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Association Update: Paramedic Association of Canada Readies for Conference

Winnipeg, Manitoba will host Canada’s largest EMS conference, the Paramedicine Across Canada Expo, September 19–21, 2019. This year’s theme is “Diversity in Paramedicine,” with programming that explores diversity in all aspects of paramedic practice.

Building on the success of previous conferences, PACE 2019 will explore the latest in research and evidence important to the practice of paramedicine, attracting delegates from across Canada and around the globe.

Preconference Courses

For those interested in extending their conference experience, PACE 2019 offers three preconference learning opportunities that will improve your practice: 

LEAP Paramedic—Paramedics frequently see patients with chronic diseases and life-limiting illnesses and may also be called upon to support families at the time of a loved one’s death, accidental or anticipated. LEAP Paramedic (Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care for Paramedics, Sept. 18) is a blended learning program developed by Pallium Canada that provides learners with the essential skills and competencies of a palliative care approach. This course will help paramedics better support patients who have chosen palliative goals of care.

KinderMedic—KinderMedic is a one-day course (Sept. 18) designed to improve the confidence of paramedics managing pediatric patients. The program is taught by paramedics working in pediatric critical care transport and provides learners with high-fidelity simulation opportunities to reinforce learning.

Geriatric Education for EMS—The Geriatric Education for EMS (GEMS) core provider course is an eight-hour classroom course for paramedics and emergency medical responders to be held Sept. 19. GEMS provides EMS practitioners at all levels with the skills and knowledge to address the unique medical, social, environmental, and communications challenges of older adults.

Research Symposium

New to the PACE conference experience, the Paramedic Association of Canada is hosting a one-day Paramedic Research Symposium on Sept. 19. This event is open to all healthcare practitioners from any discipline. The day will feature presenters from across Canada and around the world reporting on a wide range of topics relevant to paramedics, prehospital care practitioners, and researchers as they present their research in both oral and poster formats.

Simulation and Fitness

PACE 2019 is also excited to introduce two new competitions to this year’s conference. The Paramedic Simulation Competition will begin Sept. 19 as 10 two-person teams compete in two challenging high-fidelity scenarios designed to display their skill, teamwork, and compassion. The targeted scope of practice for this competition is advanced care paramedic (EMT-P equivalent). The top three teams from day one of the competition will go on to compete in the finals September 20. 

The Paramedic Fitness Competition is a unique one-day event (Sept. 19) that invites paramedics from all corners of the world to test their fitness and skills against their peers. The event will consist of three preliminary workouts and a final workout. 

Other Attractions

PACE 2019 is introducing an exciting and unique trade show concept that will provide a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for both vendors and conference delegates. The Paramedic Market will be an important gathering place for everyone throughout the conference, bustling with various activities and attractions. Once you have completed your on-site registration, you can join delegates and exhibitors from across the globe on the Market floor for our Night Market network reception and an evening of entertainment, socializing, and relaxation. 

PACE 2019 is also honored to offer conference attendees a unique opportunity to experience a traditional First Nations sweat lodge ceremony. Sweat lodges are used by indigenous peoples during certain purification rites and as a way to promote healthy living. The main purpose of a sweat lodge ceremony is to provide cleansing and healing support. PACE 2019 has arranged for a limited number of conference delegates to participate in this unique spiritual and cultural experience.

PACE 2019 is excited to have two of Canada’s most dynamic healthcare speakers bringing their talents to our stage. André Picard, health columnist with the Canadian Globe and Mail newspaper and author of numerous books, will open the conference. Picard is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. The keynote closing speaker will be Dr. Brian Goldman. Goldman, a prominent emergency physician and public speaker, is known to address tough and controversial issues head-on in a comprehensive way, with edgy topics that include whistle-blowing in healthcare, burnout among health professionals, and racism in healthcare.

Dwayne Forsman is chief administrative officer of the Paramedic Association of Canada. 

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