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e-Panel Survey Summary

Canadian Medical Foundation


The CMA surveyed e-Panel members to learn more about their views on the Canadian Medical Foundation and its activities. Founded in 1987 by the CMA, the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) is a national charitable organization focused solely on supporting Canada’s physicians and health care system through three priority areas: funding physician health and well-being initiatives; funding bursaries for medical students; and funding physicians’ philanthropic, research and medical outreach priorities. The results provide a picture on which CMF activities matter most to panelists, panelists’ plans for charitable donation, and the most preferable ways for CMF to communicate with CMA members. A summary of the results of the e-Panel survey is presented below.

Survey – November 2015

The survey was sent to 2,136 e-Panel members; 295 responded, for a response rate of 14%.


Survey results indicate that CMF physician health and well-being programs are very important, that panelists vary on whether or not they plan to donate to CMF, and that the preferred method of communication with members is by email.

Importance of CMF-supported programs and services

Respondents were asked to rate the importance of CMF-supported programs and services. The following results are the percentage of respondents who rated each program or service somewhat or very important:

  • Physician health and well-being programs – 84%
  • Providing financial support for deserving medical students – 69%
  • Medical outreach (domestic and international) – 69%
  • Sponsoring research on topics relating to physicians – 63%
  • Providing support for employment and recruitment strategies – 59%
  • Providing support for disadvantaged (e.g., underemployed) physicians – 53%

What additional program(s) or service(s) do you think the CMF should support?

Respondents suggested a number of additional programs and services for CMF to support, including student loan support, supporting disadvantaged individuals to go to medical school, mental health programs, assistance with the retirement process, physician human resources, and support for International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

Charitable Giving to CMF

There were 12.20 % of respondents who stated that they plan to make a donation to CMF in the future. Of those who plan to make a donation, 56% plan to do so in the next 6 months, 64% in the next 12 months, 28% in the next 60 months, 25% upon their death through a bequest or other planned gift, and 31% within another time frame. Most panelists plan to donate to CMF’s general charitable efforts rather than to specific charities.

Communication about partnership activities and special events

The most effective way stated for CMF to share information about partnership activities and special events was email at 71%. Other methods of communication included the CMF website (36%), CMF Best Practice Newsletter (33%), CMF annual report (21%), social media (18%), mail (12%), and other (6%). Other ideas for communication included CMA newsletter, list serves of other medical associations,

Support of Other Causes

The most popular causes that members are likely or very likely to support are social services/aid relief (68%), education and research (55%), health/patient advocacy (53%), international, issues (53%), and the environment (52%).

Respondents told us

“Are you able to provide specific examples of where your fundraising goes apart from medical student bursaries?”

“I appreciate being part of the survey. What struck me most is how very little I know about this initiative.”

“I did not know that there was potential for assistance with fundraising for social services. I would be interested in learning more.”

“I have never received any information in any manner that showed me how the CMF is available to provide support to me if I needed it. If you're doing the work, you need much better communication. I'd consider providing support if I saw evidence of benefit locally.”

“Would be a good idea to repeat this survey every few years to take a pulse of the physician environment.”