Workshop: Theatre Arts

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, this in-person event has been cancelled until further notice.

Theatre Arts — The CMPA surgical safety course

Identifying solutions
Promoting improvement
Making a difference

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all scheduled Theatre Arts courses in 2020 have been cancelled. Applications for future events will be available later in the year. For additional information and inquiries, please email [email protected].

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 is a surgeon, anesthesiologist, or obstetrician/gynecologist. 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 affect team performance and how they contribute to adverse events
  • Identify strategies to improve safe surgical care
  • Develop a plan to implement change
  • Identify measures to evaluate success

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 and national opinion leaders in surgical safety, 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 harm.

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

Each team will develop:

  • a strategy to engage other colleagues and stakeholders
  • a process to implement their project
  • indicators to measure the success of their project


This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) 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 19.25 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

The simulation component of this activity is an Accredited Simulation (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 1.75 hours (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).

Scheduled events

Currently, there are no scheduled in-person events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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]