Volunteer with Beyond the Mask

Launched in 2015, Beyond the Mask is the Section’s five-year strategic initiative crafted to raise the image and profile of our specialty within Ontario’s health care system. Through a series of special projects and exciting initiatives, BTM aims to enable Anesthesiologists to demonstrate innovative and leadership skills and abilities within the peri-operative suite and beyond.

With the help of dozens of volunteers from across the provinces, the Beyond the Mask Working Group has made considerable progress as demonstrated by the following examples:

  • The development and publication of the Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide;

  • The Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide being shared as a national resource for Anesthesiologists and as an example of good practice with other specialty groups;

  • A new working relationship with Choosing Wisely Canada and Health Quality Ontario;

  • The development of a Resource Centre, initially for Chiefs and now Centres for both general members and for FP-A’s, each with common foundational content plus unique elements tailored to the specific membership;

  • Engaging the membership with record response rates to requests for input;

  • A new partnership with the OHA that has already resulted in the delivery of a first customized leadership development program; and

  • Recognition from the OMA as one of the most progressive and well-managed Sections.

Who We’re Looking For

CONGRATS TO OUR BTM WORKING GROUP FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND SUCCESS OVER THE YEARS, PICTURED ABOVE AT OUR RECENT ANNUAL IN-PERSON MEETING

CONGRATS TO OUR BTM WORKING GROUP FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK AND SUCCESS OVER THE YEARS, PICTURED ABOVE AT OUR RECENT ANNUAL IN-PERSON MEETING

Please head here to read up on our 2019 projects. BTM is actively seeking volunteers who are:

  • Pain management experts who would like to be part of the advisory committee or the project team for the Pain Management Project;

  • Educators interested in designing and planning our future Leadership Days;

  • Experts in community building/change management/communication who would like to help develop a new Members Engagement App.

Volunteering with any of our specific initiatives is a fantastic way to strengthen your leadership skills, build new connections and contribute to raising the Section’s profile. Our success is only possible through the hard work of active and engaged members.  We thank all the wonderful Anesthesiologists who’ve contributed to our various projects to date!

If you would like more information, or would like to join an upcoming project specific or general Working Group teleconference, please contact Lindsay, the Section’s coordinator, at info@ontariosanesthesiologists.ca or provide your contact information below.

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~ Learn More About Going Beyond the Mask ~

Our BTM project management team is conducting a series of interviews with Anesthesiologists who are Going Beyond the Mask — individuals identified by their peers as important leaders in the healthcare system. Interviewees share their stories and provided insights on a variety of useful topics to help you, our members, become aware of opportunities, tools and support mechanisms. Click here to learn more and to read about their success then head over here to nominate another Anesthesiologist who is Going Beyond the Mask.

We were excited to announce the launch of our Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide in June 2017. It aims to support conversations and actions to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Using a case study approach, this guide includes templates, tools and change management suggestions to enable all hospitals to achieve the benefits of improved patient care. Click here to access the Implementation Guide.

Our members are invited to access our Resource Centres on PetalMD, which features distinct Chief, Family Practice Anesthetist and General Membership groups. These Resource Centres have dynamic tools for Ontario Anesthesiologists to engage in discussions and share information about a range of peri-operative and leadership activities. They are accessible on your desktop, phone, or tablet. Click here for information on how to sign up. 

In these ever-changing and sometimes volatile times, strong leadership skills are more important than ever. Strengthen your existing skills and build new knowledge and connections by attending one of OA’s Leadership Development Days. Previous days have tackled such topics as strategic leadership in a reform environment and fundamentals of the Ontario health system. For more details on future Leadership Development Days, watch your inbox and the OA’s social media feeds.  


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