Message from the Vice Chair of Education: Dr. Ahtsham Niazi

Ahtsham NiaziThe Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto is the largest anesthesia department in Canada with over 400 faculty members. We are committed to providing very high-quality experiences across the educational spectrum: undergraduate, postgraduate, fellowship, continuing education and faculty development.

Our undergraduate program provides a comprehensive experience to medical students, utilizing online e-Learning modules, clinical exposure and simulation. In addition, many faculty members are involved in formal undergraduate teaching beyond the scope of anesthesia.

The postgraduate residency program, along with other programs across Canada, is about to embark on a new Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons initiative – Competency By Design (CBD). Our program leaders have been working tirelessly to prepare for this exciting venture. We have a very accomplished group of educational innovators developing curriculum, evaluation tools, clinical experiences and electronic resources to prepare us for CBD.

We have an extensive fellowship program, which attracts trainees from around the world to work with the multitude of internationally recognized experts within our department. In addition, we offer a 2-year residency in Pain Medicine and residency and fellowship training within the Interdepartmental Critical Care program.

Our continuing education and faculty development groups deliver high-quality programs in the form of conferences, workshops and online courses.

All these programs are supported by our Director of eLearning and Technology Innovations and enhanced by the extensive suite of e-resources and network of simulation centres within the university.

Our faculty and educational programs have gained national and international recognition and the department is committed to the continuous improvement of all our educational activities.

Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
Associate Professor, University of Toronto

P: 416 978 4698