Dr. Ducharme trained in Emergency Medicine at USC-LAC County Hospital in Los Angeles, and is board certified in that specialty in Canada and the United States. He has been a residency program director in Emergency Medicine for 11 years at McGill and Dalhousie Universities. He is presently a Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, and the Clinical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine for the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He has been President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) and a co-founder of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine.
He first became involved in pain education and research as the Chair of the CAEP Consensus Group on Emergency Pain Management and Therapy in April 1993. He authored the resultant publication: Emergency Pain Management: A Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Consensus Document. Since that time he has been involved in several original studies on acute pain management, and was co-editor for the “Proceedings from the first international symposium on pain research in emergency medicine.” He is presently a co-investigator in the Pain and Emergency Medicine Initiative funded by the MayDay Foundation. He is also a co-editor for a book to be published next year on Emergency Pain Management and Procedural Sedation. He is presently a member of both the Canadian Pain Society and the IASP.