Workshop: Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts — The CMPA surgical safety course

Identifying solutions
Promoting improvement
Making a difference

Theatre Arts is a three-day intensive course developed by the CMPA, designed to empower physicians and their perioperative teams to improve their OR environment and foster safe surgical care.

This course is open to Canadian perioperative teams of two to four individuals. At least one individual from each team must be a CMPA member who works in an operating room. We encourage teams to include one member who has a nursing or administrative role in the perioperative environment.

Over the course of three days, you and your team will:

  • Identify factors that contribute to team performance and learning
  • Identify strategies to improve safe surgical care
  • Develop a plan to implement change
  • Identify measures to evaluate success

Upcoming dates

  • October 25 – October 27, 2023 (Ottawa) – English (CANCELLED)
  • October 30 – November 1, 2023 (Ottawa) – French (CANCELLED)

More information to come.

Application process

Each participating team must submit an idea for a practice improvement project upon which they will anchor their learning. During the course, teams will work on their submitted project and will have the opportunity to transform their project idea into an actionable plan with the goal of promoting safe surgical care.

Examples of safe surgical care projects include:

  • Adopting Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for a hospital
  • Standardizing a perioperative process
  • Optimizing communication
  • Implementing multidisciplinary quality improvement rounds
  • Improving the reliability of pre-operative checklist use


The three-day Theatre Arts program aims to foster collegial bonds among team participants. The collaborative approach will allow participants to build their personal network and encourage mutual support when implementing their projects.

Highly skilled faculty members, including physician advisors, will be delivering this evidence-based program. Using a combination of journal clubs, didactic plenaries, experiential sessions and small group work, participants will explore the human, organizational, and cultural themes that contribute to surgical safety.

Participants will learn how these themes apply to their work environment and will work in teams to generate actionable interventions.

Each team will:

  • Develop new ideas for change
  • Design a prototype for action
  • Implement a plan to iterate forward and evaluate progress


This 3-credit-per-hour Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 62.25 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CMPA. You may claim a maximum of 20h45m (credits are automatically calculated).


This program is offered as a privilege of CMPA membership. There is no cost for CMPA members and their teams (includes both non-physicians and non-member physicians).

Travel and accommodations

Participants are responsible for booking and covering the cost of their travel to Ottawa. Details regarding preferred hotel rates will be available once applicants receive their confirmation of participation. 

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]