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June 04, 2023

11th Annual Surgical Assistant Education Day

Presented by the OMA Surgical Assistants Medical Interest Group

The OMA Surgical Assistant Medical Interest Group will hold its 2023 Surgical Assistant Education Day on June 4 at Humber River Hospital.

Members can choose to attend the morning sessions in person or by Zoom.

Hands-on workshops will be offered to in-person attendees in the afternoon.

All members and allied health professionals are welcome to attend this educational event.


To enhance the knowledge and skills of surgical assistants in order to improve surgical outcomes and provide a better understanding of surgically treatable conditions to family doctors and general practitioners.


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

  • Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

  • Business meeting — OMA Surgical Assistants Medical Interest Group

9:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

  • Welcome and housekeeping — Dr. Martha Riesberry

9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

  • Control of Bleeding in Cardiac Surgery — Dr. Samantha Hill

10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

  • Q-and-A's

10:10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.

  • Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator — Dr. Katie Sawa 

10:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

  • Q-and-A's

10:50 a.m. to 11:05 a.m.

  • Break

11:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

  • Bowel Anastomosis Procedures — Dr. Lawrence Green

11:35 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

  • Q-and-A's

11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

  • Advocacy for the Surgical Assistant  OMA Government Relations Department

12:15 p.m. to 12:25 p.m.

  • Q-and-A's

12:25 p.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:05 p.m. to 1:35 p.m.

  • Bicep & Tendon Repair, Arthroscopic Procedures in the Upper Extremity & Pearls for the Surgical Assistant — Dr. Ben Pook

1:35 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

  • Q-and-A's

1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Three, consecutive 45-minute workshop sessions for each attendee from the following topics: staplers, sutures, upper-extremity instrumentation and billing for the surgical assistant

Read the full agenda.


June 4, 2023

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Humber River Hospital

1235 Wilson Ave., North York, Ont., M3M 0B2, Canada

Contact OMA Events for more details.

Register today

Early bird rates


Physicians $197.75

Allied health professionals — $158.20

Resident/retired physicians $101.70

Students $56.50


Physicians $129.95

Allied health professional $79.10

Resident/retired physician $50.85

Students  complimentary

Costs will increase on May 27*.

*Discount code available if 2023 discretionary fee is paid to the Surgical Assistants MIG. If you’ve paid your discretionary fee, please email OMA Events for your code.