In addition to our core undergraduate and postgraduate programs, the Department of Emergency Medicine offers a number of other programs with specific learning opportunities for physicians in practice and allied health personnel.

We are proud to share the expertise of our EM physicians by extending activities in education related to ACLS and other resuscitation based courses, our annual National Capital Conference on Emergency Medicine, and CEMO, an outreach program extending learning to physicians in rural communities. Our overall goal is to share our collective knowledge base of emergency medicine techniques.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

For ACLS information please send an email to [email protected]

Dr. Nick Costain & Dr. Matt Lipinski

Heart & Stroke Foundation
Nearby Accomodation


National Capital Conference on Emergency Medicine

The National Capital Conference on Emergency Medicine (NCCEM) is held each February in Ottawa and traditionally coincides with the city’s annual Winterlude festival. This widely attended conference has been a leader in innovative EM teaching for 36 years.Lectures and Interactive Workshops are specifically designed for career Emergency Medicine physicians and for Family Medicine physicians who include Emergency Medicine as part of their practice.

Female Emergency Physician speaking at the National Capital Conference

NCCEM is held on a Friday/Saturday and offers a series of didactic lectures, quizzes, and interactive workshops. ACLS will be offered as a pre-conference day for those wishing to update this core skills. University of Ottawa Faculty comprise the majority of speakers and instructors, and includes physicians who work at a variety of hospitals: The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; The Ottawa Hospital, Civic and General Campuses; and many Emergency Departments in smaller centers around the Ottawa region.

Conference content reflects the variety of Emergency Medicine Practice of our faculty and attendees as well as ongoing needs assessment of the field of Emergency Medicine. Our February 8-9, 2019 conference planning is well underway. For more detail on content prior to October 2018, Dr. C. Johns is happy to reply email at [email protected] . Course brochure and registration information will be on the University of Ottawa, CPD website.

Our current venue is the Shaw Center, though sessions on pre-conference days are held outside the Shaw Center. (ACLS Pre-con session Feb 7, 2019: The Ottawa Hospital - Civic Campus) when content is best suited to local hospital teaching resources.

We hope to see you in Ottawa this winter for our conference and to celebrate Canada’s Winterlude in the nation’s capital!

Dr. Christine Johns CCFP(EM)
Co-Director NCCEM Conference
Assistant Professor
University of Ottawa

Community Emergency Medicine Outreach Program

On-site: we bring high-quality CPD right to your hospital

Targeted: to enable rural physicians and nurses to update knowledge and skills in emergency medicine. We also welcome pharmacists, administrators and medical learners.

Relevant: we emphasize best practice and evidence-based medicine, including considerations for safe patient transfer. Speakers are practicing emergency physicians who understand the rural practice context. 

Needs-based: we work with your Chief to select and tailor topics to your needs; this is not a one-size-fits-all program.

Director of Community Emergency Medicine Outreach program with other participants

Topics selected for recent CEMO programs:

We’ve held recent CEMO events at:

  • Procedural sedation and analgesia
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • DVT and pulmonary embolus
  • Pericarditis and myocarditis
  • Pneumothorax - chest tubes and pigtail catheters
  • CT scans of the head
  • Plain-film radiology
  • Oncologic emergencies
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Toxicology
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Ocular emergencies
  • Ankle and foot injuries
  • Wrist injuries
  • Male genital emergencies
  • Critical care transfers
  • Establishing Flow in the emergency department
  • Emergency department billing

… and new topics are being added all the time on request

  • Almonte General Hospital
  • Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital
  • Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital
  • Cornwall Community Hospital
  • Deep River and District Hospital
  • Glengarry Memorial Hospital (Alexandria)
  • Hawkesbury and District General Hospital
  • Kemptville District Hospital
  • Pembroke Regional Hospital
  • Renfrew Victoria Hospital
  • Smiths Falls District Hospital / Perth
  • Winchester District Memorial Hospital


… and we are taking bookings for upcoming events

Program costs – are shared between your hospital and the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa

A 1-day, hands-on course designed for community physicians looking to enhance practical skills in resuscitation. Participants learn and practice Crisis Resource Management skills to improve teamwork in resuscitation cases. Procedural skills are honed through high-fidelity simulation cases and skill stations.

Located at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre.

Offered at the National Capital Conference on Emergency Medicine in February.

Or contact us to book a private event for your department