Annual Shields Research Day

Shields Day

General Information

The overall purpose of our Annual Shields Day event is to bring together our clinical faculty, fellows, residents and anesthesia assistants from the University-affiliated hospitals. Shields Research Day aims to provide a forum for updates on, and stimulate further research into the frontiers of clinical science with regards to anesthesia and related topics (e.g., critical care management, obstetrical anesthesia, pain management, etc.). We have been growing in recent years!  

We aim to provide an excellent research and training opportunity for Anesthesia faculty, residents, fellows, graduate students and anesthesia assistants who wish to keep abreast of current research initiatives in the field. Our trainees (residents, fellows and graduate students) are provided with a unique opportunity to experience all the stages of presenting their peer-reviewed work at a scientific meeting, from the abstract writing and submission process to the poster design and oral presentation phase. The Annual Shields Research Day prepares trainees for a future role in academe, under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.

The goal is to create synergies for collaborative research (both clinical and basic science) that will enhance the work and advance knowledge beyond what each investigator can accomplish independently.  The participants will have an opportunity to discuss topics of interest in the field of anesthesia and gain a better understanding of research methodologies.

We invite you to see photos from our last successfull event !

41th Annual Research Day

The 41st Annual Shields Research Day, which was schedule for May 8, 2020 and has been postponed until November 11, 2020. We will host the first-ever virtual Shields Day!

While for the first time in 41 years, we won’t enjoy the tradition of getting together as a community, we will celebrate the academic life of our department and recognizing our outstanding educators. Also for the first time, our alumni will be invited to join. The event will showcase the best of our science including over 50 abstracts (abstracts will be reviewed and released online closer to the date) and will we hear from several keynote speakers.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

     Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
     University of Toronto
     123 Edward St, 12th floor
     P: 416-978-4306

CME Accreditation

The  Annual Shields Research Day is a University of Toronto accredited event held under the auspices of the Department of Anesthesia and Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Accreditation - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1:

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, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Participants may be eligible to claim 4.5 Section 1 hours.

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