesis, fracture reduction, etc.) and pediatric topics.

Like EDTU, EDTU X maximizes hands-on instruction time by using a high instructor to participant ratio, and by requiring that instructional lectures be watched by participants prior to the start of the course. EDTU X also focuses on the clinical integration of PoCUS skills by using cases on course day to review pathology and clinical management.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Generate advanced cardiac views (parasternal long axis, parasternal short axis, apical 4 chamber, subxiphoid and inferior vena cava views) and lung views.
  • Identify cardiac pathology, such as: cardiac tamponade, decreased ejection fraction, acute and chronic right ventricular strain.
  • Identify an abnormal inferior vena cava, either flat versus plethoric.
  • Identify lung pathology, such as: pneumothorax, pleural effusion, A and B lines and pneumonia.
  • Integrate both cardiac and lung scanning into the care of patients presenting with shortness of breath, chest pain and shock.
  • Discuss the potential pitfalls and errors in performing and interpreting these scans.
  • Accurately track a needle for central venous catheterization using both an in- and out-of-plane approach after a period of deliberate practice.

Emergency Medicine Review (EMR)

Emergency Medicine Review (EMR) is a robust program made up of concise, focused chapters with key concepts and core information served up in small bites so they are easy to digest!

It provides a modern approach to CPD using the flipped classroom technique. You receive 10 hours of EMR video to watch at your leisure, prior to attending the course. While attending the two-day course you have an opportunity to discuss your clinical experiences in a small group. You get your questions addressed by the presenters and your peers.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Incorporate up-to-date literature in the practice of Emergency Medicine
  • Discuss controversies in Emergency Medicine
  • Modify practice using evidence to update patient management strategies
  • Improve patient safety by developing an evidence based approach to patient care


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January 2015 – June 2016
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January 2017 – June 2018
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January 2018 – June 2019
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EMR Topics

EMR – Act I
January 2015 – June 2016

  • Mechanical Ventilation and Noninvasive Ventilatory Support
  • Shock
  • Brain Resuscitation
  • Red and Painful Eye
  • Trauma in Pregnancy
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Head Injury
  • Hand
  • Ophthalmology
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Dysrhythmias
  • Pericardial and Myocardial Disease
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Sepsis Syndrome
  • Heat Illness
  • Scuba Diving and Dysbarism
  • Toxic Alcohols
  • General Approach to the Pediatric Patient
  • Pediatric Fever
  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Lower Airway Obstruction
  • Acute Complications of Pregnancy
  • Emergency Medical Service: Overview and Ground Transport
  • Air Medical Transport
  • Disaster Preparedness

EMR – Act II
January 2016 – June 2017

  • Blood and Blood Components
  • Syncope
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness and Vertigo
  • Headache
  • Geriatric Trauma
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Thoracic Trauma
  • Femur and Hip
  • Foreign Bodies
  • Mammalian Bites
  • Forensic Emergency Medicine
  • Oral Medicine
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral Arteriovascular Disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Renal Failure
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Stroke
  • Headache Disorders
  • Selected Oncologic Emergencies
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Radiation Injuries
  • General Approach to the Poisoned Patient
  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Agents
  • Anticholinergics
  • Cardiovascular Drugs
  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Upper Airway Obstruction and Infections
  • Pediatric Respiratory Emergencies: Disease of the Lungs
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Gallbladder Ultrasound
  • Pediatric Skull Fracture Ultrasound
  • Pediatric E FAST

January 2017 – June 2018

  • Sore Throat
  • Back Pain
  • Facial Trauma
  • Wrist and Forearm
  • Humerus and Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Sexual Assault
  • Acute Appendicitis
  • Thought Disorders
  • Allergy, Hypersensitivity, Angioedema, and Anaphylaxis
  • Thyroid and Adrenal Disorders
  • Rabies
  • Tick-Borne Illnesses
  • Frostbite
  • Accidental Hypothermia
  • Electrical and Lightning Injuries
  • High-Altitude Medicine
  • Drowning
  • Cocaine and Other Sympathomimetics
  • Hallucinogens
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Lithium
  • Opioids
  • Pesticides
  • Cardiac Disorders – Peds – Chest pain and syncope
  • Cardiac Disorders – Peds – Congenital Heart Disease
  • Cardiac Disorders – Peds – Dysrhythmias
  • Cardiac Disorders – Peds – Inflammatory disorders (myocarditis, pericarditis, Kawasaki etc)
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Peds – Jaundice
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Peds – GI bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Peds – Surgical Emergencies
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders – Peds – Constipation/GER
  • Labor and Delivery and Their Complications
  • The Elder Patient
  • Bariatric EM


Overdoses and poisonings are sometimes familiar and sometimes frightening, and are a small but important part of the practice of emergency medicine. Toxicology will focus on the interesting world of poisons, their nature, effects and antidotes.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, the learner will be able to:
• For apparently benign intoxications, not underestimate or miss the serious cases; and, not over treat the truly benign cases
• Use a systematic approach to a patient presenting with coma of unknown cause
• Look for physical signs that define and identify the toxidrome
• Use a systematic approach to treat an agitated/delirious patient to identify those with a toxic etiology
• Enhance elimination of toxins using appropriate methods
• Decontaminate the patient appropriately
• For a patient presenting with metabolic acidosis, come up with differential diagnosis and investigate to make a definite diagnosis
• Use antidotes appropriately
• Deal with the patient who refuses treatment while respecting their rights
• Use laboratory and other tests efficiently
• Look for and recognize difficult/serious intoxications that commonly kill, and manage them aggressively
• Modify your approach to pediatric intoxications by taking into account specific pediatric issues


“I will recommend this course to my colleagues!”

“Excellent course. Good balance between general and specific information.

“Practical course that will bring immediate benefit to my practice.”

“The talk was so exciting that the day flew by!

Toxicology Challenge



Anticholinergics, sympathomimetics, sepsis, meningitis/encephalitis, seretonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, malignant hyperthermia, heat stroke, ASA toxicity, withdrawal, thyrotoxicosis




Dialysis (acetaminophen is actually a very dialysable toxin and in massive overdoses causing mitochondrial paralysis, NAC is often not enough and we need to dialyze); Fomepizole (this is a CYP 2E1 inhibitor – which is the enzyme that metabolizes acetaminophen to it’s harmful metabolite, NAPQI.  By inhibiting CYP 2E1, you inhibit the production of NAPQI); Doubling the 3rd phase of the NAC protocol (in massive ingestions – you often need more NAC!!!)