Register for the 64th Ontario Anesthesia Meeting and Conference Weekend!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 edition of the Ontario Anesthesia Meeting and Conference weekend. This year’s meeting is September 26–29, 2019, at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel and Conference Centre in downtown Toronto. 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. To see the full program, please head over here (please note that your OMA login details will be required).

Back this year is the Beyond the Mask session. Our keynote speaker will be  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.

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.

The OMA has received the following from the CFCP: This Group Learning program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final certification by the College’s National Chapter.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Westin Harbour Castle. To receive the group rate of $259/night call 1-888-627-8559 and refer to the 64th Ontario Anesthesia Meeting or reserve online by August 27.

If you have paid your 2018/19 discretionary dues, your are entitled to a reduced registration rate. If you have yet to receive your discount code, please email us.

For any additional questions, please email our temporary OA Administrative Coordinator, Lindsay Kneteman, at, while Emily is on her maternity leave.

Registration rates increase after August 31 so be sure to register soon!

Other OAM Events

Fall Leadership Day: Health System Fundamentals for the Anesthesiologist: Part II
Thursday, September 26, 7:45am-4:30pm
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON
By popular demand, we are bringing back Dr. Gillian Kernaghan, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London, who will walk us through current and emerging developments in Ontario’s healthcare system in the light of the new People’s Health Care Act. This unique day, designed by anesthesiologists for anesthesiologists, will also feature opportunities to learn from anesthesiology leaders in different roles across the system. Registration for this event, which is free with OAM registration, is now open.

Residents’ Transition-to-Practice Event
Friday, September 27, 1:00pm-5:00pm
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON
Our annual Transition-to-Practice event will be held on Friday, September 27, during the OAM. Organized by the OA Residents’ Subcommittee, this afternoon event is aimed at assisting residents and fellows in their move into full-time, independent practice. This year’s edition will see the return of such popular sessions as “Life as a New Anesthesiologist” and our chiefs’ meet and greet. It will be followed by a free social event at the nearby Goodman’s Pub. Please register for this event when you register for the OAM.

Annual Saturday Night Social Event
Saturday, September 28, 7:30pm
D.W. Alexander, Toronto, ON
This year’s Saturday Night Social Event will take place at sophisticated Toronto cocktail bar, D.W. Alexander, located a short distance away from the Westin at 19 Church St. Join us for a variety of delicious drinks, tasty hors d’oeuvres and of course, great company! The fun starts at 7:30pm and all conference attendees and their guests are welcome to attend what should be a fun and memorable evening. Be sure to buy your ticket when you register for the OAM.


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...

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Dr. Greg Bosey- Conference Chair


Dr. Ryan Smith-Academic Chair


Dr. Paul Gill- Planning Support


Dr. Christopher Harle- Planning Support

And thank you for you for attending Our 63rd OAM!

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.