High Performance Resuscitation Teams - 2024

San Diego, CA US
September 19, 2024 to September 20, 2024

This course will be live (in-person) only.

September 19 - 20, 2024 - Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina - San Diego, California

Course Directors: Colin Bucks, MD, FAAEM, Al’ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Preston B. Cline, EdD

This course will review critical concepts and operationalize implementation practices for High Performance Resuscitation Teams. Attendees will explore how team members acquire, process and make information actionable, including strategies for effective communication, collaboration and cooperation. Experts in the field will focus on situations of high risk and high consequences, as well as, constructive communication in intense and highly emotional scenarios.

Target Audience

This course is designed for physicians, nurses, sports psychologists, military, law enforcement, flight crew, PA, NP, RN, surgical techs, pro sports performance teams, charge nurse, scrub nurse, fire fighters, police, EMT/EMR, public safety workers.

Learning Objectives

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Event starts: 
09/19/2024 - 7:00am
Event ends: 
09/20/2024 - 12:00pm
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
United States

Sheraton San Diego Marina - 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Guest rooms have been reserved for attendees and their guests with special course rates at the Sheraton San Diego Marina. The group rate at the hotel is $269.00. In order to receive the special rates, reservations must be made before the room block is filled or before the expiration date of August 21, 2024, whichever comes first. After August 21, 2024, reservations will be taken based on space and rate availability. Each attendee is allowed one guest room at the special course room rate.

Bay Town Run of House - $269.00

Resort Experience Fee
Please note that there is an additional charge of $20.00 per room per night plus tax that is not included in the above room rates. The following amenities are bundled into this charge:

Fitness & Recreation

  • Premium high-speed internet access
  • Morning Yoga class
  • 1-hour cruiser bicycle use
  • 1.5-hour paddle board tour & lesson
  • 1-hour daily tennis court rental with equipment for two
  •  Lawn games
  •  S’mores
  • Unlimited local & domestic long-distance phone calls
  •  Electric vehicle charging


Complimentary Airport shuttle transportation to and from the San Diego International Airport.

All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.


Course Directors:

Colin Bucks, MD, FAAEM
Colin Bucks, M.D. is an emergency medicine physician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Bucks’s extensive career focuses on disaster preparedness and response. Prior to his contributions at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Bucks worked at the Stanford University School of Medicine as the Marc & Laura Andreessen Medical Director for Disaster Preparedness and the Director of the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER). Dr. Bucks served as Medical Team Manager with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue with Pennsylvania Task Force 1 and California Task Force 3. He participated in humanitarian responses including the earthquakes in Haiti and Ecuador, the Typhoons Haiyan and Irma, the Rohingya genocide, and provided direct care for patients with Ebola in Liberia. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Bucks served as a frontline physician in addition to staffing Mayo Clinic’s incident command center.

Al’ai Alvarez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Al'ai Alvarez, MD (@alvarezzzy) is a national leader and educator on Wellness and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He is a clinical assistant professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and the Director of Well-Being at Stanford Emergency Medicine. He co-leads the Human Potential Team and serves as the Fellowship Director of the Stanford EM Physician Wellness, and Co-Chair of the Stanford WellMD's Physician Wellness Forum. His work focuses on humanizing physician roles as individuals and teams through the harnessing of our individual human potential in the context of high-performance teams. This includes optimizing the interconnectedness between Process Improvement (Quality and Clinical Operations), Recruitment (Diversity), and Well-being (Inclusion). Currently, he is one of the 2021-2022 Faculty Fellows at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.

Preston B. Cline, EdD
Dr. Preston B. Cline is the Co-founder of the Mission Critical Team Institute, which is an applied research institute focused on the development of an international collaborative inquiry community of Instructor Cadres within Military Special Operations, Emergency Medicine, Tactical Law Enforcement, Aerospace and Urban and Wilderness Fire Fighting Organizations within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States to improve our ability to manage emergent and critical events. The institute was launched in 2016 at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and incubated there for several years before becoming independent in 2018. Preston began his career in the late 1980’s leading 60-day remote wilderness trips with adjudicated youth out of New Jersey he has since been cold wet tired and hungry on all seven continents leading both terrestrial and ocean expeditions.

Preston has received a Bachelor’s of Science from Rutgers University, a Masters of Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.

Preston continues to contribute to the University of Pennsylvania as both a Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management and a Visiting Scholar in the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative (WiN). When he is not working with Cadre, he resides in Annapolis with his extraordinary spouse Amy.


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