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37th Annual Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals

Friday, January 15, 2021

Workshop Rooms

Attend a workshop or breakout room session.

  • Workshop 1 16:30

    Rural Obstetrics Emergency (Tumoth, Gausvik)

  • Workshop 2 16:30

    Pretransport Respiratory Stability in Newborns (Thomas, Paul)​

  • Workshop 3 16:30

    Virtual Bradycardia Station (Peta, Decosse)​

  • Workshop 4 16:30

    Emergency Care of First Nations Members in Alberta: Results of Qualitative and Quantitative Participatory Research (McLane, Bill)​

Speaker Bios

Learn more about the speakers presenting at the 37th Annual Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals

Plenary Speakers

Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay MA MD CCFP DTM&H – Clinical faculty, Dept of Family Medicine, McGill University – Site co-coordinator, CMC Waskganish. Family Physician, Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.


Dr. Baijayanta Mukhopadhyay is a rural family physician who works primarily in Eeyou Istchee (Cree territories of James Bay in northern Québec) as well as Treaty 3 and Treaty 9 territories in northern Ontario. He also works with undocumented migrants, unhoused people, and queer/trans youth in Montréal. Dr Mukhopadhyay is a chair of the Cultural Safety Committee of the Council of Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists of Region 18 (Eeyou Iscthee), as well as a member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion working group of the Médecins sans frontières Canada Association. He is also member of the Family Medicine Specialty Committee at the College of Family Physicians of Canada as a clinical teacher at large.

Marni Panas BSHCA CCIP – Program Manager, Diversity and Inclusion with Alberta Health Services. Community Safety and Well-being Task Force Member at City of Edmonton


Marni Panas is a diversity and inclusion professional dedicated to creating safe and welcoming, and inclusive environments especially for the LGBTQ2S+ population in large public and private organizations, all levels of government and departments, health care, educational institutions, corrections and law enforcement. She was part of the work that led to Gender Identity and Gender Expression being added as protected grounds from discrimination to Alberta’s Human Right’s Act. Marni uses her passions for meaningful engagement and collaboration to create positive change, nurture relationships and improve experiences for all stakeholders.

Stryder Zobell MD CFPC MBA – Physician with VODP Emergency Strategic Clinical Network™ (ESCN)


Dr. Zobell finished Medical School and an MBA with the University of Alberta, attended residency with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Worked in several different clinics for approximately 1 and 1/2 years. Moved back to Alberta in order to work in VODP. Have been working within addictions medicine for almost 2 years. Have spoken at several different presentations and lectures in order to teach regarding VODP’s processes, benefits, and available aid to medical professionals and patients.

Patrick McLane MA PhD – Assistant Scientific Director Emergency Strategic Clinical Network Alberta Health Services, Edmonton


Dr. Patrick McLane is a PhD Social Scientist and Health Systems Researcher with a focus on cross systems issues and equity

Josh Fanaeian MD, CCFP – Clinical Lecturer at the University of Alberta. Emergency Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital


Dr. Fanaeian is an emergency physician with interests in health policy and equity, addiction medicine and systems improvement. He has helped develop a province‐wide protocol on opioid agonist induction in emergency departments that now run throughout the province.

Kenneth Scott – Senior Consultant Emergency Strategic Clinical Network™ (ESCN)


Ken Scott was the Project Manager for the development and implementation of the Buprenorphine Naloxone Initiation in Emergency Departments in Alberta program. With the support of our Emergency Strategic Clinical Network team, this program was implemented at 110 Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres across Alberta from 2018 to 2020.

James Huffman MD FRCPC – Clinical Associate Professor, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Emergency Medicine Physician STARS Transport Physician and Associate Medical Director of Education


Dr. James Huffman is an emergency physician, clinician educator and prehospital transport physician in Calgary, Alberta. He is a clinical associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Calgary and also the associate medical director of education for STARS air ambulance. Although his first love is his family, he’s also extremely passionate about thinking, learning, education, simulation and airways. He has published on these topics in journals and textbooks and has spent time teaching and speaking about them all across, Canada, the US and Europe.

