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CMA redesigns cma.ca with physicians’ needs
in mind

The Canadian Medical Association has launched a completely rebuilt cma.ca website to better serve the needs of Canadian physicians.

Based on feedback from members, the new site incorporates the most significant series of enhancements to cma.ca since the association became the first medical organization to produce its own website in 1995.

“The new cma.ca has been designed to meet the needs of Canadian physicians in all stages of their career whether they are medical students, residents, practising or retired physicians,” said CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. “We have invested the time and resources to ensure this site meets the needs and challenges facing today’s physicians.”

The new cma.ca is more intuitive to navigate and search, with content that is more relevant to member needs. Anchored by a strong suite of best-in-class clinical products, the site is the go-to source for knowledge resources, national advocacy on health and health care, and the CMAJ.

The CMA took advantage of extensive member input to ensure the structure, content and user experience exceeds physician expectations and it was designed specifically to operate on mobile devices.

“CMA members have been involved in building the new cma.ca from the start,” notes Dr. Darren Larsen, who was involved in the redesign process. “And I can tell you that I am impressed by the level of input from physicians that has gone into the process.”

While the site has many new features, the one that is perhaps most eagerly anticipated is the improved ability to search for content on the site.

“I’m probably most excited about the enhanced search capabilities,” states Dr. Michel Sauvé, another CMA member involved in the rebuild. “I have a 5- or 10-second window for searches, so in order to provide the best possible patient care, I need to be able to quickly access the most relevant clinical information with a single search on my desktop or mobile device.”

With a single search, members can now access information across evidence-based clinical resources —including CMA content and third-party resources like DynaMed point-of-care summaries, as well as journals, textbooks, and clinical practice guidelines. Advanced search filters allow the further targeting of results with the ability to save these results for future reference.

“I’m most looking forward to accessing the new mobile-enabled cma.ca to quickly retrieve medical resources that are relevant to my studies," says medical student and CMA member William Parker.

The new cma.ca also promises a customized member experience, with the ability to select favourite content and clinical search results, and access popular resources that colleagues access most.

Members can take a guided tour of the new features, or explore them on the site itself at the new cma.ca.

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