The Department of Emergency Medicine recognizes that continuing professional development is an important part of professional sustainability and is required for ongoing certification for members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. The Department of Emergency Medicine's Faculty CPD Program was established in October of 2023 and is comprised of four educational streams that align with the following mission, vision and values of the program:
Mission: To offer evidence-based medical education to faculty emergency physicians at Queen’s University and in our surrounding community
Vision: To foster a culture of growth mindset while engaging faculty emergency physicians in ongoing learning
Values: To cultivate a psychologically safe environment that promotes the courage for reflection, improvement, and compassion for self and others
Faculty CPD sessions are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Program certificates will be e-mailed by end of year to individuals who participate and complete session evaluations.
Ask the Experts Series (Section 1 / Group Learning)
These 1 hour sessions are an opportunity for our faculty to discuss common aspects of emergency medicine in an informal and collegial manner with a content expert. Some guest speakers may choose to give a lecture-style presentation but this is not mandatory.
Interactive Virtual Cases (Section 1 / Group Learning)
IVCs are clinical cases designed to encourage critical thinking and reflection. Each case consists of an online scenario, often with multiple pathways for case progression dependent on the participant’s responses. Participants can respond via computer, mobile phone or tablet in an anonymous and asynchronous manner. Each IVC will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and will be followed by a facilitated 1 hour virtual debrief within a week’s time. The virtual debrief will provide an opportunity for participants to reflect upon their own practice, to learn from practice of colleagues, review the most up to date protocols and guidelines, then use that information to modify their future practice patterns. We understand that all participants may not be able to attend the debrief and there will post a summary document on Elentra detailing key learning points for all emergency medicine physicians to review regardless of participation. However, given the anonymous nature of the interactive case, only those who attend the debrief will be eligible for maintenance of certification credits.
Procedural Skills (Section 3 Simulation / Assessment)
Procedural skills practice is necessary to maintain proficiency to perform and to teach within an academic clinical environment. It is essential for maintenance of skills for high acuity but low occurrence procedures within the emergency department. Procedural Skills sessions take place at the Skills Lab in the Simulation Centre of the Medical School Building. Sign up priority will be given to Queen's EM Faculty, and then extended to our community EM physicians for a registration fee.
In-Situ Simulation (Section 3 Simulation / Assessment)
Simulation has been a pillar of excellence in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University for many years. In-situ simulation is an ideal way to practice inter-disciplinary care for patients with our team members and to identify and address latent safety threats within our clinical environment. Sessions are run on a monthly basis and the program is led by Dr. Kyla Caners.
We hope to support our community colleagues and surrounding emergency departments as a local centre of excellence for ongoing accredited continuing medical education. Our current focus is on providing procedural skills opportunities to emergency physicians and family physicians who would like to join our faculty sessions or organize a session for their own group. Please contact Dr. Julie Kim at Julie.Kim@KingstonHSC.ca for questions or inquiries, or to be put on a mailing list for session opportunities. Please note that sessions are planned far in advance to meet accreditation requirements.