The 7th Annual Emergency Medicine Research Day took place on April 8th, 2015 at the CFRI Chan Centre Auditorium at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. There were seven different tracks of research that kept the auditorium nearly full all day. Even the breaks were extended this year which allowed for more time to catch the speakers to learn more about their research.
In the Pre-Hospital Care track, Dr. Brendan Munn flew our MGMIG flag proudly, speaking on a topic that is passionate to him and that has had quite a bit of media exposure lately. Harm Reduction and Medical Services at a 5-Day Electronic Dance Music Festival. What do you think? Have you ever been to an EDM festival or concert? Do you think there should be spaces set aside for drug testing, ‘chill out zones’, and other services where attendees could have a safe environment to ask questions and get accurate information helping them make informed choices?
In the same track, Dr. Ron Bowles, also from our MGM Interest Group, spoke on behalf of the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Applied Research Centre. Dr. Bowles’ topic, Roles and Boundaries of Canadian Paramedicine gave the audience a great overview on the origins of paramedicine and then went on to explain how the roles of paramedics are expanding. Would having paramedics provide non-emergent health care services in the home relieve some of the pressure on emergency department overcrowding? How about having a physician working ‘on car’ along side of paramedics?
This year there were quite a few medical students and residents at the podium
which was very nice to see!
Ms. Jessica McCallum (MSI3), from the UBC Doctor of Medicine Program AND one of our UBC MGM Club Executives, was at the podium presenting on an interesting study. 64-slice CT vs MRI for Cervical Spine Clearance in Blunt Trauma. Jessica’s talk ended with some great questions from the audience which she answered very well and there were even a few people who tracked her down on the breaks so they could hear more.
Another highlight of the day was the plenary speaker, Dr. James Ducharme. Dr. Ducharme had the audience’s full attention with his topic – How Do We Make Pain Management the Same Priority as Our Patients Do? During his talk he spoke of many pain management options that can be used in the emergency department. It would be interesting to hear how patients feel medical teams at mass gatherings manage their pain as they stay on the event site or as they wait for transport to take them to the next level of care.
Thank you UBC DEM for hosting a very organized research day on emergency medicine.
Visit the DEM website here for more information on this event.
A Few Photos
Join us for some interesting presentations from a couple of our team members.
The 7th Annual UBC DEM Research Day will be held on April 8th, 2015. This province-wide event, jointly sponsored by the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and the UBC Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, will take place at the CRFI Chan Centre Auditorium at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver.
Please pre-register to attend this event: Registration Form
Dr. Brendan Munn – Kelowna General Hospital
A mass gathering medicine presentation on Harm Reduction and Medical Services at a 5-Day Electronic Dance Music Event
Dr. Ron Bowles – Justice Institute of BC
Presenting on Roles and Boundaries of Canadian Paramedicine
Ms. Jessica McCallum – UBC Doctor of Medicine Program (MSI3), MGM Club
Presenting on 64-slice CT vs MRI for Cervical Spine Clearance in Blunt Trauma
Time: 0900h – 1600h
Location: CRFI Chan Centre Auditorium – 938 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC (map)
Brochure: View the brochure here
Web: Visit the DEM website here for more information on this event.