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Thank You for Attending the 64th Ontario Anesthesia Meeting and Conference Weekend!

The Section Executive would like to thank all attendees of the 64th annual Ontario Anesthesia Meeting (OAM). We were delighted that so many of you could join us for the variety of events surrounding our conference in Toronto. The OAM would not happen without the tireless work of many. We want to extend a warm thank you to Jennifer Csamer and Nazlene Shivcharan for doing an outstanding job of making sure the planning committee’s vision comes to life, alongside the OA Administrative Coordinators Lindsay Kneteman and Emily Hill. The leaders of the planning team were Dr. Greg Bosey as the overall Chair, Dr. Ashraf Fayad as Academic Chair, and Drs Paul Gill, Monica Olsen, Cindy Wang and Rickesh Sood as planning support. They did an outstanding job creating a rich academic program. And thanks to all the speakers, your generous contributions helped make our vision a reality. As we begin to plan for next year’s OAM and continue to expand our educational and professional development opportunities, please let us know how we can best serve you, our membership, with specific suggestions for speakers and content.

The Annual General Meeting on Friday afternoon was well attended and we were pleased to have so many attend the ‘business’ component of our meeting. We are very grateful to Dr. Sohail Gandhi, President of the Ontario Medical Association, for taking time out of his busy schedule and joining us to provide an update regarding topical issues which concern us all. On Saturday morning, we were educated on the opioid epidemic and pain management during the Beyond the Mask session. Our keynote speaker was  Dr. Ellen Soffin, a New York City-based anesthesiologist who specializes in anesthesia for complex spine surgery with a focus on pre- and intra-operative strategies to improve pain after surgery. We also had three excellent panelists presenters, Drs Tania Di Renna, Deepa Kattail, Sanjho Srikandarajah. They all gave wonderful key note Beyond the Mask presentations and they enriched the academic program.

Our program includes outstanding speakers from across Ontario as well as engaging problem-based learning sessions, a practical hands-on workshop in point of care ultrasound that will explore hypoxia and hypotension, and Chiefs and FP-As’ luncheons and the Section’s Annual General Meeting. We also held our annual leadership day on the Thursday, with Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London, who walked us through current and emerging developments in Ontario’s healthcare system in the light of the new People’s Health Care Act.

The section’s vision is also to expand networking forums for our members in a friendly, comfortable environment. This year we held our third annual Family Practice Anesthesiologist Luncheon and had a tremendous turnout, thanks to the planning of our FP-A members Dr. Paul Gill and Dr. Rickesh Sood. The FP-A luncheon was an action oriented meeting focusing on developing workstreams that will look at how FP-As can bring value to the greater OAS, what kind of supports we need from the section, and how we better collaborate with our FP partners.  Similarly, we had another productive Chief’s Luncheon, chaired by your OA Chair Dr. Monica Olsen. The luncheon served to update chiefs the ongoing tools in place to support their line of work and to gather feedback about their institutions. As well we had another successful Transition-to-Practice event for anesthesia Resident and fellows, providing a forum for to network, build expertise in leadership, understanding finances, and policy advocacy. We encourage members to put forward networking ideas and to attend these forums to better align and improve the work of our section.

The OMA has received the following from the CFCP: This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 39.00  Mainpro+ credits. We are also now certified by the Canadian Anesthesia Society for both Section 1 and Section 3 credits.

Also returning is our innovative Self-Assessment Program. The SAP will include an online pre- and post-test for many of the sessions, a self-directed learning plan for the meeting and a reflection tool for afterward.

For any additional questions, please email our temporary OA Administrative Coordinator, Emily Hill at eanderson@ontariosanesthesiologists.ca


Congratulations to the Recipient of our 2018 Distinguished Service Award, Dr. Doreen Yee from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The Ontario’s Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an anesthesiologist in recognition of outstanding contributions in patient care and the promotion of our specialty over the course of their career.  It is the highest honour our organization can bestow.  We are very proud to award the 2018 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Doreen Yee from Toronto... Click here for the full article

Thank you to our 2019 OAM Planning Committee...

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Dr. Greg Bosey- Conference Chair


Dr. Paul Gill- Planning Support, Family Practice Anesthetist

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Dr. Cindy Wang- Planning Support

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Dr. Ashraf Fayad- Academic Chair


Dr. Monica Olsen- Planning Support, Executive Chair

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Dr. Rickesh Sood- Planning Support, FPA