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UBC CPD: Western Emergency Department Operations Conference 2018 (WEDOC) (Victoria)

Event Start Date: 4/19/2018

Event End Date: 4/20/2018

Overview : The call for abstracts is now closed. Notices have been sent out via email - if you have any quesitons please contact Lindsay (

What is WEDOC all about?
We have all seen and experienced the headlines in Canada:
"Canada has worst ER/referral wait times in 11 developed countries ..."
"Patients needing admission to hospital stuck in ER longer, report says ..."
"Hospital ER times reveal some 'disturbing' waits ..."
"Canadian emergency rooms plagued by overcrowding..."
"1 in 5 emergency room visits unnecessary: study ..."
"...emergency room scales back on doctor hours- 'Increased fiscal restraint and scrutiny by government' to blame, internal memo says '"

WEDOC is a unique opportunity to learn and share with other emergency operations from across Western Canada! We will share stories, successes, and challenges commonly faced in our EDs!

Situated on the majestic seashore of beautiful Victoria BC, this year’s conference was inspired by surfing imagery. The surfer represents our emergency teams walking fearlessly into the wild ocean of the ED, into overwhelming waves of patients with uncertainty and danger lurking just beneath the surface. With various cross-provincial speaker panels, invited speakers, and innovative abstracts, we expect to tackle many shared issues and ideas to improve our EDs. Our popular learning buffets will be back — where participants meet with speakers in intimate small table discussions to learn, share, and expand on various concepts. We are also bringing back the awards for the BEST PERFORMING EDs awards!


Discuss the fundamental issues at the system level to improve Emergency Department clinical workflow
Identify the successes and lessons learned by people working to improve emergency care
Features/ Highlights

SEMP: SIMULATION ASSISTED EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ** A rare opportunity as this course is often only in Vancouver **

APR 18, 2018 (Wed)
Approx. 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
Location: The Centre for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation Learning (CICSL), Royal Jubilee Hospital

Cost: $950 (limited to 24)

Target audience: physicians practicing emergency care; also open to interprofessional teams of physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapistss

Course Format: Hands-on simulation course using highly-realistic task-trainers and human patient simulators combined with pre-course online modules.

Skills Gained:
The SEMP course allows physicians providing emergency care to acquire, review and practice their skill in essential life-saving emergency procedures including:
Needle cricothyrotomy and transtracheal jet ventilation
Open cricothyrotomy
Needle thoracostomy
Guide-wire chest tube placement
Intraosseous vascular access in adults
Intraosseous vascular access in children
Central line vascular access, landmark technique
Ultrasound-guided central line vascular access
Crisis resource management and strategies to reduce cognitive errors.

APR 18, 2018 (Wed)
Approx. 9:00 AM- 3:30 PM

Location: The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Cost: $199 (limited to 36)

Target audience: Anyone wanting to improve their communication skills

Program Overview: Within the complex and rapidly changing healthcare environment, effective communication is becoming difficult to achieve. Changing demographics, diverse cultures, different languages, more engaged and informed patients, scarce resources, increased team-based care and other factors have combined to create some challenging communication issues.

Course Benefits:
Interactivity! Our small-group learning session is highly engaging and provides opportunities to interact with your facilitators and peers.
Tool belt! Learn how to implement a simple four-stage communication framework that is useful in difficult clinical situations including patient, peer and administration encounters.
Practice! Enhance your skills and gain confidence in using them through personal case study practice with peers.
Support! Share your insights, successes and challenges with peers and facilitators.

Registration & More Information

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Event Locations

  • Fairmont Empress

    721 Government Street
    V8W 1W5