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July 3-5

Registration is now open!

Course Location 

Clinical Simulation Centre, Queen’s University

15 Arch Street Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6, Canada


About ACES Instructor Course

Research shows that early and aggressive resuscitation during the first eight hours of a critical illness can dramatically improve patient outcomes. Simulation is a valuable tool to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of teams during the critical, early phase of resuscitation. The CCCS Acute Critical Events Simulation Instructor Course provides training and experience in facilitation and debriefing of team-based simulation of medical emergency.

Why Should I Attend? 

This course will teach you how to introduce the concepts of crisis resource management skills and provide effective feedback to participants who are practicing the approach strategies and the practical skills required in the management of a medical emergency.

Custom designed for physicians and nurses/nurse practitioners in Canada and abroad who teach other physicians, residents or other professionals how to manage a medical crisis using theatre-based simulation.

Upon successful completion of the Royal College’s ACES-IC, participants will be able to perform the following tasks:

  • List and describe the principles of effective crisis management, including leadership, communication, situational awareness, problem-solving and resource utilization.
  • List and describe the general debrief cognitive theory principles
  • Describe and apply the principles of setting up the debriefing sessions
  • Describe and apply the principles of effective CRM feedback
  • Run a CRM simulation

Course Format

Day 1: Workshop

Day 2-3: Practical application with N-ACES course

The first day of the instructor course is a one-day workshop with a low participant-instructor ratio that introduces CRM principles, debriefing cognitive theory as well as how to provide effective feedback in standard and difficult debriefing scenarios.

During the next two days, participants will apply the facilitation and debriefing skills learned on Day 1. As a newly trained instructor in CRM simulation, you will get the chance to run cases as well as debrief incoming first year Critical Care fellows. Instructor course participants will be paired with senior instructors for mentoring and debriefing through the 2-day National ACES course.


Registration Type


Instructor Course Participant $3,000
Instructor Course Participant - Nurse/Nurse Practitioner  $3,000 

*All rates subject to HST.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations will only be accepted on or before June 19, 2024. Please note there is a 10% administration fee applied to all cancellations. No credits or refunds will be given for cancellations received after June 19, 2024.

Event Terms & Conditions

  • No liability is assumed by the CCCS for changes in program dates, content, or speakers, cancellation of the event, and/or technical difficulties.
  • Any form of recording the sessions is strictly prohibited.
  • You are expressly restricted from all of the following:
    • Publishing any material in any media;
    • Selling, sublicensing, and/or otherwise commercializing any material.
Should you have any questions, please email

    About the Association

    The Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) is the National Specialty Society, representing Adult and Paediatric Critical Care Medicine physicians in Canada. The practice of Critical Care Medicine in Canada is multidisciplinary and CCCS members hold base specialty certification in anaesthesia, medicine, paediatrics, emergency medicine or surgery and some surgical subspecialties such as cardiac surgery and neurosurgery.

    Contact Us


    Phone: 1-905-604-0166 Ext. 233 & 235

    Address: 20 Crown Steel Dr. Unit #6, Markham, ON L3R 9X9

    For media inquiries, please contact Kathryn Hendrick at (416) 277-6281.

    The Canadian Critical Care Society thanks our organizational sponsors, MD Financial Management and Scotiabank for their generous support!

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