Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

Welcome from the Chair

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Beverley Orser,
Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto. It is my privilege to serve as the new Chair. My thanks to all of you who have sent warm greetings and offers to help with the exciting changes that lie ahead.

Our department is defined by its members — their extraordinary dedication to patients, their quest for clinical excellence and their boundless energy for training the next generation of care providers. Over the past 25 years, I have witnessed on a daily basis, the talents, kindness and selflessness of our faculty.

A recent example that comes to mind involves our education leaders. They have stepped up to pioneer the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Competence by Design program. These folks are working exceptionally hard on behalf of all of us, to develop better ways to train and assess residents. My personal thanks to Drs. Lisa Bahrey, Alayne Kealey, Katharine Marseu, Sal Spadafora, Clyde Matava and others who are leading the biggest change in medical education in a generation....

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13 – 17
Toronto Summer Institute in Pain
Symposium | All day
Sep 5 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists
Conference | All day
Nov 11 41st Annual Shields e-Research Day
Conference | All day


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