In 2014, our colleagues at the North York General Hospital Foundation approached me with an idea that they wanted to highlight our Emergency Department at their annual Chairman's Circle Lecture Series that honours the community's philanthropic leadership.  I told them to give me a few days to think about this.  I enlisted my friend and colleague, Andrea Ennis, the Clinical Team Manager of our ED and we dreamed up this wild night shift in the ER.  We pitched them the idea, and what follows is how the evening unfolded ...

A Night Shift in Emergency

On the evening of Tuesday, November 25, 2014, more than 150 friends of North York General Foundation came together for the annual Chairman’s Circle Lecture – "A Night Shift in Emergency."

Video Teaser of the Evening

"A Night Shift in Emergency" was a novel program for the North York General Hospital Foundation that was conceived, planned and implemented by myslef and Andrea Ennis, the Clinical Team Manager in our Emergency Department, with the support of the North York General Hospital Foundation and members of our Emergency Services Team.  

The event consisted of a 20 minute presentation by myself and Andrea Ennis, where the audience performed the role of triage nurse - triaging a series of patients that presented to the ER.  This was followed by a series of hand-on stations, where guests actively participated in simulated life-saving procedures.  The event was ended with a simulated resuscitation of a cardiac arrest patient. The event encorporated multimedia, high fidelity simulation and standardized patients along with the ER team facilitating the evening.

From the North York General Hospital Foundation Website

"Guests experienced the drama, trauma, decisions, stress and teaching that takes place in Emergency every hour of every day. Moderated by Dr. Rick Penciner, Emergency Physician and Director of Medical Education, and Andrea Ennis, Clinical Team Manager of Emergency Services, guests were thrown into a series of interactive emergency medical scenarios. Working with a facilitator to quickly make the best care decision for each patient, guests experienced firsthand the intensity and fast-paced environment of Emergency Medicine. Guests then visited 5 emergency simulation stations to participate in life-saving techniques, and use state-of-the-art equipment before witnessing our Emergency team bring a patient out of cardiac arrest during a simulated code blue medical emergency. (exepted from the North York General Hospital Foundation Website; www.nyghfoundation.ca)

Watch the full video of the interactive lecture moderated by myself and Andrea Ennis