Anesthesia Care & Pain Medicine

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Our country is large and diverse, encompassing 10 million square kilometres. Approximately 21% of Canadians live in rural Canada, yet only 9.4% of physicians work in rural communities. Clinical practice can be challenging as the disease burden is greater, and outcomes are poorer in rural populations.  We seek to better train and support, deploy and retain anesthesia care providers who work in rural settings.

We invite you to join us on November 20th and 21st to discuss anesthesia and pain medicine services in rural and remote regions of Canada.


Please click the link to view the preliminary program.


Please click here to start your registration today.

The registration deadline is November 18, 2020.  Once you have registered for the event, the details of the meeting will be sent to the email address indicated on the registration form. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your online registration form, please contact:

The symposium is a 2-day event, please see the preliminary program for more details.

The symposium will commence on November 20, 2020 at 4:00 pm EST.

Registration Cost:

  • General (Physicians, Non UofT Trainees, Administrators) - $40.00
  • Trainees (medical, nursing and anesthesia assistant students, graduate students, fellows) - $25.00

Please select two workshops of your choice, and you will be allocated to one during the symposium.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact



Alam, Fahad

McCarroll, Kirk

Paulette, Lesley

Bourgeault, Ivy

McCartney, Colin

Raazi, Matten

Enright, Angela

McVicar, Jason

Richardson, Lisa

Errett, Lee

Milkovich, Robert

Rourke, Jim

Falk, Ryan

Mitchell, Rodney

Simkin, Sarah

Iglesias, Stuart

Morris, Gary

Stewart, Aviva

Kamble, Vaibhav

Newbery, Sarah

Tannenbaum, David

Kim, James

Ng, Elaine

Tromp, Margaret

Kirkpatrick, Roy

Ng, Victor

Wieglemann, Julian

Kotaska, Andrew

Niazi, Ahtsham

Wilson, Ruth

Kurrek, Matthew

Orser, Beverley



1. Anesthesia workforce planning in urban and rural Canada

2. Coaching networks, mentorship and educational opportunities

3. Policy enablers of rural anesthesia and pain medicine

4. Technology, virtual reality and distance coaching and learning

5. Training and supporting rural generalists (Anesthesia, Obstetrics, Surgery)

6. Rural and remote practice models optimizing models of care in Canada including allied health professionals

7. Policy through collaboration with national medical societies and government


The purpose of the meeting is to better understand how the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto can better support patients and healthcare workers involved in the provision of anesthesia and pain care in rural Canada. The goal of the evening is to better understand the current landscape of healthcare and service gaps in rural Canada and to identify education and research opportunities. We will also discuss the planning of a 2-day international and interdisciplinary symposium, which will be held in 2020.

Date: January 12, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Postgraduate Medical Education   Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
                  500 University Avenue, 6th Floor - Boardroom A

Featured participants include:

  • Dr. Ruth Wilson, Co-Chair of the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (College of Family Physicians of Canada); Professor Emeritus Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University; rural family physician (Yellowknife)
  • Dr. Alexander (Sandy) MacDonald, former Director of Medical Affairs in Nunavut, Iqaluit
  • Dr. Vaibhav Kamble, Program Director, Family Practice Anesthesia

Thanks to everyone who joined, it was a very successful meeting!