Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital

Herb Parkin Award - 2nd Annual (2017)

We are very pleased to announce Crackcast as our second annual winner of the Herb Parkin Award.  Learners today don't learn the same way as they did in the past.  Instead, they do a lot of their learning through podcasts.  For example, Crackcast has taken lessons from Rosen's and turned them into podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to as often as a learner likes.  This helps the learner review and understand the 'core' concepts of emergency medicine.

Here is a link so you can watch the video  of Dr. Caroline Tyson presenting the winner.



Here is a brief description of the other interesting projects submitted:

Dr. Trevor Skutezky (R2)

"Patient Safety Event (PSE) Reporting In The ED"

  • Patient Safety Events are common in the ED
  • Nature and frequency unknown due to limited reporting
  • Results in limited organizational learning and prevention
  • Undertaking focus groups with front-line clinicians to understand barriers and facilitators of PSE reporting
  • Facilitating workshops to understand the optimal PSE reporting platform
  • Designing and piloting PSE reporting platforms in the ED

Dr. Jared Baylis (R3)

"Palliative and end of life care education in Canadian emergency medicine residency programs:  A national cross-sectional survey"

  • Palliative care and end of life care is important in Emergency Medicine
  • Physicians desire more training in this field
  • Why not start with Residents
  • We currently do not know how palliative and end of life care is being taught in residency
  • E-surveying program directors of post-graduate emergency medicine programs
  • Questions regarding current palliative and end of life care curricula from formal rotations to seminars and online modules

Dr. Ben Tuyp (R3)

"Models of Care for Traumatically Injured Patients at British Columbia's Trauma Centres"

  • Motivated by a lack of understanding of the models of trauma care (admitting trauma team, trauma consultants in ED only, etc.) in existence across the province
  • Further motivated by the suspicion that certain models of care were unsustainable
  • Questionnaires distributed to Trauma Medical Directors at BC's adult trauma centres
  • Three models of care exist ("Admitting Trauma Team", "On-Call Consultant", and "Short-Stay Trauma Unit")


What is the Herb Parkin Award?

Herb Parkin was a pioneer in Emergency Medicine.  His efforts were instrumental in building our EMS system in British Columbia.  He was also an advocate of seatbelt legislation, which has surely saved thousands of lives.  Finally, he was a leader in Medical Education.

We think it is extremely important for a new generation of Emergency Physicians to be aware, and proud, of Herb Parkin's legacy.  To further this cause, we have decided to award a yearly prize in the sum of $3000 to a resident from a UBC program who has completed or at least made significant progress in a project that furthers an area of Emergency Medicine.

  • a prize awarded yearly, at Herb Parkin day in April
  • Preference will be given to residents who have shown leadership and initiative in the areas of EMS, injury prevention or medical education, but endeavors relating to all areas of Emergency Medicine will be considered
  • Any FRCPC resident in the UBC program (any site) in good standing may apply
  • Any CCFP-EM resident in the UBC program may also apply
  • Residents are asked to write an essay outlining their accomplishments and why they deserve the award
    • The essay should be no more than 3000 words.  Applicants may attach separate supporting documents as appropriate
  • The project doesn't need to be complete, but should be beyond the proposal stage.  There needs to be evidence that is has progressed beyond the "idea" phase
  • Application deadline is February 28th of each year
  • The amount is $3000.  There are no restrictions on what this money can be used for, since it's a prize, though it counts as taxable income