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What's new at GC

Changes made to General Council in 2014 to enhance the meeting were widely endorsed by delegates and remain in place this year.

Delegates and observers will see additional refinements being introduced to reflect the new and modern CMA, and to make the meeting more productive.

  • Motions have been distributed earlier, allowing delegates to prepare in advance for debates. A delegates’ motions session has been added to the Tuesday agenda (Aug. 25, 10:10–11:10 am) to consider motions that relate to committee of the whole strategic session discussions.
  • The awards and installation ceremony and presidential dinner dance have been combined, and take place Tuesday evening. The new, streamlined ceremony to celebrate the presidency and honour the contributions of award recipients has been modernized to make it more meaningful for attendees.
  • A number of initiatives aim to increase the participation of younger physicians, including enhancing the CMA Youth Ambassador Program to include 10 medical students, 10 residents and 10 early career physicians.
  • Both in-person and online attendance at many sessions will be eligible for CME credits.

Enhancements new in 2014 that continue include:

  • open table – not regional – seating to encourage networking among delegates
  • use of social media and online technologies to increase awareness of GC and engage more members in the sessions
  • balancing the meeting’s ceremonial and functional aspects

Throughout the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the changes.