Thank you for attending our 2018 Ontario Anesthesia Meeting and Conference Weekend!
The Section Executive would like to thank all attendees of the 63rd 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. I 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 Coordinator Emily Hill. The leaders of the planning team were Dr. Greg Bosey as the overall Chair, Dr. Ryan Smith as Academic Chair, and Dr. Paul Gill as planning support. They did an outstanding job creating a rich academic program. And thanks of course 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. Nadia Alam, President of the Ontario Medical Association, for taking time out of her busy schedule and joining us to provide an update regarding topical issues which concern us all. On Saturday morning, we were educated on physician wellness by two excellent speakers, Mr. Matt Kursh from Oji Life Labs presenting on Emotions at Work and Dr. Ted Bober presenting on Finding Joy in Medicine. They both gave wonderful key note Beyond the Mask presentations and they enriched the academic program.
The section’s vision is also to expand networking forums for our members in a friendly, comfortable environment. This year we held our second annual Family Practice Anesthesiologist Luncheon and had a tremendous turnout, thanks to the planning of our FP-A executive member Dr. Paul Gill. 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. Christopher Harle. 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.
Our 2019 conference dates are Thursday, September 2 to Sunday, September 29, back in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle. Please hold the date! We have already begun working on another program which we hope will continue to meet the outstanding caliber of educational opportunity we have now come to expect from the OAM.
For any additional questions, please email our new OA Administrative Coordinator, Lindsay Kneteman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome Lindsay to our team, she will be replacing Emily Hill who begins maternity leave this October.
Our 2019 conference dates are Thursday, September 26 to Sunday, September 29, back in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle. Please hold the date!
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 2018 OAM Planning Committee...
Dr. Greg Bosey- Conference Chair
Dr. Ryan Smith-Academic Chair
Dr. Paul Gill- Planning Support
Dr. Christopher Harle- Planning Support