CCFP-EM Program

Online Medical Education

New to online medical education? Not familiar with terms like Twitter, PODCASTs, FOAMMED, blogsites or PODCASTS? Well its about time to get familiar with this because the amount of information you will find within these reources will keep you updated for years. Above everything else it is so easy once you learn how to do it. Until we can have our own repository on this, check out The Poison Review's article on online medical education and their link of important PODCASTs and websites. 

CCFP-EM US Training

Thank you for your interest in the US training for CCFP-EM's at Western.

We are encouraging all residents to complete IP training during their EM year. This will be facilitated by a dedicated US-ER hybrid block where the rotation in ER is geared towards US scans. Coupled with scans done on regular shifts, whether at LHSC or surrounding hospitals, this has resulted in enough time to complete the CEUS IP training.

We will also make arrangements for residents to receive the CEUS equivalent initial one day course prior to starting their IP training.

If incoming residents have completed any portion of their CEUS training, or equivalent EDE-1 courses, they must let us know at the time of acceptance as they will be scheduled for advanced US training in critical care US, cardiac US or a customized US pathway with one of the advanced US practitioners in the Divisions of Emergency Medicine and/or Critical Care Medicine.

For own US program, which goes beyond the above into far reaching depths of POCUS, lung, cardiac and critical care US please go to and join the twitter blog @westernsono for our engaging and evolving US pathway involving faculty from several disciplines. All aspects of this program at Western are open to our EM resdients during and beyond their IP training.

CCFP-EM 2015-2016 residents

Welcome to our 2015-2016 CCFP-EM Residents. They have settled in to a great start and have been a pleasure to work with for the new Program Director, Munsif Bhimani. This crew has functioned independently in getting adjusted and familiarized with their new roles. They are eager to learn from all faculty members. Do help them out with any new processes they may not be very familiar with. 

They can be viewed here:


Congratulations CCFP EM Residents!

Congratulations to Dr. Candice Rivest and Dr. Sylvia Pillon for their excellent research projects presented in poster fashion at CAEP 2013 in Vancouver.   Sylvia's moderated poster presentation was titled "The 'Do Not Hospitalize' Patient: How Often Do They Present to the Emergency Department?" (supervisor Dr. Edmonds) and Candice's poster was "Does the Unscheduled Return Emergency Department Visit Rate Differ Between Patients Treated by a Resident Versus a Consultant?" (supervisor Dr. Millard).
In addition, congratulations to Dr. Mary Tambakis and Dr. Sylvia Pillon for being awarded for their hard work and research prowess at the Family Medicine Graduation ceremony this past month here in London.  Mary won Best Oral Presentation for the PGY 3's, titled "The Role of a Physician-in-Triage (PIT) in Enhancing ED flow for CTAS 2 and 3 Patients: A Community Hospital Experience" (supervisor Dr. Snezana Ninkovich).  Sylvia won Best Poster Presentation for the PGY 3's for her research presented at CAEP mentioned above. 
And in an effort to continue our incredible research prowess here at Western, please don't forget the ongoing Pupillometer study.

Core Rotations

The year is comprised of 13 x four week blocks as follows:


4 blocks -  Adult Emergency Medicine
                urban stream -    3 blocks LHSC    1 block community
                regional stream - 1 block LHSC     3 blocks community

1 block  -  Pediatric Emergency Medicine
1 block  -  Pediatric ICU or Pediatric Emergency Medicine

2 blocks -  ICU/CCTC (Critical Care Trauma Centre)

1 block -   CCU (Cardiac Care Unit)

1 block -   HULC (Hand and Upper Limb Clinic - plastic and orthopedic surgery)

1 block -   Ortho Hybrid (EM based orthopedics/trauma and Sports Medicine clinic)

1 block –  Emergency Medicine / Ultrasound Skills

1 block -   Elective


The Elective month is meant meet your learning needs and interests, upon approval.  Some opportunities in past years include a month of Toxicology in New York, Trauma, additional Emergency Medicine

Academic half days and full days

Educational Objectives

The Schulich School of Medicine CFPC(EM) program adheres to the standards and meets the objectives of the CFPC, as outlined in the 'Red Book'. These objectives can be found at


This forms the backbone of the CFPC(EM) program and provides the focus for weekly core teaching as well as for your own studying.



Academic Half and Full Days (Thursdays)

Attendance is mandatory (with the exception of those on Wednesday night call on their CCTC rotation, vacation time, and when on out-of-town rotations where teleconferencing is unavailable and travel conditions are unsafe) for all sessions.

Summer School July-August (0930-1130)

Joint sessions on a variety of practical and academic topics are held on Thursday mornings 0930-1030 in July and August

Chief Rounds (0800-0900)

Weekly sessions including radiology, EKG interpretation, epidemiology and other topics selected by the FRCP(EM) and CFPC(EM) chief residents.

Grand Rounds (0900-1000)

Grand rounds will include a variety of guest speakers, quality improvement rounds (by faculty), case-based resident rounds, CPC competitions, and Simulation competitions.

Journal Club (0900-1000)

Held on the last Thursday of each month. Residents are expected to present once during the academic year. Dr. Marilyn Innes is the journal club coordinator.

Core Teaching (1000-1200)

This is based on the objectives set out by the CFPC and will include practice exam questions, current literature and Tintinalli chapters. It is expected that residents will be prepared by reading the assigned chapters prior to each session. If you cannot attend, you must inform both Sue Pierson and the consultant who is teaching core at least one week prior to the session.

Academic Full Days (1200-1900)

The third Thursday (this may change depending on Simulator availability) of every month will be an academic full day. The afternoons will be filled with a variety of joint CFPC(EM) and FRCP(EM) learning sessions including case based discussions, Tint rounds, procedural skills training and simulator sessions.