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5 reasons to ‘follow’ GC in August

The annual General Council meeting of the Canadian Medical Association is always a touchstone for the organization. It’s where some of its most important work gets done.

But this year in Halifax (Aug. 24-26), delegates, members and the Canadian public will have more important reasons to pay close attention to the deliberations. Here’s why:

  1. Issues of national importance will be discussed
    • defining and shaping the proposed regulatory framework for assisted dying
    • debating policies related to mandatory vaccination
    • aligning the physician community for a national seniors care strategy
    • discussing issues physicians face in the challenging area of pain management — particularly the use of opioids
    • providing direction on postgraduate medical education
  2. The activities of CMA subsidiaries MD Financial Management and NewCo will be showcased in special sessions.
  3. Members not attending will have unprecedented opportunities to participate in the debates through live webcasts, social media and online sessions with moderated chat groups.
  4. The CMA Awards Ceremony and President’s Gala takes place on Tuesday evening, refreshed to provide a fitting tribute to physicians and others chosen by the CMA for special acknowledgment.
  5. Last year’s successful ambassador program has been expanded to include 10 medical students, 10 residents and 10 early career physicians who will have the chance to engage with peer-leading physicians from across the country.

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