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Tuckamore Simulation Research Collaborative
Tia Renouf, MD, CCFP(EM)


Divisions of Emergency Medicine
Memorial University
St. John's, NL, A1B 3V6


After several years practicing rural and tertiary-care emergency medicine in North America, I developed a thirst to explore cultural and geographic influences on the practice of medicine. This led me to work on land and at sea, in many of the world’s remote, often austere and resource-challenged regions.
Internationally, I have served First Nations populations in the Canadian Arctic, as well as Aboriginal Australian populations, working with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. I have been a rural/remote and tertiary-care emergency physician in many other parts of the world, notably Haiti, the Middle East, New Zealand, and the North Pacific Micronesian islands. I have served as Expedition Physician on journeys at polar latitudes in Antarctica, Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic, and was the ship’s doctor on a voyage to the wreck of the Titanic. I am an Emergency Response Unit (ERU) Delegate with the International Red Cross, and have volunteered to serve Kosovar refugees as they arrived in Canada, a population that had for months and on foot, fled their country’s war. 


Clinical work exposed me first-hand to resource-rich and poor areas of the world, and stimulated my current interests in global health, as well as in designing and delivering medical education to rural and remote regions of the world. To that end, I recently helped design and deliver a collaborative simulation-augmented educational curriculum in Cap Haitian, Haiti. I co-chair the Tuckamore Simulation Scholarship and Research Collaborative (TSSRC). ASSET, our channel in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science, gathers our work under one roof, and provides a home for the community of practice I am helping to develop at Memorial University.
My current areas of research include clinical reasoning in the emergency department and communication between rural and urban physicians. I am deputy editor of the Cureus Journal for Medical Science, and ad hoc editor for Medical Education, BMJ open and Annals of Emergency Medicine. I serve as Faculty Associate with the Governing Council of the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education.


The first physician in NL to be awarded the CCFP(EM) designation, I went on to help design and implement the CCFP(EM) residency more than 10 years ago. Most recently I was appointed the inaugural Chair of the discipline of emergency medicine at Memorial University. I serve or have served in executive positions on a number of national and international emergency medicine committees. The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) has designated me an Educational Champion for Memorial University. Under my leadership, emergency medicine has become a core content requirement in Memorial University’s undergraduate curriculum. Emergency medicine founded and now leads a successful interdisciplinary Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) training program, now in its fourth year, and is currently implementing PoCUS in Memorial’s undergraduate curriculum.
The CBC has featured my work in two brief documentaries. I have recently published works of non-fiction relating to my international practice.

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