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PTMA Newsletter — Issue 8, 2018

CMA Board Highlights — October 2018

The CMA Board of Directors met October 18-20 to discuss a variety of issues. Please click here to find out more.



2019 CMA Awards — call for nominations now open

The CMA is pleased to open nominations for its 2019 awards. These awards recognize the dedication, successes and talents of Canadians who are making significant contributions to our health and health care.

The CMA Awards page has all the information needed to prepare nominations, including the criteria for each of the eight awards, nomination forms, and information about last year’s winners. We encourage nominators to carefully review the terms of reference for each award to ensure candidates are being nominated in the most appropriate category. We also encourage nominators to reflect the diversity of the profession when submitting nominations.

The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2018. All nominations must include a complete nomination form, two letters of support and the nominee’s biography or CV (three-page maximum) and should be uploaded through the new online nomination form, found on each award page. Please note that only electronic submissions will be considered. If you have any questions, please submit them directly to awards@cma.ca.

We would appreciate it if you could share this information through your own networks, social media channels, newsletters, etc. so we can further the reach of this program.



Regional Members Forums Coming in Early 2019

As shared in an email to PTMA CEOs on Sept. 13, 2018, the CMA will be hosting four Regional Member Forums (RMFs) in early 2019, focusing on two critical issues. Sessions will be held in Edmonton (Western/Northern), Ottawa (Ontario/Nunavut), Montreal (Quebec) and Halifax (Atlantic). We look forward to working with you to maximize the value and impact of these events for our shared members and our respective organizations.

What topics will be discussed at the RMFs?

Through consultations with members, we’ve heard that physician health and wellness is a pressing concern. We’ve also heard that the physician workforce in Canada, including how physicians want to practice, is changing — yet health systems and human resource strategies aren’t adapting. Through the RMFs, we want to explore how to use our advocacy and resources to affect change on these issues, across Canada.

The agenda will also include time for participants to share their own bold ideas to inform our future work.

What are RMFs?

The RMFs will be full-day workshops, bringing together members on a regional basis. While the CMA will fund members’ travel to ensure geographic diversity and equitable access, participation will be voluntary (no honoraria) and on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited so we encourage members to register early.

The goal is to hear more about physicians’ first-hand experiences and to better understand their needs, challenges and possible solutions. This information will help shape the CMA’s policy and advocacy on these issues.

Findings from the RMFs will also be shared with the PTMAs.

Why physician health and wellness, and the physician workforce in Canada?

Over the past year, we’ve been engaging our partners, our members and the public to identify the issues and causes that matter to them (using interviews, surveys and the Health Summit Open Dialogue sessions). Physician health and wellness was consistently cited as a priority in realizing our vision of a vibrant profession, as was the need to take a pan-Canadian and systemic view of physician workforce challenges (e.g., supply, specialty mix and distribution of physicians) and opportunities (e.g., virtual care, national licensure).

We need your ideas!

Planning for the RMFs is just beginning and in the coming months, we’ll be providing more details on how to get involved. In the meanwhile, we’d like to learn more about where you and your members stand on these two topics: What are you burning questions, concerns or priorities with respect to physician health and wellness, and the physician workforce in Canada? What aspects of these issues would you like to see explored in the RMFs?

Please contact Aline Gagnon (aline.gagnon@cma.ca) or Olivier Saintonge (Olivier.saintonge@cma.ca) with your questions and ideas.



CMA president appears before the House of Commons Committee on Finance

On September 20, CMA President Dr. Gigi Osler appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, as part of their pre-budget consultations. Highlighting the need to improve seniors care, Dr. Osler stated: “Being able to deliver care in new, more effective and more accessible ways is even more important when we consider our current demographics. Canada has a rapidly aging population and they have very specific health care needs.”

As Canada’s demographic shift advances, the challenge of ensuring quality seniors care will only become more daunting unless governments make critical investments in our health care system today. This is a national issue that will affect all provinces and territories. Meanwhile, the current federal health transfer system does not take demographics into account. The CMA’s pre-budget submission therefore proposes that the federal government fund a share of the health care costs associated with our aging population by means of a new “demographic top-up” to the Canada Health Transfer.

Read our full submission.

Contacts:
Azin Peyrow, Director, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration, azin.peyrow@cma.ca
Pascal Charron, Lead, Political and Grassroots Advocacy, pascal.charron@cma.ca



Health care features prominently in recent elections in New Brunswick and Quebec

As with the recent Ontario election, the CMA closely monitored the election campaign debates in New Brunswick and Quebec, with health care continuing to be a top issue.

New Brunswick

  • In its election platform, the New Brunswick Medical Society advanced three core recommendations to political parties around increasing access to family doctors, reducing ER wait times and addressing specialist vacancies.
  • During the election, the Conservative leader committed $24 million toward 10 additional specialists, eight family doctors and six physician assistants.
  • The governing Liberal Party committed to 25 new specialists in the lead up to the campaign. During the campaign, the Liberals committed to $100 million to upgrade nursing homes, with a plan to add 1,000 new beds over five years.

Election results: Liberal Party leader Premier Brian Gallant will lead a minority government.

Quebec

  • Access to physicians and the recently concluded agreement with specialists received significant profile during the Quebec election campaign.
  • Liberal Party leader Premier Philippe Couillard promised to ensure that 90 per cent of the province would have access to a family physician by the end of the next term as well as committing to invest $400 million in home care services. The government had recently delayed the commitment for 85 percent of the population to have access to a family doctor by 2017 to 2018.
  • During the campaign, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) leader François Legault committed to opening up the $4 billion agreement with the province’s specialists. The party’s financial estimate earmarked an additional $500 million for the health sector, with annual growth at 4.1 per cent.

Election results: CAQ leader François Legault will lead a majority government.

