Education represents one of the pillars we are building upon to reach our mission of serving members and advancing the specialty, together with leadership, advocacy, and research.

As an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, we are dedicated to the advancement of the medical practice of anesthesia and committed to fostering high-quality learning opportunities for our members, through an extensive continuous professional development program.

CAS continuous professional development program

The CPD Program’s Vision is to endorse and promote an environment for all physicians to provide best practice and safe anesthesia care based on reflective, self-directed, and group learning processes.                            

Its Mission is to improve patient safety and care through advancement and support of professional educational opportunities for CAS members.

Its Values are based on the assumption that access to, and provision of skills and knowledge to meet both perceived and non-perceived needs of practitioners, is the best method of achieving the vision.

The Program’s main components are:

1. The development of educational activities.

CAS organizes an annual meeting, designed to provide most recent developments of knowledge and skills in the field of anesthesiology, and divisional meetings, provides a discipline specific journal of high quality recognized internationally – The Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, publishes an online Self-Assessment Program in the form of CPD modules, and is actively involved in faculty development. Furthermore, the Society is open to co-development opportunities.

2. The approval of educational activities under the Royal College MOC Program.

CAS has been granted Accreditor Provider status from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accreditation Committee. As such, we can review and accredit certain Section 1 and 3 Continuing Professional Development activities submitted by either Physician or Non-Physician organizations.

The CPD Program is overseen by a Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee (CEPD) whose role is to consider and advise the CAS Board on specialty and non-specialty education in all aspects of anesthesia, and to provide expertise on Maintenance of Certification and continuing education to CAS members, Annual Meeting delegates, consumers of CAS-supported educational material, and applicants for accreditation. The Committee also functions as an educational resource and support for all relevant Committees, Divisions, Sections, and the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.