What is ResusTO?



Welcome to Resus Toronto

Content introduced during large group sessions will be discussed, reinforced and elaborated on during small-group simulation sessions, leveraging elaborative encoding and state-dependent learning to reinforce core education objectives.

The result is a truly unique learning experience grounded in education theory to maximize engagement and learning.

resusTO shares the ethos of creation, innovation, inter- professionalism and open access that has made SMACC the runaway success that it is.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the SMACC organization to add another unique piece to the medical education landscape. In the spirit of FOAMed, #resusTO is not-for profit. Course content will be distributed open access via social media after the event.

Sincerely, Chris Hicks
 and the resusTO team.



Simulation and conference activities will take place at the Alan Waters Family Simulation Centre, a fully equipped state-of-the-art simulation centre located in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, in the heart of downtown Toronto. In-situ simulation will take place in the brand new St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Department, adjacent to Li Ka Shing.

Li Ka shing



Audience and Scope

resusTO is designed for an inter-professional audience of 80 acute care medicine providers with an interest in improving resuscitation knowledge and skills, including physicians and trainees in emergency medicine, critical care and anesthesia, as well as acute care nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics.

Topics from 2018 included:

  • Resuscitate like an Olympian: Psychological skills training for acute care medicine
  • Inter-professionalism in critical care: Performance tool or window dressing
  • Re-thinking traumatic cardiac arrest
  • Resuscitation re-sequenced
  • After the arrest: Post resuscitation care for patients and the teams that manage them
  • Critical procedures skills lab: Resuscitative thoracotomy, Resuscitative hysterotomy, REBOA, and more.