Beyond the Mask
Welcome to the information page for Ontario's Anesthesiologists Beyond the Mask Strategic Initiative (BTM). The Executive Committee, given the volatile health system environment, has been exploring a number of strategic issues and concerns on behalf of Anesthesiologists across Ontario. This has given rise to the BEYOND THE MASK: ANESTHESIOLOGY 20.20, a strategic initiative to raise the image and profile of our specialty by having Anesthesiologists recognized as innovators, peri-operative leaders, and system managers. To implement the strategic initiative, the Executive established a Working Group of section members, working with a highly regarded strategic consultant, Dr. Jane Cooke-Lauder.
~ Current and Recent Initiatives ~
Pain Management Project
BTM is excited to announce that our next signature project will focus on peri-operative pain management. We believe that given anesthesiologists' direct connection with both pain management and the OR, they are ideally positioned to provide guidance and recommendations around opioid use within the context of peri-operative pain management. The first phase of this multi-phase project is focusing on developing an app that will put the latest guidelines and recommendations around acute pain management right in the hands of Canadian physicians.
On Saturday, May 11, at Toronto’s Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, we will host the next event in our ongoing leadership development series. Entitled Anesthesiologists as Change Leaders: In the OR and Beyond, this action-oriented day will feature some of our field’s change leaders sharing their successes and learnings while providing a space for participants to grow their own skills by developing a change plan specific to their work place. Space is limited so apply today if you’re interested.
In the fall of 2018, BTM and the Executive Committee launched a series of roadshows. These events took place at three hospitals located across the province and featured an Executive or BTM member meeting with the facility’s anesthesiologists for a face-to-face discussion that explored both local and province-wide issues and concerns. Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to running more roadshows in the future. Want a roadshow to pay your institution a visit? Let us know!
Members Engagement App
Engagement with Section members is a key priority for both the Executive and BTM. We are currently exploring the possibility of developing a “one-stop shop” app that would facilitate conversations between members, display the Section’s various communication feeds and the PetalMD Resource Centre and contain useful consultations tools such as calculators. There will be more to come around this new project as outreach is conducted to get your input into what you would find helpful. If you have suggestions for the app, please let us know!
We were excited to announce the launch of our Choosing Wisely Implementation Guide in June 2017. This document supports conversations and actions to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Using a case study approach, the guide includes templates, tools and change management suggestions to enable all hospitals to achieve the benefits of improved patient care. The entire guide is now online and ready to be implemented by physicians and hospitals across the province. An update published one year later, in the summer of 2018, provides additional case studies and information about HQO’s Hospital Services Report.
Another innovative initiative involves supporting members with enhancing their emotional intelligence (EI) by piloting Oji Emotion Life Lab’s new app. Being able to identify and regulate emotions has been proven to improve personal and professional effectiveness. Based on validated research from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Emotion Life Lab app is designed to support meaningful change in an accessible and easy-to-adopt format. The first phase, in progress now, has nearly 40 members piloting the app. We’re excited to share the results and to work on future phases.
Our members are invited to access one of our PetalMD Resource Centres. In addition to a General group, distinct Chief and FP-A groups have been established. These centres contain useful documents and forums where members can discuss and share information and materials about a range of peri-operative and leadership activities. Joining PetalMD is quick and easy and the site can be accessed from your desktop or via a convenient mobile app.
~ Join Beyond the Mask ~
Fresh faces are always welcome to assist Beyond the Mask with its various projects. In particular, we are looking for:
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 future Leadership Days;
Experts in community building/change management/communication who would like to help develop the new Members Engagement app.
Helping out with BTM is a fantastic way to build leadership skills while contributing to increasing the profile of the Section. For more details, or to sign up, please visit this page.
~ Members Who Are Going Beyond the Mask~
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. Our 2018 Distinguished Service Award was awarded to Dr. Doreen Yee from Toronto... Click here for the full article
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