The STARS Rural Trauma Pre-Conference Workshop – Society of Rural Physicians of Canada

Trauma Care for Rural Physicians

In this intensive one-day workshop, participants will be provided with some of the most up-to-date concepts in trauma care – specifically directed for physicians practicing in rural and regional environments.

Through a combination of didactic, small group hands-on skill stations and immersive simulation scenarios, physicians taking part in this workshop will put some of these concepts and skills into practice, making it easy to take this information back to their practices.

Key topics include trauma arrest management, external hemorrhage control, vascular access, airway management, resuscitation strategies, critical communication & non-technical skills, and preparing trauma patients for tertiary care transport. Additionally, the workshop offers unique opportunities to engage with STARS transport physicians and air medical crews, who bring real-world expertise in managing critically injured patients.

Since 1985, STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service), a non-profit helicopter air ambulance service in Western Canada, has been at the forefront of providing specialized care for the critically ill and injured. Our innovative care model, featuring expert nurse-paramedic teams guided by transport physicians across six bases in three provinces, has successfully enabled STARS to complete over 55,000 patient missions. Our commitment to innovation, research, and education fuels our life-saving mission.

RhPAP Bursaries

The Rural Health Professions Action Plan is providing bursaries to rural Alberta physicians and resident physicians in a rural family medicine stream at an Alberta University for the registration cost of the STARS Rural Trauma Workshop. Application deadline is March 31. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit

Trauma Conference Agenda
Click here for a downloadable PDF with the agenda for the day.



Date: April 17, 2024
Location: TBD
Time: approximately 08:30 – 16:00
Capacity: ~20 participants


Register on or before March 31:

  • $1000 staff physicians
  • $700 resident physicians

Register after March 31:

  • $1100 staff physicians
  • $800 resident physician
A note on ticket transferability and refunds

If you have purchased a ticket but cannot attend the workshop, we encourage you to see if a colleague can take your place. We request that you email us with the name of the attendee and we can update our list. There is no additional cost for a ticket transfer. If a transfer is not possible, refunds can be made available for tickets purchased on or before April 10, 2024. Refunds are subject to a $50 administration fee. A cheque will be issued in the attendees name.

Portrait of STARS transport physician Dr. Craig Domke in his STARS blue suit flight uniform.

Dr. Craig Domke, Workshop Facilitator

Craig is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, splitting his clinical ED work between the University of Alberta, Stollery Children’s, and Northern Lights Regional Hospital. He also works as a trauma team leader in Edmonton and a transport physician with STARS Air Ambulance, and teaches the Trauma Advanced Skills Institute Course at STARS. He recently returned from a sabbatical year in the United Kingdom where he worked as a Pre Hospital Care doctor with Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.


Please click here to register for this workshop. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an email with a printable PDF ticket. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Josh Nash.