Toronto Surgical Ethics Course


Improve the ability of surgeons at all levels to understand, discuss, and manage ethical issues that arise in surgical practice.


Participants will be able to:

  • Confront and resolve difficult problems of underperforming surgeons and trainees.
  • Discuss and advise on ethical issues inherent in surgical training
  • Provide reliable guidance on expanding boundaries for surgical procedures and patients.
  • Apply ethical frameworks to the problem of dealing with OR case prioritization

Key Information

Event Date
Wednesday April 6th, 2016

Chestnut Conference Centre at 89 Chestnut St.

Maximum Enrolment
50 people

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Course Directors

Mark Camp MD MSc FRCSC
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
The Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto

Ryan Snelgrove MD FRCSC
Fellow, Colorectal Surgery
Mount Sinai Hospital
University of Toronto


0900 Introduction
Ryan Snelgrove & Mark Camp
0910 “The elephant in the room”- Dealing with an underperforming surgeon
Michael Kim
1025 Coffee Break
1045 “Breaking the silence of the switch” – Trainee participation in surgery
Chryssa McAlister
1200 Lunch
1300 “Pushing the limits”- Heroic surgery in the frail elderly
Gretchen Schwarze
1415 Coffee Break
1435 “No room in the inn”- Operating room prioritization
Mark Bernstein
1700 Location: The Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Centre at 686 Bay St.
University of Toronto 2nd Annual Balfour Lecture in Surgical Ethics
Guest – Dr. Gretchen Schwarze
1800 End