Christopher Hicks

MD, FRCPC, MEd

Education Research Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

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Biography

Dr. Christopher Hicks is an Education Research Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at St. Michael’s, as well as a Clinician-Educator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  His program of research focuses on resuscitation team performance, including psychological skills training (PST), design ergonomics and knowledge translation.

Recent research projects include stress inoculation training for high acuity events, the role of mental practice in team-based trauma resuscitation, and a collaboration with human factors engineers to identify process, logistical and personnel-based latent safety hazards in the trauma bay.

Dr. Hicks is an avid speaker and lecturer,  with invited lectures both nationally and internationally.  He has developed simulation-based PST curricula for emergency medicine (CREW) and trauma (TNT-2) that are firsts for post-graduate medical education in Canada and have been modelled internationally.  Dr. Hicks is a strong supporter of the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMEd) movement, and has an active social media profile both through Twitter and as a guest blogger and podcaster on several high-profile emergency medicine blogs.

Dr. Hicks served as the Assistant Program Director for the FRCP Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto from 2013-2016, and continues to chair the division’s simulation committee.  He is the director of the Simulation and Health Sciences for the Emergency Department (SHRED) fellowship program, launched in 2016, which blends resuscitation science and simulation scholarship.  Chris is a member of several local and regional trauma and education committees, and has been the recipient of numerous medical education and curriculum awards, including the Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education, Development/Innovation in Postgraduate Education.

Recent Publications

  1. Petrosoniak, A, Auerbach, M, Wong, AH, Hicks, CM. In situ simulation in emergency medicine: Moving beyond the simulation lab. Emerg Med Australas. 2017;29 (1):83-88. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12705. PubMed PMID:27748042 .
  2. Lorello, GR, Hicks, CM, Ahmed, SA, Unger, Z, Chandra, D, Hayter, MA et al.. Mental practice: a simple tool to enhance team-based trauma resuscitation. CJEM. 2016;18 (2):136-42. doi: 10.1017/cem.2015.4. PubMed PMID:25860822 .
  3. Ben-Yakov, M, Kayssi, A, Bernardo, JD, Hicks, CM, Devon, K. Do emergency physicians and medical students find it unethical to 'look up' their patients on facebook or Google?. West J Emerg Med. 2015;16 (2):234-9. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2015.1.24258. PubMed PMID:25834662 PubMed Central PMC4380371.
  4. Srinivasan, M, Dunham, Y, Hicks, CM, Barner, D. Do attitudes toward societal structure predict beliefs about free will and achievement? Evidence from the Indian caste system. Dev Sci. 2016;19 (1):109-25. doi: 10.1111/desc.12294. PubMed PMID:25754516 .
  5. Hicks, CM, Liu, D, Heyman, GD. Young children's beliefs about self-disclosure of performance failure and success. Br J Dev Psychol. 2015;33 (1):123-35. doi: 10.1111/bjdp.12077. PubMed PMID:25516441 .
  6. Doumouras, AG, Keshet, I, Nathens, AB, Ahmed, N, Hicks, CM. Trauma Non-Technical Training (TNT-2): the development, piloting and multilevel assessment of a simulation-based, interprofessional curriculum for team-based trauma resuscitation. Can J Surg. 2014;57 (5):354-5. . PubMed PMID:25265111 PubMed Central PMC4183684.
  7. Petrosoniak, A, Hicks, CM. Beyond crisis resource management: new frontiers in human factors training for acute care medicine. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2013;26 (6):699-706. doi: 10.1097/ACO.0000000000000007. PubMed PMID:24113265 .
  8. Hicks, CM, Kiss, A, Bandiera, GW, Denny, CJ. Crisis Resources for Emergency Workers (CREW II): results of a pilot study and simulation-based crisis resource management course for emergency medicine residents. CJEM. 2012;14 (6):354-62. . PubMed PMID:23131482 .
  9. Doumouras, AG, Keshet, I, Nathens, AB, Ahmed, N, Hicks, CM. A crisis of faith? A review of simulation in teaching team-based, crisis management skills to surgical trainees. J Surg Educ. ;69 (3):274-81. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2011.11.004. PubMed PMID:22483124 .
  10. Merritt, JR, James, R, Paradkar, VM, Zhang, C, Liu, R, Liu, J et al.. Novel pyrrolidine heterocycles as CCR1 antagonists. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2010;20 (18):5477-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2010.07.082. PubMed PMID:20708929 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
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