Courtney Howard MD, CCFP-EM – Clinical Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Emergency Physician, Yellowknife. NT, Canada


Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and the first female President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding ecoanxiety, movement-building, active transport, plant-rich diets, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association, the Editorial Advisory Board of the LancetPlanetary Health and the steering committee of the Planetary Health Alliance. As chair of the advocacy subcommittee of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, she helped launch a Healthy Recovery initiative which gained the support of two-thirds of the world’s healthcare professionals—then ran for the leadership of Canada’s Green Party, finishing third. Onwards!

Workshop Speakers

Anna Tumoth RN BN, IBCLC – Clinical Nurse Educator, Maternity. BFI Project Lead, High River Hospital


Anna graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Calgary in 2003. Her work in obstetrics started in 2005 in the hospital setting. She has been an IBCLC since 2011, remaining in the rural hospital setting. Anna is the BFI project lead at the High River Hospital and has successfully assisted the hospital in becoming Alberta’s first Baby‐Friendly facility. In 2017 she started her role as the Clinical Nurse Educator in Obstetrics at the High River Hospital.

Amy Gausvik MD, CCFP, FCFP, MScTMIH – Clinical Assistant Professor, Program Director Maternal Newborn Care, Department of Family Medicine, Cumming School of Medicine, ALARM National Committee Western Representative, SOGC


Dr. Amy Gausvik is a rural family doctor whose passions are maternity care in the Town of High River and Indigenous Family Practice in the community of Eden Valley, of the Bearspaw Nation (Stoney Nakoda First Nation). She is also a devoted educator for obstetric training through the SOGC’s ALARM program and sits on the ALARM national committee. She has been a Master Teacher in Undergraduate Medical Education at the Cumming School of Medicine since 2012, and is the Program Director for the Enhanced Skills Maternal‐Newborn Care residency program.

Sumesh Thomas MB.BS, DCH, FRCP(Edin), FRCPCH (UK), FRCPC – Neonatologist and Clinical Associate Professor University of Calgary. Medical Director –Southern Alberta Neonatal Transport Service. Director –SCAN program


Sumesh Thomas Graduated in 1990 with over 20 years of hands-on experience with ground and air transport equipment, using aircraft governed by civil aviation regulations and military carriers in the UK.  Consultant Neonatologist and medical director Neonatal Transport in Aberdeen (Scotland) from 2003 to 2009. Medical director for Neonatal Transport McMaster Children’s Hospital form 2009 to 2013. Current Medical Director for the Southern Alberta Neonatal Transport program since 2013. Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine UK & Canada. Main interests are Neonatal Transport, POCU in neonatal care and Medicolegal implications of Neonatal practice.

Renee Paul NP – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Alberta Health Service


Renee Paul has been involved in neonatal transport for over 20 years. She has a love for education and knowledge sharing and for her rural partners. She runs the neonatal outreach education program. 

Dawn Peta RN BN – Clinical Educator SW Rural Acute, South Zone NENA representative


Dawn has been a nurse for more than 25 years. Emergency Nurse Certified, current President for the National Emergency Nursing Association Alberta chapter. Chair of the International Advisory Council with Emergency Nurses Association. On the Planning Committee as Co-Chair and loves anything related to education for Emergency care providers

Renee Decosse RN BScN, ENC©– Clinical Practice Educator, East Kootenay Regional Hospital Interior Health Authority


Renee is a Registered Nurse with 20+ years experience working in Emergency and 12 years as a Clinical Practice Educator. She has also been a Planning Committee member for the last 9 years and has taught numerous workshops and presentations for the Emergency Rural Medicine Conference.

Patrick McLane MA PhD – Assistant Scientific Director Emergency Strategic Clinical Network Alberta Health Services, Edmonton


Dr. Patrick McLane is a PhD Social Scientist and Health Systems Researcher with a focus on cross systems issues and equity

Lea Bill, RN BScN Trainer & Consultant and Indigenous Researcher, President of Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association


Lea is a Knowledge Holder and Traditional Cree Practitioner. Lea is a Cree woman, originating from the Pelican Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. She has worked in the health field as Community Health Nurse and Indigenous Knowledge Holder researcher for most of her Career. The last 6 years has been the project lead and research oversight Manager for Alberta First Nation Information Governance Centre and became the Executive Director in December of 2019. Over her Career Lea has served and continues to serve on health advisory committees Regionally, Nationally and internationally, providing a First Nations perspective on multiple issues impacting the health and wellbeing of indigenous populations.