On May 12th, 2018, twelve Family Practice Anesthetists from across Canada congregated in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre for the first annual Ottawa Anesthesia Skills Integration and Simulation workshop (OASIS). This course, fully accredited by the CFPC, was an opportunity for FPAs to practice technical skills such as surgical airways and ultrasound-aided epidural insertion as well as develop their crisis resource management skills through simulated emergencies using theatre-based simulation. Each simulation session was followed by a debriefing session, facilitated by expert debriefers from the University of Ottawa's Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Department (Dr Simone Crooks and Dr Dan Power). The group was also lucky to have Dr Rob Anderson, a national leader in simulation-based medical education from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, as the plenary speaker and expert debriefer. Dr Anderson's talk on debriefing and experiential learning was appreciated by all. Many thanks to the members of the planning committee, namely Dr Chris Mireault and Dr Druvtej Ambati (the two current FPA residents) and Spencer Gutcher (Anesthesia Enhanced Skills director) for their tireless efforts over the past year to help make this course such a success. We are already looking forward to next year's OASIS course which is slated to take place on May 4th 2019!
Richard Waldolf, MD CCFP (FPA)
Simulation Program Director