Discipline of Emergency Medicine


The Discipline of Emergency Medicine (EM) is building up its research network alongside the Tuckamore Simulation Scholarship and Research Collaborative (TSSRC). The TSSRC is offers a number of activities and programs such as research workshops, networking opportunities, project mentorship, space to conduct research, and an electronic research development guide. Featured below are the dynamic programs and activites that build up the TSSRC (pictured in the centre). To find out more about TSSRC please visit them here.


The Discipline of EM contributes heavily to the building of the Research Lab, Living Labs and Chop Shop. Here are some featured examples of research areas:

Communication etiquette between rural physicians and urban consultants

Communication between rural physicians and urban consultants can be difficult partly because of the different contexts in which each physician operates. Poor communication is not only frustrating; it is a common cause of medical error. Each group needs to understand the context of the other to mitigate this problem. Using simulated patients (SP), we will develop scenarios for communications between rural and urban physicians, in order to identify points of friction which will help inform development of a practical etiquette for each.

Dr. Tia Renouf
Chair, Discipline of Emergency Medicine

Point of Care Ultrasound Main Living Lab (PoCUS)

We are developing and continually improving the existing PoCUS training program at Memorial, as well as re-creating learning environments to teach PoCUS related skills for professions that have not had the opportunity to use ultrasound as a diagnostic modality to date.

Dr. Andrew Smith
Assistant Professor
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, MUN

Point of Care Ultrasound - Family Mediine

Memorial’s very successful Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Training Program partnered with the Tuckamore to develop the first Living Lab in the Faculty of Medicine. The idea is to conduct research in the development and implementation of PoCUS in novel contexts, such as rural Family Medicine residency placements.

Dr. Peter Rogers
Assistant Professor
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, MUN

Point of Care Ultrasound - Undergraduate Medical Education

This work focuses on generating empirical evidence on how to structure PoCUS training for undergraduate medical students, as well as developing competency based training and assessment models.

Dr. Brian Metcalfe
Clinical Assistant Professor
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, MUN

Dr. Gillian Sheppard
Clinical Assistant Professor
Discipline of Emergency Medicine, MUN 

The Living Labs and more traditional test-bed research is led collaboratively by 5 faculty members, Drs. B. Metcalfe, M. Parsons, P. Rogers, G. Sheppard, A. Smith, a resident Dr. J. Stone-McLean and undergraduate medical students H. Black and H. McCarthy together with A. Dubrowski and T. Renouf.