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​Building the CMA’s connection to members in 2019

​At the CMA, we know our members have a commitment to make the health care system better, and this commitment is what makes the CMA matter. Our members also have solutions: bold ideas for how to change the profession and patient care, to build a healthier Canada. In 2019, we’re going to directly to our members to hear these ideas and build connections.

We’re starting with a series of face-to-face meetings − our Regional Member Forums − which will take us to Halifax (Jan. 26), Montreal (Jan. 28), Edmonton (Feb. 2) and Ottawa (Feb. 4).

Over the past year, we’ve heard from our members about the pressing issues facing our profession – the challenge of maintaining their health and wellness, and the changes in the Canadian physician workforce. The member forums will be an opportunity to explore these issues and determine how the CMA can best use its advocacy and resources to make change. But the forums are also a chance to look to the future, to find out more about the challenges that may not be on our radar at the national level, but that are having an impact on your work regionally.

We’ll also be covering travel expenses to make it easier for individuals outside these cities to participate as well, part of our commitment to connect from members across the country. For members who can’t attend in-person, we’ll also be sharing the discussion questions online to make it easy for you to share your opinions and ideas with us. In fact, in the winter of 2019, we’ll be launching a new, online community engagement platform to provide a way for members to connect with the CMA – and with each other – year-round.

This new platform will host the five communities of interest we’re sponsoring through our grant program – on Indigenous health, equity in medicine, substance use, medical assistance in dying, and medical care for vulnerable populations. But it will also allow members to create, build or join a discussion community of their own, on the topics they’re most passionate about.

Our members’ voices and input matter, and we look forward to engaging with you in new and different ways to build an even stronger CMA.

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