Date: May 21st, 2019

Guest Skeptic: Dr. Andrew Worster is full professor at McMaster University and the creator of Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM).

BEEM is an international, non-profit, emergency medicine, knowledge translation project created by emergency physicians for emergency physicians.

The BEEM faculty is heading to the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia May 26-29, 2019.  The faculty includes the following:

Dr. Andrew Worster

Dr. Andrew Worster is a staff Emergency Physician and Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He is the current Director and Editor-in-Chief of the not-for-profit, international knowledge translation project, Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM). He is an investigator for multiple clinical studies funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


Dr. Katrina Hurley

Dr. Katrina Hurley is the Interim Chief of the IWK Emergency Department in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has a Master’s degree in Health Informatics and is a self-professed “data geek” with more ideas than time. She enjoys supervising learners and mentoring junior faculty in their research. In her spare time, she embarks on outdoor adventures with her family.

Dr. Gauri Ghate


Dr. Gauri Ghate is an Emergency Physician in London, Ontario. She has an interest in the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Program. She enjoys public speaking and coordinates Grand Rounds for the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. Having grown up in Northern New Brunswick, she’ll always be an East Coaster at heart.

Dr. Tracy Meyer

Dr. Tracy Meyer is an Emergency Physician in Saint John. She has an interest in marginalized populations and addiction medicine with a mixed practice of Emergency Medicine and a clinic for Opioid Use Disorder. She works with the psychiatry department for improved collaboration with the Emergency Department and is an advocate for harm reduction in New Brunswick.


Dr. Justin Yan

Dr. Justin Yan is an Emergency Physician, Assistant Professor, and clinician researcher at Western University in London, Ontario. His research interests include diabetic emergencies, procedural sedation, and cardiac care. Outside of work, Justin enjoys traveling, international cuisine, physical fitness, and playing with his two dogs, Robbie and Marlee.


The BEEM will be presenting Catch of the Day on Monday, May 27th. They will be highlighting a collection of clinical trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines identified by BEEM raters around the world as the most clinically relevant and recent publications. The nine studies to be presented include:

  1. Prasad et al. Dual antiplatelet therapy with aspirin and clopidogrel for acute high risk transient ischaemic attack and minor ischaemic stroke: a clinical practice guideline. BMJ Dec 2018
  2. Feld et al. Clinical Practice Guideline: Maintenance Intravenous Fluids in Children. Pediatrics Dec 2018 
  3. Frey et al. Effect of Intranasal Ketamine vs Fentanyl on Pain Reduction for Extremity Injuries in Children: The PRIME Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatrics Feb 2019 (SGEM#242)
  4. Akhlaghi et al. Premedication With Midazolam or Haloperidol to Prevent Recovery Agitation in Adults Undergoing Procedural Sedation With Ketamine: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial. AEM May 2019
  5. Detsky et al. Will This Patient Be Difficult to Intubate?: The Rational Clinical Examination Systematic Review. JAMA Feb 2019
  6. Siddiqui et al. Ultrasound Is Superior to Palpation in Identifying the Cricothyroid Membrane in Subjects with Poorly Defined Neck Landmarks: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiology Dec 2018
  7. Murata et al. Acetaminophen and Febrile Seizure Recurrences During the Same Fever Episode. Pediatrics Nov 2018 (SGEM#239)
  8. Shen et al. Interventions for emergency contraception. Cochrane Jan 2019
  9. Fernando et al. Prognostic Accuracy of the HEART Score for Prediction of Major Adverse Cardiac Events in Patients Presenting With Chest Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. AEM Feb 2019

Dr. Connie LeBlanc is the chair of CAEP19 and has provided a welcome video.

Dr. Connie LeBlanc – Chair CAEP19

It will not all be plenaries, presentations and poster sessions. The Chair of CAEP’s Wellness Committee, Dr. Rod Lim, encourages to catch up with friends.

Dr. Rod Lim – Chair CAEP Wellness Committee

Medical students will be attending and participating in CAEP19. Follow them on social media @CAEPStudent.

Ben Forestell – CAEP Medical Student SoMe

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.