Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society


The Vision, Mission and Values of the Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) Committee

The Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society (CAS) is a not-for-profit, physician led organization. It is dedicated to the advancement of the medical practice of anesthesia. The role of the Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee (CEPD) 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. It also functions as an educational resource and support for all relevant Committees, Divisions, Sections, and the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.
  • Its 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.

Defining CPD 

CPD extends beyond traditional continuing medical education, which is perceived to focus on updating medical knowledge. In CPD, practitioners define competencies that they see as relevant to their individual practice needs. CPD covers subject matter such as doctor- patient communication, interdisciplinary team skills and risk management, as well as other competencies defined by the Royal College’s CanMEDS 2015 Framework. CPD activities utilize a wide variety of education and content delivery formats.To ensure physicians have quality CPD opportunities, Section 1 group learning activities (such as conferences) and Section 3 assessment activities (self-assessment programs and simulation activities) are reviewed and approved by a Royal College-accredited CPD provider in order to be eligible for credit in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.

Accreditation Services

The CAS has been granted Accreditor Provider status from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RPSC) Accreditation Committee. As such, the CAS can review and accredit certain Continuing Professional Development activities. An Accredited Provider can approve Section 1 and 3 programs submitted by either Physician (Group A) or Non-Physician (Group B) organizations.