Andrew Petrosoniak

MD, MSc (Med Ed), FRCPC



Dr. Andrew Petrosoniak is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has completed a Master of Science in medical education where he focused on the use of in situ simulation (practice in the actual workplace) in procedural skill acquisition.

Dr. Petrosoniak’s field of research includes in situ simulation and simulation-based technical skill acquisition. His work focuses on usability testing and the identification of personnel- and systems-based safety threats within acute care medicine. He is the principal investigator of the TRUST study (Trauma Resuscitation Using in Situ simulation for Team Training) that includes a partnership with human factors experts to evaluate systems and processes during high-stakes trauma simulations.

Dr. Petrosoniak is the Co-Director of the Annual Critical Care Skills Course for the FRCP Emergency Medicine residents designed to enhance skill acquisition for rarely performed and high-stakes technical skills. He regularly lectures and instructs simulation sessions for the EM residency program.

He is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on the topics of trauma, simulation and procedural skill acquisition.

Recent Publications

  1. Nolan, B, Petrosoniak, A, Hicks, CM, Cripps, MW, Dumas, RP. Defining adverse events during trauma resuscitation: a modified RAND Delphi study. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2021;6 (1):e000805. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2021-000805. PubMed PMID:34746435 PubMed Central PMC8527130.
  2. da Luz, LT, Callum, J, Beckett, A, Hucke, HP, Carroll, J, Grewal, D et al.. Protocol for a multicentre, randomised, parallel-control, superiority trial comparing administration of clotting factor concentrates with a standard massive haemorrhage protocol in severely bleeding trauma patients: the FiiRST 2 trial (a 2020 EAST multicentre trial). BMJ Open. 2021;11 (9):e051003. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051003. PubMed PMID:34479938 PubMed Central PMC8420689.
  3. Li, W, Petrosoniak, A, Ziesmann, M. REBOA in Canada: time to shine, or time's up?. CJEM. 2021;23 (1):3-5. doi: 10.1007/s43678-020-00057-9. PubMed PMID:33683620 .
  4. Gray, A, Chartier, LB, Pavenski, K, McGowan, M, Lebovic, G, Petrosoniak, A et al.. The clock is ticking: using in situ simulation to improve time to blood administration for bleeding trauma patients. CJEM. 2021;23 (1):54-62. doi: 10.1007/s43678-020-00011-9. PubMed PMID:33683613 .
  5. Nickson, CP, Petrosoniak, A, Barwick, S, Brazil, V. Translational simulation: from description to action. Adv Simul (Lond). 2021;6 (1):6. doi: 10.1186/s41077-021-00160-6. PubMed PMID:33663603 PubMed Central PMC7930894.
  6. Petrosoniak, A, Hicks, C. Design, build, train, excel: using simulation to create elite trauma systems. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 2021;59 (2):58-66. doi: 10.1097/AIA.0000000000000312. PubMed PMID:33480626 .
  7. Petrosoniak, A, Fan, M, Hicks, CM, White, K, McGowan, M, Campbell, D et al.. Trauma Resuscitation Using in situ Simulation Team Training (TRUST) study: latent safety threat evaluation using framework analysis and video review. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30 (9):739-746. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2020-011363. PubMed PMID:33097610 .
  8. Lawati, KA, Sharif, S, Maqbali, SA, Rimawi, HA, Petrosoniak, A, Belley-Cote, EP et al.. Efficacy and safety of tranexamic acid in acute traumatic brain injury: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials. Intensive Care Med. 2021;47 (1):14-27. doi: 10.1007/s00134-020-06279-w. PubMed PMID:33079217 .
  9. Nolan, B, Hicks, CM, Petrosoniak, A, Jung, J, Grantcharov, T. Pushing boundaries of video review in trauma: using comprehensive data to improve the safety of trauma care. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2020;5 (1):e000510. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2020-000510. PubMed PMID:32685694 PubMed Central PMC7359065.
  10. Forristal, C, Russell, E, McColl, T, Petrosoniak, A, Thoma, B, Caners, K et al.. Simulation in the Continuing Professional Development of Academic Emergency Physicians: A Canadian National Survey. Simul Healthc. 2021;16 (4):246-253. doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000482. PubMed PMID:32675734 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Emergency Physician & Trauma Team Leader, Department of Emergency Medicine, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto