Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network

Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns (ACoRN) 2nd Edition - Provider course
Registration is limited to 6 teams of 3 participants for each team.
Please Note: Online Registration is Now Closed
The registration deadline for this event was Nov 17, 2023.
Tuesday, November 28th and Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
London Health Sciences Centre
800 Commissioner's Rd. E.
London, ON
N6A 5W9
Neonatal Conference Rooms (D4-201 & 203)
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Registration Deadline
Friday, November 17th, 2023
Event Description

The Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns Program (ACoRN) is designed to teach neonatal stabilization, support the multidisciplinary team, and identify and care for babies who become unwell or are at risk of becoming unwell in the first few hours or days after birth.


ACoRN uses a logical and systematic approach, as well as innovative learning tools and decision-making algorithms to:


  • Gather and organize information
  • Establish priorities
  • Intervene appropriately


ACoRN introduces knowledge and skills sequentially, using a case-based approach.  It is designed to be useful regardless of a condition’s complexity or how frequently a practitioner is called upon to manage specific conditions.


Program overview


ACoRN aims to teach the concepts and basic skills of neonatal stabilization and, where necessary, preparation for transport to a referral facility.  It is designed to meet the needs of practitioners who may be faced with an at-risk or ill baby.


Like neonatal resuscitation, stabilization is most effective when performed by a well-coordinated interdisciplinary team.


ACoRN uses clinical scenarios to enrich learning and to reflect an interdisciplinary approach to clinical care, teaching and evaluation.


ACoRN reinforces principles viewed as essential for neonatal care:


  • Family-centered care, including support for parents and caregivers.
  • Team-based care, promoting an interdisciplinary approach to training and practice.
  • Regionalized care, promoting liaison between referring and referral centres.
  • Regionalized education, promoting an education-learner infrastructure based on existing outreach programs.
  • Evidence-based care, firmly based on existing evidence and subject to ongoing peer-review and modification.
  • Adult learning strategies, addressing the needs of practitioners using flexibility in delivery and content.


Pre-requisites / Essential pre-reading / Exam


The Acute Care of the at-Risk Newborn (ACoRN) workshop is a two-day workshop that consists of 2 parts:


Review of the 2nd Edition ACoRN Textbook AND ACoRN Essentials Guide AND successful completion of the CPS ACoRN online examination is required prior to attending the workshop.


Participation in the 2-day workshop including review of key concepts, participation in skills stations, simulations and debriefing exercise.


The online exam is available for purchase ($30 CDN) from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) at


Prior to attending the workshop, participants must:


Complete the online exam prior to the workshop, and submit the ‘Online Examination Certificate’ to by Tuesday November 21st, 2023


Successful completion of all of the following is required to receive a CPS ACoRN Provider card:

  • Online examination
  • Integrated Skills Stations
  • Simulation and Debriefing exercise

Required course materials


Registrants are required to review the ACoRN Essentials Guide and successfully complete the CPS ACoRN online examination prior to attending the workshop. 


ACoRN providers, in addition to the requirements listed above, are also required to review 2nd Edition ACoRN Textbook.





Contact & Support

Kendra Savage

Phone: 519-685-8500 x 65859


All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee for Workshop
Your fee includes: refreshments and lunch.

** Please remember about the PreRequisites AND to bring your laminated sequence cards with you to the workshop!
Holiday Inn & Suites, 855 Wellington Rd. S. London
Offering Hospital Rate for our Event ($129)
- must show hospital ID
Call: 519-668-7900 to Reserve
Best Western, 591 Wellington Rd. S. London
Offers a "Health Rate" (approx $175) - for persons in health care
Call:  519-681-7151 to Reserve


Additional Information


  • It is recommended that, at a minimum, you should have read the ACoRN Essentials Guide and reviewed the ACoRN textbook, 2nd edition. 
  • ‚ÄčThe laminated sequences are included with the ACoRN Essentials Guide.  Please bring them with you to the Workshop!
Cancellation &
Refund Policy

Cancellations will be accepted up to 2 weeks prior to the workshop, minus a $25 Administration Fee.


Please be sure to contact with the applicable information. 

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