Welcome to resusTO

Yes, we here at resusTO are a bit different.  Not a conference, but an immersive education experience, one focused on depth rather than breadth: Content introduced during large group sessions is discussed, reinforced and elaborated on during small-group simulation and workshop sessions, leveraging elaborative encoding and state-dependent learning to reinforce core education objectives.  The result is a truly unique learning experience grounded in education theory to maximize engagement and learning.  Pair that with an absolutely world-class cadre of educators in a lights-out awesome simulation and education venue in downtown Toronto, and you have an experience you won't find anywhere else.  

We are an open-access, not-for-profit organization.  #resusTO shares the ethos of creation, innovation, inter- professionalism and open access that has made SMACC the runaway success that it is.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with C4 to add another unique piece to the medical education landscape.  In the spirit of FOAMed, #resusTO is not-for profit.  All resusTO course content is distributed open access via social media after the event.


Chris Hicks and the resusTO team.

Praise for resusTO 2018

Audience and Scope

resusTO is designed for an inter-professional audience of 80 acute care medicine providers with an interest in improving resuscitation knowledge and skills, including physicians and trainees in emergency medicine, critical care and anesthesia, as well as acute care nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics.

Topics from 2018 included:

  • Resuscitate like an Olympian: Psychological skills training for acute care medicine

  • Inter-professionalism in critical care: Performance tool or window dressing

  • Re-thinking traumatic cardiac arrest

  • Resuscitation re-sequenced

  • After the arrest: Post resuscitation care for patients and the teams that manage them

  • Critical procedures skills lab: Resuscitative thoracotomy, Resuscitative hysterotomy, REBOA, and more.


Simulation and conference activities will take place at the Alan Waters Family Simulation Centre, a fully equipped state-of-the-art simulation centre located in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, in the heart of downtown Toronto. In-situ simulation will take place in the best in class St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Department, adjacent to Li Ka Shing.