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Studying to be a physician isn’t easy

Doctors of BC and the Canadian Medical Association will help you through medical school with resources, tools and advice.

All this and more - free!

Doctors of BC is pleased to cover the cost of your Doctors of BC-CMA membership. The CMA and Doctors of BC are the medical community’s provincial and national associations. Membership provides invaluable benefits, including:

Effective advocacy

  • The CMA’s in-person or videoconference advocacy training can help you learn more about the political process, and how you can become an effective advocate for the medical profession and make a difference.
  • The MD-MP Contact Program connects you with your Member of Parliament so you can provide feedback on key issues for medical students, residents and physicians.
  • Doctors of BC collaborates with the medical community to advocate at the provincial level on a wide range of important issues. The CMA advocates on your behalf with the federal government in support of the medical profession.
  • CMA provides support for student advocacy initiatives, such as lobby days, and help to prepare you for events to ensure you meet your strategic objectives.
  • Share your thoughts and opinions by joining the growing number of medical students who sit on a Doctors of BC committee or participate in the CMA’s e-panel. (doctorsofbc.ca/member-area/board-committees-sections/committees | cmamembervoice.com)

Information on the go

  • Free, anytime, anywhere access to ClinicalKey, a comprehensive and current collection of textbooks, journals and multimedia resources, including medical videos and images across 30+ specialities (cma.ca/clinicalkey).
  • No cost access to UpToDate, the award-winning online clinical decision-support resource (divisionsbc.ca/studentresident)
  • Access best-in-class clinical tools, including DynaMed’s collection of evidence summaries and drug information on the RxTx Mobile App (cma.ca/resources).
  • Sign up for daily POEMs by Essential Evidence Plus to receive concise, daily email summaries of the latest clinical studies (cma.ca/poems).
  • Contact CMA librarians for MEDLINE searches and to help you plan search strategies and get the most from CMA’s clinical resources (librarian@cma.ca).
  • Get original clinical research, analyses and reviews, news, practice updates and editorials with CMAJ online at cmaj.ca and on the CMAJ app (cmaj.ca).
  • Find out about medicine in BC through the BC Medical Journal (bcmj.org) and discover what patients are reading with Newsflash, a summary of today’s health news doctorsofbc.ca/account/member/subscriptions.
  • Develop personal leadership skills through Leadership begins with self-awareness, an online course for students and residents (cma.ca/onlineleadership).
  • Get career advice from Doctors of BC’s annual Find Your Match events (communications@doctorsofbc.ca).

Money matters

  • Enjoy personalized, expert advice and best-in-class solutions to help you finance your education, manage your money and plan for your future needs through MD Financial Management. MD can help you access a full range of banking products1, including student lines of credit, chequing accounts, credit card products and mortgages.
  • Take advantage of unique savings programs from Doctors of BC and the CMA, with discounts on car rentals, travel, hotels, cellphone plans, mobile software, fitness and leisure, and more (doctorsofbc.ca/member-area/club-md | cma.ca/memberdiscounts).
  • Benefit from Doctors of BC’s comprehensive insurance plans designed for medical students, including competitive rates on life, disability and accident insurance, as well as a plan for extended health and dental benefits. (doctorsofbc.ca/insurance)
  • Interested in rural practice experience? Find out about the financial help you can get from Doctors of BC by emailing ruralprograms@doctorsofbc.ca.

These are just a few of the benefits of Doctors of BC and CMA membership. To learn more about Doctors of BC, visit doctorsofbc.ca or call 800-665-2262 (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT).

To learn more about CMA membership, visit cma.ca or contact the CMA Member Service Centre at 888-855-2555 (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET) or memberservicecentre@cma.ca.

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You must be a member of Doctors of BC to join the CMA.

MD Financial Management provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.cma.ca

1 Banking products and services are offered by National Bank of Canada through a relationship with MD Management Limited. Credit and lending products are subject to credit approval by National Bank of Canada. All life-licensed MD Management Advisors and MD Insurance Consultants have life licenses with MD Insurance Agency Limited.