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Specialty: , Emergency Medicine
Dates: From Sep, 22, 2013 to Sep, 28, 2013
Location: La rioja, SPAIN
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This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited by the National office for up to 15 Mainpro-M1 credits.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved (for up to 15 hours) by Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Twenty-five years of experience with Canada's largest annual Emergency Medicine Conference (NYGH Emergency Medicine Update, Toronto) means we know all the ins and outs of planning an outstanding CME event. And following on the great sold-out successes of our 2009 Burgundy and 2011 Tuscany programs, we are excited once again to partner with Hamilton Fitzjames in offering La Rioja Spain in 2013.

La Rioja is without a doubt Spain's most beautiful wine region, with a landscape of gentle rolling low vineyard-covered hills, beautiful medieval hamlets and the awe-inspiring backdrop of the majestic Cantabrian Mountains. The entire region is quiet, pristine and unspoiled and we will bike on tiny roads and hike the Santiago de Compostela trail to all the most important sights – the breathtaking walled fortress of Laguardia, the Romanesque gem of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the World Heritage site of Monasterio de Suso and Yuso, the pre-Roman town of Nájera and much more.

But I think the biggest surprise for everyone will come from the contemporary realm when you see the region's wineries! Naturally, the wines themselves are memorable but once you lay eyes on the buildings in which they are made, you will never forget them either. The world's greatest architects – Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid, Rafael Moneo, Iñaki Aspiazu, J. Marino Pascual, Frank Gehry – have let their creativity soar with the wineries of Ysios, Lopez de Heredia, Antion, Baigorri, Viña Real, Dinastia Vivanco, Pagos de Leza and the Marques de Riscal. And we will bike and hike to them all.

Our base for the week will be the lovely Hotel Los Agustinos in the historic Old Quarter of Haro, the wine capital of Northern Spain. Just steps away throughout this medieval town you will find chic shops, tempting wine boutiques, friendly restaurants and a myriad of relaxed tapas bars serving fresh crianzas and hearty reservas along with pixos (the Basque tapas) that will keep us smiling through the early evenings before those late and gastronomic Spanish dinners.

Our rendezvous and drop-off spot will be the capital of the Basque Region - Bilbao. We would expect most of you to spend at least a day here, either before or after the trip, because of the breathtaking and world famous Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. But we heartily suggest that you see Bilbao at the end so that you can join us for the 3-day pre-trip in Barcelona. If this is possible for you, don't miss it. The genius of Gaudí will be a main focus as we visit his Casa Batlló, Casa Milà, Park Guëll and the as yet unfinished and astonishing Cathedral of the Sagrada Família. But there will be much more including the Mies van der Rohe Pavillion, the Miró Foundation, the Picasso Museum and, not to be overlooked, our special private lunch at Spain's best olive oil producer, Hacienda Queiles.

But it's also about the learning – isn't it? Don't worry, that's all looked after. We have planned a valuable and educationally exacting medical program with nationally renowned speakers and cutting-edge topics. This more than just your traditional CME.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very special event.



Rick Penciner MD
Course Director
Emergency Services Program
North York General Hospital
Associate Professor
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto


Mike Betzner

Dr Mike Betzner is a graduate of the University of Alberta Medical School in 1991 followed by a Royal College Residency in Emergency Medicine. He is a full-time Emergency Physician and Clinical Lecturer at the University of Calgary in the Calgary Health Region since then.

Mike has a significant involvement in pre-hospital emergency care air transport within Alberta including as the current Medical Director of STARS Calgary, as well as an active flight physician for STARS. He is also involved in prehospital, rural, and residency Emergency Medicine Education and Human Patient Simulation.


Chris Hicks

Dr. Chris Hicks earned his medical degree from Queen's University and completed both an Emergency Medicine Residency and a Masters of Medical Education from the University of Toronto. He currently works at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto as an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader. His non-clinical interests include resuscitation science, trauma, and medical simulation. His education research focuses on medical error, patient safety and training high performance medical teams to manage critical events. Chris holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and is a Clinician Educator for the Division of Emergency Medicine, as well as an Education Research Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute in Toronto.


Constance LeBlanc

Connie is a Maritimer and studied medicine at Université Laval. She also holds a Master of Arts in Education degree. She has lived and practiced Emergency Medicine in Halifax, Nova Scotia for over 23 years. She is the former Chair of CME for Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, and is currently the Associate Dean for CME at Dalhousie University in Halifax where she also is a Professor of Emergency Medicine. She is chair of the CFPC EM Program Committee and the EM Exam Committee. Connie has been a consultant for both the IWK Poison Information Center and for LifeFlight Nova Scotia for more than 15 years. She is the mother of two, loves music, sports and a good laugh.


Amal Mattu

Dr. Amal Mattu is an Emergency Physician and faculty member at the University of Maryland since 1996. He has received more than a dozen teaching awards including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association; and local honors including the Teacher of the Year for the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus and the Maryland State Emergency Physician of the Year Award. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on topics pertaining to emergency cardiology, emergency care of the elderly, and faculty development. Dr. Mattu has authored or edited 11 textbooks in emergency medicine, and he serves as the Consulting Editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair, and Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship and the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School Of Medicine.


Angelo Mikrogianakis

Dr. Angelo Mikrogianakis is currently the Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at The Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta. He is also the Co-Director of Pediatric Critical Care Transport and the Pediatric Trauma Programs. Dr. Mikrogianakis is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. His research interests include Pediatric Trauma Clinical Research, Pediatric Transport Clinical Research, High Fidelity Simulation Educational Research and Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines.


Rick Penciner

Dr Rick Penciner is an Emergency Physician and the Director of Medical Education at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. He is an Associate Professor and the Co-lead for Faculty and Professional Development in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. In addition to training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Penciner has completed an Education Leadership Fellowship and a Masters in Health Professional Teacher Education. His scholarly interests include interprofessional education and effective presentations. He is excited at the prospects of combining high quality CME with great food, wine and biking.


Tim Rutledge

Dr. Tim Rutledge was appointed President & CEO at North York General Hospital in Toronto in March 2011. Prior to this, he served as Interim President & CEO since October 2010.

Tim has served in a number of leadership positions at North York General Hospital, including Medical Director of the Emergency Services Program from 1996 to 2007. In recent years, Tim led the development of North York General Hospital’s academic strategy and is a strong advocate for the continued evolution of North York General as a community academic hospital. He served as the hospital’s first Director of Medical Education from 2007 to 2010. In January 2010, Tim was appointed Vice President, Medical & Academic Affairs. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at University of Toronto.

Tim began his career as an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital where he developed a special interest in medical education. He chaired the committee that developed University of Toronto's first undergraduate course in Emergency Medicine and was the Director of that course from 1995 to 2001. His work in education has been recognized with a number of awards, including University of Toronto’s esteemed W. T. Aikins Award in 1997.


Arun Sayal

Dr Arun Sayal has been an Emergency Physician at North York General Hospital in Toronto, Ontario since 1993. For the past 7 years, he has also run a weekly Minor Fracture Clinic there. In 2008, he created CASTED - the 'Hands-On' ED Orthopedics Course, and has presented it over 75 times across Canada.

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