Christopher Hicks


Education Research Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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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. Brindley, PG, Mosier, JM, Hicks, CM. Pandemic airway management: A cognitive aid to increase safety and team cohesion during intubation, donning, and doffing. J Intensive Care Soc. 2023;24 (3 Suppl):18-19. doi: 10.1177/1751143720931614. PubMed PMID:38602961 PubMed Central PMC7251622.
  2. Poyser, TA, Dilibe, A, Shaw, C, Hicks, CM, Munzinger, E, Martin, DE et al.. From Obscurity To Spotlight: Staphylococcus lugdunensis-Induced Infective Endocarditis, a Profound Case Unraveling. Cureus. 2023;15 (9):e44685. doi: 10.7759/cureus.44685. PubMed PMID:37809210 PubMed Central PMC10551056.
  3. Barnecet Pérez, A, Niehues, CA, Hicks, CM, Patel, H, Sanchez, D, Martin, DE et al.. Drug-Induced Thrombocytopenia: A Case Involving Vancomycin. Cureus. 2023;15 (7):e41874. doi: 10.7759/cureus.41874. PubMed PMID:37581131 PubMed Central PMC10423590.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. Matveev, SM, Budkina, DS, Zheldakov, IL, Phelan, MR, Hicks, CM, Tarnovsky, AN et al.. Femtosecond dynamics of metal-centered and ligand-to-metal charge-transfer (t2g-based) electronic excited states in various solvents: A comprehensive study of IrBr6 2. J Chem Phys. 2019;150 (5):054302. doi: 10.1063/1.5079754. PubMed PMID:30736677 .
  8. Lauria, MJ, Ghobrial, MK, Hicks, CM. Force of Habit: Developing Situation Awareness in Critical Care Transport. Air Med J. 2019;38 (1):45-50. doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2018.09.007. PubMed PMID:30711085 .
  9. Hicks, CM, Petrosoniak, A. Peak performance: Simulation and the nature of expertise in emergency medicine. CJEM. 2019;21 (1):9-10. doi: 10.1017/cem.2018.490. PubMed PMID:30686276 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto