Scientific Program

We are very pleased to introduce CAPMR Co-Developed, Accredited Symposia and Workshops for our 2018 Conference. All Co-developed Accredited Learning Activity sessions are pre-approved by the Conference Organizing Committee, and are accredited by the CAPM&R after complying with the accreditation guidelines of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The Conference Organizing Committee has acted as the Program Planning Committee for all accredited sessions, and third-parties (including industry, external planners, or communication companies) are not involved in the program development, in order to maintain objectivity and scientific integrity. The Co-developed Accredited Learning Activities are accredited as part of the Conference program under Section 1 and/or Section 3 of the RCPSC’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

May 29

Tuesday, May 29 – Preconference Workshop – The Historic Odd Fellows Hall is home to The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City.

Time Session
9:30 – 16:30 Pre-course: Medicolegal issues in PM&R – A Simulation
Moderator: Dr. M Radhakrishna
Speakers: Dr. Steven Bellemare, CMPA; Irina Charania, Uof C; Michele Cowan, U of C

May 30

Wednesday, May 30 – Preconference Workshop – Whitehorse

Time Session
08:00 – 16:00 Pre-course (Whitehorse): US Guided injection techniques for the management of common joint injections and spasticity chemodenervation

Co-developed by CAPM&R and

Allergan is the exclusive lead non-physician organization of this pre-course.

18:00 – 19:00 Humanities Lecture – Dr. Gigi OslerCode Blue: the status of physician health in Canada in 2018
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception


May 31

Ipsen is the Lead Sponsor of the Conference (May 31-June 2)
Thursday, May 31 – Outreach & Diversity Symposium – Whitehorse

Time Session
08:00 – 08:15 Welcome ceremony – Norma Shorty
08:15 – 09:00 Creating Sustainable Models of Arthritis Care in Indigenous CommunitiesDr. C. Barnabe
09:00 – 09:45 Rehabilitation issues in small communitiesDr. S. Macdonald, Dr. B. Zimmerman
09:45 – 10:30 International outreach initiatives in PM&RDr. C. O’Connell, Dr. S. Gulasingam
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00- 12:30 Concurrent Sessions
Cultural Competency In PracticeDr. C. Barnabe
Medicolegal Issues with EMRsDr. S. Bellemare, CMPA
The gloves are off: Does post concussion syndrome really exist?Dr. C. Vaidyanath
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Poster Session
13:30 – 15:00 Concurrent Sessions
Cultural Competency In PracticeDr. C. Barnabe
Simulation in RehabDr. S. Plamondon, Dr. C. Grant, Irina Charania, Michele Cowan
Pain SIG – Issues in Diagnosis/Management of Chronic Pain in Community and Academic Centers – Dr. J. Flannery, Dr. D. Khumbhare
15:00 – 15:30 Refreshment Break
15:30 – 17:00 Concurrent Sessions
SCI SIG – Therapeutic Application of Intermittent HypoxiaDr. G. Mitchell
Stroke SIG:
Pediatric StrokeDr. A. Kirton
Stroke education and Competency-by-DesignDr. G. Leung
Executive Committee
Community SIG – Teaching and Research in the CommunityDr. T. Lapp
17:15 – 18:15 Committee meetings – Education Committee, Research Committee, SIG Chairs Committee
Resident Town Hall
Transition to Practice – A panel discussion
Dr Eric Hui – UBC
Dr Aaron Chan – UBC
Dr Chris Grant – Calgary
Dr. Chantel Debert – Calgary
Dr. Jacqueline Kraushaar – Saskatoon
Dr. Shane Wunder – Saskatoon
18:15 – 20:30 Resident Social
18:15 – 22:00 CAPMR Social Event in Partnership with Allergan (Physicians/Residents only)

This event is paid for by the CAPMR using unrestricted educational grants provided by Allergan.

June 1

Ipsen is the Lead Sponsor of the Conference (May 31-June 2)
Friday, June 1 – Rehab Updates and Technological Advances Symposium – Whitehorse

Time Session
07:00 – 08:00 Breakfast Symposium
08:00 – 08:45 Co-developed by CAPM&R and
Artificial Intelligence in Rehabilitation
Dr. P. Pilarski
08:45 – 09:30 Co-developed by CAPM&R and
Brain-Computer Interfaces in Rehabilitation: Real world applications
Dr. A. Kirton
09:30 – 10:30 Physiatry Updates
Moderator: Dr. S. Plamondon
1. ICU RehabilitationDr. C. Grant
2. Updates on concussionDr. C. Debert
3. Updates to the ASIA exam in SCI Dr. C. Craven, Dr. C. O’Connell
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment break
11:00 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions
(11:00-11:45 & 11:45-12:30) Noninvasive Neurostimulation Workshop Dr. Adam Kirton, Dr. Joan Stilling
(11:00-11:45 & 11:45-12:30) Accessing Medical Cannabis in Canada: ABC Essentials for the PhysiatristDr. Karen Ethans, Dr. Colleen O’Connell
Advances in treatment of neuromuscular disease: a case based discussionDr. Kristine Chapman
Using electrodiagnosis to estimate prognosis after nerve injuryDr. Larry Robinson
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Poster Session 2
13:30-14:30 Concurrent Sessions
CAPMR 2019 – Planning Committee Meeting
Expert Roundtable Mentorship/Reflection
14:00 – 17:00 Golf and other Social Events
17:30 – 22:00 CPRDF Fundraising Dinner

June 2

Ipsen is the Lead Sponsor of the Conference (May 31-June 2)
Saturday, June 2 – Scientific Symposium – Whitehorse

Time Session
07:00 – 08:00 CPRDF Committee Meeting
08:00 – 12:00 Research Program – Research and essay contest presentations
Moderator: Dr. S. Dukelow
(Refreshment break 10:00 -10:15 a.m.)
12:00 – 13:30 CAPMR AGM Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Award of Merit & Meridith Marks Award Lecture
14:30 – 15:00 Competency by Design – Update on PM&R Residency Training in CanadaDr. Jennifer Yao
15:00 – 16:30 Co-developed by CAPM&R and

Maximizing spasticity management. From early intervention to novel interventions for the upper extremity. – Dr. Jorg Wissel, Dr. Emily Krauss, Dr. Paul Winston

By the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • understand the early predictors of post-stroke spasticity. including clinical and radiologic signs
  • appraise the literature on early management of post-stroke spasticity
  • review clinical cases of early intervention
  • review the use of motor blocks and cryo-analgesia in post-stroke spasticity
  • describe a surgical intervention (neurectomy) in the treatment of hemiplegic spasticity
  • discuss indications for, and limitations of, neurectomy to assist in appropriate patient selection
18:00 – 21:30 Conference Dinner & Entertainment