Victoria Emergency Medicine CME Cycling Conference

'Emergency Care: Best Evidence, Best Practice'

Sept 27 - 30 2017




2015 Conference Participants!With the success of the 2016 edition, we are pleased to announce the 2017 edition of our Cycling Conference.

Pictures of the 2013201420152016  editions!


Introducing a CME conference catering to road cycling enthusiasts. Based out of the family-friendly and and optimally positioned Bear Mountain Westin Resort, you will be treated to 3 days of relevant medical lectures and discussion and 4 days of exploring Victoria's excellent riding with Calgary's own professional masters cycling coach Trev Williams and his experienced ride guides. We once again are limiting the conference registration to 30 participants!


This conference welcomes cycling enthusiasts of ANY ABILITY!

With 5 riding guides/groups, you will not be 'slowing anyone down'. Just come and have fun on two wheels!


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of

Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the

University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development.


Secure your spot, register here!




This conference has been planned by Dr. Adam Oster, Dr. Lisa Campfens, in conjunction with Trev Williams PhD, Professional Cycling Coach and owner of The Doctrine Training Ltd.


Conference CME Objectives:

We have created a theme that addresses relevant topics from within the ER but also focuses on topics that keep the Emergency Room current, operational, and sustainable. We are excited to include talks by professionals that are involved with the ER everyday, but not from a physician perspective. For example: with the changing taxation coming into effect this year for every Emerg. Physician we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to hear a talk by a professional that can guide and discuss.



For the doctors flying out of Calgary, the Flight Itinerary below is the recommended travel times. I have booked two big vans and two trailers to shuttle the conference registrants from the Airport straight to the resort and back! This service will be $100 if you choose to use it. The Shuttles will be LEAVING Vicotria airport on Sept 26th at 6:30pm and heading directly to the Westin. The Shuttles will be ARRIVING at the Victoria airport on Oct 1st at 8:15am. So if you are using an alternative flight than the one outlined below, and you would like to use the shuttles, then please schedule your flight accordingly. 

Calgary (YYC)
Tue Sept 26 2017, 5:15 PM
Victoria (YYJ)
Tue Sept 26 2017, 5:45 PM
WS 227
Fare type: Econo
Victoria (YYJ)
Sun Oct 01 2017, 9:24 AM
Calgary (YYC)
Sun Oct 01 201711:45 AM
WS 220
Fare type: Flex

Conference Format / Feel:

•  Once again, the biggest positive feedback from 2016's edition aside from the organization of the conference in general and quality of cycling component was the quality of the constructive discussion generated and encouraged. This was possible by keeping the registration numbers extremely low, having high quality faculty, and configuring the conference room seating into a U-shape to enable quality discussion.

•  This winning conference formula will not be tampered with again this year. The talks will be discussion based and interactive.

•  Informal talks were given last year by Trev Williams off the bike around an open-pit fire on the unbelievable patio of the Marriott, this year it will be at the Westin, but there is still an open put fire! These were very interactive and required every participant needed to have a beer or wine in their hand! Trev's talks focused on how to fit quality training / exercise into a busy lifestyle including family, work, and social obligations. The talks also included exercise nutrition, as well as cycling education. These talks were purely optional but well attended and led to some great discussion. 




The experienced cycling team from “The Doctrine Training” will ensure the rides are some of the best that Victoria has to offer and the participants will benefit from guiding and coaching on the road as well as off the bike. The support vehicles will ensure any ability and experience level is welcome and taken care of!



Sept 26th Register and relax. The Westin is only 30 minutes from the Airport! Rental bike fitting and bike building will be done this evening if required so no time is wasted tomorrow! Trev will help you out here while chatting about the coming days. If you transport your bike down (like most did last year), there will be a large room available to assemble your bike at your leisure. Trev will be there as well to help!

Sept 27th through to Sept 29th Breakfast served with morning academic sessions with guided cycling throughout the day. For registered conference participants, breakfast will be included in the morning. For dinner, conference participants will then be free to enjoy their choice of the several different restaurants at the resort (not included with registration fee), possibly with their partner! 

