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International conference on physician health
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The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) happening next month in London, UK, is a sold-out affair.

There will be a strong Canadian contingent at the meeting which is co-partnered by the American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association and British Medical Association. Registrants from Canada will make up more than 25 per cent of the delegates.

In addition to CMA President Chris Simpson, there will be several presentations from Canadian researchers. Dr. Robert Wah, president of the AMA, and Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, professor of palliative medicine and president of the BMA, will join Simpson in opening remarks at the Sept. 15-17 meeting.

The Canadian contributions include an overview of the evolution of the Canadian Physician Health Institute, and CMA research findings on physician attitudes towards end-of-life care gathered during the recent national dialogue on these issues. The Canadian Medical Foundation will be a sponsor for the welcome reception at the event.

The meeting is the 22nd such conference since the series began in 1975, and the second ICPH hosted by the BMA. This year’s theme is ‘Milestones and Transitions – Maintaining the Balance’.

“It is often difficult to maintain a healthy balance in our professional and personal lives, and at times of transition it can be more challenging still to look after one’s own health and wellbeing,” according to a letter from the co-partnering organizations.

In addition to keynote presentations by Professor Dame Carol Black, expert adviser on health and work to the Department of Health, England, and Jim Lucey, medical director at St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, Dublin, a featured interactive theatre session aims to bring to life the personal and professional challenges affecting a doctor dealing with a life-changing transition.

“Since the conference was last held in London in 2008, huge developments have taken place in establishing a strong physician health network across Europe and … we hope that this conference will provide renewed inspiration,” the welcome letter states.

Those not able to attend in person can still stay updated on what happens. Leading up to the conference, CMAJ Blogs is posting a series of blogs related to physician health. Daily webcasts from various sessions will be posted on www.bma.org.uk/icph2014 after the conference.

News coverage of the conference will be presented on cma.ca and proceedings can be followed through Twitter using the hashtag #ICPH2014.

The next Canadian Conference on Physician Health will be held in Winnipeg, Oct. 16-17, 2015. Watch for updates on www.cma.ca/physicianhealth.

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