Contacts:
Azin Peyrow, Director, Provincial/Territorial & Municipal Collaboration, azin.peyrow@cma.ca



Demand a Plan celebrates National Seniors Day

October 1 was National Seniors Day, an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate the older adults in their lives. Click here to see how we celebrated this important day on Demand a Plan.

Contact:
Audrey Grandmaison, Advisor, Patient and Public Mobilization, audrey.grandmaison@cma.ca



Members of the CMA Patient Voice announced

The CMA is pleased to introduce the members of the CMA Patient Voice, our new patient liaison group. These 14 individuals were selected for their passion and commitment to helping us bring the patient perspective to our work and we’re committed to helping them succeed in their new roles.

Rooted in the CMA 2020 strategic plan, the CMA Patient Voice aims to further enhance our ability to advocate for a healthy population and a vibrant medical profession. For more information on this new group, please visit cma.ca/patientvoice.

Contact:
Jasmine Neeson, Senior Advisor, Patient and Pubic Mobilization, jasmine.neeson@cma.ca



Taking steps toward a more vibrant profession: Our new VP of Physician Health and Wellness

At our Annual General Meeting in August, incoming president Dr. Osler tackled the issue of physician health head-on, choosing to share her personal struggle with burnout. The people in the room responded with a standing ovation, proof of our members’ growing desire to have more of these types of discussions, and to break down the stigmas surrounding physician health and wellness.

At the CMA, we’re serious about our commitment to improving the health and wellness of Canadian physicians, and this month we’re taking some big steps in support of our members.

To start, we’ve hired a new vice-president of physician health and wellness, Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, who will join the CMA in January 2019.

Interestingly, it was a CMA pilot project — a two-day physician wellness retreat — that sparked Dr. Gérin-Lajoie’s interest in the field. Since then, she’s become a pioneer in the field, helping to establish physician wellness programs at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

Our action in this area will continue. Later this month, from October 11-13, we’re bringing together 500 physicians and health experts at the International Conference on Physician Health in Toronto to find new ways to improve physician well-being and drive change for a healthier profession.

To kick-off the conference, we’ll be unveiling our new statement on physician health — a set of guiding principles and key commitments for the profession, systems and individuals. And we’re also sharing the first national dataset on the state of physician wellness in Canada, information that will be key as we build an action plan for the future.

These are some important steps on our path to a more vibrant profession and I look forward to seeing our work in this area continue to grow.



Upcoming events in your province or territory

Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Insurance Seminar
Date & Location: 10-30 Regina
Type: Seminar
Description: Learn how permanent life insurance can be tax-effective and beneficial for you and your portfolio.
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-01 London
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: andrea.carnegie@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Wine Tasting and Market Update
Date & Location: 11-01 St. John’s
Type: Appreciation
Description: Learn about current market trends and afterwards, enjoy a wine tasting and pairing.
Language: English
Contact: claire.campbell@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: First Time Home Buyers
Date & Location: 11-06 Calgary
Type: Seminar
Description: From mortgage considerations to the local real estate market, professionals from the industry will explore important considerations when buying your first home.
Language: English
Contact: gareth.canning@md.ca
Who is the event for? Resident
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement (Dr Amy)
Date & Location: 11-06 Langley
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix – life transitions expert which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: English
Contact: andie.besgrove@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement (Dr Amy)
Date & Location: 11-07 New Westminster
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix – life transitions expert which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: English
Contact: andie.besgrove@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Retirement Lunch n’ Learn
Date & Location: 11-07 Cambridge
Type: Seminar
Description: This seminar will explore retirement planning, risk management and estate planning and the ways that MD can support you in your financial planning efforts.
Language: English
Contact: michelle.kroonen@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Insurance Seminar
Date & Location: 11-07 Saskatoon
Type: Seminar
Description: Learn how permanent life insurance can be tax-effective and beneficial for you and your portfolio.
Language: English
Contact: waddah.mohamed@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-13 Sault-Ste-Marie
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Women, Wealth and Wisdom (Dr Amy)
Date & Location: 11-14 Toronto
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix which will focus on how women can become confident and in control of their financial well-being.
Language: English
Contact: naida.hadzirovic@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement “Créer une retraite de rêve”
Date & Location: 11-14 Montreal
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: French
Contact: jennifer.anastasio@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-14 Ottawa
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: tilly.asokan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Wine and Jazz
Date & Location: 11-14 Surrey
Type: Appreciation
Description: This appreciation event will feature a selection of wine and entertainment from a jazz trio at a local winery.
Language: English
Contact: andie.besgrove@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Market Update
Date & Location: 11-14 Stratford
Type: Appreciation
Description: A market update with the regional investment management strategist.
Language: English
Contact: andrea.carnegie@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Open House
Date & Location: 11-15 Vancouver
Type: Appreciation
Description: Grand re-opening of the Vancouver office following renovations.
Language: English
Contact: jessica.vu@md.ca
Who is the event for? All
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement “Créer une retraite de rêve”
Date & Location: 11-15 Quebec
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with which will focus on the emotional and relationship aspects of retirement.
Language: French
Contact: lynda.lessard@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: Family Conversations in Estate Planning (Dr Amy)
Date & Location: 11-15 Thornhill
Type: Seminar
Description: A workshop with Dr. Amy D’Aprix – life transitions expert which will focus on the non-financial side of estate planning.
Language: English
Contact: naomi.ofir@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing
Host: MD Financial Management
Title: More on the Sale of MD
Date & Location: 11-15 Timmins
Type: Appreciation
Description: MD Leadership addresses client feedback and questions regarding the sale to Scotiabank.
Language: English
Contact: melissa.allan@md.ca
Who is the event for? Practicing

To find out more contact Angela Moffatt.