Sept 30th The climax.  A full day out on a classic Victoria bike ride. Cyclists will have multiple options in terms of length, but we have all day and a lot of great terrain! In the evening we gather to toast our success and enjoy a well earned post ride and conference meal!

Oct 1st Depart for home.


What’s included in the package for $1895 (+ GST)*:

East Saguaro National Park 

• Welcome drink and hors d'oeuvres at the resort's lounge.
• Three days of lectures, case studies, and discussions.
•  CME hours. The amount of hours associated with this conference is currently in the application process.
• Four guided, coached, and fully supported rides in some of the best road riding in Victoria.
• Nutrition while riding.
• Breakfast every day.
• Lunch on two days.
• Support vehicles and assistance during rides. Bus transportation to cool locations. Bike transportation to ride start and from the finish.
• Guiding and cycling coaching from one of Calgary’s top cycling coaches.
• Nutrition and training advice for endurance events like Gran Fondos, other cycling vacations, or Charity Rides.
• Wrap up evening meal at a cool restaurant chosen by Trev, located downtown.
• Custom symposium cycling jersey for early registrants (if you register before April. 30th 2017)!

•  An extremely small group relative to conference norms. This will ensure very high quality control!
•  Opportunity to stay at the Bear Mountain Resort for $169 a night (plus $22 a night resort fee) if you book before August 20th 2017! This is drastically reduced from the $229 regular rate.**

* Registrants will be responsible for two lunches, and for suppers except on Sept 30th when they will be treated to an exceptional meal at a downtown Victoria restaurant I will pick soon!

** The resort rate of $169 + $22 a night excludes local taxes and is valid only you book before August 20th 2017.


Average Temperature of Victoria in Sept ranges from a low of 10 in the night to a high of 21 degrees Celcius.  We chose this time of year as the weather is usually perfect for riding throughout the day. Do be prepared for a bit of cold. My philosophy is, 'If you don't pack cold weather gear, it will most definitely be cold' We'll pack your extra clothes for you in the support vans if you end up shedding it!


Sharing your experience:

CONTINUED FOR 2017 !! Several physicians asked if they could bring their friends/partners to ride with. The answer is YES !! This is the best of both worlds; the intimate nature of the conference is preserved and you get more people to ride with. The amount of ride guides will be increased to accommodate more cyclists and the associated widening of abilities!

We realize the cycling and experience opportunity associated with this symposium may be too good for you not to invite your partner or good friend. Trev prides himself on the extremely high level of personalization associated with his services. Conference attendees will be kept to a level where everyone will benefit from Trev's expertise both with local ride knowledge and coaching. Spouses and friends are welcome for an additional cost but space will be limited! If you plan to bring several friends or your partner, please register and inform Trev very soon.  The pricing reflects the need to accommodate for more ride guides as well as increased transportation issues due to increased numbers. Your riding partner will also be welcome to attend the initial 'meet and greet', as well as the wrap up dinner and drinks at a spot picked by Trev downtown! Your riding partner/s will also receive a conference jersey (if you register before July 15th 2016)!  There is also a purely social partner registration, if you would like your partner to attend the initial meet and greet and the wrap up dinner with you!


Family friendly:

If the family would like to come to the conference, there is plenty to do even if you just stay at the hotel. If you head a few minutes away though, the hiking around Goldstream Park and Mount Finlayson is impressive, and there are hiking and trail running routes leaving directly from the hotel. There is a world class spa. The Westin Bear Mountain Resort is located slightly west of downtown Victoria but getting into the city is extremely easy and convenient for the family. Visiting the beautiful campus of the University of Victoria may be interesting to see.


