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Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN)

Acute Care of At-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) is a Canadian neonatal stabilization program designed for the multidisciplinary team who—regardless of experience or training in neonatal emergencies—may be called upon to care for at-risk and unwell newborns as well as babies who have been resuscitated at birth.

It is a priority-based, clinically-oriented framework that sequentially integrates assessment, monitoring, diagnostic evaluation, intervention, and ongoing management.

The ACoRN workshop is an interactive session that utilizes a skill-based, tool-based, case-based approach to learning. Simulations are an integral component of the workshop.

Like resuscitation, stabilization of the at-risk or unwell newborn is most effective when performed by a coordinated, interprofessional team. In keeping with this philosophy, ACoRN workshops are offered on site to centres with an interprofessional audience. interprofessional team [is] characterized by its use of inclusive language, continual sharing of information between team members and a collaborative working approach. In [a] multidisciplinary team, the members [work] in parallel, drawing information from one another but [do] not have a common understanding of issues that could influence intervention. (Comparison of language used and patterns of communication in interprofessional and multidisciplinary teams. Sheehan D, Robertson L, Ormond T. J Interprof Care. 2007 Feb;21(1):17-30). 

ACoRN assumes participants have completed the Neonatal Resuscitation Program course at a provider level. A brief review of core knowledge and skills in neonatal resuscitation is integrated into the ACoRN textbook and are included in some of the simulation activities.

Please note that the ACoRN textbook is being updated by the Canadian Paediatric Society,  with an anticipated release date in February 2021. The BC ACoRN Workshops based on the new text has not been determined yet as new educational support tools need to be adjusted.


The College of Family Physicians of Canada has accredited eight (8) Mainpro-C credits plus one (1) Mainpro-M1/hour for day 2.

ACoRN has been approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Section 1 Accredited Group Learning Activity Continuing Professional Development credits through the Canadian Paediatric Society. The number of Section 1 Accredited Group Learning Activity credits is based on the number of hours of instruction.

BCIT assigns two (2) credits on completion of the workshop.


The ACoRN workshop travels to communities throughout BC and is customized to meet specific needs and questions of participants. ACoRN workshops are offered by request only. Requesting site/organization is responsible for the cost and some of the operational needs of the workshop including the venue; participant registration; travel, accommodation, and per diem for each of the ACoRN Instructors. PSBC charges a basic workshop fee to cover the cost of the text books and workbooks.

Please contact Karen Khulman: for further information.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the continued safety requirements and precautions that need to be fulfilled, all ACoRN workshops are cancelled for the year 2020.

To enquire about available dates, please contact us at 604-877-2121 or


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