CSRS Courses

CSRS Courses 2018-19

Foundations in Resuscitation Science Research (MSC4001H)

Course Directors
Dr Sandro Rizoli, MD, PhD

Dr Ori Rotstein, MD http://stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/researchers/ori-rotstein/

Academic oversight/administration
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Planning, Administration and Liaison (CSRS)
Andrea Meeson
Research Education Coordinator
416 864 6060 x 7843



This half-credit course is open to MSc and PhD students and is a prerequisite for any PhD student interested in the Advanced Topics course. The course objectives are:

  • to provide students an enhanced understanding of the breadth of research in resuscitation science; and
  • to ensure that students with disparate fields of research enquiry assemble to discuss common areas of interest, thereby further reinforcing a spirit of interdisciplinary research.

Length:  Full year (Fall and Winter sessions)
No of sessions:  13 (bi-weekly – Mondays, unless otherwise noted)
Value:  Half-credit
Location:  Rescu – St Michael’s Hospital 193 Yonge St, 5th Floor Boardroom
Time:  4.30pm-6pm (unless otherwise notified)

Drop Date: The drop date for a course over two terms (Fall and Winter) is the Winter drop date. Please consult your graduate unit calendar.

 Facilitators: Each session of this course is facilitated by a different senior clinician scientist/investigator. You will be exposed to some of Canada’s leading minds in resuscitation science research and critical care/emergency medicine.



Students will be evaluated and graded as follows:

Research paper and Oral Presentation

  • The research paper will be on a topic selected by the student and approved by the course directors. Students must submit a brief descriptive paragraph outlining their chosen topic for approval . The research paper will be worth 20% of the final mark and will be submitted in the Fall Session.
  • The oral presentation will be based on the topic of the research paper. The oral presentation is worth 15% of the final mark and will be prepared and presented at the end of the course.

Attendance, participation and assigned session work
Students are required to attend a minimum of 10 sessions, expected to participate actively and to assist a faculty facilitator (to whom they will be assigned at the beginning of the course) to deliver part of one seminar. Students are responsible for liaising with the faculty facilitator to plan the design and delivery of the content for that particular session. Students will be graded by the faculty facilitator on aspects such as advance preparation, delivery and understanding of the content.

Final Discussion Paper
Students will write a discussion paper (approx 2500 words) on a question/topic either set by the course directors or the student.  The discussion paper is the final submission for this course and is due April 13 2018.

2018-19 Seminars
(Note: dates and presenters are subject to change during summer scheduling period)

Seminar 1 (10/09/2018)
Introduction to Resuscitation Science Research
Sandro Rizoli MD and Ori Rotstein, MD

Seminar 2 (24/09/2018)
Physiology and pharmacology as guides in effective cardiac resuscitation
Greg Hare, MD, PhD and Paul Dorian, MD

Seminar 3 (9*/10/2018) *due to Thanksgiving holiday
Brain Resuscitation
Andrew Baker, MD

Seminar 4 (22/10/2018)
Collaboration and Innovation – Engineering and Technology in Resuscitation Science Research
Steve Brooks, MD, MSc and Christopher Sun, PhD (c)

Seminar 5 (5/11/2018)
Addressing historical and cultural sensitivies in research and practice: An Indigenous perspective
Melinda Fowler, MD and TBA

Seminar 6 (19/11/2018)
Translational Research – From Bench to Clinical and Back Again
Douglas Campbell, MD and  Steve Lin, MD

Seminar 7 (3/12/2018)
Keep it Simple: Clinical Trials
Damon Scales, MD

Seminar 8 (14/01/2019)
New Knowledge in Knowledge Translation
Katie Dainty, PhD  and  Janet Parsons, PhD

Seminar 9 (28/01/2019)
Nursing Perspectives in Resuscitation Science Research
Orla Smith, RN, PhD and TBA

Seminar 10 (11/02/2019)
From Idea to Industry: Pitching your research passion
Panel: TBA

Seminar 11 (25/02/2019)
Considerations for Outcomes in Paeds
Melissa Parker, MD  and TBA

Seminar 12 (11/03/2019)
Research and Policy in Practice: How researchers can become trusted policy advocates
Sam Vaillancourt, MD   and TBA

Seminar 13 (25/03/2019)
Mental Health in care and research: Challenges for practitioners

Seminar 14  (8/4/2019)
Final Oral Presentations
All Students
Sandro Rizoli MD and Ori Rotstein, MD

Graduate Seminar Series (SRM3333Y and SRD4444Y)

The Graduate Seminar Series is a mandatory, not-for-credit course for students enrolled in the CSRS. Attendance by interested faculty, researchers, students, frontline practitioners etc is welcome, in person or via WebEx. The broad objectives for students are:

  • to provide all students in the CSRS an opportunity to meet, network and hear from expert researchers in the field of resuscitation sciences;
  • to expose students to current research in this emerging field;
  • to facilitate opportunities for collaboration among participants in the program;
  • to facilitate students’ appreciation for the interdisciplinary nature of resuscitation sciences; and
  • to enhance students’ ability to identify cross disciplinary research opportunities in the field.

All seminars take place 4.30-5.30pm, unless otherwise indicated. Rescu, 193 Yonge St, 5th Floor Boardroom

SRM3333Y/SRD4444Y 2018-19 Seminars (TBA)

See what we offered last year:

SRM3333Y/SRD4444Y 2017-18 Seminars

Session 1 (18/09/2017)
Cardiac Arythmias: Research and Treatment
Paul Dorian, MD

Session 2 (02/10/2017)
Bystander Resuscitation in Overdose – Naloxone distribution and the SOONER Trial
Aaron Orkin, MD, MPH, PhD(c)

Session 3 (6/11/2017)
Human Factors and Resuscitation Research – Missing Links
Christopher Hicks, MD, MEd and Andrew Petrosoniak, MD, MEd

Session 4 (11/12/2017):
Funding Conundrums – How to Write a Winning Salary Support / Operating Grant
Katie Dainty, PhD , Erica Conte, PhD

Session 5 (29/01/2018)
The BIG Picture: What’s ahead on the Resuscitation Science research agenda
Steve Lin and Laurie Morrison 

Session 6 (12/02/2018)
to  be confirmed

Session 7 (26/03/2018)
Building EMS Research and Practice
Sheldon Cheskes, MD, Meji Lee (U of T), Shannon LeDuc (U of Ottawa)

Advanced Topics in Resuscitation Science Research (MSC4002H)

This course is not offered in the 2018-19 academic year.

The course is administered through the Institute for Medical Sciences and is open to graduate students enrolled in the CSRS who have completed the prerequisite Foundations in Resuscitation Science Research (MSC4001H) core course. This advanced course is for 0.5 credit and is designed to counter the isolation of late-stage thesis work; to assist students to establish contact with like-minded colleagues; set the stage for on-going collaborative work groups; and to facilitate the timely completion of projects and prepare students who intend to enter academia and other fields. The overall course objectives of the course are to provide doctoral students:

  •  an opportunity to present their research-in-progress in small group sessions with feedback about their presentation skills and research content by both a faculty facilitator and their peers;
  • a forum for the exploration of methodological, theoretical and professional development issues in the emerging inter-disciplinary field of Resuscitation Sciences;
  • opportunities to learn good leadership and collaboration skills;
  • opportunities to improve writing and presentation skills; and
  • help to move along methods and analytical sections of their thesis

The course is administrated by the CSRS Research Education Coordinator. All queries related to course enrollment, and other administrative issues should be addressed to CSRSInfo@smh.ca or 416 834 6060 x 7843.