Medical Faculty:

• Dr Adam Oster, Emergency Physician, Session Chair

• Dr Lisa Campfens, Emergency Physician, Session Chair



• Dr Adam Oster, Emergency Physician 

• Dr Lisa Campfens, Emergency Physician 

• Dr David Johnson, Emergency Pediatric Physician

• Dr Tim Boyne, Cardiologist, Session Chair

• Dr Tony Gomes, General Surgeon

• Judy Fairburn, Health Innovation Professional

• Dr Annalee Coakley, Physician, Infectious Diseases

• Marie Michalski, Pilates Instructor Trainer


Extracurricular Faculty:

• Trev Williams PhD, Professional Cycling Coach


Academic Schedule:

(All talks are 40min presentation / 5min discussion)


Sept 26th

Arrive, register and relax on the patio of the Resort in a private function designed for you to get to know your cycling partners for the next 4 days!


Sept 27th

Session Chair: Dr. Adam Oster
0700 – 0715 : Welcome Remarks  : Dr. Oster
0715 – 0730 : Welcome Remarks  : Trev Williams
0730 – 0815 : Dr. Lisa Campfens : An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of GI Bleed in the ED
0815 – 0900 : Dr. Tim Boyne : Exercise - Too Much of Good Thing.
0900 – 0915 : Break
0915 – 1000 : Dr. David Johnson : What's New in Pediatric Poisoning?


Sept 28th
Session Chair: Dr. Lisa Campfens
0700 – 0715 : Plan for the day : Trev Williams
0715 – 0800 : Dr. Adam Oster : Leadership and Teamwork in the ED
0800 – 0845 : Dr. Tony Gomes : FIT Testing and Colorectal Screening
0845 – 0900 : Break
0900 – 0945 : Dr. Annalee Coakley : The Implication of and Management of Uninsured Immigrants and Refugees presenting to the ED: Common Presentations
0945 – 1030 : Dr. Tim Boyne : Choosing Wisely - The Use of DOACS in Atrial Fibrillation
Sept 29th 
Session Chair: Dr. Tim Boyne
0700 – 0715 : Plan for the day : Trev Williams
0715 – 0800 : Judy Fairburn : Health Innovation in Alberta
0800 – 0845 : Marie Michalski : Prevention and Correction of Chronic Injuries in the Working Physician
0845 – 0930 : Marie Michalski : Restoring Balance to Prevent Chronic Imbalance Injuries (Practical)
0930 – 0945 : Break
0945 – 1030 : Dr. Lisa Campfens : An Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Septic Arthritis in the ED - Do We Need to Aspirate Every Red Hot Joint?


 Gates Pass

Schedule of rides and activities:

The riding is targeting at cyclists of ALL ability! The ride distance, speed, and emphasis will be different for each group. In 2016 we had 6 distinct groups each day all doing differing lengths of ride. With all the support and ride guiding, the idea is that YOU ride for as long and as quickly as YOU want to. Don't be intimidated to sign up, we can accommodate any level of cyclist.


The ride routes may change with road and weather conditions but the planned program will look similar to this. Rides will cater to all ability levels. Trev has mentored under Chris Georges, owner and operator of Le Monastere, one of the best in the world for hosting first-class cycling vacations. Support vehicles will constantly ensure you are cycling the exact lengths, times, and terrain you would like. Ride nutrition will be provided for all rides. A variety of electrolyte drink brands will be available for your use (Gu Brew, Powerbar Perform, Gatorade) as well as most products offered by Honey Stinger, including gels, protein bars, and waffles (my favourite).


Sept 26th : The prep.

Trev will help you assemble your packed bike, or fit you to a rented ride. He will also be available to answer any questions as to the days coming up and help you prepare from a nutritional standpoint. The bikes will all be contained in a storage room being rented from the Westin Resort so you don't have to worry about lugging them to and from your room.


Sept 27th :  Millstream Lake Road, Caleb Pike Circuit, and the Center of the Universe: (30km - 85km)

This is the perfect 'starter' ride for your introduction to Victoria riding which is remarkably different to Calgary or your typical European landscape. We can leave right from the Resort which is situated very close to Millstream Lake Road. This fun little ascent gets you away from the city and into a lush rain forest in just a few short kilometers. For the experienced riders, we'll take a detour here to Caleb Pike to enjoy some extra roads and eventually hook up with the cyclists happy with continuing to one of Victoria's cool attractions which is the Telescopes at the Center of the Universe. From there we'll head up the Pennisula and enjoy the riding near the Swartz Bay Ferries before having a coffee in Sydney by the Sea and heading home!


