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Health System Fundamentals for the Anesthesiologist: Part II

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:45am-4:30pm
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel & Conference Centre


Applications are now closed!

Accreditation Update:
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12.50 Mainpro+ credits.
This day is now been accredited by CAS for 6.75 CPD hours.

Healthcare in Ontario is changing at a rapid rate. To succeed in this ever-evolving environment, it is crucial that, as physicians, we have a strong fundamental knowledge of how the provincial healthcare system works: the key players, their roles and responsibilities, how funds flows and how decisions get made.

Health System Fundamentals for the Anesthesiologist: Part II — designed for Ontario’s anesthesiologists by Ontario’s anesthesiologists — provides the opportunity to acquire this knowledge and to explore how recent healthcare changes introduced by the current government, including the implementation of the People’s Health Care Act, will impact our Members.

Attendance is limited with participation encouraged from across the province, making the session an excellent networking opportunity.

Health System Fundamentals for the Anesthesiologist is the fourth in our ongoing Peri-Operative Leadership Program series created in direct response to Member requests for tailored opportunities to expand their leadership skills. Please note that attendance at past sessions is NOT a requirement to attend this session.

Join us to elevate your leadership potential and acquire the skills to address real-world challenges in the OR and beyond.


What You’ll Learn

The morning will be devoted to learning the ins-and-outs of Ontario’s healthcare system. Led by Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London, you will have the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the People's Health Care Act, current fiscal realities and what is emerging on the horizon.

Following a healthy lunch, three experienced Ontario anesthesiologists⁠ — Dr. Chris Harle, Dr. Beverley Orser and Dr. Michael Sullivan — and will share their stories about addressing system challenges whether in the hospital, academic or broader policy arena, providing insights into what it takes to be a leader in Ontario’s healthcare ecosystem. The day will conclude with action planning, where you will have the opportunity to apply the day’s learnings to your own context and leadership journey.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the day, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the structure of Ontario’s health care system;

  • Identify system stakeholders, peri-operative leadership roles and accountabilities within hospital and academic settings;

  • Describe the intent of Ontario’s health system transformation and its likely impact on physicians and hospitals;

  • Explain different approaches taken by leaders working in different contexts to resolving challenges in diverse parts of the healthcare system;

  • Describe ways in which anesthesiologists can influence and address challenges in the clinical environment at the organizational, regional and system-levels;

  • Develop an individual change action plan, based on a reflective exercise, using the CanMEDS framework.


  • Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London

  • Dr. Chris Harle, Consultant Anesthesiologist at London Health Sciences Centre, Associate Professor at Western University & former Section Chair

  • Dr. Beverley Orser, Chair, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto

  • Dr. Michael Sullivan, Anesthesiologist at Southlake Regional Health Centre, former CMPA councillor

This Day Is Right For You If…

  • You are a Royal College or Family Physician Anesthesiologist who is interested in taking on or extending your current leadership responsibilities;

  • You want to know more about the structure of the health system, the changes that are underway and the implications for the delivery of healthcare particularly in a hospital setting;

  • You want to learn from other physician and anesthesiology leaders about how to address system challenges;

  • You learn best in an interactive format with the opportunity to ask questions, work in small groups and apply the learnings.


Our fall leadership development day is free for all Members registered to attend the 2019 Ontario Anesthesia Meeting but it does require advance registration. A fee of $250 will be applied to no-shows.

Applications are now closed!

All participants must be members of the Section and registered to attend the 2019 Ontario Anesthesia Meeting. To apply, please complete the form below or email and outline the leadership roles that you are currently engaged with or anticipate being part of in the near future and what it is that you want to learn by attending the session.

*All form fields must be completed.

When & Where

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 8:00am-4:30pm

Westin Harbour Castle Hotel & Conference Centre
1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON