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Passing the Torch


Dear Esteemed members of the Thunder Bay Medical Society,

It has been my greatest honour and pleasure in my medical career, thus far, to serve our Society as your President from 2020 to Present.

We have experienced a lot of uncertainty through the past few years, as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped our world and forever changed the face of medicine and how we provide care for our patients. Regardless of our specialties, we have all had to learn how to adapt to these changes- some of which were imposed and some of which we carefully crafted to address a need brought about by the pandemic. Thank you to each and every one of you for persevering and putting our patients at the pinnacle of why we practice medicine.

It is likely the understatement of the year to say we are all exhausted. The pandemic’s greatest change, and unfortunately the most negative, has been the social isolation. The medical community has historically developed into a tight knit community. This aspect was torn away from us forcing us behind screens and putting a screeching halt to our social events.

I, like so many of you, used to excitedly anticipate reconnecting with colleagues, and meeting new ones, at our CME events and President’s Gala. My one desire for the TBMS is to reclaim the tight knit community we have been so blessed to be a part of.

As my last act as your President, I had the great honour of hosting the President’s Gala last evening. What a phenomenal evening of fellowship and connection with those that joined us. Thank you to our esteemed colleague, Dr. Mark Thibert and his jazz band, Mood Indigo, for honouring us with your gift of music. The ambience was amazing and the music provided the perfect backdrop for our colleagues to enjoy a night catching up with old friends and new. The opportunity to be our authentic selves and see so many shake off the stress and drain of the daily medical grind and connect at our human level was refreshing.

For those in attendance, I was deeply honoured to introduce to you the new TBMS Executive and pass the torch to our new President.

I am hopeful for our future as a Society. I am hopeful because of the fire in the bellies of our new executive towards their collective desire to bring us all back together, to modernize the Society and to continue to mould it to best address the wants and needs of our Membership.

Without further ado, I present to you our TBMS 2023 Executive-

Past President- Dr. Anna Laakso

President- Dr. Sanjay Azad

Vice President- Dr. Rasheed Osman

Treasurer- Dr. Matt Holmes

Secretary- Dr. Shikha Bansal

Members at Large- Drs. Hadia Naqi and Yasser Labib

As always, the Executive seeks and desires your feedback as members. Our Annual General Meeting will occur in November 2022. Keep an eye out for more info in the coming weeks. Please feel free to connect with any of the Executive. To reach our Society Administration Secretary, Marion Robinson, her email is

I have so much excitement to work under the leadership of Dr. Sanjay Azad as he leads us all forward as a Society.

Yours in health and friendship,

Dr. Anna Laakso, Past President

Thunder Bay Medical Society

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President’s Gala Returns! Sept 10, 2022 6:00 PM

You’re Invited to Celebrate our first social event back after the pandemic!
Featuring the smooth jazz of Mood Indigo

BIGHT RESTAURANT, 2201 Sleeping Giant Pkwy,
6pm to 9pm
Current members: no charge
Non-member MD: $50.00/person

Everyone must purchase a ticket here on the website here


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Don’t forget to register for Summer School 2022!

Register before September 6th to ensure your in-person attendance!

Registration after the 6th will be online-only attendance due to catering requirements.

September 9 & 10, 2022

Topics include:

  • Wound care
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Urology panel
  • Gender gaps in
  • Travel medicine
  • Pediatric ENT topics

Register here for Summer School 2022


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Summer School Program Accreditation Approved

The 2022 Summer School 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, and approved by the Continuing Education and Professional Development Office at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

You may claim a maximum of 10 hour(s) (credits are automatically calculated).

At the end of this conference, participants will be able to: Identify and Interpret the roles of other health care providers. Identify commonly referred medical problems and how to manage them while awaiting consultation. Improve patient care and outcomes in practice.

Don’t forget to register for the 2022 Summer School ,Program below (4 pages).


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2022 Summer School Tickets Now Available

Summer School will have both in-person and virtual attendance options!
The location and virtual attendance options are TBD but the even will be over 2 days;

Topic highlights:

  • Friday, September 9th
    • Gender Gap in Medicine
    • Addition/substance use with psychosis/mental health disorders
  • Saturday, September 10th
    • Pediatric Topics within ENT
    • Atrial fibrillation management

Get your ticket now!



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2022 Spring School Presentations

Follow the link below to access the presentations from the Spring School:

  • Acute Pain Management
  • Chronic Pain Management EMR Optimization
  • Childhood Anxiety & Depression
  • An Overview of Gender-affirming health care for Trans and Non-binary Patients
  • Reframing Distress – Moral Injury

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2022 Annual Memberships & Spring School available now!

TBMS Annual Membership

A TBMS annual membership provides admission to the two events this year.

Types of membership:

  • Physician: Physician practicing full time = $300
  • Resident/Student: discounted rate for residents and students = $150
  • First time in Thunder Bay: A physician who is joining us for the first time and is new to Thunder Bay – Free!

Get your Annual Membership here

Spring School 2022 April 8th and 9th


Due to COVID-19, this will be a virtual Spring School.
We will be using Zoom video conferencing, further instructions will be provided.

There are no in-person events planned this year due to COVID-19.

Get your Spring School ticket here

Save the date!

Annual General Meeting– March 24, 2022 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm- likely via ZOOM meeting
Contact Marion for more details at
Summer School– September 9th and 10th, 2022

2022 Spring School Poster
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Virtual School Survey

Dear TBMS Members, 

We have now hosted two Virtual Schools and understand that while we may be over the pandemic, the pandemic isn’t over.

However, as we begin to plan for the 2022 Spring School, we are looking to understand what type of learning environment you are interested in and therefore ask that you complete a survey for us, by November 10th.

Please note, that as outlined in the survey, if we do choose a hybrid or fully-in-person model, the 2022 membership fees will be reflective of these changes. 
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact our event coordinator, Emily Shandruk at

Thank you,Dr. Anna Laakso and the CME Committee