Sept 28th:  Humpback Old Growth, Kangaroo Road, and East Sooke Park (30km - 100km)

With the great positioning of the Bear Mountain Resort, we are able to drop directly into one of Vancouver Island's best old growth parks: Goldstream Provincial Park. This is home to Niagara Falls. No, not THAT Niagara Falls, but this one! From there we'll use an old connector that brings us alongside Victoria's reservoir and delivers us to Metchosin. From there the Island is our oyster!  Some of the cyclists may want to try out long stretches of the Galloping Goose Regional trail today while others go visit Royal Roads University's Hatley Castle.... better known as Professor Xaviar's School for the Gifted!


Sept 29th  Dallas Road, Mount Doug, and the Ocean!: (50km - 100km)

This ride will highlight the fantastic coastal views that has endeared visitors to Victoria for years. The beauty is that we'll enjoy the vistas from bike! We'll follow several roads that are highlighted in the Tour de Victoria Gran Fondo but will enjoy many smaller ones because of our relaxed timeline and tiny groups!


Sept 30th:  The icing on the cake, Shawnigan Lake, Cobble Hill, and Mill Bay: (30km - 100km)

This epic ride will have us starting on a fun descent before circling a lake made famous by the rowing school. We'll ride out to experience the Kinsol Trestle in all its restored magnificence, before continuing to Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. For the cyclists that want to experience something unique, we'll hop aboard the ferry that delivers us to Brentwood Bay before riding through the rain forests of Millstream Lake road on our way home. 



Look at that bike lane!

Additional Notes:

What clothes should I pack for the fun?

- I have created a list of clothing and cycling materials I highly recommend you bring with you. Here is the link to this. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me.


Taxi from the Victoria Airport

-Taxi info for commute to airport is very straight forward. The Westin is only 36 kilometers from the airport. The hotel recommends the company Yellow Taxi which are usually sitting at the airport anyway.  Their phone number is 250-381-2222. Please call ahead to make a reservation. PLEASE tell them if you have a bike box. Not all the cars may be able to deal with the bike box. You can request a 'Wheel car taxi' or a 'Handicap taxi' which will be able to accommodate you if you have more than one person in your party. But make sure to call ahead and reserve this service!

- If you are bringing your own bike, allow some time to build it up. Bring a well functioning bike to the conference! Operating brakes, gears, and fairly new tires. I have rented a whole conference room for secure storage of your bikes and a big area you can put them together. When you check in at the hotel, they will direct you to bring your bike to this area.

Want to rent a bike in Victoria?

- Rental bike company info here. Let me know if you are renting from this company and I will pick it up for you on Sept 25th and have it at the hotel. We will fit you on it Sept 26th evening. Make sure to bring your own saddle, cleats, shoes, and helmet!!



Relevant supplemental Bio on Trev Williams, owner and founder of, The Doctrine Training Ltd. 

Trev completed his B.Eng at the University of Victoria in their mandatory coop program. For his last two work terms, he started completing his master's degree at an electromagnetics lab on campus learning how to effectively research, and build practical computer biomedical models, all while designing a cellphone antenna that deposited less energy into the ear and brain than the current standard. He started attending electrical engineering conferences for his own research and work in 1999 and averaged approximately one major symposium a year until 2009. Throughout the completion of his Master's and PhD degrees he also attended numerous smaller symposiums and has gained experience from the 'conference attendee' side about what works and what doesn't when offering extracurricular events at a function like a symposium. He is excited to be hosting a symposium for the medical profession, and with his PhD in Microwave Breast Cancer Imaging and Modeling, you may find he actually understands some of the medical lingo that will be bantered about throughout the conference!