Doctors and students work with a medical mannequin during an anesthesia simulation.

Our Anesthesia team currently delivers clinical services to over 80,000 patients per year across the nine distinct hospital sites throughout Winnipeg. Anesthesiologists provide acute and chronic pain services in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson, MB, and work in Pre-Anesthesia Clinics, Step-down units, Perioperative Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Palliative Care. We are proud of our faculty of approximately 127 anesthesiologists, 35 anesthesiology residents, multiple fellows and physician extenders including anesthesia clinical assistants (ACAs) and eight ophthalmic sedation practitioners (OSPs).

Departmental programs

We are proud to offer educational programs at multiple levels of expertise, training the next generation of anesthesiologists within the province.

Anesthesia fellowships

Our one-year fellowships provide ample opportunity for clinical research and advanced training within six sub-specialties.

Current student resources

Find up-to-date information on electives, fellowships, postgraduate residencies and an archive of study resources.

Department of Anesthesia certification programs

The Basic Life Support and Anesthesia Specific Advanced Life Support programs provide you with skills and certifications necessary for ongoing practice in anesthesia.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS)

    Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) consists of a variety of programs designed to provide the participant with current evidence-based knowledge and skills. The focus of this portion of the resuscitation programs is competency and certification at the basic rescuer level. This course is a prerequisite and certification must be achieved before entry to the advanced life support programs. Your certification expires in one year and thus would require ongoing recertification. Every four to five years a new edition is published reflective of the latest revisions and changes in practice.

    BLS is a requirement of Clinical Practice, please contact Sean Jardine regarding resources and organization of a BLS course. To book a BLS recertification please contact your site ACA and we will set up a session to fit your time schedule.

  • Anesthesia Specific Advanced Life Support (ACLS)

    Sessions take place in the Clinical Learning Simulation Facility. There are eight spots available per session, and the cost is $350 per person.

    There are currently no planned sessions. Please check back for future offerings.

    To sign up for sessions please contact Dr. Williamson

Professional development credits

In discussion with the Royal College, you can claim educational credits for the BLS/ACLS courses under Section 2; Framework of Continuing Professional Development Activities either as a Traineeship or PLP (personal learning project).

You will receive two credits per hour of activity: The suggested time is two to three hours for reading of the course material (BLS manual) and review of the video, half an hour for the written exam and one hour for the practical component of the course.

This would be three and a half to four and a half at two credits per hour or seven to nine credits for BLS. You may require less or more time, but this is the correct area for documentation with the Royal College MOC program.

Department research

We are committed to advancing our understanding and improving patient outcomes through research. Explore current research projects, funding and awards, as well as learn more about our dedicated research office.

The Anesthesia research office provides support to current and future research projects within the department. Our services include:

    • Project design and statistics consultations
    • Assistance with ethics, Health Canada and clinical trial submissions
    • Information on funding sources
    • Assistance with grant proposals and manuscript submissions
    • Help with hiring research personnel
    • Budget development for grants and ethics submissions
    • Research account management

Community and outreach

Serving our community

We provide most of the chronic pain services in Manitoba with nine sites serving over 80,000 patients in Winnipeg per year.

An exemplary team

Together we provide excellent patient care to Manitobans—our team includes 110 anesthesiologists, 35 anesthesiology residents, eight OSPs, multiple fellows and ACAs.

Alumni connect

If you are previous department alumni we invite you to share your contact information with us so that we may share news about the Department of Anesthesia with you.

Contact us

  • Dr. Brian Postl, dean of medicine; Dean & vice-provost (health sciences), welcomes alumni back to the medical college.

Faculty and staff

Contact us

Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Max Rady College of Medicine
Harry Medovy House, second floor
671 William Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2 Canada

204-787-1125 
204-787-4291