About the editors



Dr. Kyla Caners is an emergency physician in Hamilton, Ontario. She also serves as the Simulation Director for the FRCP-EM residency program. She completed both her Bachelor of Science and her medical degree at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Caners then completed both her FRCP emergency medicine training and her fellowship in simulation and medical education at McMaster University. In the process, she developed a simulation curriculum for the FRCP residents at McMaster. She hopes that this blog will help save other programs from the need to “start from scratch.” She is particularly excited about bringing the FOAMed concept (already pervasive within the EM community) to the simulation world.


Dr. Martin Kuuskne is practicing emergency physician for the University Health Network in Toronto. He completed both his Bachelor of Health Sciences and his medical degree at McMaster University and then completed his FRCP emergency medicine training at McGill University. Dr. Kuuskne became interested in medical education after his experience with problem-based and small group learning at McMaster. He went on to develop a simulation curriculum for his residency program that is now regularly integrated into educational rounds.  He completed a fellowship in medical education and simulation at McGill. Dr. Kuuskne is particularly interested in educational objectives as they relate to learning. He looks forward to using this blog to ensure simulation cases are mapped to clear educational objectives and shared across the country.

SimEducation Fellows

aliaDr. Alia Dharamsi is a PGY4 in Emergency Medicine at The University of Toronto, a 2017 SHRED [Simulation, Health Sciences, Resuscitation for the Emergency Department] Fellow, and 2018 Auckland Helicopter Rescue Trust/HEMS Fellow. Originally hailing from Vancouver and Kelowna, she moved to the “big city” three years ago for a grand adventure, and an adventure it’s been! Over the course of the year she will be developing cases to improve team communication skills, simulate unique resuscitation environments (ie. prehospital care), as well as facilitating simulation sessions for medical students, EM residents, residents from other specialties, hospital-wide inter-professional teams, and abroad in both New Zealand and Ethiopia.

aliceDr. Alice Gray is a PGY4 in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto.  She is spending her sub-specialization year as a 2017 SHRED (Simulation, Health Sciences, Resuscitation for the ED) fellow and as a 2018 Geri-EM fellow. This year she hopes to delve into the world of simulation and develop cases to stimulate the minds of junior and senior learners. Some of her simulations will have a uniquely geriatric spin.

Senior Editors

SameerDr. Sameer Sharif is a PGY4 Emergency Medicine resident at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also currently enrolled in the Clinician Educator program at McMaster University. He completed his undergraduate training in Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario and his medical degree at McMaster University. Sameer’s interests include critical care, ultrasound, resuscitation, medical education, and simulation training. Sameer is currently focusing on bridging the gap between resuscitation education through his Clinician Educator fellowship.

chris heydDr. Chris Heyd is a PGY4 Emergency Medicine resident at McMaster University. He is interested in trauma and mass casualty medicine and how simulation can help prepare individuals and teams for rare and unusual events. His subspecialty year is focussed in this area. Chris completed his BSc (Microbiology) in Calgary, BCYC (Child and Youth Care) in Victoria and Medical Degree at UBC.


Photo_Baylis3Dr. Jared Baylis (@baylis_jared) is a PGY-4 and chief resident at the Interior Site of UBC’s Emergency Medicine residency program (@KelownaEM). He has an interest in simulation, medical education, and administration/leadership and is currently a simulation fellow through the Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation in Vancouver, BC and a MMEd student through Dundee University.

Junior Editors


Dr. Anali Maneshi is a PGY2 Emergency Medicine resident at McGill University. She is interested in acute care and medical education. The many valuable experiences she’s had at the stimulation centre learning technical skills and the importance of successful team functioning in acute care settings have piqued her interest in stimulation. She completed her BSc at the University of Waterloo, her MSc in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa, and her Medical Degree at McGill University.

AshleyDr. Ashley Lubberdink is a PGY3 Emergency Medicine resident at McMaster University. Her interests within EM include medical education (curriculum design, simulation, knowledge translation and FOAMed), and paediatrics. She completed her BSc in Biology at McMaster, and her Medical Degree at the University of Toronto.

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