Theatre Arts — The CMPA surgical safety course


Theatre Arts is a two-day intensive course developed by the CMPA, designed to empower physicians and their perioperative teams to improve their operating room (OR) environment and foster a culture of safe surgical care.

Highly skilled faculty members, including physician advisors, will be delivering this evidence-based program using a combination of didactic plenaries, experiential sessions and small group work.

Learning objectives

  • Identify factors that affect individual and team performance.
  • Determine how these factors contribute to your practice improvement project.
  • Discuss strategies to implement and sustain organizational changes.
  • Develop a strategy to implement your practice improvement project.
  • Design an outcomes-based framework to evaluate the success of the implementation strategy.


This 3-credit-per-hour Assessment program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 44.25 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 14h45m (credits are automatically calculated).

This activity is recognized by the Collège des Médecins du Québec for 14.75 hours of continuing education in Category B: Exercise evaluation activities.

Application process

Each participating organization must submit an idea for one or more practice improvement projects upon which they will anchor their learning. During the course, teams will work on defining their project and will have the opportunity to transform their 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

At least one individual from each team must be a CMPA member actively engaged in OR activities. Furthermore, we strongly encourage teams to include at least one member with a nursing or administrative role in the perioperative environment.

If your organization is eager to embark on this transformative journey towards improved perioperative care, we encourage you to contact us at [email protected].